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I Te e i v:ewpolnts 6 TUESDAY, MARCH 10 - THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009 " ' send strong message [ I / &OT \\; Deja vu. It is what it is. Cape is II I ,..., I tops in the state in terms of ability \\;    "y  [ ] to pay to educate students. Cape "  ___m_='-r  i \\;  "" / spends thousands more per stu-    / dent than the $11,000 state aver-  //,,. J age. Neighboring and comparable --  a  _ ! // districts - Indian River, Caesar ! II  / Rodney and Sussex Central -  U"  -e' spend thousands less per student      ,. than Cape. Yet students in those Ill   .... districts consistently out-perform --  on state tests, and those schools -9 -  are better equipped with technol-   ogy. " ' In terms of revenue, Cape should be efficiently effectuating tops in the state academically set- .ring the bar for technology pre- paredness and reaping athletic amenities beyond most districts. Anything less is unspinnable. Cape receives the revenues and staff ample "very educated" office peeps. What is the difference in "recoding" pockets of revenue and cooking the books? For many years Cape epito- mized Great, academically, and athletically. The majority of board members are former stu- dents, teachers/admires" trators of times of Great Cape. For them to segue to the district's last four- year decline is indefensible; to do so with a sense of superiority is too funny. Back-to-back defeated referendums should give pause to board/super to reflect on their culpabili Kudos to Mr. Bill Downs for his diligence and tenacity. If every- thing is on the up and up, and it's all about the students, watchdogs will come up empty. There is a difference in not wanting students to have, and not wanting to fur- ther fund palpable disingenuous inefficiency. Dr. Stone, how many computers would we have been able to purchase, repair/upgrade with the purchase price of an Es- calade? If as you claim ad nause- .um you are all about the students, kick the Escalade over todriver's ed or sell it and give the Rehoboth Elementary FrO the money for technology. They seem to be the only school with a cost/needs as- sessment. Lastly, board/super would do well to take a page from Rehoboth Elementary FrO President Scott Cinnamons playbook. Disap- pointed, he told Dan Gaffney Feb. 25 that the PTO would find a way for students to have what they need. That should have been the attitude/goal from the top all along. In a forthright, head out of the sand, pmactive kind of way. ! W.Moom Center for Inland Bays deserves praise Kudos to the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce for informing the public Continued on page 7 we( Editorial )) Markell vows to reinvent government hen he made up his mind to run for governor, Jack Markell had no idea of the enormity of the task he would face from the gover- nor's chair. He's still waiting for the independ- ent and highly respected Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council to issue an up- dated forecast for revenues in 2009 and 2010, but the March 16 estimates are certain to paint the darkest financial picture in recent state his- tory. The budget shortfall is expected to reach 15 percent to 20 percent by 2010, putting Delaware in the company of Michigan and Ohio, among the hardest-hit states in the na- tion. To his credit, Markell has presented his "Reality Check" at 44 meetings up and down the state. He will continue presenting it, preparing Delaware residents for difficult and painful cuts in services and state salaries. The problem is simple: One-third of the state budget comes from corporate franchise taxes and fees. When those hit a sharp decline and there's nothing to take their place, Delaware's revenues also hit the skids. There's no painless way to cut out one of every five state dollars paid out last year. The state will be forced to do less for its citizem, and the state's 33,000 workers face possible lay- offs and pay reductions. State workers have already been told to park state cars and cancel state-paid travel plans. MarkeU said he's setting the pace by returning 10 percent of his salary to state coffers. But the scope of the deficit means cuts are going to go deep. Markell said his approach is compassionate and responsible, but that won't make it easy. Listening to the new governor, it's clear he's not looking forward to disappointing people who voted for him just four months ago, It's al- so clear that he's taken a hands-on approach, scouring every agency for ways to save money. Delaware and the nation face tough times that will require the best of all of us. The gover- nor's budget is not yet in, but by explaining the challenge openly and factually, Markell has gone a long way toward earning the trust re- quired when government asks for sacrifices. MarkeU's "Reality Check" can be viewed at Cape Gazette editorials are considered ancl written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Fomey, publisher; Trish Vernon; editor; Kerry Kester, associat e editor,, Dave Fredenck, sports editor;, Laura Ritter, news editor;, and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture )) DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO TINY AND DELICATE - but tough - snowdrops are blooming now under the ma- im lxlars, beeches and oaks on the grounds of Wintertlxn" in New Castle Coun- ty. The grounds, on Rt. 52 north of Wilmington, are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from dawn to dusk. Web Poll )) Readers don't want state sales tax. Should Delaware initiate a state sales tax to balance the budget? Yes 116% No 82% Not sure 2% The total votes counted were 519. To par- ticipate in the current web poll, visit I Cape Gazette Cape Gazette Volume 16 No. 79 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsronm Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Associate Editor, gerry Fester, Ext. 317 Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304" News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 NEWS Steve Hoenigrnann, Ext. 321 Henry Evans, Ext. 336 Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 Kevin Spence, Ext. 339 Leah Hoenen, Ext. 338 Rob Kunzig: Ext. 335 Editorial Assistant, Bernadette Heam, Ext. 316 SlirrS WRITERS Tim Bemforth Frederick Sc.hranck CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Diane Albenese Eric Burnley Chris Antonio i WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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