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cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS TUESDAY, MAY 3- THURSDAY MAY 5, 2011 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 raine ZeUersl I have been very frustrated since at least 2003 when I present- ed what I thought were good ar- guments for removing the restric- tions for April and October. I have been met with all sorts of excuses, obfuscations andsimple untruths over the years. Commissioner Zellers has cut through to the chase. I have been told the mayor wouldn't allow easing of the restrictions onto the agenda. (I am not aware the may- or said this nor that he unilaterally controls the agenda.) I have been told the committee can't move forward until they figure a new system of frees and penalties, that the issue could not proceed with- out a decision on dog parks, that there can be no assurance of ap- propriate enforcement, and that visitors will not follow the rules anyway. None of these have any- thing to do with the span of the Boardwalk restrictions. They exist or don't exist regardless of the timeframe. I humbly request the mayor and commissioners vote favorably on eliminating the restriction for April and October. Thank you, Lorraine ZeUers. Rol k Sb'eimer Overwhelming support makes walk successful More than 2,000 people gath- ered in Wilmington and Lewes April 9-10 to support Autism Delaware through the fast annual Walk-Race for Autism. Corporate sponsors, walkers, ruuners, ex- hibitors and volunteers all came together in the effort and success- ' ! ;; ":: ..... , i:..,: .... ' " ' .... ..... ' ..... " .... fully raised more than $170,000 to : : support individuals and families affected by autism throughout Delaware. ' The Walk-Race for Autism is : , :,,:" ?L,?::, ;i ,ii/, ...... " , ~" . i III ' iii I I " i ,i ; i ~ II immw ~., q ,' i,l , i held as part of Autism Awareness Month in Delaware and across the country. The event featured a walk through Bellevue Park in -: Wilmington April 9. A 5K walk, as well as a 57( race, a half-marathon and a Kiddie K were held in Lewes April 10. This is the first year for the Walk-Race for Autism as a com- bined, weekend-long, statewide event. The level of support from throughout Delaware was incredi- ble. It was tremendously moving to see so many come out to show their support for families strag- gling with autism. The Walk-Race for Autism was created as a result of the 2010 merger of Autism Delaware and the Lower Delaware Autism Foun- dation, now united under the name of Autism Delaware. The : event combined Autism Delaware's Walk for Autism and LDAF's Race for Autism into a " . " "' " -- " / i ".: .'. "i./ OetAW^Rem aC.ARCHty THIS PHOTOGRAPH, macle al/ a Sus xCouray roadin 1915, shows flat tke - new event that spanned the breadth of Delaware. l)a th(maho tul . tor. to Our staff and volunteers worked so well together to create not just a fundraiser, but a tree illdi al gwl)l),, community-building event.As the :.:,,~~J~:l .I~, ,l~. r~..:.~M.. ~~~ollex:t~to~~~;m~78.; parent of a child with autism, . ". , ..... there is nothing like the feeling of coming to the Walk-Race and see- Hour', recreational programs such News Journal, Casale Construc- tal and Wilmington Trust. Finally, ing so many other families like as camp, bowling, Lego Club, and tion, Comcast Spotlight and numerous community organiza- yours. It really hits home that Teen/Tween Asperger's GameWRDE, Irish Eyes Pub & Restau- t.ions made donations to support you're not alone. Then you look Night; and POW&R, the adult rant, and WSTW/WDEL. Addi-the first Walk-Race for Autism. around and realize just how many services program that provides tional event supporters include For more information about the people are there, and you feel like adults with opportunities to vol- Bear-Glasgow Dental, Blue Cross Walk-Race, please Visit de- we can accomplish anything to- unteer, intern, and work in the Blue Shield of Delaware, Jolly' lautism.org or contact Associate gether! community. Trolley, Lorne and Sharon Solway, Director Teresa Avery at 302-224- The funds raised will support The event could not be possible NRG Energy Indian River power 6020. Autism Delaware's many pro- without the generosity of many plant, Pyramid Educational Con- Teresa J Avery, MBA grams. These include support donors and sponsors. This year sultants, Tybout Redfearn & Pell, associate executive director programs like the Parent Coffee the event was sponsored by The Horizon Services, Peninsula