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- ?e[ ,8[ doBM - ? do'xl ,xabilH ,trXXAD HqAD 6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, lrch 7 - March 13, 1997 VIEWPOINTS Editorial DelDOT needs to rethink approach Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT) stands in the spotlight of many of Delaware's current land use debates, including the issue of growth and congestion along Rt. 1. The Department ascended to the key role in the Rt. 1 area following construction of the state-mandated and locally funded West Rehoboth sewer system. Prior to the sewer system's completion, growth along Rt. 1 creeped along under the weight of a lack of proper wastewater treatment facilities. Opening the valves of the new system reopened the valves for growth potential in the corridor long targeted for growth. The infrastructure burden then shifted from sewers to roads. Based on its desire to avoid adding further congestion to an already failing system, DelDOT deserves no blame in its decision to deny entrance permits for a new and enlarged Lowe's facility. In an attrac- five, resort-dominated region such as ours, efforts must be made to preserve and enhance our attractiveness for a sound future economy and quality of life. Using the considerable power of the state howev- er to simply say no - particularly in an area known by the state and all others to be zoned and targeted for commercial development - places the state on tender ground that deserves a more creative and coopera- five approach. "No" smacks too much of a high-handed and short- sighted entity that thinks it's going the right direction but because of its power doesn't feel the need to work out solutions which could protect the interests of all. That's not good government. To renew a sense of stability, DelDOT should return to the table and open a dialogue aimed toward reaching a solution that benefits public and private interests. DelDOT says it needs more money to provide effective transportation solutions. Working cooperatively with private enterprise could leverage additional private funds aimed toward transportation needs. The public might be willing to support DelDOT's pleas if it saw enlightened and creative approaches to problem-solving rather than raw use of power. Letters Serious questions deserve answers Cape Henlopen Board of Education, in taking the unprecedented action of a vote of confidence in Superintendent Suellen Skeen, essentially looked itself in the mirror and said "You're on the right track." The Cape Henlopen District community, based on our read- ing of its mood, is not convinced. Explanations are needed. Why is there a discrepancy between the official minutes of the Cape Hen- lopen School Board regarding the contract of the community's high- est paid public official and the contract itself - a discrepancy that gives the superintendent a full extra year of secure employment in a $95,000 plus position? What has Director of Instruction Nancy Feichtl done to deserve being left on indeterminate leave, with pay? These are serious matters of public business that deserve answers. Two domestic geese take a leisurely Sunday stroll dockside in a sleepy I)elmarva village. New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter The morning light greets yet another visitor to the Lincoln Bedroom... March 9 March 15 March 24 March 31 When we ttma to our community and We need to conserve our resources Our community now faces the difficult issues in developing a new zoning and land use plan. This is the same situation faced by the global community - popula- tion and economic pressures challenging the need for the preservation of agricul- tural lands and sustainability of resources. We should closely heed the 1993 find- ings of an unprecedented meeting of senior world scientists from more than 70 countries dealing with these issues (Population Summit of the World's Sol- entitle Academies. National Academy of Sciences Press, Washington, D.C., 1993). These top scientific minds didn't mince their words, ending up with a bold print "WARNING" which said: "We the undersigned, senior members of the world's scientific community, hereby warn all humanity of what lies ahead. A great change in our steward- ship of the earth and the life on it is required if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilat- ed." A number of interrelated actions were seen as having the highest priority and included: Bring environmentally damaging activities under control to restore and protect the integrity of the earth's sys- tems we depend on. Halt deforestation, injury to and loss of agricultural land, and the loss of ter- restrial and marine plant and animal species. Give high priority to efficient use of energy, water and other materials, including expansion of conservation and recycling. Developed nations taking the lead in these activities. All parties must realize that this is acting under enlightened self interest and that ecological and popula- tion issues transcend national bound- aries. its land use, these are not easy issues. It requires balancing of rights and needs of the present and the future. Someone said we ought let land use be resolved "by the market." Markets only exist where there is demand, a need with the necessary resources. I for one, have a "demand" (I am willing to pay) for a livable earth and preserving the precious agricultural resources we have, and will need so much more in the future. Our grandchildren and their grandchil- dren may not have the latitude to recover a livable earth if we don't change our approach. The summit report ends on a call to everyone: "A new ethic is required - a new atti- tude toward discharging our responsibil- ity for caring for ourselves and for the earth. We must recognize the earth's limited capacity to provide for us. We must recognize its fragility. We must no longer allow it to be ravaged. This ethic must motivate a great movement, con- vincing reluctant leaders and reluctant governments and reluctant people them- selves to effect the needed changes. The scientists issuing this warning hope that our message will reach and affect people everywhere. We need the help of many. William F. O'Connor Lewes Martin Luther King organizers say thanks There were a lot of people working endlessly on the front lines and behind the scenes during this past year to insure the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Celebration weekend events in Sussex County went off with as few problems as possible. Even though the parade was canceled due to extremely cold weather, we would like to thank those entrants who were ready to partici- pate: City of Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Beach Police Department, Delaware Continued on page 8 Volume 4 No. 42 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vemon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jan Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer. Angle Moon Sports Editor Dave Frededck Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Joseph Madann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager i Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Midway Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645- 7700. FAX - 645-1664. E-mail: Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. *Do what you can to do what you ought, and leave hoping and fearing alone, o Thomas Henry Huxley