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Continued from page 6 State Police, Cape Henlopen JROTC Color Guard and March- ing Unit, Mayor Sam Cooper, Mayor George Smith, Mayor Bob Frederick, Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Attorney General M. Jane Brady, 38th Democratic Repre- sentative executive committee, George Collins, vice-president of Sussex County Council, 38th Dis- trict Rep. Shirley Price, 20th Dis- trict Sen. George H. Bunting, Jr., Cape Henlopen High School Marching Band, Pilgrim Ministry of Deliverance RR Gang, S.E.L.F. Outreach Organization, Mt. Pleas- ant U.M. Church, Ebony Angels Double Dutch Team, PSI of Cape Henlopen High School, Eastern Senior High School Blue & White Marching Machine, West Side Finest Show Stoppers, Blue and Gold Step Team, Sussex Determi- nators Special Olympic Athletes, Tuskegee Airmen, Sussex County Chapter of Delaware State Uni- versity Queen/Little Miss Sussex County, Grotto Pizza, Inc. Harmo- ny U.M. Church Sunday School, Bad Boys of Rehoboth & Lewes, Seaford High School Homecom- ing Queen; SELF 1968 427 An- tique Super Sport Carnero, Christ- ian Education Committee Harmo- ny U.M. Church, Draine Holden, Norwood Street VFW Auxiliary Post #10638, Millsboro Housing for Progress, Indian River High School Homecoming Queen, Ver- netta Knight, Suakim Temple #60 Motor Patrol, William C. Jason High School Alumni Classic Cars, Sussex County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Miss Harambee-Takeanya Waples, Taylor Music Studios, Reed Rac- ing Team, Friendship Baptist Church, Greenwood Police De- partment, Delaware State Human Relations Commission, L.A.C. and C.M.B., Bryan Emery, Miller's Lawn Service. Clem Jordan, Jr., president of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Organization of Sus- sex County said a number of vol- unteers, committee members, and organizations were working in concert with him. They include: Barefootin' Delaware's largest county boasts a maze of waterways that drain north to Delaware Bay, east to the inland bays, south to the Pocomoke River, and west to Nanticoke River and Chesapeake Bay. In their upper reaches, where the water's clear and fresh enough to drink, the dark bottom soaks up the lengthening day's rays and heats up the roots of the skunk cabbage early. I used to think skunk cabbage drew its name from the stink that rises from the leaves when they're torn. Now I'm not so sure. On Tuesday this week I spotted the new spring's first skunk cabbage. When I walked down toward the mire of Ebenezer Branch, that ADS/Patrons: Waynne Paskins, Moments in right tO live. And how can Ameri- Why? Because what it means is Michael Miller, Janie Miller and Minnie Smith. Banquet Catering: Audrey Cor- drey and Angela Dunmore. Banquet Program: Trina Brown, Brenda Milbourne Louise Henry and Diaz Bonville. Clerical: Linda Miller. Monday Hospitality: Karen Myers, Janie Miller. Monday Worship Service: Ardeth Edwards, Janie Miller, Bernice Edwards, Diaz Bonville, Waynne Paskins, Rev. Timothy Duffield, Sr. Parade: Hattie Bull, Alphonso Miller, Sr., Linda Miller, Michael Miller. Parade Refreshments: Ira Har- mon, Ethelene Jones, Karen My- ers. Public Relations: Diaz Bonville. Souvenir Booklets: Waynne Paskins, Minnie Smith, Linda Miller, Janie Miller, Louise Henry and Rev. Timothy Duffield, Sr. Tickets: Linda Bonville, Janie Miller. Additional special thanks to everyone who supported us with your attendance at the dinner the- ater and worship service and with monetary support: Robert A. Book from Sen. Roth's office, Greenwood Trust Company, Sus- sex County Council, Sen. Robert Voshell, Rep. V. George Carey, United Troopers Alliance of Delaware, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Delaware, Juana Fuentes, director of State of Delaware Division of Human Re- lations and members of the Hu- man Relations Commission; Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Rev. George B. Moody, Sr., Wesley Chapel Gospel Mass Choir, Henrietta Pierson, Rev. Donald Raper, Jr., Roslyn Daniels-Harris, Ashley Knight, Deanna Haines, Franchita Lockwood, Judge Richard Comly, Donna Bunting, Marion McGee, Taylor Music Studios, Media, Windsor's Flowers, St. George's AME Church, Faith Bahai, Dick- erson Chapel AME Church, Anti- och AME Church, Company Store (Rehoboth), Dunkin Donuts, Donut Bagel Express. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee crosses Savannah Rd. behind Cape Henlopen High School, I saw several leaves of skunk cab- bage that were striped brown and white like the back of a skunk. Now I'm not sure whether skunk cab- Skunk cabbage bage gets its .... name from its stink or from the striped leaves that apparently come on early. Regardless of where its name comes from, the appearance of skunk cabbage late in the very first days of March confirms that spring, without a doubt, is arriving earlier than we've seen in many years. Black history What has the black man done that he should be hated so? What gives people of other races the right to judge a man as inferior, to be manipulated, degraded, hated and pushed around only because his skin is dark? This is a human being whose culture was invaded; he was captured and abducted from his native habitat and trans- ported via slave ship to a strange land and used as black gold to build an America where he is not wanted. Pages of history reveal numerous contributions made to the world by black people, not to mention those that are unknown and unrecorded. It is hard for some people to believe that many scientific breakthroughs in medi- cine and in various aspects of en- gineering and industrialization that have made America a comfort zone to live in have come from black people. Many battles in war have been fought and victories have been won to preserve the freedom of this country because of sacrifices made by black patri- archs as well as those from all oth- er races. Yet, when people seek refuge from civil and governmen- tal oppression from other coun- tries, the doors of welcome to America are flung open to every race and creed except black peo- ple, who find those same doors of freedom shut in their faces. So where is the justice and free- dom for which this country stands? Where is the truth behind those famous words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights and among those are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The