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-6- c/PE" GAZETTE, Friday, March 27 - April 2, 1998 VI00IEWPOINTS Editorial This is no time to cut taxes Our state seems far more noble when there's a shortage of cash than when there's a surplus. This year, when state budget surplus projections know only one direction - up - politicians on both sides of the aisle are falling all over each trying to increase the amount of tax cut they can give to the state's taxpayers. The tax cut mania has tak- en on the unsavory appearance of electioneering. In simpler terms, just a matter of buying votes. The tax cut proposals are commanding way too much of the gov- ernment's time - also on the taxpayer's dollar. Given the needs of the state and the present state of the economy, the tax cut proposals amount to just plain bad government. The time to cut taxes is when the economy needs stimulating, not when the economy is cooking along at a marvelous pace. It's during the good times that we should use our good economic fortune to repair and upgrade our infrastructure and improve those aspects of our state that need attention: All that we have spoken to say that a tax cut which would give them $100 or $200 means less than the big bang type projects that foregoing such tax cuts would allow. This is a time to cut the state's indebtedness - not cut taxes. This is a time to spend the $17 million necessary to eliminate treat- ed wastewater from the inland bays by realigning the Rehoboth and Millsboro plants for spray irrigation - not cut taxes. This is a time to buy more land for parks and wildlife preserves and spend more for agricultural preservation all of which will preserve and enhance our economy now and long into the future - not cut tax- es. This is a time to put money into a program that would allow for more teachers to cut down on the number of students in a classroom - not cut taxes. And the hefty surpluses and healthy economy give us a great opportunity to invest in ways to strengthen our poultry industry and give farmers the tools and means to better manage nutrients and work toward a cleaner environment. This is not the time to cut taxes. This is the time to invest in a cleaner, more open, more sustainable Delaware - investments which will make our state even stronger for the future. Letters Halleluja for ag preservation It gives us great pleasure to run headlines on our front page noting the purchase of development rights in the name of agricultural preservation. Surrounded as we are by the nation's largest mega- lopolis, agriculture only stands to gain in its value to the region. It provides food, habitat for wildlife, open vistas for the good of the soul and an overall better quality of life. As mentioned above, Delaware has the opportunity to invest further in the fund it uses to purchase development rights. It should push beyond the limit. Dennis Forney plhoto Stumps in the Cape Henlopen beach, north of the twin bow- ers, may be hazardous this summer. First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon April 3 April 11 April 19 April 26 Krasnoff defers to Anthony Where to begin. In the recent several months, I have written several letters in opposition on the points made by Richard Anthony regarding his position' to the Dolphin Bay Resort project on Lewes Beach. Publicly and before the world and before God, I retract all of my letters and confess to you all that I have seen the light. Mr. Anthony is the man. I beg him to direct all the dedication he demon- strates with his endless demonstration of knowledge of all the code and parame- ters of local government to become the local government. I think the citizens of Lewes should, in the case of Mr. Anthony, beg the man to run for mayor, or the town council, or lobby him to become a member of the purview committee so that we will have the right man to interpret for us what our core values should be. And what a potential for savings for the town at large. Think of the govern- ment expense saved. Think of the time we could save if Mr. Anthony were to become the town government. All deci- sions.could be streamlined. Our core val- ues would be perfected and protected; our purview would be the right view. We could abolish boards of adjust- ment, we could abolish the Commercial Architectural Review Commission, we could abolish the Long Range Planning Commission, we could abolish DNREC and all the other commissions that falsely approved the variances necessary to allow such a sinister exploitation of abuse as the Dolphin Bay Resort. Long live the DeBraak. Long live banality, long live Richard Anthony. David Krasnoff Lewes Midway residents put to the test The following letter was sent to Plan- ning and Zoning Commission and the Sussex County Council with a copy Sub- mitted to the Cape Gazette for publica- tion, regarding the proposed expansion at Midway Speedway. On Sunday, March 28, at 11:30 a.m., two men dressed in cold weather over- alls were rectly in front of my house.in the Midway subdivision. They were armed with some technical apparatus; one piece appeared to be a microphone. I asked them their intentions, but no answer was given. Upon more direct questioning, they acknowledged they were conductin a sound level test. I questioned, "test of what sound, and for whom?" They replied, "We cannot reveal that." I then took pictures of the operation. They also traveled to different locations in our community and per- formed the same tests. They then depart- ed, toward the shopping centei'. Surmising that something was going on, I rode over to the Go-Cart facilities. There was a group of people (about 10) gathered behind the ticket office inside the track facility. It appeared some sort of a meeting or orientation was taking place (some even had coolers with them). The track normally would not have been open due to the weather con- ditions, which were full clouds, 44 F, 10 to 15 mile per hour winds from the west southwest and south southwest. Within 15 minutes, vehicles started running on all three tracks. Eight carts on Track 1, closest to Sears, eight on Track 2, and three in Track 3. Only 19 in all. Track l's speed was slow and delib- erate, less than half-speed. Track 2's speed was faster; about half to three- quarters more but not the aggressive dri- ving we see when the outlaws are racing. Track 3 is for the kiddies. It was rather obvious that this was a staged and Mother Nature-controlled event. The noise level at my residence was only provided by the wind in my ear and Route 1 traffic from the same south- west wind direction. It was not the usual intrusive grinding of go-karts we observe all season with our easterly flow of air. Continued on page 8 Letters are always welcome and should be signed and include a tele- phone number for verification. Please keep letters to 500 words or less. Write to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Volume 5 No. 44 Publisher Dennis Forney Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen El!ingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angle Moon Proofreader Bill Rable Spots Editor Dave Frederick "Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Forestieri Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Prluction Coordinator Deidre Sudimak Production Staff Susan Porter Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Mid- way Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Sec- ond 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: capegaz@ dmv.com Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 else- where. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. ",4 lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." Mark Twain