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Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS TUESDAY, MARCH 26- THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013 -7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 stations broadcasting; now, ac- cording to NPR, there are nine located on the Eastern Shore, and another 10 that can be heard on Dehnarva. New technologies, including the internet, have made music and news from around the globe readily available. Such developments have seriously impacted DPR listenership. Ac- cording to Arbitron ratings, in 2009 the DPR stations had some 50,000 listeners. By 2011, the number had dropped to some 27,000. Throughout the years, regard- less of ratings, SU Foundation board members have been gener- ous supporters of DPR. These men and women have shown a remarkable concern for the sta- tions and for university students. In the p.ast year, members of the Public Radio Committee and the university have been meeting with experts and holding public discussions as to the most re- sponsible course to follow, while remaining fair to all. For so many years, foundation members, particularly those on the Public Radio Committee, have been tireless in their efforts, not only in dealing with current challenges, but in their advocacy and leadership on behalf of DPR. These volunteers are unsung he- roes and also deserve our thanks. Neither they nor e univer- sity, however, can guarantee the future of DPR. If it is to survive, a downward slide in listenership must reverse, and support from the greater community must expand, in deed as well as word. The stations must be fiscally solid. Those of us who say DPR is important to the community need to demonstrate our commit- ment by writing checks, vol- unteering and encouraging our friends and family to listen. Now is the moment of truth for DPR listeners. If DPR is to continue, please consider a donation today by visiting www.publicradiodel- and contributing to its upcoming fund drive. The fu- tures of the radio stations depend upon it. W. Richard Holloway Jr. chair Delmarva Public Radio Committee Salisbury University Foundation Inc, ABTB Treasures or Trash a great success On behalf of the Women's So- cial Group at Angola by the Bay, I would like to thank all those who participated in our very success- ful Treasures or Trash antique road show held Feb. 22 at our clubhouse. We raised nearly $1,500 in sup- port of a scholarship for a teen from our community. Charlene Upham and Steve Blumenaur of Charlene Upham Antiques donated their time to carefully examine hundreds of items brought in by local residents. We can't thank them enough for their time, expertise and patience. We look forward to having them again as do all who attended. Augmenting the appraisals was a silent auction supported by local businesses that provided gift certificates. They include Annabella's, Blue Water Grill, Big Fish Grill, The Brick, Cabo, Captain's Table. Cultured Pearl, Edible Arrangements, Espuma, DELAWARE CAPE REGION HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHS )) CIVIL WAR PHOTO6RAPHIC CORPS ENCAMPED A'F BERLIN, MARYLAND " DELAWARE PUBLIC ARCHIVES PHOTOGRAPH .THIS PHOTOGRAPH from the Delaware Pub ic Archives' Civil War collection shows a camp for the Photograph- ic Corps of the Union Army near Berlin on Maryland's Eastern Shore sometime between 1861 and 1865. There's no explanation for what the corps was photographing near Berlin. since there was so little Civil War activity on the Delmarva Peninsula through the duration of the conflict. The Georgia House, Henlopen City Oyster House, Irish Eyes, Mariachi, Ocean Grill, Pelican Grill, Pickled Pig Pub, Rehoboth Ale House, Robin Hood Res- tauram. The Rookery, Rose and Crown. 1776 Steakhouse, Striper Bites, Giant Food and Harris Tee- ter. Baywood Greens provided a round of golf. We thank them all; without their support we could not have achieved our goal. During the four-hour event, re- freshments donated by members of the social group were enjoyed by all. They included a wide assortment of sandwiches and baked goods. My personal thanks go to group members who helped plan, advertise and run the event with special thanks to our President Chris Gambler who secured nearly all the gift certificates, an effort which took many hours over many days. Without the support of the community at large who came with items to appraise, our fundraiser would not have been a success. We thank each and every one and hope they enjoyed the experience. Judy Kane Women's Social Group Angola by the Bay Two scientists question sea-level rise, but we face problems no matter what  wo Delawareorga- I nizations, Positive Growth Alliance and the Caesar Rodney Institute, held a meeting in Georgetown last week featuring two scientists who are skeptical about sea-level rise. Both scientists appear to have good credentials. One, Wil- lie Soon, is a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The other, David Legates, is a former state climatologist for Delaware. They say that predictions for sea-level rise are based on bad science. The PGA, which is dedicated to preserving property rights, quite naturally uses its statements to argue that state policies and land-use decisions shouldn't be based on these predictions. There's a lot of information online outlining the grants Soon has received from, among others, the Exxon Foundation, the Mobil Foundation and the Charles G. Koch Foundation, all organizations with strong in- centive to deny climate change and sea level rise. There's also a website, Skeptical Science, that looks at the claims of climate- change deniers. But my point here isn't to weigh the merits of each side's case, though it needs to be mentioned that the scientific community overwhelmingly supports the view that climate change is real. (If you don't believe the scientists, perhaps you'd believe the insurance companies, which, increasingly, are pulling back from writing policies for coastal homeown- ers. Why would profit-driven insurance companies refuse business without good reason?) My real point is: So What? For the people living along Delaware's coast: and really for all Delaware taxpayers - it doesn't matter what Soon or Legates or anyone else says. Or what exactly is causing the change. We can see for our- selves that Delaware's coastline is receding. People who grew up here can recall when North Shore's World War II towers were set far back from the shore- line. Newcomers can drive up to Fowler Beach and see what used to be a land-based structure, now surrounded by water. (But I wouldn't recom- mend driving there during a nor'easter; the roads might be flooded.) Communities from Wilming- ton on down through the Kent and Sussex beach towns and over to the Inland Bays area face flooding issues. We can't afford to waste too much time arguing why. One of the peculiar things about climate-change deniers is how often they play the victim card: No one listens to our side, they complain. The opposite is true. The meeting in George- town was well attended and received respectful coverage in both this paper and the state- wide daily. If sea-level rise isn't to be considered when making land- use decisions, how about for state building projects, such as the still-new $150 million Indian River Inlet bridge? It's a beautiful bridge, but al- ready it's facing problems. The state had to add a steel wall to protect roadway foundations. After the recent nor'easter, which closed the bridge for the second time in six months, Del- DOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt was quoted saying, "There will be more storms and with the awesome power of the ocean there is only so much we can do." Exactly. There is only so much we can do. We can't hold back the tides or prevent storms. But we can deal with the situation as it is and not how we want it to be. If the state were to consider new projects in coastal Delaware, most taxpayers would expect it would take seriously the opinion of the vast majority of scientists who think sea levels are rising and build - or not build - accordingly. Eventually, the same will be true of land-use decisions. Governments will have to take the retreating coastline into account when considering development. The alternative - if you can call it that - is to simply disre- gard the best available scientific research. When people ignore the obvi- ous, it's common to say they're sticking their heads in the sand. In Delaware, where we're los- ing so much sand, it might be more fitting to say they're stick- ing their heads underwater. It was the AR-15 This has become some- thing of a moot point - at least nationally - as Congress has decided against including a ban on military-style rifles in any gun bill, but I wanted to correct comments I've been getting locally: Namely, that the Newtown, Conn., massacre was carried out with handguns, not the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle. According to the Connecticut State Police - and this informa- tion can be easily looked up - all 26 victims were shot with a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle. If any- body has a better source that says otherwise, please contact me. Don Flood is a former editor living near Lewes. He can be reached at floodpolitics@