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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 9. June 15, 1995 Editorial Ethics guidance needed Lewes Councilwoman Elinor Sheehan needs to separate her per- sonal concerns from those that pertain to the entire town. Concerns raised at a recent public meeting regarding improvements to Bradley Avenue and Brown Lane appeared to be patently self-serving. "I object to any work being done on Bradley Avenue unless it goes all the way to my garage," said Sheehan, without any clarification that her concern involved anything other than attempting to reverse, through non-traditional means, a previous court decision. When Mayor George Smith attempted to halt Sheehan's discus- sion with his gavel, she asked whether he wanted to smack her wrist. The mayor didn't reply. Did Sheehan cross an ethical line by raising her personal concerns from her elected official's position at the mayor and council's table? The question need not go without reply. Lewes has a Board of Ethics. Its members should review the facts of the situation and give Councilwoman Sheehan some guidance in what constitutes proper and improper conduct in carrying out official duties. Some wrist- smacking may be what is needed. Letters Enforcement important in law.making Last week was a week of outbursts. While Elinor Sheehan was making a loud stand in Lewes, Rehoboth Police Chief Creig Doyle was losing his temper in the face of criticism regarding lack of enforcement of a recently enacted entertainment ordinance. Chief Doyle's temper has caused him problems before and no doubt he has been cautioned again as a result of his recent performance at the commissioners' meeting. A police chief must be able to keep his or her head cool. Otherwise serious doubts arise as to what might tran- spire under truly serious circumstances: We are nonetheless sympathetic to Chief Doyle's circumstance. Last year Rehoboth lost money in the settlement of a false arrest case involving a freshly enacted ordinance relating to late night entertain- ment. Moving forward cautiously this year on another new enter- taiument ordinance, on Memorial Day weekend, made good sense. The situation also points out the need for those creating the laws to communicate clearly with those charged with enforcing the laws, prior to their enactment, to try to anticipate legitimate questions that might arise in their enforcement. 141 LO Pro. May 25 83 65 None May 26 75 58 .42 May 27 75 58 None May 28 66 55 .01 May 29 83 -55 None May 30 82 67 None May 31 83 67 None As reported by the Lewes Board of Public Works Power Plant, an official U.S. Weather Station. Weather Picture More than 100,000 fans jammed Dover Downs Sunday for the running of the Miller Genuine Draft 500 won by Kyle Petty. VIEWPOINTS Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter June 12 June 19 June 27 July 5 Ain't that cute. The Jones boy takin' his dog for an evenin' run. Remove pollution from City of Lewes Need back-up! Got a three-time loser here! Cyclist under 16 without helmet, unleashed pet, out past 11 p.m. While the society has done more than enough to clean up petroleum and chem- ical pollution in the environment, sur- prisingly, it seems reluctant to pursue other kinds of polluters. I am referring to noise pollution and particularly to that caused by the Queen Anne Railroad in Lewes. It is tragic that a small company can impose such dread- ful pollution on so many citizens, deval- ue their property, and say that it is the law that they have to sound their whistle as loud and as long as they do. They have an attendant to stop traffic, as they should. Why is the whistle need- ed at all? The law relative to sounding whistles was originally instituted to warn traffic of oncoming trains engaged in vitally important transportation, crucial to the well-being of the entire nation. The risk/benefit assessment certainly favored using the whistle and it should certainly be continued for that purpose. The law was not created to cater to a tiny recreational enterprise based on some kind of nostalgia, nor could this kind of law ever be passed. It is time for some responsible politi- cian(s) to take the steps needed to remove this kind of pollution from Lewes, other parts of Delaware, and the nation as a whole. Those being so unnec- essarily harmed and annoyed by noise pollution are deserving of greater consid- eration than they are now receiving. EJ. Soboczenski Lewes Thanks to Lewes police of00cer The following letter was sent to Officer Greg Mansfield of the Lewes Police Department, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. In the early morning hours of May 30, 1995, I was called out of a deep sleep to pick up my son at Lewes Police Depart- ment. He and a companion were waiting with you, having been apprehended after fleeing their aborted attempt at a prank in Cape Henlopen High School. I am writing to thank you and to com- mend you for the thoughtful and very effective way in which you handled the situation. You approached both the sons and their mothers with understanding and gentleness, and yet indisputable authority. Without being punitive, you left no doubt as to the seriousness of the boys" actions and the great potential for danger to which they had exposed them- selves and others. Thanks for your help. I am certainly pleased and grateful to know that there are persons with your skill at work in our community and I hope your efforts are being recognized by your superior offi- cers. Mary M. Lee Rehoboth Beach Article on students is infilriating Last Friday's article by Kerry Kester about the Cape Henlopen High School "pranksters" made me furious and the accompanying photo of the three smug students made me sick. The article downplayed the students' criminal actions (breaking and entering, etc.) and glorified the fact that they effectively escaped punishment. The way this situation was handled makes a mockery of the school disci- pline policy. What kind of message are we sending? Students must know that they will be held accountable for their actions. At the very least, the school dis- trict should have pressed charges. Is it any wonder school discipline is at an all-time low? If any parents or teach- ers support the "pranksters" they should be ashamed of themselves. Volume 3 No. 3 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Tdsh Vernon News Editor Steve Hoenigmann Reporters Denise Marshall Kerry Kester Kristen Seal Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Tylecki Office Manager Kathy Emery Production Director Catherine Tanzer Rader Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Angie Moon Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Shoppes of Camelot, 4375 High- way 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to: Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Tele- phone: 302-226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Continued on page 8 "There is no pleasure to me without communica- tion; there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes to my mind but I grieve that I have no one to tell it to." - Montaigne