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8 FRIDAY, APRIL 16- MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010 public office. When a candidate Letters )) .,,, v...r  'q" NEWS to concerns of residents from all Please let us not forget where the Cape Gazette tion on the inequity between Continued from page 7 ingness to make the matter disap- pear by resigning. I thought no one was coming to his rescue; however, in the April 9 issue of the Cape Gazette, a letter was published tiffed "Former Dewey mayor defends Przygocki." It's apparent to me that the former mayor, Pat Wright, never read Betty Friedan's 1963 book "The Feminine Mystique" nor was she a proponent of the efforts of Bella Abzug and Susan B. Anthony, all of whom must be rolling over in their graves when the former mayor attempted to personally set back the women's movement 50 years in her defense of Commis- sioner Przygocki. Last summer the Bar-PAC en- dorsed three candidates for town commissioner. They were Rick Solioway, James "Zeke" Przygocki and Dale Cooke. Their catchy slo- gan was ' Clean Sweep." Un- doubtedly, the slogan was adopted from the brooms that come out at various sporting events that take place on the flat screen TVs in their business establishments. The voters elected two of their three candidates. However, Diane Hanson won re-election through a gritty nose to the grindstone, door-to-door re-election cam- paign. The town owes Ms. Han- son a phenomenal debt of grati- tude for her tenacity and dedica- tion. I was wrong in my belief last summer that the Bar-PAC wanted to elect anyone other than the commissioners running for re- election. They kne,;v exactly what they were doing. Ms. Hauson's re- election luckily preserved the 35- foot height limit majority on the town council. In a March 2010 letter written by Betty Damos, she said it best: "If nothing else, this occurrence should serve as a warning for the future. Voters should carefully and thoroughly consider the Past service and involvement of those candidates running for elected has not been active, or made an effort to attend meetings and to get involved prior to running for office, a red flag should go up. Is there any way in this situation to know what one will get by voting for this candidate? Are they truly fit to serve in a public office?' These were very insightful com- ments by Ms. Damos. The ollateml damage is Mayor Solloway, who has been flushed out into the open by Commission- er Przygocki's behavior and fail- ure to resign. Moving the censure vote from the top of the agenda to the bottom of the agenda was a Machiavellian move that lacks style and courage. He also ques- tioned the legitimacy of the cen- sure vote by conjuring up a board of ethics that does not exist. Further, he lectured the other commissioners on proper proce- dure in how to present their com- plaint to the phantom board of ethics. This is a sad commentary on his preparation and blatant bias. By abstaining from the vote to censure Commissioner Przy- gocki, his actions reflect a de facto endorsement of the Bar-PAC and Dewey Beach Enterprises' agenda. I guess we got what we de- served in last September's elec- tion. Let's be more diligent this year. Anthony E. Murray Dewey Beach Sarasota, Fla. Mills deserves thanks for Boardwalk project With the news that the Re- hoboth Beach Boardwalk recon- struction is nearing completion, we should all pause for a moment and thank Stan Mills, the city commissioner most responsible for the Boardwalk reconstruction. I recall well fLrst meeting Com- missioner Mills less than three years ago when he went door to door in his campaign for a seat as a resident commissioner. Com- missioner Mills took time to listen parts of the city and demonstrated an understanding of life beyond the ocean block Yet, I am now re- minded that Commissioner Mills made a point of ftscal responsibili- ty through long-term planning in the budget process, especially with regard to key infrastructure. While others ignored the deterio- rating condition of the Boardwalk and advocated repairs, Commis- sioner Mills advocated recon- struction. Because of Commissioner Mills' vision and efforts, Rehoboth Beach was in the fortuitous posi- tion of qualifying for federal stim- ulus" funds to pay for the Re- hoboth Beach Boardwalk Recon- struction Project. If Commission- er Mills had not begun the effort years in advance, the Boardwalk reconstruction project would not have been a shovel-ready proiect that qualified for federal stimulus funds through the American Re- covery and Reinvestment Act. Mayor Sam Cooper has ac- knowledged that without federal funding, the Boardwalk renova- tion would not have been possi- ble. So, if not for Start Mills, the Boardwalk would have further de- teriorated and millions in federal assistance would have been lost. Maybe a few of the millions of dollars that Stan Mills saved the taxpayers of Rehoboth Beach should be used for a plaque thank- ing Stan Mills for making the Boardwalk reconstruction a reali- ty at minimal cost to city taxpay- ers. Michael Bednarek Behoboth Beach As for the Boardwalk, how about taxpayers? I am responding to the letter of thanks by Hoyte Decker about the Rehoboth Boardwalk reconstruc- tion. I do not want to take away from the hardworking people at the local level, but what about thanking the U.S. taxpayers? Barefootin' Continued from page 7 Points. There is no admission fee, the fast 100 kids to sign up for the walk wiU get a free T- shirt, there will be other physical activities and prizes, flee health screenings, and