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T Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS TUESDAY, JUNE 17 - THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2008 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 There are more track and field state championship banners flying in the Cape gym than for any oth- er sport. This is not as widely known a fact as it should be. George Pepper is a modest man. He is akind and dedicated man;a refined role model of a coach who understands his role as teacher. His athletes love him and do their best for him. Though they may not all be record-breakers, they each know they are integral to the team's success. With this spirit, .they win more than they lose. Just gaze around the gym. George Pep- per, you are a winner in my book. Cape Heulopen High School can be very proud. Clare Madmld Godspeed and go forth, Cape graduates Hurrah for the class of 2008. They truly were fine young men and women who rose to the occa- sion (ffespite inclement weather and construction). Thank you, Dustin Gooch, for the honored invitation. I have known some of these graduates since kindergarten, first or second grade, and it was with great hu- mih't# that I sat in their presence. I, also, have attended other graduations and as former letter writers mentioned, was shocked to see obscene words taped on mortarboards, or to hear vulgar boos from students or betrayed confidentiality uttered from the podiun00 This graduation was unique as were the students of 2008 (caring, compassionate, hardworking peo- ple) who bring us hope. With pride, I say Godspeed, go forth, graduates. Thank y9 u. Joan Bennett Gunther Rehoboth Beach It's time to vote liberals out of office We are all very much con- cerned about the rapid increase in our gas prices, just yesterday hit- ring a new nationwide record of $4 a gallon." Californians are being hit at $4.43, while motorists in Missouri are getting a so-called bargain at $3.80. Liberals prom- ised that, if elected, they had a plan to lower gas prices. Yet, since they took control of Congress, the price of gas has skyrocketed. What have congressional liber- als done about it? They voted to raise taxes qn oil companies, sum- moned the CEOs of major oil companies to Capitol Hill for pub- lic show trials and voted down proposals to permit more domes- tic oil exploration in America. How are higher taxes, grandstand- ing and less production going to help lower gas prices? They won't. Dub. _ Thankfully, a recent Gallup poll suggests the American people aren't buying the hlaeral rhetoric either. For example, only 20 per- cent of Americans blame the oil companies for the rising prices, and that's down 14 points from last May, when 34 percent of American's pinned the blame on "Big Oil:' And yes, they do share a part of the blame. And here's more evi- dence of how out-of-touch the left is when it comes to energy:. When asked what solutions Americans support to help loWer prices, by a margin of 57 percent to 41 percent, the people supported more do- mestic drilling off the coasts and in wilderness areas. It's a crying shame when China is drining for oil only 100 miles off the Florida coast and in the Caribbean, yet the do-nothing Congress is doing just that - nothing,. It's- time we throw these career congressional liberals out of of- rice, starting with Biden and Carp- er. Let them start paying for their own transportation instead of tak- ing it out of their congressional office funds. Want to help? Go to American- and sign the peti- tion to DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW, PAY LESS. More than 475,000 of your neighbors already have. And come election time, please remember the above. Richard Hillil Tell lawmakers how you feel about septic system legislation here's nothing like tak- ing a drive along the shores of the Indian River Bay to realize how lucky we are to live here in this beautiful part of the country, and we definitely want to help keep our natural resources as beautiful and as vibrant as they can be for many years. But here at the Sussex County Association of Realtors, we also have an obligation to our home and business owners, and we continue on our mission to be legislative watchdogs on that front. With this year's legislative ses- sion rapidly coming to a close, there are several environmental issues being considered in Dover that could affect thou- sands of property owners in Sus- sex County. In our role as watchdogs, I like to say we're really howling right now. The issue of major importance currently is the Delaware De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's (DNREC's) Pollution Control Strategy (PCS) for the Inland Bays - potential regulation that has been several years in the making. While we want to do our part to be good stewards and protect our vast natural resources, there are issues With this proposed Ruth Briggs King regulation we think will adverse- ly affect property owners in our county. Fortunately, we have good lawmakers representing us at the statehouse who feel the same as we do - men like Rep. Greg Hastings, R-Milford, who is completing his fast full term as the representative of the 41st District. "I certainly understand the ini- tiative and the drive here be- cause we all want to continue the progressive cleanup of our Inland Bays," said Hastings re- cently. "That being said, what con- cerns me is the restrictiveness that this initiative would place on properties and what it could potentially do to the individual homeowner who still has a pri- vate septic system. I know we need to come to a compromise and there needs to be a balance, but right now I'm concerned," said Hastings. In this economic climate where Sussex Countians are al- ready paying $4 for a gallon of gas, highergrocery prices and increasingly burdensome utility rates, to force homeowners into laying out thousands of dollars for new septic systems would he difficult, to put it mildly. "The big issue for us in the Realtor community is the septic provisions, specifically where septic systems have to be in- spected prior to the completion of a sale," said Charlotte Herbert, the government affairs director for the Delaware Association of Realtors. "There are a lot of unan- swered questions in the draft regulations, such as wh6 is re- sponsible to ensure the require- ments are met and if a septic system fails, can a property still close? "There's also the issue of all septic systems having to comply with new performance stan- dards within the next 15 years. These systems are very expen- sive and costly to maintain," said Herbert. A major goal for us here in Sussex County is informing the public, many of whom may not be aware that this piece of finan- cially troubling regulation is be- ing considered and may even be implemented before the end of the month. We urge everyone who has a private septic system to join "us at the Georgetown CHEER Cen- ter at 6 p.m., Monday, June 23, for a public hearing. This is your chance to make your voices heard, and it may be your only chance. We want everyone who could be affected by this to speak up, because once the regulations are in place, it's awfully hard to backtrack. If you've noticed all the new mound septic systems popping up in recent months, it's because of regulations like this one. While they may function prop- erly and help decrease the amount of harmful nutrients be- ing absorbed by the surrounding soil; there aren't many who will argue they are pleasing to the eye. These systems could become more frequent,-as could other types of septic systems under this proposed regulation, and it would all be at the expense of the homeowner. And guess what? If you live in the western part of the county and you think this will not affect you because you don't live in the Inland Bays watershed - think again. DNREC has also targeted the Chesapeake Basin for environ- mental improvement. This means Marshyhope Creek, the Nanticoke River and Broad Creek, to name a few, could also be affected by forthcoming regu- lation, along with all of their tributaries. "Everyone in Sussex County and across the state should he concerned as the PCS for the In- land Bays will set the framework for watershed management across the state," said Herbert. In other words, the state is working overtime to improve the quality of our waterways, which in theory sounds like an absolutely fantastic idea and one that anyone would Support. So please join us next Monday at the CHEER Center. Get in- formed, let your voice be heard and fred out what this regulation could mean to you and your neighbors. After June 30, it may be too late. Editor's note: Ruth Briggs-King is executive director of Sussex County Association of Realtors. For more information, call 855- 2300 or visit