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Letters Continued from page 6 lawyer with great understanding of the governmental, bureaucratic mindset. When I expressed sur- prise and shock to him at the short time fuse before they would tear out facilities, since it took us a year and a half to get permission to build them in the first place, he assured me they did not view this as short at all. They were merely demonstrating efficiency to counter the public attitude that governments cannot act quickly and efficiently. I had to admit he had a point there. When I mentioned the unfriend- ly tone of the letter, he told me that it could not possibly be un- friendly since all government bu- reaucrats at and above the super- visory level had to undergo semi- tivity training. Of course, he ad- mitted there were some lapses and Cited the recent IRS hearings. He added that without quick shock value, people might have time to investigate the situation and may learn that no payment is necessary after all, based on the very com- plex nature of the ownership of the area in and around the canal. I asked him to explain. He claims that some deeds to canal front property include some portion of the bottom of the canal, some in- clude the bottom to the other shore, and some go on to include a portion of the land on the other side. I had to marvel at the diversi- ty of ownership. He added that others had letters from the Corps assuring them that their projects were not on government-owned land as long as the sun would rise and the canal would flow. I was particularly pleased to hear that. I asked him what he thought re- cipients of the letter should do. He had to think about that for a while, but then he suggested that we ask the Corps for more time to re- search, study and understand the applicable laws. As he explained, there are multiple laws governing everything these days, and it is important to compare and contrast the various applicable laws to each individual case before a cor- rect decision can be made. He claims that this is a test case, that a whole host of governmental agen- cies are all ready to follow the Corps&apos; lead on a whole range of issues as soon as they learn that people will immediately pay any bill submitted by any governmen- I Barefootin' Continued from page 7 ter. "School's out and people are in," said Lt. Tom Coveleski of Re- hoboth Beach Patrol. "We're back in business." Coveleski said the surf tempera- ture is in the 66- to 67-degree, ,mrbarra',a',/mhi. "Yow-,nr ea't' the temperature of the water is climbing because more people are going in. And the beach is growing rapid- ly. On Memorial Day weekend it tal agency. I told him I-thought tlt was farfetched, mli!could he provide an example. Tragically, he wouldn't do so, but would only say I would be surprised to learn what was being discussed behind closed government doors these days. In thinking about that just a bit, I guess Mooselook is right. Ed Soboczenski Lewes History made on the Internet Wow! Was history made today? I refer to the woman in Florida who gave birth to her fourth child on the Interact, and here was I up the creek with no Web site. Thanks be to God, a healthy 7- pound, 8-ounce precious baby boy arrived to an audience of tens of thousands. The doctor was quoted as saying he "wanted to show the beginning of life." Now I am looking forward to the first abortion on the Internet. Had this woman decided she did not want her baby to live, right up to the moment of birth, we could have witnessed her "termination of pregnancy." I'll be anxiously awaiting the comments from the doctor who performs this "proce- dure." Anne T. McDevitt, Rehoboth Beach Standards of excellence in schools needed Of late, there has been much said by the governor's office, some members of the General As- sembly and the "News Journal" regarding the hiring practices of the Delaware State Police, specifi- cally with regard to the absence of African-Americans in the present recruit class. It has been suggested by the governor's administration that the current test utilized by the Delaware State Police in their hir- ing practices is unfair to some mi- norities and should be replaced. (The current exam is a basic read- ing and comprehension test.) We must be careful that the path suggested by the governor's ad- ministration does not result in a lowering of standards. To do so, in my opinion, would be an injus- tice to all Delawareans and espe- cially to the African-American community. If diversity is to be our goal, it must be accomplished with a focus on excellence, never at the expense of excellence. looked like the canal had mmre beach than we have here but now it almost looks like we're back tto where we-were last summer." Coveleski said the dolphims have also returned to make their daily promenades along tlue Boardwalk. "The dolphins are a good sign for us. We always love the do}l- phins. Friendly waters. There"s gotrd lds and rey even give tr shows. They jump out of the wa- ter, right off the end of the jetties. Summer's here." Coveleski continues to be the official water-temperature-taker, I share the concerns expressed feghrding the absence of African= Americans in the present Delaware State Police recruit class. I do not agree, however, that focusing blame on the Delaware State Police testing procedures is the answer. We must, in my opin- ion, focus on what would appear to be the failures of our public school system and some of our in- stitutions of higher learning. Clearly we must question why a large percentage of our African- American graduates, many with degrees from institutions of higher learning, testing for employment with the Delaware State Police, are failing to pass a reading and comprehension test? We must fo- cus on an educational system that has failed many of our children. A system that allows for social pro- motion and establishes mediocrity as the norm for failing to ade- quately challenge our students. We must do a better job of preparing all children for the chal- lenges of adulthood. Education, like justice, must be blind to sex, race and Social status and must provide equal opportunity for all. Expectations for all must be high in order to achieve excellence. I believe that the path forward to be one of a much improved public school system that better prepares all Delaware students to compete equally for higher