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8 6- MONDAY APR,L9. 20 2 VIEWPOINTS Cape Gazette Letters Continued from page 7 crime in everybody's community, except to try and sell us on the idea that there's no money Are we all ready to let public officials do the same thing here in Sussex County that our own federal gov- ernment is already doing to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, trying to control all of our lives? which includes Lewes, Milton and surrounding areas, the suspense is over and we are very lucky. Marie Mayor has announced that she is running for state representative from our new 20th District. We have been buying lavender from her for years, either at her farm in Cool Spring or at the Lewes Farmers Market. I sat next to her at a meeting on education, well before she decided to offer to serve us in the Delaware General If this newspaper has any guts Assembly, and was very ira- whatsoever, then let's try and do a pressed with her knowledge, pas- little experiment tofmd out how sion and common sense. much crime is really here and how You won't get any sound bites many people have been victims. Print my name and address and ask the people of Sussex County te write me, Complete anonymity will be respected. Ask them to tell me what, where and when the crime that was perpetrated on them. And also ask all the commu- nities to send me what's going on in their community pertaining to drug houses, foreclosure homes that have been sitting idle for God knows how long, etc. Edward H. Funk St. 32825 Captains Way,Millsboro, DE 19966 Mayor will serve 20th District very well To those of you who live in the new 20th Representative District from Marie. She listens carefully and answers questions within- sight and concern. And her back- ground is perfect for the job. She is a farmer, business women, edu- cator, a Master Gardener. She serves as co-chairwoman for the Delaware Tourism Council and has worked with the Delaware State Agricultural Council. She has the same concerns that most of us have - good-paying, year-round jobs; preservation of our communities and our natural resources; a well-educated popu- lation to attract those good paying jobs: and affordable, top-quality health care, Marie has the personality, en- thusiasm, common sense and en- ergy to get things done. She knows how to work with those who disagree with her. She would Barefootin' Continued from page 7 making his case, a passionate member of the court is throwing a crucifix on the table between the merchant and the monarchs. The inference is that Jesus was betrayed for a sack of silver coins and that the sanctity of the Christian Spanish state should not also be compromised by an offer of treasure. That sort of sentiment apparently influenced the thinking of Ferdinand and Is- abella, who remained unmoved in their commitment to ex- pelling the Jews from their na- tion. The story, amazingly enough, has implications for Sussex County. When the Jews left Spain ahead of the lances of the Spaniards, they headed off in many directions, including the new world discovered by Columbus. Some of them made their way eventually to Sussex. It's believed that the Nufiez fam- ily, whose grave markers stand prominently in the front rows of the St. Peter's Episcopal Church cemetery in downtown Lewes, descended from a Sephardic Jewish family that once lived in Spain. Daniel Nufiez was one of the earliest sheriffs of Sussex County, when Lewes was still the county seat, before George, town. The day before we flew back from Madrid to Philadelphia, Spain flexed its dynamic muscle once again. All of the nation's governmental workers went out on strike, bringing the schools and impressive public trans- portation system to a near stand- still. The people were protest- ing, what else, severe cutbacks in government spending, which they said would lead to the end of democracy, a loss of dignified jobs and weaker public educa- tion. We had planned to train our way back from Granada to Madrid, unknowingly, on the day of the strike. The day before, at the train station in Granada, the helpful man at customer rela- tions said there would be no trains on strike day. We had to forgo our plans to make another tapas tour of Granada, sitting in the sun of the south and enjoy- ing Spanish wines with thin slices of cured ham, cheese, mel- on, fresh bread, chorizo,.cous- cous and bowls of varied olives. Instead, we exchanged our tick- ets, hustled back to the Hotel Sacromonte where we had checked in but never sat on the beds, grabbed our bags, and hoofed it back to the station to catch a 6 p.m. train'to Madrid, on strike eve, with only the taste of hurry in our mouths. But the trains of Spain are marvelous. They leave the sta- tion on the stroke Of the ap- pointed minute and arrive ahead of schedule. They're clean, com- fortable, affordable and their big windows offer great views of the Spanish countryside. The rolling landscape hypnotized us with mile after mile after mile of olive trees as far as the eye could see - literally millions of them. It wasn't hard to understand why people have been willing to fight so hard over the centuries for that fertile land at the west- ern end of the Mediterranean. be an asset to any community, but she is offering to work for us. and we should all be cheering. Ann Nolan Lewes Support Lopez for new Senate seat Recently Ernesto "Ernie" Lopez announced that he would be run- ning for the new 6th District State Senate seat. When I heard this news I was both surprised and honored to have someone of his caliber step forward to represent us. I have known Ernie and his wife Janis for most of my life. and honestly do not know a better candidate to fill this seat. Anyone who has met Ernie is immediately struck by his caring and honesty. This is reflected in both his per- sonal and professional life. I urge you to get to know Ernie as he be- gins his campaign for this office. I am confident that you will not only find a great person, but more importantly someone who will represent us well in Dover. Ron Krajewski Jr. Lewes Landon great choice for Lewes City Council This coming election day in the City of Lewes, the town's citizens have the opportunity to elect a man to city council who is one of the finest human beings who they could ever hope to have serve them. I had the pleasure of working in the office next to Bill Landon at Cape Henlopen State Park last year when he served as the park's volunteer coordinator, and