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Continued from page 6 to accommodate all you people that want to retire here with your nest eggs. All the homes in this area are geared towards tourists like yourself; the cost of living is on the rise but people around here don't see it in there paychecks so there is a need for some afford- able housing not high dollar homes. Our roads are not built like in Philly or Florida; we are a small town, not a big state or a big city. This place is overcrowded in the summer. You can't get down Route 1 from Milton to Bethany in a decent amount of time you are sitting in traffic along with the fender benders along the way be- cause people drive like they're still on the Schuylkill Expressway or the beltway. It's 35 mph down Route 1. It would be nice to see things slow down around here again because we like it that way. There are people who don't like city life; we prefer the quiet life. So if you don't like what locals have to say or do in their own community then you could sell your house and spend winter, spring, summer and fall in Flori- da. I'm sure there are a lot more roads down there and I know there are a lot more beaches down there. It would not hurt me one bit to have one less rude person around this town. Shawn Evans Lewes Johnson gives 'come heres' a bad name This letter is to Elaine Johnson ("very irate in Rehoboth"): After reading your letter June 6, I can tell you're "one of them." Your kind give the "come heres" a bad name. I guess I'm a fourth generation "redneck" as I was born in a very small cabin on Lewes Beach 63 years ago. You people are always trying to im- press us with how wonderful you are because you've driven the property values beyond the reach of our local young people. How can they afford a $500,000 home? Let me tell you, Ms. Elaine, we survived before you rude, incon- siderate people came here and ru- ined our way of life. You know the old adage: what you don't have, you don't miss. I would take the old chicken farmers and corn- fields over your kind any day of the week. I have a lot of friends and coworkers who have moved to this area and they are lovely people. They moved here because they loved the way it was. The trouble with you all is you can't wait to get here because you love it and then you try and change it. We are not used to obnoxious and very rude people; you act like you're still in the city. You would- n't dare let someone in front of you on the highway and run over us in the new supermarkets that were built to accommodate you. Most of all, I get the impression you feelyou're so much better than us "slower, lower Delaware- arts." I for one would love for it to go back to the chicken farmers and cornfields. The animals had a place to go and we could get from A to B with no problems. Never had a red light - now we have one every three feet. We never locked our homes or our cars; we left our keys in them. If you lost some- thing, it was returned to you. Those were the good old days. Now you have to have antitheft devices and home security sys- terns. I have a son who lives in Re- hoboth and we can barely get down there on weekends. When we do, it's parking meters, park- ing permits and trying even to find a place to park. The nerve of you with your comment about us leaving if we don't like it - so typical of your kind. Maybe you should winter and summer in Florida. We're like Native Americans; we were here fwst. Oh gosh, look what happened to them. You make fun of our local TV news, condemn our local paper and our local people. Beats me why you would even want to be in this cow pasture. Very, very irate in Lewes (oops, very, very irate in Argo's Comer; too many "tourists" in my home town). Kitty EllioU Lewes ff you are going to criticize, be polite! I am writing in response to a letter sent in from Elaine Johnson of Rehoboth Beach. In this letter, Ms. Johnson stat- ed her dislike of the idea of the proposed city, Brighton. Although I am in support of this plan, I also respect that others may disagree. But, there are a few points I would like to make. First of all, there is absolutely no need to insult or put down the Cape Gazette, Fritz Schranck, or the people of Sussex County. The Cape Gazette was not intended to be a nationally known newspaper;, it was specifically created for a small area in lower Delaware. Fritz Schranck was simply the man who came up with the idea for Brighton. This idea hasn't even been put into action yet. Secondly, the same businesses and homes located in the "Brighton" area will remain where they are. For all we know, Quotes of the Week tion President Mike:Tyler Suggest Ire County buy land it could then they could still keep the same ad- dress. There were no intentions oL tearing them down to put back the cow pastures and corn fields that were there before. The third point I'd like to make, is that there is no need to brag about how you supposedly spend more money on your grass than others spend on their entire homes. Money doesn't grow on trees, and you should feel lucky to be so fortunate as to be able to spend your money so freely. Boasting about how well-off you are has absolutely nothing to do with the proposed Brighton idea. The last point I'd like to make, is that moving to an area just to say you have a house there is completely ridiculous. There should be much more reason than that to move somewhere. Please, if you are going to dis- agree with the idea of a new city, be informed, and do it politely. Juli Schranck Rehoboth Beach Johnson: be careful choosing your words This is in response to the very irate Elaine Johnson who wrote that very mean-spirited letter in the June 6 letters section. If this is the type of person that is relocat- ing to the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach area, then we have more than traffic to worry about. Some of the reasons why I left the Washington metropolitan area 11 years ago was to get away from the overdevelopment and high cost of living and hurried lifestyle that seemed to be the norm here. Here my children could have as close as possible to a childhood like min e, and that would not have been possible in Virginia. Since the introduction of our sewer system, we have seen our quiet, peaceful life