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8 FRIDAY, MAY 19 - MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 VIEWPOINTS Cape Gazette return there when we die. In between, we live. Art offers a constant reminder of where we came from and where we’re going. Alleluia, love, free at last! All of this arises from an exhibit of paintings currently on display on the second floor of the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes. The group of 14 paint- ings by Ethel Canby Peets and her husband, Orville Houghton Peets, represents a pleasant de- parture from museum exhibits usually displayed by Delaware’s Division of Historical and Cul- tural Affairs. Delaware owns an exten- sive collection of original art including thousands of pieces. Between 2004 and 2007 the di- vision acquired over 400 pieces of multi-media works created by the artistic Peets couple. After decades of studying art and painting in Delaware, Pennsylvania and France, Ethel and Orville settled down on an historic estate named Thorneby, on Herring Creek near Mills- boro. They painted at Thorneby and became involved in the artistic and cultural life of Sus- sex County. Their mastery of painting, new approaches and perspec- tives, and varied interests sparked excitement and influ- enced others looking to expand their minds. They shared the ar- tistic interests with members of the Village Improvement Asso- ciation in Rehoboth Beach and were founding members, along with Louise Corkran and Ethel P.B. Leach, of the Rehoboth Art League in 1938. Orville was also an active member of the Sussex County Archaeological Society. The paintings on display at the Zwaanendael - an exhibit free and open to the public at least through next fall - offer a taste of the interests and artistic mastery of Ethel and Orville. There are street scenes in Paris, nighttime landscapes, portraits of the two - all in the loose and colorful impressionistic style that influenced them during their years in Paris. Information provided with the exhibit adds to its interest. They brought “fresh modern ideas to Delaware after illustri- ous careers outside the state in the early 20th century. They each influenced the art scene in a profound and lasting manner by creating art, teaching classes and holding art forums.” Though small, the Peets exhibit does that wonder- ful thing of focusing our consciousness and bring- ing us together through our aesthetic sensitivity. The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs stretched to add a welcome dimen- sion to what can be offered at the unique Zwaanendael. We should all encourage and look forward to more ventures of this sort in the future. See more paintings from the exhibit with this column at capegazette.com. Barefootin’ Continued from page 7 Castle County misses meeting the standard for ground level ozone by a marginal amount, less than 3 percent of the time, thus meeting the standard over 97 percent of the time. The stan- dards are established through a rigorous process to determine safe exposure levels, and then the standard is reduced another 20 percent as an extra margin of safety. New Castle County is well within that safety margin even on days when it is slightly high. Air quality in Delaware would get an “A” by almost any measure. However, not according to the American Lung Association. In 2016, ALA gave Delaware an “F” in all three counties! How can that be? ALA grades on quite the curve. Meeting the standard 100 percent of the time gets an “A”. Meeting the standard 99 percent of the time, incredibly, yields an “F.” On top of using a ridicu- lously tight curve, ALA ignores the EPA standard and uses their own preferred version. Ozone is not emitted directly but forms from chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, which occur both as manmade and naturally occurring chemicals. Those reac- tions are accelerated by sunlight and heat so tend to peak on hot summer days when temperatures exceed 95° F. Summers with a lot of heat waves have more days with high ozone levels. Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee gets its name from the summer haze formed from volatile compounds emitted by pine trees in the park. The park would have gotten an “F” from the ALA for ozone even before man occupied the continent! In 1980, Delaware was significantly over the standard almost half the year, but a lot of hard, expensive work has cleaned things up. Today, many areas of the country are approaching natural background levels for ozone. Rural areas are already there and no amount of regulation will cut ozone levels further. Even in urban areas as much as 90% of volatile organic compounds, and half of nitrogen oxides are from natural sources, such as plants. Emissions of ozone precursors are so low in Kent and Sussex counties, they are no longer measured. Of the manmade pollution portion, motor vehicle exhaust accounts for about half of the nitrogen oxide pollution, and a third of volatile organic compounds. Existing tailpipe emission standards will help, but it takes 15 years to turn over the fleet of older vehicles, but ozone levels should continue to fall over the next decade with no new regulations. You might wonder why the ALA uses such narrow crite- ria. To find the answer, start by following the money. The EPA and ALA have a self-interest in maintaining the impression air quality is in crisis to keep money flowing to their organizations. The ALA received $20 million in grants from the EPA over the last decade to help fund the report card. Nothing like seeing an “F” to get your attention. Second, follow the bias. The ALA does have a le- gitimate concern about the health impacts of certain air pollutants, especially ozone, on people with asthma and COPD. They appear willing to exaggerate the situation to build public pressure for ever- tighter air quality standards. The ALA Annual Air Qual- ity Report Card will be released soon. You might want to view it more skeptically this year, and look at the data yourself. You can find the data at the EPA Air Qual- ity Daily Statistics website. David T. Stevenson director Center for Energy Competitiveness Caesar Rodney Institute Derek Jeter deserves some respect In response to Dave Frederick stating “I’ll be happy when all things Derek Jeter are finally re- tired,” I say sour grapes. If Derek Jeter played his entire career