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Continued from page 27 an onerous gun industry immuni- ty bill, the gun lobby and Con- gressional leadership killed the entire package. President Bush did nothing to save the assault weapons ban, despite his repeated promises of support. With just six months before ex- piration of the assault weapons ban, we are becoming concerned that President Bush will not keep his word by actively supporting a tough assault weapons ban. We urge Delaware's congressional delegation to renew and strength- en the ban on military-style as- sault weapons like Uzis and AK- 47s - the guns of choice for crimi- nals. These guns have no busi- ness on the streets of Delaware. Greg Jaskolka, treasurer of the Million Morn March added, We thank Senator Biden and Senator cording to a Violence Policy Cen- ter analysis of FBI data. Survey research shows over- whelming support for a strong as- sault weapons ban among the public. Nationally, 63 percent of Americans - including a majority of gun owners - favor strengthen- ing the assault weapons ban to prevent the gun industry from manufacturing commercial mod- els of military-style assault weapons, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Con- sumer Federation of America. Merna Hawkins Suber President DE Million Mom March. ACLU Delaware appreciates ad ACLU Delaware is grateful to DiBonaventura's Provincial Bak- ery for its paid advertisement reciting the Ten Commandments, Deuteronomy 5!6-21. We proudly celebrate its First Amendment right to private religious obser- Keep up the good work! It is with regret that I inform you I will not be renewing my subscription. During my short stay-in Delaware (less than two years); I have thoroughly enjoyed receiving your newspaper each week. However, I have some news of my own in that I am get- ting married and moving back to Connecticut. Having been a New Englander for more than 30 years, I am very excited about moving back (espedially since it will be warm there soon). I must commend you on your excellent coverage of local news and events. I have never experi- enced such detailed information in a regional paper. You do a great service to the business communi- ty by promoting their special events and grand openings. Continue the good work. Karen Rioux Millsboro Carper for their common sense vance and freedom of expression. YOUllg mall votes in support of the assault The ACLU is passionately weapons ban extension, and we := committed to the survival and deserves credit especially appreciate Congress- universal application of the First . The staff of Victoria's Restau- Amendment of the U.S. Constitu- rant extends its most heartfelt tion. The First Amendment guar- congratulations to Scan O'Grady antees every person's right to for making the dean's list at the ..... University of Delaware's Parallel practice their religion wthout Program at Delaware Technical & government interference. Wedo, .............. not seek, and have never sought, Community College. Scan exem- any limits on the rights of Ameri- cans to practice any religion, or no religion if that is their choice. We are forthrightly opposed to any government mandate promot- ing any religious view. Many ACLU members joined because either they or their par- ents were the victims of private or state-sponsored religious persecu- tion. both here and abroad, and we are committed to maintaining the United States as a haven of re- ligious freedom forever. Rev. NancyDean, ACLU of Delaware board member Rev. Mark Harris, ACLU of Delaware board member Judith Mellen, ACLU of Delaware board member Phyllis Levitt, ACLU of Delaware president Gilbert Sloan, ACLF of Delaware president Scouts thankful Cub Scout 2540 would like to thank the following area busi- nesses for their support in making our annual Blue and Gold Ban- quet avonderful success: Apple- bee's, Book Warehouse, Capriot- ti's, Cunty Bank, Friendly's, GrottoES Grand Slam, Hair Cut- tery,/ugle Jim's, K-Mart, Lewes Dairy, Lewes Fire Department, Lewes Police Department, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Movies at Mid- way, Music for a Song, Musical Kids Clothes, Paper Factory, Re- hoboth Diner, Roadhouse, Sta- ples, Tanger Outlets, Video Ware- " house, Wal-Mart, WaWa. And a very special thanks to our guest speaker, Officer Brent Layfield of the Lewes Police De- partment. Christy Erickson Rehoboth Beach plifies what the youth of today are all about. Not only does Scan car- ry a full time college curriculum, he works four nights a week at the restaurant, serves in the Delaware National Guard, works as a stu- dent teacher in a local private school, teaches basketball for a youth group on Saturday morn- ings and most important, is guid- ed in his life by his faith. We all marvel at the abundance of energy Scan displays and are so proud of his accomplishments at such a young age. The path of this country is in great hands with the leaders like Sean O'Grady of the future. Stephen Cobb Food and Beverage director Victoria's Restaurant Rehoboth Beach Just In Time For