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6 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 VIEN] )IfiTS Delaware's independent, progressive nature Ilawareans are an independent lot. That's why residents of the three lower counties of Pennsylvania separated themselves into their own state in June of 1776 and in 1787 became the first state to ratify the 'new nation's Constitution. The ability of the state to act independently, and progressively, was confirmed again last week by a long article in the New York Times. That article discussed the unqualified success of Delaware's decision to accept junked Redbird subway cars from New York City for con- struction of an artificial fishing reef off the state's coast. The hun- dreds of cars were stripped of any environmentally questionable materials before being dumped from barges onto the designated Redbird site a dozen or so miles east of Indian River Inlet. That was several years ago when, at the time, both New Jersey and New York did the politically correct thing and rejected offers of the materials for the same use. After all, who would want to dump New York City's junk in its waters? Delaware however, forever pragmatic, looked deeper into the offer, past the political haze. Afierall, one man's junk can be another man's treasure. After careful examination of the offered materials, Delaware's artificialreef people, under direction of Jeff Tinsman, determined that the subway cars posed no serious environmental haz- ard. On the contrary, they appeared an ideal artificial structure around which marine life could thrive. Experience has proven the wisdom of their assessment. Ironically, the cars are so effective at attracting fish and other marine life that recreational and commercial anglers now vie for fish- ing space on the reef. And New Jersey and New York marine man- agers, seeing the many advantages tested and proven by Delaware, have changed their tune and now are pressuring the subway system to share the disguised wealth for their own resident anglers. So, Delaware, how about an offshore reef that also supplies electricity? Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertain- merit editor, " ! CONTROL DENSITY! FREE choosing not to vote is really to Unfortunately, Milton does not give lie to our whole system of provide many outlets for our chil- government. I would certainly dren to do what children do: play feel uncomfortable about being and socialize. Lewes election should sworn in for another two-year We have a park, but it is for term no matter how well I thought young elementary-aged children. go on no matter what I performed in office having not We have Little League, but only I noted with interest the Town received a single vote If we can't for approximately three months a of Lewes, decision to "cancel" its maintain our democratic forms of year at the cost of about a car tank scheduled election in May government, how well can we full of gas. We have an awesome because no one chose to run for expect to do the actual substance public library, but it closes early any of the three open positions of governance? on the weekends. To keep our his- other than the incumbents. I think And while I'm at it, how does tory alive we need to remember they should reconsider. Yes, it's one explain the fact that 18 year the adults won't always be here true that an election means work olds can vote inthe Lewes elec- and our children will have to take for staff and some costs to adver- tion .but they must be 21 years old over. I think it would be a misfor- tise and to print ballots and so to qualify to run? tune if in planning to preserve our forth. Richard S. Allan history we continue to forget the Why do this in the absence of Milford ones who will inherit it, our chil- any challengers? As a former dren. Please show your support town elected official in Maryland Milton's children for the children of Milton and help (12 elections), we often had elec- need positive outlet our town council realize the need The Weather Picture tion cycles where no one came I am a Miltonian; I was born to create apositive outlet for all of forward to run. Yet we decided and raised here and my husband I our children's energy. History is that real democracy and represen :  ........... ']]l] ....  .... ] have settled here to raise our fam- important; however, today is upon :: ,  tatlve government required elec ............. us. ..................  { " . _ uy. 1 orten reaa articles ana cups tlons if only to atlLrm or express .... Threasa Brittingham . . about historic Mdton and Rs support for what me mayor ano nrF,r,artn trnmhr rnnr nra=rvn-: ......... Milton doing not to o'ce/n'tisawe'sega council have been mention giving some legal legiti- _  pas ....... ana oners a smau commumty line H_ouse Republi ...cans macy to new terms for the incum- bents ours an opportumty to express our ignore average citizens " " l distinction from other area towns. I read with interest how angered The fact that the elected offi- . ............... . . rtavmg stateo mat, J woma line to and shocked House Republican clals have been doing a good job ....... ............ can on my reuow townsmen to leaders were at the apparent lies lsn t reauy me quesuon, to mlow .... ......... remember we (to nave a youm told them by the spokesmen and Cltlzens/restdents o1I me nooK, so popmauon ......... in xwnton officials of Delmarva Power when to speak, from the act of voting or " they spoke to the House Continued on page 7 I News Editor keah Hoenen, Ext. 338 Webnmster Advesing Meredith Shoddey About Cape Gazette: Vo|e 15 Laura Bitter, Ext. 320 leah @capegazette.com Catherine M. 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