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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Tacos and libraries and Sussex Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels, during a recent dis- cussion of the FY2004 budget, passed on a funny comment from a county resident: "Sussex County has more libraries than Tijuana has tacos." What a wonderful joke to be able to make. It's a credit to Sussex County that it has a long history of support- ing its community libraries - those operated directly by the county and those operated in partnership with independent boards of trustees. And it's a credit to the county's many communities that they value libraries and the important social and educational roles they play. People move to Sussex County for lots of reasons: low taxes, tem- perate climate, proximity to the surrounding cities, proximity to extensive and well-kept beaches. They also move here because we have a system of fine schools - public and private, academic and vocational - and good and accessible libraries. Libraries send a message that communities value education and lit- eracy and culture. Healthy and accessible libraries may not look like traditional economic development, but they definitely are in that they provide a valuable amenity contributing directly to our quality of life. Sussex County can take justifiable pride in being home to and supporting a system of libraries as extensive as Tijuana's tacos. Letters Sussex budget a road map to the future Sussex County Council will take public comment on its fiscal year 2004 budget in a hearing set for 10 a.m, Tuesday, June 17. Copies of the document are available for review at the county administration building in Georgetown, where the hearing will be held, and online at Council members want to hear what the citizen- ry thinks about its budget plans. The budget serves as a road map for how county resources are being spent. Many roads lead to the oper- ation and maintenance of sanitary sewer systems so our waterways will not be polluted by human waste. Many roads lead to the opera- tion of first-class paramedics, volunteer fire departments and public libraries. Of particular concern to the public in Sussex County are rapid growth and its impact on congested roadways and open space. The long-term health of Sussex County depends on the balance we main- tain between development and open space. The memorandum of understanding signed between Sussex County and the Department of Transportation last year recognizes the connection between develop- ment and transportation. It also signals the beginning of some level of acceptance of responsibility for the Sussex road system by the county - not just leaving that up to the state. An aggressive approach to bringing the best possible urban plan- ners into Sussex County to benefit future generations signaled by strong budgeting will pay tremendous dividends for the future. The tax rebate notion deserves no consideration until Sussex properly funds its urban planning component and develops a sustainable fund- ing source for the next 15 years to leverage significant open space purchases and agricultural preservation at today's prices. The Weather Picture Tlmothy Cradle photo Remember the weather picture that Timothy CrecHe sent in at Easter showing this mother mourning dove nesting in his bicycle basket on his front porch in Rehoboth?. Well, things are getting a bit crowded with the batehing of this chick. Hats off to those who worked on streetscape I would like to congratulate Mayor Sam Cooper, my fellow commission- ers, DelDOT, state officials, city employees, citizens and businesses of Rehoboth Beach for their support of Phase I of the Streetscape project. I would especially like to recognize the businesses and property owners locat- ed in the Phase I construction zone for their perseverance and cooperation. Your tolerance and understanding through the dust, mud, inconvenience and interruptions has shown the rest of the community what you are made of. I look with great anticipation the completion of this Streetscape project and I am sure we will all conclude that it will continue to keep Rehoboth Beach the crown jewel of the Diamond State. Don Derrickson Rehoboth Beach Voicing outrage at arrest of Milton woman The following letter was sent to Milton Mayor John Bushey with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. As an employee of Intervet Inc. who strives to be a leader in the ani- mal health industry, and as an individ- ual who is concerned about the prob- lem of strays in our community, I find it upsetting that the Milton Police Departrnent has arrested Alice Henry for trespassing. There are many people who are out- raged that she has been subjected to this ridiculous charge because of her concern for the strays. Ms. Henry has been feeding the ferals and trapping them as she could in the Milton area for a period of time. She has been doing this day in and day out, no mat- ter what the weather is like. Do you understand the dedication? Do you care? This lady has no car; she walks to feed those cats because she cares. It is my understanding that she was allowed to trap according to your police chief; however, now the stories change. I guess the opportunity came when your police department found time to watch or stalk. And then harass? To call for back up, handcuff her because she was trying to get the cats off the property where no one is allowed - or is it where Ms. Henry and the cats are not allowed? To have lights shining on her, while customers at the local restaurant watch the show. "Milton police arrest senior citizen for trespassing" - because she has to feed the cats in order to trap. To stop feeding them does not make the prob lem go away. Starve the cats - that's abuse and neglect. Ms. Henry is trying to help your community. She has contacted a sane- tuary which will accept these ferals. Would you rather have them eutha- nized if there is another solution? I do not understand why you don't have the compassion to understand why Ms. Henry attempts to trap and relo- cate the cats elsewhere, or do you? She has lived in your community for a long time. Could you think about the affect that this could have on other commu- nities that have the same or a similar problem? Why don't you help Ms. Henry with her efforts and be a posi- tive role model? Educate yourself and others. Volunteers are free and avail- able; no money is needed or required. And most of all, drop the charges. Ms. Henry is not a criminal. L. Clark Milton More bones to pick with Milton police When I was growing up this was a free country. I have lived in Philadelphia, New York City, Jersey City and Hoboken. Four years ago, I moved to the town of Milton. After 20 years of city living, I was ready for Mayberry RFD. Little did I know I Continued on page 7 Volume 11 No. 2 Publisher Dennis Forney dnf Editor Trish Vernon newsroom @ capegazette.corn Office Manager Kathy Emery kemery @ Associate Editor Kerry Kester kester @ News Steve Hoenigrnann Jim Cresson jcresson @ Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth jen @ Bddin Reynolds-Hughes bridin @ Janet Andrelczyk Andrew Keegan akeegan @ Amy Reardon areardon @ Kad Chalabala Photographers Dan Cook Keith Mosher Edk Sumption Sports Editor Dave Frederick davefredman Sports Writers Tim Bamforth tbamforth @ Frederick Schranck Fschranck @ HoleByHole.corn Advertising Cindy Bowlin cindy @ Sharon Hudson shudson @ capegazatte .com Amanda Lucks amandal@ Becki Hastings bsokih @ Chds Rausch crausch @ Pat Jones Cluslfled Sandy Barr Kim McPika Webmuter Cathadne M. 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