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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 2- May 8, 1997 Continued from page 6 between one personal issue and discussion involving the overall operation of government. She is elected to represent you, Lewes. Does this represent you? Do you really want more of this7 The easiest thing is to do noth- ing, the second easiest is to com- plain. This member of council ex- cels at both. After four years, she has not attempted to go beyond pointing out problems that exist, or being critical of someone. Yes, problems exist. Council members are responsible for not simply identifying the problems but pro- viding suggestions, solutions or resolutions to the problems. It is easy to identify a problem; the dif- ficult part is finding a solution, presenting it to the public and having it become effective. The slogan, "It's time for a change" was used last year. Right slogan, wrong year. This govern- ment needs a refreshing change of membership of people that are willing to work together for the best interest of the city, while ra- tionally expressing their view- points, and listening with an open mind to fellow members of coun- cil, putting aside personal griev- ances and personality conflicts. The voters have the capabifity of making this a reality. Please exer- cise your right to vote for a candi- date that will be productive, not disruptive. Jim Ford Lewes What's the real issue in Lewes election? The upcoming Lewes election should be a heated one in view of the fact that four candidates are vying for two council seats. In an age when public apathy results in poor voter turn-out and reluctance of citizens even to step forward to run for office, this showing of dedication is simply an indication that Lewes continues to be a vi- brant community. It's a town wor- thy of serving as well as one that's a pleasure to live and work in. Its citizens care and want to continue to support the town's betterment and vitality. Of course, this election will not be without controversy. The can- didates have a diversity of per- spectives upon which they base their candidacies. Often they choose to address specific issues to provide a rationale for public support. Namely to get votes. Two issues which should not be issues, however, are the selection of the chief of police and the com- panion charter change, often men- tioned in the same breath. None of the candidates can publicly dis- cuss the viability of the police chief selection. The incumbents cannot by law openly discuss the matter because it is privileged per- sonnel information relegated to closed door executive sessions. they aren't privy to this privileged information in the fwt place and they don't have any background on other candidates or the individ- ual the mayor has selected. What we have here are "non-is- sue issues." As fa as the candi- dates and the election are con- cerned. Certainly when the elec- tion is over and the victors are seated, the issue must be ad- dressed and more important, it must be resolved. Until that time, no candidate should discuss whether they are for or against the appointment of the mayor's selec- tion for chief of police. Likewise the charter change that would essentially give the mayor a "second" vote should not be dis- cussed in light of the selection of the police chief. Obviously it is appropriate to review any city charter periodically to make it rel- evant to new laws and ordinances or to accommodate city policy, but such discussions belong in city Council chambers and changes should be made only with extreme discretion and serious ob- jective analysis. This is one non- issue issue that should not become the smoke and mirrors upon which campaigns are built. Regardless how the people of Lewes view the issues, we all have an obligation to get the facts and vote. Friday night, May 2, the Lewes Homeowners Association has scheduled a "Meet the Candi- dates Night" beginning at 8 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library. Here you will have an opportunity to listen to the candidates first hand and ask them about what they think about the issues. Make it an "issue" to attend. Michael R. Tyler Lewes Gazette cartoonist out of line and step I and many other people with whom I have spoken, are both en- raged and stunned at the cartoon you published in last week's Gazette. For a paper such as yours, which has always seemed to have such high standards, to print a cartoon which shows a Ne- anderthal lack of sensitivity to the subject of rape is beyond belief. The cartoonist is obviously a man and a man who has never been in the military where the power of rank is even greater than in civil- ian life. Years ago, when I was a 21- year-old starting on my first teaching job in Georgetown, Delaware, I was pursued around a long table in the art room by a member of the school board, who shouted that I had "better be nice to him," or I would not be hired. The only thing that kept me from having him press unwelcome at- tentions was that both my family and my new husband's family were well-known in Sussex Coun- ty, anti threatened to tell them both if he touched me. What I would have done had I been less well-connected and desperately needed a job, I don't know. Cer- tainly, in Georgetown at the time, have been fired. The situation in the military is infinitely worse. Drill sergeants have the power to make or break anyone's spirit, let alone career. Young recruits, male or female, are often far from home and often for the first time. For men in posi- tions of power to take advantage of such a situation knowing that recruits are often totally terrified of them is most certainly a crimi- nal act. You don't have to be wrestled to the floor. It would take only a leer and a wave of the effi- ciency report form to frighten many young women. I am shocked and unhappy that you seem to find such a situation cause for fun and games. I think you owe all women an apology, especially young recruits, and I suggest you send your cartoonist for some sensitivity training be- fore he insults anyone else. Til Purnell Millsboro Milton Middle School thanks supporters We would like to take this op- portunity to thank you for making a difference. You helped make our first technology fund-raiser a suc- cess, and we are very grateful. We had coverage in seven newspapers and by three radio sta- tions. We received donations from many businesses from the entire district. It was truly a community effort, and it showed that the Mil- ton faculty has one goal in mind - to make our school the best place for our children to learn. We were able to make approxi- mately $4,000 profit on this ven- ture. It