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8 - c d, a,.,,- , .... ,-, -T. t'nctay, pnl tu - .,lpnl 1, 19  Continued from page 6 election could very well deter- mine the future of your communi- ty. It is important, so if you have not registered, please do so. If you are not sure if you are registered, please check with City Hall at 645-7777. Election Day is Satur- day, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lewes allows absentee voting. If you think you might be away on Election Day, go to City Hall and fill out an absentee ballot. Your vote could make a difference. We have had several elections in Lewes that were settled by only a couple of votes. Every vote is ex- tremely significant, so please vote! I am excited to play a mean- ingful part in this democratic process. I believe passionately in the validity of my issues. Your in- put and comments will be appreci- ated during the course of my cam- paign. I intend to knock on as many doors as possible and hope to talk with you. I am asking for your confidence and your support in my endeavor to be your repre- sentative and work for you, the residents of Lewes. Please have a happy Easter. I thank you. A. Judson Bennett Candidate for Lewes City Council Mayoral candidate discusses issues As a candidate for mayor of the City of Lewes, I feel it is impor- tant to convey my thoughts about our city and how I believe I can make improvements if I am elect- ed as our city's next mayor. This is the first in a series of let- ters that will address specific con- cerns that I have. I want to com- municate my ideas to city govern- ment work effectively and in ways that will improve our city. For the last 10 years, the mayors of our city seem to have felt that all of our problems could be solved by appointing a committee to survey a particular issue, I have no problem appointing commit- tees; in fact, the idea of involving residents of the city in shared de- cision-making is one that I em- brace. Most of these committees work diligently and bring good ideas back to the mayor and coun- cil. However, after their hard work is presented, the recommen- dations are not acted upon, and the hard work of our residents has been in vain. Specifically, the long range planning process was begun in 1989, and while the concept of the core values was adopted in 1992, we have little to show for the many hours of committee work. The open space committee pre- sented its final report several years ago, but none of the recom- me, dafions were acted on. And more importantly, we're still wait- ing for the zoning committee to present its final report: five years and counting. Other examples of this inactivi- ty include the sign committee. Whatever happened with their recommendations? And then there are the recommendations made by the Parks and Recreation Com- mission to solve the problems as- sociated with the Bradford pear trees that are planted on Second Street. No action has been taken and the trees continue to have to be removed and the sidewalks continue to heave because of root action. Where is our mayor when it comes to making a decision? It seems he is unable or unwilling to make one. I could cite other examples, but I think you see the pattern that has evolved and can understand that the important issues facing our community are not being ad- dressed by our mayor. We can no longer afford to run our city in this manner. It is time for leadership in City Hall. If I am elected Lewes' next mayor, I will immediately review the work, both completed and in progress, of all of our city com- mittees. Upon completion of this review, I will determine which committees are still needed and will give them clear, concise goals and objectives. Any committees which are no longer needed will be ended. Any prior recommenda- tions that have been sent to the mayor and council and have not been acted on will indeed be acted on in a timely manner. Further, the residents of Lewes can rest assured that future com- mittees will be given a clear defin- ition of their mission, and that when their work is completed and presented for consideration, it will be give the respect it deserves and appropriate decisions will b'e made as soon as possible. Lewes needs effective leader- ship now. I believe I can provide that leadership and I am asking for your support in the May 9 city election. George Cleaver Candidate for Mayor City of Lewes Go anywhere but Rehoboth Beach The following letter was sertt to the mayor and commissioners of Rehoboth Beach, with a copy sub- mitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. It's such a nice spring day with no tourists in sight, I think I'll take my family to Rehoboth for dinner. Oh, I might get a ticket at the ubiquitous parking meters. Guess I'll go to Ocean City. So many new neat shops in Re- hoboth. I think I'll go shopping and support the local Reholboth merchants. Oh, the parking meters - guess I'll go to the outlet malls. Such a nice night, I think I']U go to the Rehoboth for a drink. Oh, they use DUI and traffic enforce- ment as a revenue tool. Gues,s I'il go to Ocean City. I think I'll [go to one of the Bohemian outdoorr Re- hoboth pubs with a water view and listen to music. Oh, they don't allow that here. Guess I'll go to Ocean City. I think I'll get a mo- bile cart permit and sell local art on the street. Oh, they don't allow that since it may affect the profits of the two people who collect all the sky-high rent here. Guess I'U set up in Ocean City. It's so nice living close to Re- hoboth Beach. I think I'll go boo- gie boarding, toss a Frisbee TM and have a lunch at wonderful local restaurants. Oh, you can't use boogie boards or Frisbees TM in Rehoboth Beach and I have to pay to park. Guess I'll go to Ocean City. A friend of mine called from Baltimore, asking if I could recommend a friendly beach town where he could rent a house and spend some money vacationing. I told them