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cape (iazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, MAY 29- MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 "Swift Boat Realtors" are at it again. We just received an inac- curate and misleading mailing from a group called Citizens for Rehoboth Fiscal Responsibility, attacking the city's position on needs to fund ocean outfall. Do we really need to go through this again? Haven't we've been through this countless times before? I mean, really, can the opposi- tion to the entire process even read? And the need to replace a hideously outdated city hall complex. There is of course no return address on the mailing. I call that voter fraud, and, if done interstate, mail fraud and ask the post office to investigate. We remember bogus postcards seemingly mailed by commis- sioners but instead mailed from a local real estate office, malicious night letters on Patrick Gossett, spurious attacks on Richard and Bill Sargent, and a bogus let- ter from a nonexistent "Olson Johnson" in Pennsylvania which accused Mayor Sam Cooper of being unpatriotic. Trash. Does there seem to be a pattern here? Clearly the real estate/develop- ment community is disenchanted with pubic deliberations (and an excellent recent editorial from the Cape Gazette) over their latest attempts to screw up Rehoboth, with "mansioniza- tion" and "mini-motels" hidden in residential neighborhoods and so-called "stoner pools" with their incipient noise and environ- mental problems. Fortunately, the majority of citizens in Rehoboth Beach want our town to perpetuate the atmosphere that brought us here, understanding this is the true way to build long-term common good and community value, not mcmansions and mini-motels and stoner pools. We urge everyone to vote on the referendum June 27 and soundly defeat coarse thinking, bad ideas and voter fraud. We voters of Rehoboth Beach, and, indeed, all Americans, are better than that. Happy Memorial Day from one of us a veteran. Stan and Betsey Heuisler Rehoboth Beach. Posner thanks Cape district voters Thank you, Cape Henlopen School District, for voting to keep me on your board of education for a second term. No question, as emphasized throughout this campaign, our district is growing in population, and our school buildings are aging. Together, we have truly chal- lenging work and exciting oppor- tunities ahead. I am eager now to carry on with that work - to continue to collaborate closely with my school board colleagues, the superintendent and his staff as assigned, to advance policies and plans that result in academic and extracurricular excellence - and to maintain a sense of empower- ment, trust, respect and pride throughout Cape's now top-rank- ing schools. A thousand thanks, especially, to my spouse, leri Berc, to Betty Deacon, our campaign manager, and to the dozens of friends, colleagues and neighbors who worked so diligently and relent- lessly on this re-election cam- paign. You shared suggestions, resources, and talent; you voted and made this happen. And to all Cape residents, please let me know your thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns about our schools over the challenging and exciting months and years ahead. Roni Posner Lewes Editor's Note: The following are two exam- ples of the 30 or more similar letters received on the subject this week. An article on the issue appears elsewhere in this edition. Dear Mayor Cooper, City Commissioners, City Manager Lynn: While ! agree with the sentiments in the group letter which follows below, I would like to point out the financial benefit our presence has in your city. Gay DINK households have an extraordinary amount of spending power. That spending power can be redirected eas- ily, and there is already talk of doing so. Yes, the letter below has been submitted by many individuals. But those individuals are well-connected individuals. Among them are doctors, lawyers, a CNN producer, staff members of the Washington Post, members of the current presidential administration, and a three-time Emmy Award winner. We are skilled. We are talented. And if we continue to feel persecuted we could easily pull every gay dollar from your city. Not just the money from those that were there this weekend, but all gay dollars. Every. Last. One. Social media is a powerful tool, and we know how to utilize it. See: the "It Gets Better" project, .the "No Hate" photography experience, and gay marriage. This is not meant to be a threat but rather a blunt wake-up call. While I love your city and consider it a second home, there is no excuse for the tactics that were utilized by your po- lice force this weekend. None. I hope you will seriously reconsider the new laws that have been enacted and the se- lect enforcement of other ordinances. Thank you for your time and consideration. Lee Whitmam Rehoboth