go down the sewer. Yes, you might live in a fancy, expensive home and all that money you put into your law is one reason why the Rehoboth Bay smells like rotten eggs on many a summer day. The average working person living in this area cannot afford these high housing costs and without those people you would not have anyone to help ring up your groceries, deposit your check or any of the thousand of other customer service jobs here. Retail and banking are not exactly your highest paying professions around. If you have a medical background, you are a little better off than most. I think you better be a little more careful in choosing your words when describing anyone other than yourself. Lori Watson Rehoboth Beach Resent tenor of Johnson's letter I would like to respond to the thoughtful and considerate letter written by Elaine Johnson, whose presence among us is regrettably limited to only half the year. She wrote regarding the proposed city CAPE GAZETIE, Friday, June 13 - June 19, 2003 - 7 of Brighton. While I also have reservations about the proposal, I greatly resent Mrs. Johnson's smug attitude about locals and longtime residents. She objects to affordable hous- ing, but those individuals who take care of Mrs. Johnson's needs and don't have "out-of-state pen- sions" and "big city salaries" also need a place to live. Mechanics, retail and restaurant workers, gas station employees, social service employees, underpaid profession- als in the medical and education fields and others all require a place to call home. The tone of Mrs. Johnson's let- ter seems to suggest that she is to be thanked for her decision to come and live in this area. I, too, am a senior citizen who retired here from Pennsylvania and I am grateful to be living among such kind and helpful neighbors, many of whom were born and raised here. When I moved here in the 1970s, not one was anything other than welcoming. Their lawns (and mine) may not be as green as Mrs. Johnson wishes they were, but my neighbors have a generous and warm heart and that makes them richer in spirit than Mrs. Johnson will ever be, no matter how large her pension. EHen Andrelczyk Lewes Apologies to irate Rehoboth woman After reading Elaine Johnson's very passionate letter to the editor regarding her disapproval of the proposed plans to create the city of Brighton, I had to write and apologize on behalf of all the peo- ple here who failed to have the foresight and life-planning skills to make their fast million dollars before trying to buy a home or rent an apartment in eastern Sus- sex County. People like us have made it nec- essary for "affordable housing" to be considered, therefore threaten- ing the nosebleed property values in which Ms. Johnson has so much invested. After all, just because we work here, doesn't necessarily mean we deserve the privilege to live rea- sonably close to the jobs that we hold and that provide the services this community depends upon. Who do we think we are? So what if one has to commute? There's nothing wrong with the highways from here to Milford...or Dover...or New Jer- sey. They're all filled with pa- tient, courteous drivers, and are very well-maintained. (I discov- ered a great gas-saving driving method this past winter: leave your foot off the pedal and skid all the way down.) If proximity to work is such an issue, there are also some nice trailer parks available. You don't own your own land, but it strengthens the bonds .of human kinship when you and your neigh- bors can look out of the window straight into each other's living room. Some people were born here, grew up here, and then made the same silly mistake I did: leave to get a college education. What were they thinking? They re- turned here to be closer to family and get back to their roots, only to find the fancy piece of paper they were given at a graduation cere- mony that says "Congratulations! You now owe a heck of a lot of money" really doesn't hold the equivalent value of a piece of Charmin's fluffiest in our local job market. (A warning to this year's high school graduates: If you are think- ing about settling down here after a stint at the university, you better not come back without job experi- ence, good credit and a souvenir from King Solomon's Mines.) These conditions are not likely to be altered with a few road sign changes, Ms. Johnson. You see, you don't live in Rehoboth or Lewes or Brighton. You live in Pottersville. If you don't know what that means, rent the 1946 classic film "It's A Wonderful Life." At one point in the movie, the main character, George Bailey, argues that the people in his town who need affordable housing "do most of the working and paying and living aftd dying in this com- munity. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath?" Well, Ms. Johnson, never fear. In this area, "affordable housing" is a term spoken with a stifled gig- gle. There are no George Baileys around here and none likely to show up soon. Your property val- ues are safe because there will al- ways be developers waiting to snatch up any little piece of dirt and re-sell it for grand numbers, even in Brighton. But, if you're still concerned, look on the bright side. Fabulous 21 st Century technology has made it possible for Superfresh to have automated checkout counters that don't need human cashiers. Maybe similar innovations will be available, such as restaurant tables that wait themselves, food that cooks and serves itself, computers that operate on their own, shelves that automatically re-stock, physi- cal ailments that treat themselves, houses that construct themselves (and are also self-cleaning), grass that cuts itself, kids who teach themselves, newspapers that write and print themselves, criminals who throw themselves in jail, cars that never break down, plumbing that never leaks, and when the time comes, a funeral casket that arrives at the front door for pick- up, then goes directly to the gravesite and pops itself neatly in- to the hole.., accompanied, of course, by self-delivered flowers. Wouldn't that be wonderful? This way no one would have to worry about affordable housing for anyone ever again. Teresa Rodriguez Dover I Dennis Forney's Bare- footin' column will return next week. Last week 'was enough for two weeks.