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6 TUESDAY, JUNE 17 - THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2008 VieO'Oints Cal Gazette Letters )) Police shooting should be investigated On Wednesday night, near Millsboro, Delaware State police shot and killed 58-year -old Gary Bliss, who was brandishing a pel- let gun (yes - a pellet gun) and ap- parently had fired four rounds at the police. The two troopers who shot and killed the man had just graduated from the state police academy in February of this year. These two troopers shot Mr. Bliss eight times, which to me seems more like a revenge killing than having shot him only a sufficient number of times to simply disable the man. I believe Mr. Bliss is the second person shot and killed by the state police in just the last two weeks. Doesn't the Ssate police send in someone trained to nego- tiate with troubled people before they massacre these individuals with brute, lethal force? Remarkably, state police CoL MacLeisch commented that these two officers "did everything they could to preserve his life." How can the head of the state police make such a remark, after these troopers shot the man eight times? I shudder to think how Col. MacLeish would describe an inci- dent in which the police did not do everything they could to pre- serve someone's life_This is not Nazi Germany, or Baghdad during the reign of Saddam Hussein, al- though it certainly seems reminis- cent of these brutal regimes. These shootings need to be thor- oughly investigated to determine what went so wrong to allow two trained police officers to shoot a man with a pellet gun eight times. Chlflm Tmis leh term Cape pam00 compliments high school staff There's a lot that's right about Cape Heulopen High School de- spite what ads placed in this pa- per or callers to WGMD's Dan Gaffney have to say. I have written before about the merits of school Principal John Yore, beloved by students and parents alike. I write today to commend George Pep- per, coach of Cape's track and field program for the past 30 years. My two daughters were on his team so I have personal expe- rience watching them grow and learn from him for eight years. Unlike experiences on other sports teams, my girls learned that everyone is valued and has something to contribute. This year, with a very small group of girls, his Cape team earned hon- ors as the best Division II public school in the state. Mr. Pepper gets to know his athletes well and develops their strengths, giving them confidence and pride in a job well done and the knowledge that their performance con- tributes to a winning team. Continued on page 7 Connecting the dots... )DE ........ Millsboro Cancer Cluster Data ,! Indian River power plant mf Editorial )) A pier into the future he fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes juts far out into the Delaware Bay, offering spectacu- lar views and some of the best pier fishing anywhere in the state. What began during World War II as a pier for loading mines onto boats has become a des- tination. It's a popular fishing spot that attracts thousands of people: regulars with their chairs and their gear along with tourists with and without fishing poles. The 1,800-foot pier is also one of the few places where people in wheelchairs easily ac- cess great fishing. Built by the U.S. Army for use by heavy trucks, the pier was designed to be sturdy. But more than 60 years later, its pilings are wearing out; officials say the pier is at or beyond its ex- pected lifespan. Some repairs were made in the late 1990s, but state officials admit it has re- ceived little maintenance. In 2006, the 600-foot seaward section of the pier, including the T- section at the end had to be closed for safety reasons. Park officials say the pier needs $150,000 in emergency repairs; replacing it with a new con- crete structure is expected to cost $16 million. In boom times, finding $16 million for the pier might have been possible. But in today's lean economy, it's hard to see where the money would come from. Some could be available from the new general fishing license, instituted this year, and now required of the saltwater fishermen who use the pier. Charter boat fees and other fishing-related fees were increased, so new dollars should be flowing into state ac- counts. What might be needed instead is a surgical approach, replacing enough to ensure safety of the pier, while also establishing a long-term maintenance plan. Taxpayers are weary of pay now or pay more later threats from state government. What is needed is an efficient plan to maintain Cape Henlopen fishing pier and similar significant structures. It's also time to mobilize the com- munity - those with an interest in fishing, his- tOl3r, and even breathtaking views - to realize the importance of the pier and do something to preserve it. Cape Gazette editorials am  and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher, ]-fish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor;, and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment editor. Weather picture )) RON MACARTHUR PHOTO Yellow yarrow glows in the afternoon sunlight on a warm June day. Web poll )) Gas pri00 affect I00ach travel, Are gas prices reducing your trips to the beach? Yes 56% No 36% A bit 8% The total votes counted were 194. To par- ticipate in the current web poll, visit wtlN.CapeGaze. Cape Gazette Volume 16 No. 8 Publisher, Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 Office Mgr., Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Assoc. Editor, Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 NEWS Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 Henry Evans, Ext. 336 Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 Georgia Laonhart Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 Kevin Spence, Ext. 339 Laah Hoenen, Ext. 338 Janet Andrelczyk, Ext. 316 EdR. Assist., Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 SPORTS wRrrlgiS Tim Bamforth Frederick 5hranck CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Diane Albanese Eric Bumley Chris Antonio WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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