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CAPE GAZETTE, Fr/day, June 9- June 15, 1995 - 17 Sen Phil Gramm's wife, Wendy, kicks off Sussex presidential campaign By Dennis Forney Texas Republican Phil Gramm, a United States Senator, helped kick off Sen. Bill Roth's success- ful run for re-election last summer when he spoke at Dewey Beach's BayCenter during the Delaware Republican Convention. He said then that he planned to run for president of the United States in the 1996 election. He's been running ever since. Gramm's wife, Wendy, kicked off the Sussex County presidential campaign season on Friday, June 2. She was the featured speaker for a gathering of the Sussex County Republican Party's Chair- man's Club at Sussex Pines Coun- try Club near Georgetown. Gramm said her husband has been promoting the virtues of less government for 20 years. "Thomas Jefferson said 'The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.' He knew that the only real threat was the federal government. Ameri- cans are tired of the size, scope and reach of the federal govern- ment. Clinton [president] is fight- ing reform efforts all the way. We can't finish the job started during the elections of 1994 until we get the White House. That's why Phil's running." Wendy Gramm is a professor of economics at Texas A&M Uni- versity where her husband has al- so served as a professor. She considers her family's his- tory, and Phil Gramm's own rise to success, as evidence of the American dream. (Mrs. Gramm's grandfather was a Korean who immigrated to Hawaii to work as a contract la- borer for a sugar cane operation. "When my father retired, he was vice president of that same com- pany," said Gramm, "and I even- tually was appointed by President Bush to oversee the commodities markets that involved products like sugar cane.") "Phil came from very humble beginnings," said Gramm. "He grew up in Georgia and helped support the family after his father died at an early age. His mother, a practical nurse, taught him that if you work hard and pull together as a family, you can succeed. He eventually was elected to the United States House of Represen- tatives in 1978, as a Democrat. There were conservative Democ- rats back then. He believed that the federal government should be on a budget like everyone else and he got all his boll weevil Democ- rat friends to vote for the Reagan budget. That infuriated the De- Dennis Fomey photo Among those gathered for the Sussex County Republican Party Chairman's Club lunch on Friday, June 2 were (l-r) Bill Stevenson, Sussex County councilman; Pat Campbell White, active in 3'/th district politics; Wendi Gramm; Everett Moore, former chairman of Sussex County Republican Party; Roland Derrickson, chairman of the Sussex County Republican Par- ty; and his wife, Ramona Derrickson. mocrats and they threw him off the budget committee. He eventu- ally resigned his seat because he wanted to become a Republican and he went back home and in a special election he was re-elected as a Republican. Phil's like a ship with its anchor stuck in the rocks. The winds may blow and he's not going to change. Now it's a mat- ter of timing." She said the issue now is who's going to do the spending of the na- tion's money. Saying her husband is in favor of cutting taxes, Gramm said his position is that people should make their own de- cisions on how they want to spend their money, not send it to Wash- ington in the form of taxes for the government to spend. She noted that her husband was an early op- ponent of changes in the nation's health care system. She said her husband favors eliminating the federal Department of Education. "He thinks that $16 billion of its budget should be returned to American families as child care tax credits and the other $16 bil- lion should be returned to local school districts to run their schools. Those people know bet- ter than the federal government what's needed in their schools." The Sussex Republican Party's Chairman's Club is a group of Sussex Republicans who support, financially and in other ways, the work of the Sussex Republican Party. Vance Phillips, a Laurel area farmer and Realtor, was among those gathered last Friday. Phillips is seeking the Delaware Republican Party's nomination for the United States Senate seat held by Joe Biden. That seat is up for election in 1996. Group to consider new Lewes sign law Cliff Diver, chairman of the Lewes Commercial Architecture Review Committee, appointed a committee on Thursday, June 1 to research sign ordinances around the country and to suggest an en- tire new set of regulations. Since signs are commercial structures, new signs come under the purview of the Commercial Architecture Review Committee. "Unfortunately the current ordi- nances are very unclear and not en- forceable, leaving our decisions in- effective. Af- ter discus- sions with the City Mayor," wrote Diver PE'ITERSON to members he appointed, "he has asked us to propose an alternative to current ordinances which may have a long term beneficial effect on our town as we strive to cope with the rapid growth which we are experienc- ing." Diver appointed Bob Petterson, a member of the Commercial Ar- chitecture Review Committee, as chairman of the sign committee. Other members of the group in- elude Pisha Eliason, Dick Gott, Jim Ippolito and Jack Vessels. State threatens to cut school bus driver hours By Kerry Kester Sussex Education Consortium bus drivers and monitors may face a loss of employee benefits in the 1995-96 school year. According to Greg Weer, Cape Henlopen School District supervisor of transportation, reducing bus ride lengths has become a statewide concern. One possible solution to the problem is adding buses and staff to expand the number of routes and shorten the length of the rides. That, however, would also mean reducing employees' hours, which in turn would make them ineligible for benefits. Weer said that spreading the staff out so that it no longer met the requirements for being full time employees would intensify another district transportation problem. Weer said finding and hiring drivers and monitors has become increasingly difficult in the past several years. He added the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) special education department was the first to alert DPI's transportation de- partment that special education students attending special schools were often riding buses for too long. He said special schools stu- dents such as those who attend Sussex Education Consortium re- side anywhere within the county. As a result, he said, some of the children who live nearly at the Maryland line, for example, might ride the bus for as long as two hours, one way. He said he was able to get addi- tional hours for those employees affected by the reorganization by giving them route time for the Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilita- tion Center students. "We do the best we can to keep it as short as we can," he said. Weer said the district is trying to reorganize in a way that will pro- tect drivers' and monitors' jobs. "I'm not hiring additional people at this time," he said. Weer said transportation super- visors bandied another solution at some of the state level meetings. Weer said they have discussed the option of centralizing all special schools in Georgetown. In addi- tion to the transportation benefits, he said there could be economic benefits. He said no formal pro- posals for the concept have even Arriving Soon 112 Million Dollar Shipment Of Rugs & Carpets From All Over The World! 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