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6 TUESDAY, APRIL 30 - THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013 Cape Gazette Letters )) Lewes Citizens BPW Roundtable predates Candace Vessella As the Lewes City Council election calendar moves closer to May 11, I would like to set the record straight regarding the Lewes BPW Citizens Roundtable. It was not initiated by Candace Vessella, candidate for Lewes City Council. Her election web- site states: "established a citizens' roundtable to facilitate informal interaction with BPW custom- ers." Please understand, Ms. Ves- sella - the Lewes BPW Citizens Roundtable was established nearly four years ago in response to changes made by the BPW re- garding how it billed for services to include ready to serve charges for electric, water; irrigation and sewer, before you ever became directly involved with BPW. Our membership reflects a cross section of Lewes BPW customers. We have met and continue to meet with BPW management every 2-3 months to discuss a wide range of topics from infrastructure projects, ready to serve charges, competi- tiveness of rates, cash reserves and other customer-related issues. Initially, we met with Ken Mecham and currently meet with Darrin Gordon, general manager and Heidi Wagner, assistant general manager. On occasion, one or two BPW board members will attend. When Candace Vessella attended one of our Citizens Roundtable meetings earlier this year she was quite outspo- ken, advising our group that we should discontinue our. meetings with BPW management. Why? A waste of time! Our meetings continue, thanks to the foresight- edness of BPW management. Her website also states as a goal: "Listen to concerns of all citizens." Yet, she attempted to silence the voices of over 3,000 customers through her sought after elimination of our Lewes BPW Citizens Roundtable. I am sure voters on May 11 will make an informed decision keep- ing this information in mind. Paul G, Griffith, founder, Lewes BPW Citizens Roundtable Lewes Gay marriage: more legalistic and twisted semantics Love is just a score if you hap- pen to be talking about tennis; otherwise it means a lot. There are many kinds of love, There is religious love. There is romantic love. There is paren- tal love. Then there is gay love, which I suppose is a subdivision of romantic love. There is broth- erly love. Thereis sisterly love. Then there is marital love. Each Continued on page 7 I thinkZ Editorial )) Fulton plan good for students, taxpayers fter a decade of questions over the fifth district elementary school at a site yet to alignment of Milton's two elemen- be selected. tary schools, Cape Henlopen school After that, the district would address At_ board is finally tackling the issue whether new elementary buildings should head on. Superintendent Robert Fulton told the board it is time to address the racial and economic divide at the two schools, and the board appears set to take up the task. Fulton called on the board to realign grades, establishing H.O. Brittingham Elementary as a K-2 school and Milton Elementary as a school for grades 3 to 5. The board has taken no action, and no time table has been established, but Fulton said the district should move forward with realigning attendance even without a referendum for new school construction. Fulton emphasized the board will hold a se- ries of community meetings to get input from the public before instituting changes. In addi- tion to realigning the two Milton elementaries, Fulton's plan calls for expanding Beacon and Mariner middle schools to eliminate the need for modular classrooms and then building a replace old ones in Rehoboth, Lewes and Mil- ton. While the plan itself differs from a pro- posal made by the district's school facilities task force, Fulton called his plan a w'm-win because it is based on information gathered by the task force over months of meetings. He said the new plan should garner com- munity support because it's simple, yet it addresses the short-term and long-term needs of Cape kids. It should also come as a relief for district taxpayers, who would fund only one elementary school in the short term, not the four new schools and one renovation earlier proposed. With or without voter support for new schools, Fulton's plan addresses the long-ig- nored issue of racial and economic imbalance at Milton's elementaries. This board and this superintendent deserve credit for their deci- sion to take a long-needed step in the right direction to end this problem. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment editor Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email news- room@capegazette.com. THIS PROUD CAMELLIA stands in the yard-of ey Avenue in Lewes. DON WOODS PHOTOGRAPH the Mitchell house on Dew- -)) For local weather, including highs and lows.see page 47 Web Poll )) Majority favor anti-litter- ing road signs Do you favor road signs saying Only trash throws out trash? Yes 50.6% Cape Gazette Volume 19 No. 93 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303~ dnf@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter@capegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 bernie@capegazette.com NEWS Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans@capegazette.com Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Kara Nuzback, Ext. 317 knuzback@capegazette.com Rachel Swick Mavity, Ext. 321 rachel@capegazette.com Nick Roth, Ext. 335 nickroth@capegazette.com Melissa Steele, Ext. 338 melissasteele@capegazette.com Molly MacMillan mollymac@capegazette.com SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tim@seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@HoleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Bumley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Don Flood Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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