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Cape Gazette - VIEWPOINTS TUESDAY. APRIL 2- THURSDAY. APRIL 4. 2013 7 Letters Continued from page 6 no idea what is happening to the people of your state. Even your statement about the 1,200 layoffs just announced by AstraZeneca shows you have no idea why jobs are being cut and also transferred to other states. I am so disap- pointed in your "business" ap- proach to running our state. Philip M. Drew Bethany Beach Wrestling coach thanks Cape community I would like to personally thank the Cape community for supporting the Cape Henlopen High School wrestling team throughout my 18-year career at Cape and specifically during the DIAA Individual State Cham- pionships the past two years, The community came together to help make this a memorable event, It was team effort in terms of setting up for the tournament, running the tournament, provid- ing a top-notch concession stand and hospitality room, and clean- up after the tournament. A special thanks goes out to the set-up crew and Jody Brittingham and Don Don Mitchell and Grand Rental for helping move mats and setting up the gym on Thursday night. Thanks to Bethany Blues, Buf- falo Wild Wings, Annabella's Ital- ian Restaurant, Kickin' Chicken, Arena's Deli, Car6 Amici's, Sherri Cook and the Fluhartys for contributing food in the hospi- tality room for the coaches and officials. And to my wife Jessica Mattioni for organizing the room and keeping it stocked with food, and to all of her assistants who staffed the room throughout the weekend. Thanks to Rob Spicer and all the Cape wrestling boosters who volunteered their time during set- up, gym reconfiguration, clean- up, and throughout the tourna- ment manning the concession stand. Thanks to Harry Hudson for organizing the security crew and to all of the volunteers who helped make the event special by keeping things orderly. Thanks to all the Cape wrestlers and middle school wrestlers who helped as runners or assisted by moving mats and working in the conces- sion stand. Thanks to the Cape Gazette, Dave Frederick, Dan Cook, Nick Roth, Pat Irelan, and Nsidewres- tling for the excellent coverage of the tournament. Thank you to the EconoLodge and the Sleep Inn for offering special rates for the teams who attended. A special thanks goes out to Jeff Jablon, a volunteer wrestling coach; without his hard work at every stage, the tournament would not have been as success- ful. Thanks again to all the vol- unteers who came together to assist with the moving of mats, setting up the gym, reconfigur- ing the gym, cleaning up the gym, organizing and working the hospitality room, the concession stand, working Security, taking tickets, working as mat runners, working tables, and doing what- ever else was necessary for the tournament to run smoothly and successfully. It was truly a spectacular event and it was because of the wonderful people in the Cape community. Chris Mattioni head wrestling coach Cape Henlopen High School LRAC doesn't support NewUfe Thrift Shop I. have been a volunteer at the New Life Thrift Shop for more DELAWARE CAPE REGION HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHS )) DELAWARE'S 1812 PARK AS IT APPEARED IN THE 1890S \ DELAWARE PUBLIC AI~CHIVES PHOTOGRAPH THIS IMAGE is from a collection ofphotographs made during the 1890s of significant locations through-out the state. This shows the 1812 Park in Lewes with cannons depicting what the fortifications may have looked like in the early part of April 1813 when a fleet of British ships blockading the mouth of DelaW,~re Bay bombed Lewes. The townspeople had refused Commodore John PooBeresford's demands for food and fresh water. The commo- dore made gooo on his threat to bomb the town but fell far short of destroying Lewes as he promised. 13espite a shoWer of more than 800 rockets, cannonballs and other projectiles over a 22:hour period starting on the eve- ning of April 6 and ending the next day, the townspeople would not relent. Instead, they fired back on the ships; even gathering incoming cannonballs from the sand and mud and recharging their own cannons courtesy of King George. It was too hot of a welcome from the town, and the fleet eventually withdrew, never to return again. It was the last time a foreign enemy fired on Delaware. than 13 years, of Churches for distribution to that LRAC supports New Life, This thrift shop is staffed by various charities throughout they would be sadly misin- over 100 dedicated volunteers. Sussex