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R ussian philosopher and novelist Leo Tolstoy did a lot of thinking, much of it about art. With great regard for his fellow humans, he felt that art succeeds as art to the extent to which it enhances the sense of brotherhood and sisterhood among people. If, in the process of viewing a painting, listening to a piece of music or reading a poem or a novel, people feel themselves closer to other humans and less separated, then that work of art - to Tolstoy’s way of thinking - achieves a degree of success. There are more salons and exhibits now than there have been in recent decades. People gather in homes or galleries to listen to live music, or discuss books, or view and discuss paintings. And we’re fortu- nate to live in an area where throughout the year there is lots of live music performed in concerts and bars and outdoor venues. Tolstoy would approve. These happenings bring people together in places where they focus their collective at- tention on artistic achievement. Sometimes that achievement is created in isolation, sometimes in live performance. Artists work silently in front of their canvases, engrossed in the color of their paints, the feeling of the liquid hues trans- ferred from palette to brush to canvas taking their minds from one dimension to another. Time suspends as a piece of art emerges, stroke by stroke; or, from the composer’s mind, note by note on a staff on paper. Miraculous. Even the dot of red paint placed on a sheet of paper by a child who then reaches for a blotch of blue or yellow to add to the scene - even that takes that young, developing mind to a different part of the brain that has less to do with individual survival and maintaining a separative existence from others. “Here, look what I did. Do you like it?” And another joins in, and for a moment a joint sense of ap- preciation, two minds focused on one subject. In a world so focused on divisiveness, artists and poets play an important role in pull- ing us back toward the sanity of knowing that at the root of it all, humans are ultimately connected by a collective consciousness. It’s that infinite ocean where our individual souls are like droplets all form- ing the one. Our souls pull from that ocean when we are born, Peets exhibit adds new dimension to Zwaanendael Museum THIS NIGHTTIME scene by Orville Peets on exhibit in the Zwaanendael Mu- seum shows the breadth of the artist’s interests and technique. Rehoboth needs to do its homework on outfall Recent Letters to the Editor, regarding Rehoboth’s proposed ocean outfall, caught my atten- tion. Since 2008, the State of Florida has been dismantling its existing outfalls, and banned any new outfalls, based on scientific evidence of the negative impact on the ocean. Rehoboth Beach’s permit ap- plications for the controversial ocean outfall are based on its Fi- nal Environmental Impact State- ment (Dec. 2012) submitted to DNREC. By reading the Alterna- tive Analysis (from the DNREC website), the land application alternatives studied focused on either purchasing farmland for direct application or sending wastewater to the Wolfe Neck Regional Wastewater Facility. 2005 estimates found the pur- chase of farmland too costly, if the land could even be acquired. Various cost estimates regard- ing land application through WNRWF were approximately equal to purchasing farmland. Based on this, land application was rejected. However, DNREC has publicly recommended land application throughout the state, valuing the millions of gallons of fresh water returned to the land. Nowhere does Rehoboth’s EIS discuss any examination of alternatives with two compa- nies who have come forward to offer land application solutions. Tidewater Utilities and Artesian both claim to be able to save millions of dollars for the City of Rehoboth, while avoiding return- ing wastewater to the Inland Bays watershed. Additionally, Rehoboth’s EIS rejected deep well injection, us- ing 2005 analysis and cost estima- tions. Last fall, the Washington Post reported that in Hampton Roads, Virginia, a wastewater in- jection system is being designed, to be in full operation between 2020 and 2030. So another option rejected out-of-hand in 2005 has become technologically viable, with new research. Before proceeding, we must demand that the City of Re- hoboth responsibly update the economic and environmental alternatives to ocean outfall. It’s 2017, and valid alternatives exist that were not considered over the past 12 years. If you believe, as I do, that building an ocean outfall on Rehoboth’s beach is an environ- mentally unsound idea, please contact the Rehoboth City Council and Mayor, asking that they reconsider alternatives to the ocean outfall. Ask for discus- sions with both Artesian and Tidewater Utilities, to develop genuine cost alternatives for land application. Then, the city should examine updated information on deep well injection. If it works for Hampton Roads, Va., perhaps deep well injections could work for Rehoboth