special guests will be on hand to add to the fes- tivities. Also, Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club will be on hand at the event with free copies of its 2010 Great Walks and Trails in Sussex County guidebooE The book includes descptious, maps, and photographs of 18 walks and trails in the county. Saturday's community walk provides a great opportunity for friends and families to get to- gether for a fun time outside. The event is being sponsored by Sussex Child Health Promotion Coalition, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Delaware Health and Social Services, Hoober Inc., Allen's Family Foods and Nemours Health and Prevention Services. Warm spdl brks out turUes The unseasonably warm weather around Easter heated up the dark ooze in our ponds and swamps and coaxed thou- sands of turtles across Sussex County out of hibernation. Walt Bryan pulled over onto the shoulder of Route 9 near Hop- kins Dairy Farm to save a feisty snapping turtle headed for the highway after its fLrSt stirrings of the new year. Walt nudged the turtle into a red plastic crate and then took it to a freshwater pond near Nassau Valley V'meyards. He figured the snapper would have a better chance of survival there than it would trying to compete with the highway traf- fic. " On the Junction and Breakwa- ter Trail, walkers and bicyclists paused along the way to watch turtles sunning themselves on logs in swampy guts. I'm not sure whether the turtles are red- eared sliders, which take the last part of their name from their habit of sliding off rocks and logs when disturbed, or red-bel- lied cooters. Cooters are a larger variety of turtle. Both cooters and sliders have proven popular pets over the decades. Some think the red-eared sliders weren't o "nginaUy a native species in Delaware but due to thousands of little pets that grew larger, were released into the wild and then liked life in the First State. They have thrived here. If anyone can tell me whether what we see commonly sunning themselves are red- eared sliders or red-bellied coot- ers, I'd be appreciative. A Delaware Nature Society ar- ticle online also mentions that diamondback terrapins are abundant in Delaware, especially in brackish and salty waters, and notes that a good place to see them is in Rehoboth's Silver Lake. Many people stand on the Silver Lake footbridge near the Rehoboth school and feed bread and popcorn to the turtles, lurk- ing by the dozen just under the water's surface, along with big carp, ducks and geese. Get outside and enjoy nature. It's awesome! federal financial support comes from - the U.S. taxpayer. Let's give credit where credit is due. Paul Ewell Lewes Sad to hear Archie is losing Lingo's Market My heart sank when I read the news about Archie losing Lingo's Market. I have been a longtime fan for over 20 years. It is such a terrible loss to Rehoboth. Every summer I would visit Lingo's daily andwas always greeted by Archie, no matter how busy he was. The aromas of the roasting chickens and the freshly baked baguettes would bring a smile to my face. And, don't for- get the weekends with the won- derfui pastries, cookies and muffins. The back counter was also a treat. He always had great cheeses and meats for any occa- sion. No one can ever make those baguettes the way Archie did. They always had special items you can't fred in Giant or other area markets. Rehoboth will not be the same without .Archie and Lingo's Mar- ket. JoAnne Henck Reston, Va, Pay Equity Day focuses on gender inequity April 20, 2010 will be Pay Equity Day, and we will be celebrating it here in Delaware to focus atten- men's and women's earnings. Senate Bill 182, Paycheck Fair- ness Act, if passed, will be a boost to working women to end past gender discrimination. The na- tional statistics show at this time, when a man earns $1, a woman earns about 78 cents, both having the same education, experience and job. Earnings for a woman are slightly better in Delawe, 80 cents to a man's $1. Research released by the Amer- ican Association of University Women for 2007 show that after one year out of college, women working full time earn less than their male counterparts working in the same field. The Paycheck Fairness Act would give women effective equal pay protection; close loopholes and strengthen incentives to pre- vent pay discrimination; help cre- ate a climate where wage discrim- ination is not tolerated; deter wage discrimination by strength- ening penalties; and prohibit retal- iation against workers who in- quire about employee wage prac- tices or disclose their own wage. Pay Equity Day is celebrated on April 20 this year. This is the date when a women's salary finally catches a man's earnings from the previous year. House Bill 12 has already been passed. Please ask your senators to support Senate Bill 182. Lana Cobb Delaware state president Barbara Mullin public policy chairwoman American Association of Univeity Women On behalf of victims of Lewes and Milford pediatrician Dr. Earl Bradley our law firm is currently investigating the potential for a civil lawsuit against Dr. Bradley and other entities. If your child was a victim of Dr. Bradley's practice, we invite you to contact our Office to schedule a private, Confidential and complimentary conference to discuss your legal rights. The Law Office of Michael D. Carr, P.A. 19716 Sea Air Avenue Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 (302) 227-7730 Phone (302) 227-5460 Fax mdcarr@mdcarrlaw.com website: www.mdcarrlaw.com ]lll"'-llNINllllrT]llmllll llll]nlllllllmn