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6 : ,t.,ar.E,-l-l'l;',-lCllaiy, .'litOh* AptU a,ltm7 - 1-e . VIEWPOINTS Editorial Letters / / / Rt. l's future should be model for state "A straggling few got up to go in deep despair; The rest clung to that hope that springs eternal from the human breast." Ernest Lawrence Thayer "Casey At The Bat" We just passed the vernal equinox. That put behind us what was barely discernible as another winter. Now we're celebrating Easter and close on its heels the beginning of another major league baseball season. With so much good swirling around, the need to yield tothe "hope that springs eternal from the human breast" and discuss the bright future of Rt. 1 tugs at us like an anxious child. "Whatbright futureT' some cynics might say. "Ru l's shou Will only get worse. The best Rt. 1 has to offer is a model for the rest of the state to avoid." " We politely disagree. As the gateway to Delaware's premier resort area, Rt. l's future not only has the potential to become a model for what the entire state should strive for, its futme demands that it become such a model. The 6conomic vigor of Delaware's Cape Region depends in large part on the attitude we take toward Rt. 1. A sound economy is impor- tant for the quality of fife enjoyed by our entire community family. Survival is the underlying force driving it all and if we take the pow- erful momentum that accompanies survival and apply it as a commu- nity to steady improvements to Rt. 1, the only result can be better. Mike Tyler, president of the Citizens Coalition which has played a vigorous and vocal role in issues concerning rapid commercial devel- opment, argued in a recent letter that developers and commercial interests - not only the state - need to bring creative thinking to the rocess when it comes to Rt. 1. Few can argue with that position. Given the longterm importance of Rt. l's future, it behooves all involved to come to the table with proposals that not only attempt to harness the economic potential of Rt. 1, but which also enhance its functioning and aesthetic attractiveness. Some of the work of the Citizens Coalition, and others at the local, county, and state level concerned about the commercial stretch of the highway, showed itself in a recent article. A proposed new Midway project will be required to meet the terms of the Rt. 1 Corridor Over- lay Zone which the Citizens Coalition helped champion. The zone speaks to efficient and safe movement of people and vehicles as well as creation of attractive buffer zones and landscaping. Developers should view the requirements as minimums and fully embrace the future needs of Rt. 1 by taking those minimums and expanding them. As in most important endeavors however, full success won't blos- som unless all of us understand, support and contribute to a brighter future for this vital highway. We know spring is officially here as the daffodils herald in the Easter season. Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Full Moon March 31 April 7 April 14 April 22 Apathy is Lewes's major problem I would like to thank the many citizens of Lewes who have expressed their sup- port for me as a potential candidate for Lewes City Council. Lewes is in a real mess and det'mitely needs a change in leadership to straighten out the myriad of problems that have developed in our community. I regret to inform my con- stituents that I will not be running for council this year. The political atmos- phere, job requirements, and a two year- old grandson I wish to spend time with are all factors in my decision not to run in this year's election. It is simply not my time right now. However, next year there will be two Council seats and the Mayor's seat up for grabs and I fully intend to be a viable candidate for one of those spots. I love living in Lewes. It has been my home for over 50 years. I care about what happens here and what will happen in the future. At the present lime, Lewes is now or will be the defendant in several law suits. One ex-Chief of Police is suing the town for being improperly fired without due process of law, two women are suing the town for being raped in City Hall by a Lewes police officer, a promi- nent land developer is suing the town for inequitable assessment practices, the City is without a Chief of Police because the mayor and council can't seem to operate within the charter, the mayor and council are attempting a charter change in a manner contrary to the Delaware Code, and the operation of the town is bogged down by one bureaucratic com- mittee after another, especially the Architectural Review Committee, which operated out of its purview in an unfair and subjective manner. All of these problems are the direct and indirect result of ill-conceived, poorly planned management and leadership. I sincerely urge this year's candidates and whomever gets elected to work at resolving the many problems created by the previous administration, to attempt to streamline our government by reorganiz- ing certain committees such as the Archi- tectural Review Committee and to strive to make intelligent decisions for our community that are equitable for all within the boundaries of our city charter and our state law. Furthermore, I strong- ly urge all of the citizens of Lewes to consider the future of your community. Your town is in trouble and you don't seem to care enough. Go to town meet- ings; make your elected officials accountable for what they do. Stand up for what is right, demand that the mayor and council resolve thesc 1ludicrOus situa- tions that they have created such as the deadlock over the Chief of Police appointment, for an example. Apathy is a major problem around Lewes, and it is time for more people to become involved. It is our town and we have the right to demand good government. In the interim between now and next year I will remain alert to what is hap- pening and I will continue to write provocative letters. I will be looking for your support in next year's election. Thank you all and best regards. A. Judson Bennett Lewes Kudos to Stevenson In a change of selecting people from out of state, it is a positive action to see that Bill Stevenson has been selected as Paramedic Director for the State of Delaware. While his leaving as Director of the Continued on page 8 Volume 4 No. 45 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vemon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angle Moon Sports Editor Dave Frededck Advertising Director Can Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Joseph Madann Wilcox Clmmifled Sandy Berr Office Manager Kathy Emery Clrculatlon Ham/Stoner Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim m#orth Susan Frederick Nancy Kalz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Midway Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Second 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 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "1 do think illness, if not too painful, unseals the mental eye, and renders the talents more acute, in the study of the fine arts at least." Sir Walter Scott