anywhere but Rehoboth Beach! Enough is enough! A real beach town is supposed to be friendly! Are any of you smug commissioners listening? Chuck Davidson Lewes On handicap accessibility I applaud Mr. Tiemey for rais- ing the issue of handicap access in the Lewes/Rehoboth area. My mother has been confined to a wheelchair or "scooter" for sever- al years. I would like to share with you and your readers a few of the obstacles which we have encoun- tered together.Handicap parking in Lewes is minimal to say the least Throughout the area, handi- cap parking has been created with no thought in mind as to the space required to bring a wheelchair to the door to receive a passenger from the car. Entrances to side- walk safety are far removed from parking and scarce. Once out of the car, the scooter/wheelchair pedestrian must now navigate the traffic lanes of the streets or park- ing areas. The wheelchair-bound person is below the line of vision of most drivers who are backing out of a parking space. He or she also presents a sudden unexpected object in the path of moving traf- fic. Curbs in both Lewes and Re- hoboth are a danger to anyone us- ing a wheelchair or a scooter, and some of the few ramps are too steep for safety. In Lewes, it is possible to manage alone on Sec- ond Street in some areas, then be thrown into the street because there is no break in the curb, which is unexpected, as the previ- ous curb was accessible. My mother was injured this way at the corner of Market Street. Had we been a different type of family, we could have sued the city. I would like to suggest to the Revitalization Committee that they make handicap accessibility a segment of their planning. The increasing population in the area of baby boomers and retirees of- fers the area an influx of dispos- able income to support business. It is also an aging population which will increasingly require handicap accessibility in order to bring those dollars to your businesses, I would further suggest that you consult with Mr. Tierney or others in order that your efforts may not only be well meant but effective as well. Maureen E. Fickei Lewes Carper speaks out on accountability The last few years have wit- nessed significant change in the way we educate our children and prepare them for a successful fu- ture. Tough new standards in core academic subjects. Guaranteeing Head Start for children in poverty. Implementing charter schools and school choice. Millions of dollars spent to wire every public school for access to the information high- way. These are just a few of the programs we've forged since I be- came governor. Per-pupil funding levels for Delaware students are the sixth- highest in the nation. All these programs, and these dollars, are leading up to something bigger - a system which produces graduates who are well prepared to succeed in college and in the work force. And though we've made signifi- cant strides to ensure that hap- pens, there's another crucial step we must take. I'm talking about putting into place a system of ac- countability. What is accountabil- ity? Two years ago, with the help of Delaware's top education profes- sionals, we developed tough new standards in the core subjects of English, math, science and social studies. Today - also with the help of our best educators - we're designing tests to find out how well our kids meet those stan- dards. This spring, for the first time, we'll be testing students in grades three, five, eight and 10 against our math and English stan- dards. Next spring, we'll imple- ment similar tests in science and social studies. Last year, our General Assem- bly passed a bill requiring that we design a system of accountability around these tests. They believe, as I do, that if we go to the trouble of implementing tough standards and investing heavily in our schools, then we must hold our- selves responsible for the gradu- ates we produce. My Administration's acco4mt- ability plan, S, B. 250, would do just that. The legislation includes a concrete plan to make sure that parents get what they want - and pay for - from the system which educates their children. Included in the bill are several require- ments: Delaware's children should know how to read when they leave third grade. If they cannot read, they should not be promot- ed. Delaware's children should master basic reading and math skills before entering high school. If they cannot, they should not be promoted. Once our testing program has been in place for several years, schools should be able to demon- strate that they're improving stu- dent performances from one year to the next. Those schools and districts which perform exceptionally well on the assessments, and/or show significant student improvement, should he rewarded. High-achiev- ing students should be rewarded as well - with scholarships and other recognition. Those schools which fail to show improvement need to be the focus of intervention. The plan builds on the concept of local control by placing the power to improve schools in the hands of local districts, which could recommend changes in staffing, governance, and other remedies. I believe that all of us should be accountable for education - in- cluding myself. Last year I pro- posed, and the General Assembly created, a statewide Department of Education, with a cabinet-level secretary appointed by the gover- nor. Parents are also obligated to be responsible for their children's academic success. That's one of the reasons why my administra- tion has invested so heavily in ear- ly childhood education. That said, it's time to take the next step by injecting an account- ability plan - for schools, districts and students - into the system. We've made the commitment to build the best system we can for our students. Thomas Carper Governor e-00trll.4'{;: CAI'wA 8 UPHO00 HAS MOVED to 24 Nassau Commons (Follow signs to Nassau Valley Vineyard) Awnings Furniture Custom Boat Tops