would not have been possi- ble without you. This is only the beginning for us, but it is a positive start. Our building goal for technology is $60,000. If you have any sugges- tions for ways that we could raise more money, please call us our school at 684-8516. We are look- ing forward to your ideas. Thank you again. The staff and students of Milton Middle School A Valentine's Day worth remembering On February 14, 1997, Valen- fine's Day, my heart broke. My actual heart, that is. I'm writing to you to thank a few people, and to remind the rest of your readers how precious and unpredictable life is. First of all, I'm 35 years old, I have a wife, two children, a dog, the house with a white picket fence (that needs paint), and bills... On Valentine's Day, about 1:45 p.m., I found some answers. I promise this is not a call for all to come to God. I believe as children of God we have the right to see Him the way we choose. That's free will, and He gave that to us, too. Anyway, the long tunnel with lights, old departed friends and family saying it's not your time, large golden gates with St. Peter The challengers can't discuss the had an unknown young woman and his book, and Angels...I have stuff has to wait. This is a story you know, a story you forgot. Pericardial effusion with car- diac tamponade: a big Problem, it can be brought on by a virus, dis- ease, or it can be idiopathic. In me, it appears to have been the latter, which means that no one knows why it happens, only that it did happen. A sac that surrounds your heart normally contains fluid to protect it. On Valentine's Day, the level of that fluid wasso high, my otherwise healthy heart was hav- ing difficulty doing its magical job. With an echocardiogram, they actually took pictures of my heart while it was doing its job. This test measures all kinds of things, without having to open you up and take a look. It reminded me from something out of Star Trek. After the test, I put my shirt back on and prepared to return to work when the problem (which I had no time for), fwst became apparent. My wife was not happy, and a small group of hospital staff began to gather and I heard them men- tioning things like, "He drove himself in," and "he's still walk- ing." None of this could be good, I thought to myself. Then they made me ride in a wheelchair to the Critical Care Unit. "Just nor- mal procedure, Mr. Redefer," they said. "Mr. Redefer? What's up with that?" I thought. CCU is where the really sick people are. People on machines! The guy on one side of me had a head injury and had armed guards. In the room on the other side, a dear friend's father was suffering from a stroke or heart attack. I'm not sure which, but he didn't make it home. What was I doing here? My doctor, Dr. Harb, said it was just for monitoring the pressures in my heart, but why here? Why me? Why... My wife was struggling to be strong. She kissed me and said she would go home, get changed, tell the kids and be right back. I didn't want them to worry, because this whole thing seemed ridiculous. I was fine. While she was gone, I found the answers to some of the 'whys,' none of which were very fun. One of the nurses told me (after- ward) that I was the classic 'crash and burn,' but that was not going to stop them. My doctor told me (afterward) they bad to save some- one that day. I heard them say, ,his eyes have rolled up in his head," "his blood pressure has dropped," "call his wife...." Why were they talking about me as if I wasn't in the room, I thought to myself. My amazing heart never stopped, but I came too close se,- eral times. But that's not what this story is about. This story is about Beebe Med- ical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospi- tad, and their staffs. This story is about doctors like Harb, Saliba, Lindenstruth, Killeen, Rogers, Allen, Yang, Schulman, and more. Nurses like Darleen, Susan, Gin- ny, Lois, Linda, Olga and more. Respiratory therapists, the O.R. staff, LPNs, nursing assistants, about family, friends, and people I haven't seen in so long. Do you know what they did? They will say they did something small, some little gesture, something they knew I would have done for them, but it was so much more. Before the clock could strike mid- night on Valentine's Day, they sent me, and my heart, a gift I can- not adequately repay. Their thoughts and prayers reached across time and miles and gently, softly, one at a time, reached in- side me and touched my heart to let me know they were there, and I knew it too. They were all with me. If that day had been my last, it would not change this story. The story would just have to have been told by someone else. From this day on, to everyone I can are not alone. You may, look at life as grains of sand, but grains of sand are simply time. We are the ocean, the light, a tear, a hug, a kiss, the smell of spring and so much more. I must insist that you remember because it's too easy to forget, fight the fight, right is right, make the time, in good times and in bad, look to the sun and thank God. No matter bow bad it seems, it's worth everything you've got. One more thing - someday, it will be your turn. I will be with you, but get ready, it is one hell of a ride. Enjoy today. Oh, I almost forgot. Happy Valentine's Day. Sorry I'm late, and I am just fine, thanks to all of you. I love you. John E. 'T.J" Redder, m and family Lewes Cocaine kills For those not familiar with the effects of cocaine, the following may prove instructive in reference to a recent local family member: A few years ago in the Wash- ington area, a young man tried to get money from his mother to buy cocaine. She would not give it to him. What did he do to her? Pulled out a gun and killed her on the front lawn. Her husband and other children were all in the house. Nice family? Nice house? Quite a few years ago, in anoth- er country where I used tO live, a friend married an American girl. They had three children. After I left that country, he wrote to me and said that his wife, and another English girl whom I knew, had formed the habit of go- ing to a local hotel whenever he was out of town on business, and staying there - where they took co- caine. Where did hey get the money for cocaine? They were young, well-dressed, nice looking women. Three guesses. Her three small children went down on their knees and begged their mother to come home. She ignored them - her own children. He packed her up and sent her back to the states. These are two personal exam- ples of what cocaine can do. Let us all beware. and lots of.other hospital staff, too Frances King nmn to -mation,. This :s, tory',is,',, 'o',','. ,',',', ,:,,', ,,',',',',gel/o'li6th