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6- CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, April 14- April 20, 1995 VIEWPOINTS Editorial A confidence vote for Cape Henlopen Cape Henlopen District voters from high school seniors to senior citizens turned out in strong numbers on Tuesday, April 11 and approved, by a wide margin, a transfer of tax dollars from debt ser- vice to general operating funds. Despite the strength of the victory, there are still deep concerns particularly about the scope and magnitude of the so-called New Directions initiative. There are concerns that the program addresses the 25 percent of our graduates who are college bound but lacks relevance for the majority of our students. Sussex County's vocational school is at maximum capacity and is now turning away students. Cape Henlopen District, an intensive agricultural district, has no vocational agriculture program. New Directions doesn't address that. Our class sizes continue to increase making it more and more dif- ficult for our teachers to connect. And the district continues to run against the grain of common sense by trying to force the success of mixed grouping of students rather than staying with the proven suc- cess of grouping students of like ability. New Directions is beginning to take on the same character as the Clinton administration's failed health care reform. It's seen as too large in scale and not well thought out. Tuesday's referendum vote gave Cape school board members and administrators a vote of confidence. They should respond by work- ing toward the resolution of the many local problems we're experi- encing and, particularly, reducing the numbers of students in each classroom. Letters Plan to celebrate Earth Day Cape Henlopen State Park plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 in grand style. A broad array of entertainment and educational exhibits will focus on the greater awareness of our planet that has brought great progress since the first Earth Day was observed in 1970. The Earth Day theme of preservation and improvement of our nat- ural resources is particularly relevant to Delaware's Cape region. Most of us live here because of the very special aspects our coastal region offers. And all of us benefit economically from our tourism industry whose vitality depends on careful management of our natur- al resources. Earth Day offers us all an opportunity to have fun celebrating a cause we can all believe in. Mark your calendars now to spend part or all of next Saturday with your families enjoying all the Cape Hen- lopen Park is planning to mark this special anniversary. Weather Picture Plastic pots protect this gardener's plants from early spring frosts at this farm on Sussex 285. Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Apd115 Apd121 Apd129 May 7 i oOK! A ITIFUL REATURE ! Rehoboth can shut down raves The recent news stories about "rave" parties in Rehoboth Beach contain some statements which are simply beyond belief. A co-owner of Channel Z stated that the partyers range in age from 14 to 37, many from far away. Are 14-year-olds or younger, remem- ber the common ID (driver's licenses) aren't given to 14-year-olds, young adults or young teens? What are men and women 30 to 37-years-old, older adults by any measure, doing partying with very young teens? Are we to believe that they keep a watchful eye on the proceedings like good parents? Or do we suspect that many keep a watchful eye out for a young teen who gets a little out of it and becomes easy prey for whatever game they have in mind? Tell me that they are there to provide stimulating conversation when the party starts to drag. Nothing good comes from mixing young teens and older adults with drugs and alcohol. The co-owner stated that drugs are not what a "rave" is about, although some insist on trying to sneak in drugs and alcohol. The "Washington Post" noted "If techo is the sound that binds ravers together, ecstasy is the drug. Though fewer than a third of the ravers inter- viewed said they were actually taking MDMA, promoters and partyers alike concede that the drug helps shape the fuzzy fell-good atmosphere that distin- guisbes raves from typical clubs." people in one place on LSD or ecstasy. Chief Doyle's press release noted that PFC Paul Parsons arrested a 20-year-old New Jersey woman and "seized 10 tablets and 81 single doses of LSD." She was spotted about to enter the men's room carrying drug paraphernalia and a plastic sandwich bag containing what appeared to be pills in her hand. She was held in default of a $35,000 cash bond. Are we to believe that she carried drug paraphernalia that had no use? Pills and tabs of LSD don't require it. So what drug did and was she sold out of it? How much cash did she have? What haven't we been told and why not? How about trying the whole truth in the press release, telling the truth grows on you, you just might like it. The co-owner in a recent letter to the editor stated: Channel Z wants its busi- ness to be drug-free. They even check the bags everyone brings into the club. They sure missed the bag with the hits of LSD at the door. She had 81 hits left when she was caught. No one said how many she brought in. Or what drug required the drug paraphernalia she was carrying. Hat it all been sold? They also missed it being carried around in the open, yet rest rooms are a major place for drug transactions and use and would be under close surveillance if the owners were serious. The co-owner said there was no talk of a curfew until Channel Z opened. Not true, he was at the commissioners meet- ing when they discussed past actions regarding a curfew. The issue is not a curfew, but a specified closing time for certain types of businesses. It would be nice if all outlandish activ- ities could be anticipated and stopped before they happen for the first time, but Continued on page 8 He noted that "one girl out of 700 arrested for drugs is pretty good." He i forgot to note that, when arrested, she carried enough hits of LSD for 10 per- .! :iigi{:ii i cent of the crowd. Are we to believe that i:: ii iii! ! i i the one person in 700 carrying drugs in i :  i:! ii iii:i dealer quantities was spotted early and iili:iiii:i! i i iiiii!iiii removed before one hit was sold? .......................................................................................................................................... One third of 700 is 233. That is a lot of !iiiii i i!iiiiiiiiiiiii Volume 2 No. 47 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Steve Hoenigmann Reporters Denise Marshall Kerry Kester Kristen Seal Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Tylecld Office Manager Kathy Emery Production Director Catherine Tanzer Rader Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Betty Fleming Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Angie Moon Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- iished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Shoppes of Camelot, 4375 High- way 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to: Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Tele- phone: 302-226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "Evil and ugliness are the same thing, and dullness is the mother of both: - Sir Osbert Sitwell