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U 6-CAPE GAZETrE- Tuesday, April 15 Thursday, April 17,2008 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Enforce sign ordinances State planners say almost nothing will destroy the distinctive char- acter of a community faster than uncontrolled signs and billboards. Yet for more than 30 years, Sussex County has not updated its sign ordinance - and the one on the books has not been enforced. To make matters worse, state transportation officials have their own regulations, but they do little more than monitor what's going on; the regulations are not enforced. Controlling signage is critical everywhere in Sussex County to protect our scenic vistas. But on Route 1, it's a critical safety issue as well. The road is by nature dangerous, because through traffic mixes with local traffic; shoppers mix with beachgoers; and entrances for businesses come directly off one of the most traveled eight-lane roadways in the state. Distracting signs - and especially animated signs - do not belong in this mix. Animated signs exist to attract attention: But the last thing a driv- er on Route 1 needs is anything that distracts .attention from the roadway. Yet animated signs keep going up, each one larger and brighter than the next. Both the county and the state have laws in place to prohibit mov- ing signs because they are dangerous and because they're an insult to the environment. Animated, flashing signs on Route 1 appear to be in violation of state and county law, and county officials say all have been cited. But no fines have been issued, and the signshave not been turned off. As a result, they proliferate. Technology makes it possible for signs to move, but that doesn't mean we must allow dangerous, distracting pollution of our primary artery. Global positioning technology is already eliminating the need for anything but modest signs, making today's illegal signs not just dangerous but pointless as well. Cape Gazette editqrials 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 EUingsworth, arts and entertain- merit editor. The Weather Picture w'k Dennis- Fomey photo Shopkeepers on the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach make it clear they're tired of the rainy, foggyweather that typifies April and keeps their customers away. Volume 15 No. 94 Publisher Dennis Fom, Ext. 303 dnf Edltor Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 rmwsroom @ eaoegazette.eom KaY/Emend, Ext. 306 kemery@ Editor Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kes'@ Sports Ed.or Dave Frededck, Ext. 304 davelmdman @ comcast net News Editor Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Intter@ capegazette.cOm Arts & Entertainment Editor Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen @ capegazette.corn News Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh @ Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans @ capegazette.corn Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronrn @ capegazette.corn Georgia Leonhart G.L.Leonhart Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm @ Kevin Spence, Ext. 339 kspenoe @ / Those were \\;, / the days! we're stuck home Lefs hear that old Beatle song "boy Tripper." / YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAHHH! pletely missed the far greater dan- gers of the playground equipment itself- splinters - and the mulch and stone underneath - choking hazard. We will, of course, have to maintain our vigilance because after all, kids will still try to be kids - in spite of us, I hope. Tom Marshall Lewes Kids will still be kids - despite us It was disheartening to read about the removal of the sycamore trees around the playground at Shields Elementary School, although it's not surprising given the mind-set today of "Gosh, we have to protect "the children' from every conceivable threat or annoyance in their lives." I know, it would only be a matter of time before the district was hauled into court because little Johnny or Susie twisted an ankle or "fell down" on the playground. Boy, it's amazing my genera- tion managed to grow up without some insurance carrier, law finn or school superintendent to pro- tect us from ourselves. We only had the occasional "Hey, watch where you're going," or "Be more careful" to teach us to actually look down to see what was under- foot. And if we did fall down it was usually our own dumb fault (you know, being kids and all). All in all though, I think we might have lucked out on this because the insurance guy seems to have com- Legislators urged to vote yes on HCR38 The following letter to Delaware legislators was copied to the Cape Gazette for publica- tion. I write with deeply heartfelt urgency for you. Please allow your vote on HCR38 to be yes, in favor of the offshore wind farm. The arguments made by Delmarva Power have been rid- died with half-truths or lies, or at best represent corporate interests which favor out-of-state power and control of such. They favor (to put it lightly) purchase agree- ments between corporate entities within their family of corpora- tions. The profit margins for these companies are maintained, it seems, by buying power from either plants they own partially, or have a parent or sister company how far they are willing to go to try to defend this structure, and how deeply they want to manipu- late the legislators to serve their needs. Delmarva Power has no land-based contracts to show us, and are not following any proce- dure set forth by the PSC in their suggesting this independent bid- ding process at this juncture in their current negotiation process. Please reread the recommenda- tions of the Public Service Commission, and recognize that a huge majority of the parties who have read the docket, attended the meetings, followed the issues and critically looked at each data point, do support the signing of this contract with BWW (Bluewater Wind), including all other core voting parties (who have attended all the meetings and carefully studied the docket. Have you?). Your voice as elected officials should reflect what is in the best interests of your constituents, and what rational and wise decision is supported by the legal docket of the Public Service Commission. The majority of everyone under- stand this means supporting the PPA with BWW. Yet, the tentacles of corporate interests do not want to be accountable to laws such as HB6. who owns the plant. It is clear Stand up to Delmarva Power, Continued on page 7 t I Leah Hoenen, ExL 338 leah @ Janet Andrelczyk Editorial Assistant Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 Sports WdtBm Tim Bamforth tim @ Frederick Schranck l l Fschrarx @ Ho/ Contributo: Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Diane Albanese Eric Bumley Chris Antonio Webmastor Catherine M. 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