truth of the matter is that black people are here in America and do exist and have proven that they can exist in society at any level. But he finds himself in a society that thrives on domination of the oppressed where bigotry and ha- tred controls the boundaries be- yond which the black man dare not exceed. He is not wanted, but tolerated and is allowed only to pursue happiness as long as he stays in line. All of the black man's vast achievements, his con- tributions, his honor, his integrity, his desires, his aspirations, his loyalty, his dedication to God, his country, his neighbor as well as himself, means nothing if his face is black. He is a victim of circum- stances that society demonstrates and controls by giving him the op- portunity to kill himself by shoot- ing dope in his veins, or burning out his brain with cocaine or gets caught selling the illegal drugs and he is given a number instead of a name in a white man's jail, under control. The question: Is all of this a black holocaust? How does it look in the eyes of other countries? How does America secure her heritage of love and brotherhood as she continues the practice of bigotry and hatred of another hu- man being who also deserves the ca justifiably set foot on foreign soil and enforce liberty and free- dom to others when her jails are full of people of color? Is this why more money is spent on building more jails than on education? Where does it all stop? What else do black people have to go through to get where they need to go? What has the black man ever done that he should be hated so? It is, however, a consolation to know that not all Americans, black, white or whatever one's ethnicity, are racists. There are many who share the views equali- ty and justice which stimulates the atmosphere of brotherly love one toward another. Black people must not be stereotypical and hate all white people because of what their fore- fathers did in the past; neither can white people be stereotypical in their attitude that all black people can be trusted only to steal, use and sell dope, prey on white women, and expect negative be- havior simply because he is black. Bigotry and racism is wrong, re- gardless of which race practices it. Thank God for all people who share the views of equality and justice that enables us to treat every man on the basis of his char- acter, not his skin. Thank God, there are many who still believe that there is only one true and living GOd who is about to step in with all His glory and balance the scales of equity and justice. So until then, the question still remains: What has the black man done that he be hated so. Rev. Braven Duffle Bethel AME Church Milton Farmers deserve tax fairness Crops are vulnerable to harsh weather, diseases and other disas- ters, making a farmer's livelihood a very unpredictable one. As a re- sult, farming is a far different business than corporations or re- tail stores and it is sometimes nec- essary to tailor policy to reflect these differences. Often, farmers sign contracts to sell their grain in one year but don't see the profit until the next - making it difficult to determine income and file tax- es. I am concerned that a tax deci- sion made by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last year might un- necessarily make life more diffi- cult for Delaware farmers. The IRS determined that situations where a farmer sells a crop in one tax year but receives payment in the next tax year fell within the bounds of the Alternative Mini- mum Tax (AMT). Tax issues are very complicated but in a nutshell, the AMT was enacted on 1986 to prevent high income corporations and taxpayers from skirting laws and using tax preferences to avoid paying any federal income tax. While the AMT is necessary, I think the IRS ruling on deferred contract is an unjust penalty on the farming community. that farmers now must pay AMT taxes the year the deferred con- tract is signed, not the year the payment is received. For instance, let's say a farmer contracts to sell his soybeans or corn this year, and agrees to re- ceive payment the following year when he actually sells the grain. If the current IRS ruling was permit- ted to stand, and deferred con- tracts were considered as taxable under the AMT, a farmer would have to pay taxes this year - a year before he even sees the profits of his or her harvest. Farmers operate from one year to the next, often having to borrow or buy seed or fertilizer that won't pay off until the next year. Requir- ing farmers to pay taxes on profits that they have not yet received would threaten many fairly small family farmers who are often land rich but cash poor. That is why I have co-sponsored a bill to exempt farmers from the AMT. That bill, the Family Farm Tax Simplification Act, will allow family farms to pay taxes on the money they have earned - not force them to pay taxes on money they have not yet received. The Family Farm Tax Simplification Act was introduced by Rep. George Nethercutt (R-WA), and I think it has a good chance of pas- sage this Congress. Exempting farms from this is an issue of fairness. With the number of family farms in this nation steadily declining, it is important that we prevent remaining farms from being penalized and poten- tially wiped out by tax laws that were intended to apply to agricul- ture. It is my hope that Congress takes up this issue and passes this bill as soon as possible. Rep. Michael N. Castle Washington, D.C. Parrotheads give thanks I would like to express to the community a loud and heartfelt thank you on behalf of the Lewes Longneck Parrot Heads. In October, our group expressed concern about the need for safety lighting on the Theodore Freeman bridge outside Lewes. Today I am proud of our com- munity. Thank you to the citizens who signed a petition to show sup- port for the idea. Thank you to the elected offi- cials who followed the progress of the idea. Thank you to the media who kept the public informed. And last, but by far not least, thank you to the people who found the funds and who actually performecl the work to add the new reflectorized lighting system to that structure. This project required the work- ing together of many people and for that ability and willingness to work together for the safety of our own citizens as well as the visitors of Delmarva, we are thankful. Josh Clendaniel, president Lewes Longneck Parrot Heads