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8 TUESDAY, APRIL 11 - THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017 VIEWPOINTS Cape Gazette Letters » Continued from page 7 deem worthy. What is worse, both men are on the wrong side of their own party’s legacy. It was President Bush, after the tragedy of 9/11, who embraced the Muslim community, visiting a mosque within days after the attack, de- claring that our war was not with Islam or our Muslim brethren. Bonini’s and Lawson’s actions represent the type of ignorance and small-mindedness that dim the brilliance of our democracy. Those voters who live in Dover and Marydel should think seri- ously in supporting them at the ballot box in the future. Paulette Rappa Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Steering Committee Where’s evidence on state senators? When slanderous allegations are made against three state senators, it seems to me the public has a right to see what the allegations were so they can judge for themselves whether or not Mr. Peterson’s charges have any validity. When opinion without any evidence is published it is just that - evidence-free opinion. Or perhaps a reference could be made to the statements made if it was reported in a previous issue of the Gazette. J.B. Gingrich Milford Where is revenue from rabies shots going? Could it be poor management? Are our animals getting the $3 surcharge from rabies revenue? For the first time since 2007 when Delaware started the $3 surcharge on all rabies shots for revenue to support spay/neuter programs, it has to temporarily stop accepting new income-eligi- ble applications. Hopefully until July 1. Strange how in 10 years this had not been a issue. Could it be poor management? Our new animal control has been operating since January 2016. They have already increased the budget to $4 million annually compared to $2 mil- lion back in 2000. Where is this money going? Are our animals getting use of the surcharge for spay/neutering? Do we need an investigation of funds? Why didn’t we have these issues with our previous contractor? Crystal Shear Milford We need to protect quality education Wake up, Delaware; time to smell the coffee! As I write my check for my state dog licensing fee - one of a thousand ways to bring in revenue - I’m forced to swallow the bitter pill we all must swallow. Apparently, Delaware casinos’ revenue to the state has been eclipsed by that of our neighbor to the west, that would be Maryland. It’s alive! Delaware school districts now scramble to fill huge budget gaps as per Carney, Delaware can no longer carry its schools. Who knew, and why not realistically phase in the cuts! We wouldn’t be the first state to operate in deficit while we put our fiscal house in order. Better this than guv and legislators cutting school districts off at the knees. What, no warn- ing? Talk to educators statewide, folks. Don’t be surprised if they exclaim, “it’s a bloodbath out here,” and district by district! Schools are apparently panicking by firing support staff workers or nixing sports programs, and what’s next? Hey, whatever happened to thinking outside the box, and never mind phasing in cuts so the citizenry, district by dis- trict, could be given a fighting chance at regaining its footing? As one neighbor put it, “It’s rule by ‘taketh away’ and if this isn’t tyranny, what is?” Another fellow shared, “Carney’s lost his marbles or here comes a much needed excuse to realign the padding of pockets - pockets of local officials right on up to the statehouse!” And mind you, this from someone in authority! Pretty riled up, I’d say. Surely he can’t mean it? A thousand and one ways to increase revenue, but it takes guts and leadership to consider bumping up property taxes and/ or transfer taxes; suspending se- niors’ forgiveness taxes; increas- ing payroll taxes and, yes, quite possibly initiating a sales tax - at least until Delaware isn’t down on its keister as the governor and legislators have proclaimed. Again, we wouldn’t be the first state to operate in deficit as we all pull together getting our state back in the black. Still, you are cutting school districts off at the knees, you powers that be? Can you say quality education? Can we all say steady as she goes? Just a heads up, everybody! Jeff Dailey Milton