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cape o00ette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, MAY 30- MONDAY, JUNE 2 2008 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 The May 20 decision was the - result of this legal process. It is important to note that the Homeowners Association has been working with the developer to resolve differences. In fact, we have copies of correspondence from the Homeowners Associa- tion's attorney indicating that as of April 22, the Homeowners As- sociation was in discussions with the developer regarding the pool house issue. The County Council was wait- ing to make a decision regarding this matter, since the Homeown- ers Association and developer were attempting to resolve the is- sue. But, as previously noted, the County Council, on Tuesday, May 20, made the decision to deny the developer's request to not build the pool house. Regarding another comment that the project has not been certi- fied as complete by the Sussex County Conservation District, per a Feb. 7 letter, several minor issues are outstanding regarding correct- ing areas of erosion and providing grass seeding of storm water ponds. Per Mr. Jim EUiott of the Sussex Conservation District,. these are minor issues typical of follow-up with new developments and they will be addressed. As previously noted, the Plan- ning and Zoning Department re- quirements have been met, except for the completion of the pool house and related parking spaces. The developer is required to com- plete the construction of the pool house and parking spaces as soon as possible. The developer will be meeting with the county to dis- cuss the pool house design. The county will be following up to en- sure that it is done promptly, The county also is holding a performance bond for this project. The amount of the bond is $236,553 that will ensure that the project is completed per county requirements. The county is re- spousible to ensure that certain approved amenities are provided. If a developer provides sales in- formation that includes additional amenities, the county does not have legal authority to require those additional advertised amenities. The county has responded and required the construction of the pool house. We have worked with the Homeowners Association, as well as the developer. The Home- owners Association has been ne- gotiating with the developer re- garding this matter. The County Council decision was made after it appeared the developer and the Homeowners Association could not come to terms. The county has enforced, and will continue to enforce,, its regulations regarding this and other developments. David B. Baker Mminator Fellow commissioner questions Kuhns I was takenaback to see "Paul Kuhns for Mayor" signs sprouting up all over town last Memorial Day weekend, before he has even been certified to run for mayor by the Rehoboth Beach City Com- mission. However, I was not surprised that he acted before the commis- sioners had considered his appli- cation to run for mayor. After all, in just the past year he acted to gut the planning commission in the face of overwhelming docu- mented citizen opposition to it; he suggested that any nonresident who lives outside of a 50-mile ra- dius be forbidden from participat- ing in organized city affairs, with- out any documentation that resi- dents or nonresidents were in support of that change; he vetoed the idea of weekend commission meetings in the face of the docu- mented support of citizens who wanted them; he vetoed the idea to have public hearings on our new wastewater options and the construction of a $30 million mu- nicipal complex on weekends when residents and nonresidents could attend; and he is the chief champion of an expeditious plan to contract out that $30 million for a new municipal complex without finding out whether the citizens want it and how we will pay for it. It looks like be's building some sort of an empire of his design that the public will be allowed to comment on only after the design is complete. I'm not surprised by any of the above. I am, however, surprised how much hisrecord contrasts with his 2006 campaign motto of "let me be your voice:' Since his record clearly indi- cates that he has not been the voice of the citizens who have ex- pressed and documented their opinions to him since he was elected, one has to wonder who he is speaking for. Perhaps an ex- amination of the individuals who signed his petition for election in 2006 and 2008 might render some clues. And perhaps the voters need to ask Commissioner Kuhus directly who is supporting his campaign financially and in kind. Sunshine in government. I fully support it and abide by it. Check my record. Has Commissioner Kuhns? Inis L lmar Rta/ah I:h  Just how independent is Commissioner Kuhns? In his letter to the editor last Friday, Rehoboth Beach City Commissioner Paul Kuhns asserts that he is one of the "independent thinkers" on the City's board of commissioners. When Mr. Kuhns ran