Beach. Before spending $58 million (2015 estimate), Rehoboth needs to do its homework and make certain current decisions are based on current options, at cur- rent costs! Laura Hansen Reynolds Rehoboth Beach On setbacks and buffer zones for state’s waters Sediments in Delaware’s Rehoboth and Indian River bays, and rivers such as the Broad- kill and Mispillion are causing ignored, untold damage to their ecosystems. Using a common tool to measure transparency in these waters, a Secchi disk, the device can disappear below the surface in barely 8 inches. The use of a plankton net for sampling the productivity of these same waters is impractical. The nets quickly fill with sand, crushing most of the captured microscopic animals (zooplankton) and algae (phytoplankton) beyond recogni- tion. Setback buffer zones are com- monly used to filter out sedi- ment and nutrients from runoff into critical waterways. Salt or freshwater marshes or any other vegetation that binds the bank soils greatly improves the quality of drainage water and benefits downstream farmers, residents and visitors. Water clarity is basic to the growth of tiny organisms - phy- toplankton - that are at the base of the food chain. Using sunlight, they produce oxygen, nutrients and convert carbon dioxide into organic compounds. These then serve as food for larval crabs and other zooplankton that in turn feed fishes and larger marine animals. Digging long ditches on agricultural lands may slow and collect runoff, but ditches do not compete with the benefits of properly created buffer zones. Some of the nutrients and pos- sible toxins that the ditches accu- mulate can then percolate down into the aquifers, the source of our drinking water. The state of Virginia requires 100-to-200 feet setbacks for any intermittent and perennial streams.New Jersey requires areas of 150 feet around resource value wetlands and a minimum of 50 feet in other cases. In Maryland, setbacks and buf- fers are generally established by county or city ordinance. Balti- more County requires setbacks of 150 feet around any stream. The First State’s setbacks are regulated by its counties as merely property setbacks. Among its neighboring states, Delaware unfortunately ranks as the Last State in creating buffer zones for the protection of our waterways. Robert Bachand Milton Delaware air quality isn’t that bad The Environmental Protection Agency tracks seven pollutants at air quality monitoring stations in Delaware, and we currently meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six of them. Kent and Sussex counties meet the standards for all seven. New Letters » Dennis Forney » BAREFOOTIN’ L ike many who’ve moved to Southern Delaware from major metropolitan areas, I always expected that I’d need to travel to Philadelphia, Baltimore or Washington for major medical care. I’m pleased to admit that I’ve been proven wrong by the outstanding team of physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers who re- cently diagnosed and treated a life-threatening - and surprising - coronary blockage. Because I’m an active individual who spends 30 minutes a day on a treadmill and appears to be in good health, I was startled when my primary care physician, Dr. Thomas F. Kelly of Shore Community Medical, sug- gested that I have some routine cardiac tests performed. He referred me to Dr. Robert My- ers at Cardiovascular Consultants of Southern Delaware. After reviewing the results of a stress test, Dr. Myers recommended a cardiac catheter- ization, which was performed by a wonderful team at Beebe Healthcare and revealed that my blockage was so severe that immediate bypass surgery was warranted. I was referred to cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Christopher M. Genco, whose credentials, candor and kindness quickly put to rest my concerns about the quality of care I could receive right here in Sussex County. Thanks to the skilled care of Dr. Genco, Physician’s Assistant Brian McCarthy, and the entire sur- gical and nursing team at Beebe, I’m now back home and on the road to recovery. Although I’m fortunate to have devoted caregivers at home, the Beebe Home Care staff provided invaluable advice; I am certain they are a god- send to those who require in-home assistance. In addition to the fine team of physicians who cared for me, I’d also like to thank nurses Derek, Sara, Dawn, Noel, Lori, Tim and Kevin at Beebe. The excellent team, modern facilities and quality care I experienced at Beebe have con- vinced me that the Medical Center’s Five-Star rating is well deserved. I encourage friends, neighbors and new- comers to the area to support Beebe and the exceptional team of health care providers we’re fortunate to have right here in Southern Delaware. There’s no need to travel for first- rate health care! George Coscia Rehoboth Beach Beebe: No need to travel for first-class care Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, MAY 19 - MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 7 Continued on page 8 Continued on page 8