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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 4- April 10, 1997 scourge can be sweeping the country But when the murder trial of Christopher Craig in the midst of our community shines a bright light into the chain of events leading up to his violent killing of his grandmother, Shirley Anderson, and reveals the central role played by the blind and conscienceless pursuit of crack cocaine, the reaction can no longer be shaking heads. No doubt other factors played into Craig's psyche at the time he snapped and stabbed his grandmother to death, but there's no denying the involve- ment of crack. Seeing is believing. Now we've seen. Any substance circulating in our community that can so complete- ly and quickly transform a family member into a senseless monster needs to be placed in the category of plague. Heroine, because of its devastating results, holds little glamour in any drug community. Crack cocaine, because of its kinship with violence, deserves to be exiled to a position of even greater scorn - for the protection of us all. The Craig murder trial illustrates graphically that crack cocaine is not one of the debatable drugs. In our Cape Region community, as well as in the larger national community, those who deal in and use crack cocaine need to be made to understand that they are spreading poison and will be treated as outcasts at best and are likely to find themselves in prison. As a com- munity we should support the efforts of the police through such ini- tiatives as theDARE programs and community policing to create, through awareness and understanding, a disgraceful aura around crack cocaine. We obviously need to do more and really have no choice. In the mean time, we must learn a lesson from the Craig trial. We live in a great community but it is not a community without its prob- lems and dangers. We must continue to look out for one another, keep our eyes a little more widely open given what we've learned, and do all we can to rid ourselves of the crack cocaine plague. Letters An unsettling statistic creeping up Speaking of keeping our eyes open, the Delaware Highway Fatali- ty tally board near Troop 7 on Rt. 1 shows a disturbing trend as 1997 gets into its full stride. So far there have already been 35 fatalities on state roads - 10 more than at this same time last year. Of those 35 deaths, nearly half of them - 16 - have involved alcohol. This is not a good pace either for fatalities or alcohol involvement. All of us should be aware of this trend. Tell our friends, relatives and children to be careful, and why, and support efforts designed to reverse such trends. Hard to believe that the day before, the newly planted tulips around this sign were covered in snow. New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter April 7 April 14 April 22 April 29 On late night Dewey bus route This letter is a reply to comments attributed to David Hastings, owner of the Jolly Trolley, and Rehoboth City Manager [Greg] Ferrese. Several years ago my wife and I participated in a bus tour that the Commissioners of Dewey Beach sponsored. This tour allowed us to get a first hand look at late night activ- ities in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach. At around 1 a.m., our bus was overwhelmed by drunks banging on the bus wanting a ride back to Rehoboth. On the weekends, especially during the early evening hours, you can observe hundreds of people walking south across Silver Lake Bridge towards Dewey Beach. These people are staying in Rehoboth. They are your guests, Mr. Ferrese. Mr. Ferrese: After a night on the town, people want to get home. If you don't want enclosed, state-maintained buses bringing your guests back to their place of residence by the routes suggested, you force them to walk home or take the Jol- ly Trolley (an open bus) via the Silver Lake Bridge Route. This route goes directly through residential North Dewey Beach and South Rehoboth Beach. Mr. Ferrese, I think the neighborhoods of South Rehoboth and North Dewey deserve other options from you. Mr. Hastings has already admitted that he allows his passengers to sing on his bus. He now states that once his intoxicated passengers step off the bus they are not his responsibility. It is not right to have walking drunks or open buses traveling through neighborhood districts during these hours. My in-laws have owned resort proper- ty since 1963. They have put up with the human garbage that abounds in this area because of the attraction of the bars. Whether the Government of Rehoboth chooses to admit it or not, Rehoboth is a major contributor to Dewey's problem and must accept its share of blame. Rehoboth should be working with Dewey Beach to solve this transient problem. Sam Flores N. Brunswick, NJ. Craig trial coverage gives RBP a bad rep Recently, the murder trial of Christo= pher Craig with its constant reference to Craig being a Rehoboth Beach Patrol Lifeguard has unfairly marked the repu- tation of the entire Rehoboth Beach Patrol, both past and present. It should be noted that Mr. Craig was hired at the end of the summer for a two- week period as a relief guard for Some of the regular guards who had returned to college. Mr. Craig by no means represents the character of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol, especially in regard to his alleged use of crack cocaine. The Rehoboth Beach Patrol has the reputation and tradition of the highest standards of integrity, health and professionalism. By no means should this unfortunate situation reflect on the impeccable ser- vice that the Rehoboth Beach Patrol has rendered to the public for the past seven- ty-five years. I am writing this letter because I am sincerely concerned about the image of Continued on page 8 Volume 4 No. 46 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Tdsh Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jan Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angie Moon Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vemon 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. 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