Beach I am writing to express my serious con- cern that the police in Rehoboth Beach have unfairly targeted the LGBT community this Memorial Day weekend. There have been several incidents this Memorial Day weekend of overly aggres- sive policing, arbitrary noise complaints, and what appears to be selective law enforce- ment on the beach unfairly targeted toward the gay community. I have been vacationing in Rehoboth for many years and have never experienced this kind of harassment before. Specifically, it appears that neighbors seem to be making unfounded noise complaints with no repercussions for false reports and no discernment by the police as to whether the complaints are valid. To give an instance: I attended a house party on Sunday that the police shut down. This party consisted of a gathering of people without amplified noise (music, djs, etc.) at 3 p.m. Certainly the con- versation at a party happening during the day cannot be illegal? The new noise ordinance seems to be completely subjective, overly broad and can't be the least restrictive way of protecting the city's peace and quiet. More- over, Rehoboth Beach Police seem woefully nndertrained in determining what constitutes an acceptable level of daytime noise versus a violation. Even more alarming, Saturday, May 23, the police swarmed the gay beach at the end of Queen Street, conducting arbitrary searches and writing citations, in some cases apparent- ly outside of the Rehoboth Beach jurisdiction. We were left with the impression that our community was selectively targeted. Rather than being a relaxing and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, I have felt unwel- come. I strongly urge you to investigate how the police are interacting with the LGBT community. In particular I am urging that you investigate how the noise ordinance is be- hag implemented. What metrics do they use to measure the noise? How do they inform neighbors that false reports are unacceptable? Because it seems to me that the noise ordi- nance has allowed a handful of residents to make unfounded reports merely because they do not like vacationers and/or LGBT people. Scott Heerman Washington, D.C. Is s ruIl a Sl' t's been about a month now since an unprec- edented run of bluefish started bringing smiles to the faces of local anglers, and the bait and tackle shop owners selling them gear. "I've been in business here for 23 years, and I've never seen a spring run of bluefish like this," said Joe Morris at Lewes Harbour Marina. "I keep thinking tomorrow they will be gone, but they're still here. A boat went offthe point of Cape Henlopen yesterday and caught them." That was Tuesday this week. Morris said this year's run of bluefish has been great for the tackle business. "They'll eat ev- erything, so we've been selling lots of steel leaders [to combat the sharp teeth and strong jaws of the blues], spoons, bucktails ... and other guys have been wading the flats out by the fish- ing pier, and they're using flies and poppers." Not only have the blues been numerous and steady, this year's run is also notable because they have gone way up into Indian River and Bay as well as into the shallow waters inside Cape Henlopen and on up the Broadkill River. "They follow the menhaden, and then they start eating anything else that's available." Morris has been cleaning lots of bluefish and talks to others who do the same. They're find- ing menhaden in the bellies of the blues as well as small trout, perch and shad. And while everyone who likes to fish is happy with the run, many are asking the same question: Why this year like never before? The most frequent fingers point toward an abundance of menhaden - known locally as bunker - moving up the beach and into the mouth of Delaware Bay. Menhaden serve as a food source for many species, and Morris said it looks like the blues are following them. But beyond that simple explana- tion - which still doesn't explain why this year - the conversa- tion starts to include every- thing from whales, winds and currents to commercial fishing quotas for menhaden and even climate change. A controversial vote Bill Goldsborough, fisher- ies program director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CAPE GAZETTE ARCHIVES THIS PHOTO from the early 1900s shows menhaden fishermen in their purse netting boats queueing up to dry their nets on big reels. The reels and these facilities were part of the menhaden processing complex that operated for decades from the mid 1800s until the mid 1900s in Lewes where the Cape Shores community now stands, outside the northern entrance to Cape Hen- Iopen State Park. recently found himself on the short side of an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission vote. The commission regulates fisheries along the Atlantic. Three years ago, citing statistics showing a declining fishery, Continued on page 8