County. formed. The thrift sliop is sup- There are no paid positions, LRAC provides absolutely no ported entirely by its volunteers. including the general manager support whatsoever to New Life, without any support from LRAC. or daily managers, all of whom yet without the money could not I'm fairly sure LRAC does donate their time and efforts, survive, some good, but to say it supports In 2012, New Life grossed over The recent resignation of the the thrift shop would be a gross $500,000, all of which was general manager at New Life understatement. delivered after expenses to the was a result of non-support from Murray Barger Lewes-Rehoboth Association LRAC. Lewes If anybody is under the illusion Rep. Darryl Scott of Dover told me a couple of months ago that the death penalty might be repealed this session, I wasn't sure it was possible. Now the state Senate has passed the bill, 11-10, and on Thursday it moved to the House Judiciary Committee. The close vote, obviously, indicates the bill isn't a sure thing, especially since Gov. Jack Markell has yet to say he would sign it. In a puzzling stance, the governor has said only that he has an "open mind" on death penalty repeal. I can under- stand people being either for or against the death penalty, but it's hard to imagine an intel- ligent, thinking man like the governor not having formed an opinion. Perhaps he's con- cerned about the issue hurting him in a future election (though not for governor, since he can't run again). I can understand, for ex- ample, why some local police chiefs, such as Georgetown's William Topping and Lewes's Jeff Horvath, favor keeping the death penalty, especially for those accused Of killing cops. Facing the family of a dead police officer, killed while pro- tecting the public, is a horror no one should have to face. But as much as I respect the dangers faced by police of- ricers, it doesn't make sense to carve out an exception. That's one of the main problems with the death penalty, the capriciousness with which the sentences are handed out. ssue crosses p If the victim is white, the An interesting aspect of the accused stands a much greater issue is how it crosses party Chance of receiving the death lines. Though the bill is more penalty than if the victim is generally favored among black. Rich people with good Democrats, Republican sena- lawyers basically don't face the tors Gary Simpson of Milford, a death penalty, bill sponsor, and Ernie Lopez of Killing a police officer is a Lewes voted in favor of repeal. horrible crime, but so is killing Democrats Bruce Ennis of a 3-year-old child. Is one worse Smyrna and Bethany Hall-Long than the other? of Middletown voted against. In both cases, though, emo- Another top Democrat, Attor- tions run high. Police operate ney General Beau Biden, has under enormous pressure toindicated he still supports the arrest a suspect. Cases where death penalty, and in past cases the public is most demanding he has sought the death penalty. of justice are the ones most If the bill passes the House, likely to result in a miscarriage the governor, too, will have to of justice, decide. Some contend that Dela- ware's judicial system is superi- Judge makes clear ruling or to other states, that we have In an unrelated matter, the not executed any innocent men. state judiciary has performed I hope that's true, but I doubt well, issuing an opinion that we can say that with absolute brings it one step closer to certainty. We may have a good deciding whether the county judicial system, but we're not sheriff has powers 0f arrest. perfect. Nationally, in the past Superior Court Judge T. Henley 40 years, 140 men on death row Graves ruled unequivocally that have been exonerated, he did not. This case has been an ex- traordinary waste of time and money; the state constitution simply doesn't give the sheriff that power. And Jeff Christo- pher's views on what his pow- ers should be are jaw-dropping. In his Superior Court suit, he contended that he should be able to enforce laws "without direction, restriction or inter- ference of any kind from any other government official." No civilian control. Taken literally, it would make the sheriff a virtual dictator. Prob- ably wouldn't happen, but no one should have that much power. Unfortunately, it will probably go the Supreme Court. But it's hard for this layman to see on what grounds the state Supreme Court would overturn the lower court's rul- ing. Don Flood is a former newspaper editor living near Lewes. He can be reached at