Den- Autism IX4mmm Redistricting is one of the purest actions a legislative body can take. - John Engler he all-important de- ceunial blood sport known as legislative redistricting is upon us. Delaware is spared the con- gressional version by virtue of its size, but the redrawing of Delaware General Assembly and Senate districts already promis- es great entertainment value Majority Leader Pete Schwartzkopf of Rehoboth Beach has apparently decided to unilaterally ignore a state law that mandates that census data reflect where inmates actually "reside, and not where they are incarcerated. This because a software update in the mapping program called Maptitude would cost the state $70,000. That's less than a dime per person to accurately reflect the residence of Delaware's citizen- ry....a modest outlay, and quite justifmble when compared with some of the specious folly our politicos have been known to waste tax dollars Let's look at some history. In 2001, the Republicans con- trolled the process in Legislative Hall and followed a time-hon- ored tradition dating back to 18t2 when Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republi- can Party. . One particul ly contorted district that year resembled the outline of a salamander, thus giving us the sobriquet "gerry- mander" to describe similarly egregious map drawing. Although remapping is ideally supposed to acknowledge exist- ing municipal boundaries, the 2001 remapping split both Georgetown and Lewes among differing legislators as popula- fion growth in Sussex County gave rise to the Rehoboth area 14th District, currently repre- sented by Schwartzkopf. The 2010 census again showed a significant population shift in Delawa re favoring Sus- sex County and other points south of the Canal with the like- lihood the coastal and capitol gions will gain districts at the expense of New Castle County. But this time, the Democrats hold sway in Dover, and Schwartzkopf is leading the re- districting process. He has promised to consider public in- put in the process, but he also promised public input regarding casinos and pursued his own agenda anyway, so reconcilia- tion of his words and deeds re- mains to be seen. Both Lewes and Georgetown are pushing to beunified in a single district each; community organizers point out that the Hispanic population in Delaware doubled in the decade since 2000 and including all of Georgetown in a single legisla- five distaict would allow a stronger voice for this group. This brings us back to Pete and his lack of intestinal forti- tude to fix Maptitude. The ger- rymandering/redistricting this year is being crafted as we said at the start by a computer pro- gram called Maptitude which has issues that would cost 10 cents per person to fn, assuring accurate population data that complies with state law. Pete, this is the .wrong place to save money, Take some of the $70 million the revenue gums just found - and get the software fight. Make sure people are placed in contiguous districts with similar interests and needs. When you're talking about the basic structure for our represen- tative system of government, this is no time to pinch pennies. Fix Maptitude and do thejob right. "Money often costs too muck" - Ralph Waldo Emerson . Many thanks to the Christiana board of education for remind- ing us that you can stand on principle, but you can't spend it. Facing complaints from teachers who were being forced to trans- fer out of Glasgow High School and Stubbs Elementary to com- ply with transformation require- ments under Race to the Top, the board opted to opt out of the Race memorandum of under- standing, saying the process was flawed. Wasting no time, Education Secretary Lillian Lowery and Gov. Jack Markell announced ' that the state would rescind the $11 million in federal funding that Christiana was due to re- ceive under the Race to the Top funding formula. Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, also chimed in to chastise the board's decision. Having received 11 million rea- sons to rethink its position, as well as state and federal scold- ing, the Christiana board unani- mously reversed itself and is- sued a stirring reaffu'mation of its faith in the Race to the Top program objectives. When mon- ey talks, everything else walks. Bob Love has been a reporter for community newspapers and a campaign strategist for local, state and federal candidates. He is a former planning board member and charter school board president. Reach Love at .ralove.cg@gmail.com.