I can tell you first hand that Bill is the mosthardworking, energetic, smart, personable and dedicated person I have ever worked with. He is a man of integrity and hon- esty; a person of character in a time when that isn't necessarily a common trait. Aside from his quite impressive resume, Bill is a straight talker with a pleasant and down-to-earth demeanor. He is a Lewes native who is always looking for a way to serve his city and his local state park to the best of his abilities (which are many!). A vote for Bill is a vote for the continued success of the quality of life you enjoy in your beautiful city. Susan M. Drake Rehoboth Beach Dan Anderson ads give misleading data Daniel G. Anderson's most re- cent paid advertisement includes the following paragraph: Tax increases. Income taxes were raised in 2009 at 17 percent on incomes over $60.000. Gross receipts taxes were raised in 2008 and 2009. This is a hidden sales tax. The estate tax rate went from zero to 16 percent. Franchise tax increases were passed in 2008 and 2009: partnership and LLC tax in- creases were passed in 2008. Satellite TV tax increases were passed in 2009. Income taxes on lottery winnings for Delaware citi- zens were imposed in 2009. The first sentence is materially misleading. What is the reader to believe about the income tax rate for incomes over 60,000? Seven- teen percent? Wrong. The rate is 5.75 percent for income over $60,000. The second sentence is not much better. The ad does not mention that gross receipts taxes were reduced in 2011. effective 2013, to prior levels. What is the reader to believe that the estate tax rate is, per the fourth sentence? Sixteen percent? Not quite. This rate applies only to taxable estates over $10,040,000. Probably only a hand- ful of people in that bracket die each year'in Delaware. The balance of the paragraph could not effectively be re- searched over the weekend. If Mr. Anderson's presentation is so compelling, why does he re- sort to rhetorical devices make his pitch? Maybe the presentation is not compelling after all. Julian Karpoff Lewes Boucher responds to Mayhorn letter Mr. Mayhorn, I feel I need to respond m your letter because of the incorrect statements you made about what was written. I was not crying while I was driving. I started to cry when the trooper pulled me over. I cried then because I real- ized I was speeding and I was up- set and angry at myself for letting this happen because I have been a safe and good driver for decades. Yes, it happened because I was thinking about events of the day and did not realize my speed was for the moment too high. I was in contol of my vehicle and I was not driving erratically or dangerouse- ly. I had not maintained that high- er speed all the way from Mary- land, or for the entire two-and-a- half hour trip. So, please use a lit- tle common sense when you want to argue your point. Tell me Mr. Mayhorn. have you never exceeded the speed limit in your life? What do you think about when you drive? Do you ever think about problems you have and for a few minutes, not pay complete attention to your driving? Most people, if they are honest. will admit it happens to them sometimes. I am not talking about dangerous inattentive driving that puts others at risk, which you al- luded to that I might have been doing, but a momentary laspe for a brief time. If you deny this when you answer the questions I asked, you are indeed the world's best driver. Congratulations, I have never met anyone like you before. I do respect the police and appreciate the risks they face each day they put on their uniform. My point was, and still is, that a little compassion and understand- ing from that trooper would have the better course of action. Per- haps I would have seen that com- passion from a sheriff if he had pulled me over. Dorothy Boucher Lewes Outgoing Sen. Bunting deserves tribute Those of us who are admirers of Sen. George Bunting are experi- encing mixed emotions regarding his retirement from the Legisla- ture of the State of Delaware. He certainly has made a powerful contribution to the welfare of this state, but now deserves time to devote to his family and to his business. I, personally, got to know and appreciate George in his early years as a member of the House of Representatives when we often rode together to attend meetings and sessions. I found George to be totally aboveboard about all of his decisions and his determina- tion to find the fight solutions that would be in the best interest of his constituents and other districts across the state. Best of luck to a good friend and fellow Delawarean. My wife and I wish George and his wife, Donna, tranquility and happiness in the years ahead. lay D. Wingate Rehoboth Beach VIA fashion show a terrific success The Village Improvement Asso- ciation would like to thank every- one who helped to make the Spring Fever Fashion Show held March 25 at Baywood Greens a sold-out success. A very special thank you to the boutiques in Rehoboth thatdonat- ed clothing and accessories to be modeled. They include Azura, Beach Graphics, Crysti, Jane and Georgie, and South Moon Under. The models were VIA members escorted by handsome men from Rehoboth in the buisness and gov- erning communities. They are Nick Caggiano Sr., owner of Nico- la Pizza; Nick Caggiano Jr., owner of Nicola Pizza;Sam Cooper, may- or of Rehoboth Beach; Jim Der- rick, Sea Shell Shop; Steve Elkins, CAMP Rehoboth director; and Stan Mills, Rehoboth Beach com- missioner. Everyone looked fabu- lous. We also appreciated the items the following businesses donated for the ticket auction: Azura, Beach Graphics, Beach Waves, Big Fish, Cake Break, Confucius, Crysti. Dichroic Glass by Fay, Donna Karan, Fish On, Food by Design, Grotto Pizza, Jane and Georgie, Joanne DeFiore Jewelry Designs, Karen's Keepsakes, MC Nails, Man-Maid Cleaning Ser- vices, Mr. Dora's Odd Jobs and Finishing Touches, Nage, Nassau Valley Vineyard, Nicola Pizza, PNC Bank, Rehoboth Beach Car Wash, Summer House, Sea Shell Shop, See Me Beautiful Photogra- phy, South Moon Under, Southern Delaware Choral Society, The Med Spa & Salon, Thomas David Salon, Valhalla and Village Im- provement Association members. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Village Improvement Association Capital Campaign Fund. Thank you to all who at- tended and supported the event; we hope to see you next year on April 6 at Baywood Greens. Carol Hall fashion show chairwoman Village Improvement Association