for the seat two yearn ago, seven of the 16 signatories on his petition were local realtors and developers. Ear- lier this month, Mr. Kuhns submit- ted a petition to run for mayor with five of the 15 total number of signatures representing local real- tors and developers. Consider those statistics and compare them with Mr. K_uhus' re- gressive voting record on plan- ning and zoning issues affecting all Rehoboth Beach property own- ers. Is Mr. Kuhns primarily serv- ing the interests of the real estate machine, and just how "independ- ent" is he? Rlth h Save Our City should be applauded for PAC Paul hns is wrong about po- litical action committees (PACs) (Cape Gazette, May 23). I can say this as someone who has worked on campaign finance reform for years. First of all, a PAC is required under Delaware state election law if an organization is involved in political activity. The purpose is to provide greater transparency by reporting requirements for contributions raised to influence elections. PACs hold contributors to a high standard of accountability. Unfortunately, too many interest groups refuse to comply with state law and the lack of strong enforcement often allows them to get away with it. In 2007 in Dewey Beach, Citizens to Pre- serve Dewey formed a PAC to comply with the law and amazing- ly enough was Criticized for it by other groups that thumbed their nose at the law We natnra[ly asked the Delaware FAections Commission to investigate their failure to comply. Save Our City in Rehoboth Beach has chosen along with oth- er citizen groups to form a legally required PAC and should be ap- plauded for it - not criticized. Anyone who thinks less of them for compliance does not under- stand the value to the electorate of PACs and the reporting they re- quire. Public Otizen, Washinon, D.C. and Dewey Beach owner Save Our city not a special-interest group City Commissioner Paul Kuhns, who fails'to acknowledge that he sought Save Our City's endorse- ment two years ago, continues his malicious attack on the organiza- tion in his letter to the editor last Friday. Save Our City (SOC) is a citi- zeus' action group committed to community interests, not "special interests." Its mission includes preservation of our neighbor- Continued'on pase 8 Long nails in Ripley's, Mohawk haircuts, ignorance and enlightenment CRASS COMMERCIAL- ISM- The latest edition of Del- marva Quarterly is now on newsstands and in libraries and other places where people cross paths on the peninsula. Pub- lished by the Cape Gazette, the quarterly is starting its seventh year of publication. The Sum- mer 2008 cover features a color- ful boardwalk scene from Ocean City, Md., with the angry head of a toothy shark bursting through the upper level of the Ripley's Believe It of Not building in the heart of the resorts downtown. I remember reading Ripley's Book of World Records when I was kid. I mentioned the book to the blacksmith this week while we sat in the sauna after a hard-fought battle of raquetba[l at Midway Fitness. 'You know what I remember most from that book.' "The guys from India with the long nails," he said. "That's right," I said. "How'd smith: "Otherwise they couldn't have those yard-long nails." you know?" "I do that with my wife too. Drives her crazy." It would be tougher with the guys in India, I think the world record for the most wives and childrenis something like 28 and 120. And the guy wasn't a sheik or anything. He just got married many times, sequential- ly, and had lots of children. The guy Ripley lauded for having the world's longest nails did a lot of sitting,. "They have to have servants to do every- thing for them," said the black- MOHAWKS- That's what they call the haircuts worn by a lot of the guys that peered out from the front page of Tuesday's Cape Gazette this week. They were happy young men with stripes of hair down the middle of their heads. They were cele- brating their victory over Sale- sianum in the championship game of the state lacrosse tour- nament. "I wish there was that kind of freedom when I was growing up" said the blacksmith. "Back then if you didn't have long hair you were square. Nowadays young people can wear their hair any way they want and it's in style:' "The downfall of man is ego" I said. Bob Raley taught me that and referenced Ulysses in Homer's Odyssey. "Not it's not," said the black- DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO Gail Schoener cuts men's hair at The Hair Station on Kings Highway in Lewes. 'Tve been barbering for 40 years:' said Gail. "My father taught me up in Pennsyl- vania. I got my barbering license and my high school diploma onthe same day." smith. "It's ignorance:' "Ignorance is non-enlighten- ment," I said. "Ego is non-en- lightenment. Focusing on the self instead of the many. The many is God. God is love. Ego is ignorance. They're the same thing," I said. RaquetbaU and sauna- about 160 degrees - were stirring the brain cells. "God is love, love is God," he Contintl on ige 8