for the Phillies instead of the Yankees, I’m sure you would be all over it. While it’s true many people hate the Yankees, few are hard pressed to find any true fault with Derek Jeter. He played the game with integrity, ethics and intensity. Finally, good behavior is rewarded. You shouldn’t take that away from him, his family or fans. I guess you’ll be napping when he is inducted into the Hall of Fame. Perhaps first ballot unanimously. Suzanne Steele Lewes Thanks for support of Share the Pain CrossFit Lewes and the Peo- ple’s Place SAFE Program would like to thank all who participated and donated to the annual Share the Pain competition held April 29 in Lewes. We want to also thank CrossFit Dover and Cross- fit 1806 members who partnered with us this year to raise funding for domestic violence survivors and their children at SAFE. The successful fundraising event kicked off April 2 at a Share the Pain pre-event party held at The Crooked Hammock in Lewes. CrossFit members enjoyed music performed by 3CNorth, food and beverages prepared by the Crooked Hammock and bid on an array of silent auction items donated by local businesses and individuals. Share the Pain competitors spent the remainder of the month raising thousands of dollars on their individual fundraising pages by sharing information about the event and the domestic violence cause it was supporting. CrossFit Lewes, Crossfit Dover and CrossFit 1806 are pleased to announce that because of the support and hard work of their CrossFit commun- nity members they were able to present a check to Marcey Rezac, program director of the People’s Place SAFE Program, for a grand total of $35,000. Ms. Rezac stated, “These funds are going to help the shelters weather some chal- lenging financial times in the near future and put my mind at ease.” We would like to extend a spe- cial thank you to our title spon- sor, Atlantic Theaters, which has generously supported Share the Pain for the past two years. Other sponsors we would like to thank this year are: ig Burton, GGE of Delaware, The Oldfather Group, The Crooked Hammock Brewety, Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware, Dewey Beer Company, DelOne, McClung- Logrun Equipment Company, Karl Wilkerson Communications, Bella Terra Landscapes, Hurlock Real Estate, Satterfield & Ryan, Community Bank, Mercer and Sydell Dental, ElDorado, Kent Oil Company, Tidewater Land- ing, Cape Gazette, Logo Motive Custom Apparel, Dover Federal Credit Union, Focus Multisports Club, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Carl Freeman Companies, and CRX Consulting. Many thanks again to the CrossFit memberswho competed at the Share the Pain 4 event April 29, and for all the sponsors, volunteers and supporters that made this another memorable day of giving. We are very ap- preciative for the time that was spent not only raising money, but also spreading awareness of the People’s Place SAFE Program. This generosity will help domes- tic violence survivors continue to receive the help they need to live a life free from abuse. Kim Rigby Donor Relations People’s Place Kris Carper owner CrossFit Lewes Good Samaritans plentiful in Cape Region In the last month, there has been a circulating email ask- ing for donations for Syrian refugees living in tent cities in refugee camps on the Syrian/ Turkish border. Thank you so much for the generous donations from Epworth United Methodist Church members and those who brought items needed by Syrian refugees to Joanne Cabry’s garage and the Unitarian Universalist church. Here we reside in our comfortable houses with heat and air-conditioning, running water, indoor toilets. We have plentiful food, adequate clothing, school supplies for our students, toys for our children, medical supplies for our injuries. Who is the Good Samaritan? It’s more than the story we read from the Bible. It’s the person who doesn’t just walk on by. Denise Laux Milton Thanks to Sen. Lopez and DelDOT I want to thank Sen. Ernie Lopez and DelDOT for repaint- ing or stamping the bike logos and arrows on the side of Cape Henlopen Drive. I offered to re- paint them myself a few weeks ago. DelDOT declined for safety reasons, but they responded that they would submit my request for consideration. A few days after that I received another note from DelDOT saying that they were busy with other scheduled proj- ects and stated they did not think they could get to it until the fall. Everyone who uses the Cape Henlopen State Park or rides a bike knows how many cyclists use Cape Henlopen Drive, espe- cially in the summer season, so I reached out to Sen. Ernie Lopez asking for his help. Less than a week after my request to him for help I was riding my bike down Cape Henlopen Drive and I saw a DelDOT crew repainting the bike logos and arrows on each side of the road (almost 20 of them). The purpose of the logos is to remind motorists that cyclists use the road and also to remind cyclists that they are to ride with traffic and not against it in an effort to make the road safer for all. Thanks again to Ernie and Del- DOT for getting this done before the busy summer season! Ray Quillen Lewes vice president Bike Delaware Epworth thanks postal carriers donations We want to extend our sincere appreciation to area residents who participated in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 13. This was the 25th year for the campaign, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Because of the generous donations of nonperishable food items – despite miserably wet weather on the day of the drive - the Food Pantry at Epworth United Methodist Church will be well stocked for much of this year. Epworth’s pantry is one of several recipients of food donations to Stamp Out Hunger in the Re- hoboth Beach area. The Epworth pantry also receives food from church members and friends and through campaigns conducted by other organizations and business- es. In 2016, approximately 1,800 families or households were able to obtain nutritious food items at no cost through the Epworth Food Pantry, which is adminis- tered through the church’s Good Samaritans program. Hunger and homelessness are very real problems, even in this resort area. The Epworth Food Pantry is one vital resource to address this need. Thank you for supporting the Stamp Out Hun- ger drive! Epworth United Methodist Church Letters » Continued from page 7