Summer OPEN HOUSE Saturday, March 20, 2004 12-4 Sunday, March 21, 2004 12-4 Prices legislation aids veterans Tax time is here again and tax- payers have another opportunity to check off a contribution from their refunds to the Delaware Vet- erans' Home Fund. Former Representative Shirley Price worked tirelessly to estab- lish this fund to help finance the construction of a home - to find enough money to supplement the ffunds that can be obtained from tlhe federal government. She did tlhis at a time when the state's bmdget was seriously restricted. Currently, we are again faced wcith reduced tax revenues, thanks to Bush's tax cuts, and possible aidditional revenue losses if neighboring states authorize slots. So until deep financial pockets are found, Delawareans preparing their 2003 state taxes are remind- ed they can check off a portion of their tax refund for the veterans man Castle's co-sponsorship of similar legislation in the House. President Bush has repeatedly pledged his support for the assault weapons ban. As recently as Feb. 23, 2004, White House spokesperson Claire Buchan said "with regard to the assault weapons ban, [President Bush] supports the extension of the cur- rent ban." With just six months remaining until the assault weapons ban ex- pires, gun violence prevention ad- vocates said now is the time for President Bush to keep his word. President Bush has repeatedly said he supports the assault weapons ban, and now it's time to back up his words with action. President Bush leads the party that controls both the U.S. House and Senate. As the.tb of the party that controls both chambers of Congress, Pre.sident Bush could save the assault weapons ban if he really wanted to. If the assault weapons ban dies. let there be no mistake who Delawareans will blame. The 1994 ban outlaws specific models of military-style semiau- tomatic assault weapons. But in a willful attempt to violate the spir- it of the law, the gun industry con.-. . tinues to manufacture post-ban assault weapons - guns identical to those banned except for minor cosmetic changes. The Bhshmas= ter XM15ius/eJ in-:the 2002 DC- area sheki 'for example, is a post-ban version of the ARI5 assault rifle, which is banned un- der current law. Delaware Million Moms called on Congress to pass legislation that would stop the gun industry from manufacturing post-ban as- sault weapons such as the Bush- master XMIS. The guns of choice for crimi- nals, assault weapons were used to kill one in five law enforce- ment officers slain in the line of duty between 1998 and 2001, ac- home. They are also urged to make additional tax deductible contributions by sending them to Delaware Veterans Home Fund, Department of State, 401 Federal "Street, Suite 3, Dover DE 19901. The tax check off and individ- ual contributions take on greater importance as we contemplate the return of injured military from the Iraqi war. Let's build a home brick by brick, with thousands and thousands of small contributions to show our gratitude to the state's veterans. Make the home our personal gift to them. Thank you, Shirley Price, for your foresight in getting this fund established. Mary K. Ryan Bethany Thanks to Biden, Carper and Castle The presidential campaign sea- son will undoubtedly feature neg- ative rhetoric. In contrast to such negativity, let me mention a very positive experience with Delaware's politicians. My daughter has spent months trying to resolve a problem she: was having with the U.S. Con- sulate in a foreign country. Each of her attempts was blocked by Consular employees there who re- quested new and previously men- tioned documentation before they would proceed with her case. The process was frustrating and mad- dening. Finally, on a Friday after- noon, I called the offices of Sens. Biden .and Carper and Rep. Cas- tle. Staffers in each office listened carefully and sympathetically. They promised to contact relevant U.S. Consular officials and did so. On the following Tuesday, an as- sistant from each office called to say that the matter had been re- solved. I want to express my apprecia- tion to Senators Biden and Carper, to Rep. Castle and to their respec- tive staffs. All Of them took action to aid me as a constituent and citi- zen of Delaware, and did so im- mediately. I doubt that citizens of other states would have received such rapid, effectiveand nonparti- san help. Delawareans are fortu- nate to have politicians at the na- tional level who are so able and willing to respond to citizen prob- lems. John 11". Deiner Lewes Rehoboth libary thanks everyone The Rehoboth Beach Public Li- brary would like to thank Kathy Weir, Sal Seeley, Lynn Finaldi, Start Mills, Marsha Levine, John Speicher, Beth Fitton, Marcia Maldeis, Gene Dvornick and the other members of Camp Re- hoboth who generously donated their time, energy and materials to help with a very successful book sale Saturday, March 13. The Rehoboth Beach Public Library staff Rehoboth Beach 8 Sixth Street, Rehoboth Beach Unique Opportunity! 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