educa- tion and employment opportuni- ties. A system that demands parental involvement. A system that establishes minimum statewide standards for promotion and graduation and demands ac- countability. A system that recog- nizes and rewards excellence in teaching. A system free of crime and drugs. A system that once again functions in a climate of mutual respect and common de- cency. A public school system that sets the pace for the nation. This is neither an easy nor a short path. This, however, is the correct path. This path leads us to educational excellence, equal op- portunity for all, and prosperity. We must aim high. We must never underestimate the potential and the abilities of our children, but must ever challenge them. We have started on this path with educational reform legisla- tion. I believe this legislation to be among the most important to have ever come before Delaware's General Assembly. The futures of our children and our state will be determined by the actions of our state legislators. All Delawareans among his other du- ties. Each morning at about 9:30 he swims out past the jetties ' ; ...... to the i..< ..-- :::-..  deeper wa ...... -- -. e-..,.,. ers and DAILY STATS holds a thermometer in his toes. "I stay there about five minutes, pull the thermometer up and take a read- needto be mindful and should be motel. Had the deve!opers initially involved. ........... )de in :with a plan that: con o We must take whatever steps formed with the current building are necessary to better prepare all of our children for the challenges of adulthood. Our state govern- ment has an obligation to ensure that all who seek employment in public service compete on a level playing field. We as citizens can- not, however, stand silently by and allow some in state govern- ment to take us down the path of retreat. A path that lowers stan- dards and compromises public safety in favor of diversity. We must not stand idly by while some unfairly attack the level of excel- lence and professionalism that has become a 75-year tradition with our Delaware State Police. We must focus our efforts on the root of the problem, not the symptoms. The lowering of stan- dards by government solely for the purpose of achieving cultural diversity can at best lead only to mediocrity. Mediocrity in public service, especially in such a criti- cal area as public safety, is unac- ceptable. Our governmental leaders must insist upon standards that require excellence, both in our schools and in our government. Anything less would be an injustice to the hard working, tax paying citizens of Delaware. Hap Crystal Republican candidate 37th District Representative codes, or perhaps asked for some minor variances, there is no doubt they would be building their motel right now. Instead, they presented a plan that "challenged" the dimensions of the property on which it was to be built. Besides the height vari- ance they said they needed due to the Commercial Architectural Re- view Commission's (CARC) in- ' , sistence on a more aesthetically appealing roof, thedeveloper's original plan also needed v/iri- ances for setbacks and number of stories permitted. In other words, this was a very aggressive plan these developers presented to the City of Lewes, even before CARC got involved. CARC just made the plan more so. Third, while on the subject of roof design, the proponent of the plans refer to it as a 6-foot vari- ance, increasing the height of the roof to 46 feet. But because of how the code is interpreted, the 9 - by-7-foot elevator towers that will be sitting on top of the roof are not counted in calculating the build- ing height. However, every time we look at the motel we will be seeing a 55-foot building profile. This is a precedent that would be set for developers in the years to come. For instance, what would keep the prospective new devel- opers of the Lewes boatyard prop- erty from applying for these same variances as well. Or, for that mat- ter, what would prevent owners of existing buildings from applying for variances to add on to their structures? How could they legal- ly be denied if it is permitted for the Dolphin Bay Resort Motel? We could rather quickly have a town and beach skyline quite dif- ferent from what it is now. I be- lieve most citizens of Lewes real- ize this, and it is one of the major reasons this particular project doesn't enjoy widespread support. Fourth, the developers were re- cently quoted as saying they felt they had provided economic hard- ship existed that justified the re- quested variances. They indicated they couldn't understand the judge ruling otherwise. While certainly not privy to the judge's thoughts, I can think of at least one good reason why reason- able people might question the ap- plicant's hardship plea. During the public hearing portion of the re- view process, the developers indi- Continued on page 12 the forecast is good. Better days are ahead." Why the appeal on Dolphin Bay? Since it appears the potential developers of the proposed Dol- phin Bay Resort Motel will appeal the recent court decision a few comments seem in order. First and most obvious is the question, "why?" After all, George Metz (one of the developers) was quoted back in an April issue of a local news- paper as saying "if he [the judge] does deny this, then we're done." Contrary to impressions the proponents would like to convey, there never has been any groundswell of support for this project by the citizens of Lewes. The support seems to have always centered around the few individu- als who were pushing this from the start, plus a couple of local businesses that would obviously realize financial gain should the motel be built. Second, the issue has never been "to build or not to build" a ing." That information goes on a chalk board near the Rehoboth Beach Patrol headquarters at the end of Baltimore Avenue on the Boardwalk. The board also lists the tides and other important beach information." "We were right around 60 de- grees on Memorial Day weekend. Then we had three straight days of south winds and that blew the top layer of warm water out and the water temperature dropped into the 50s. Three degrees doesn't sound like much but it felt a lot colder. "Now we're climbing again and CONGRATULATIONS to Helen and John Quillen of Quak- ertown. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this week with lunch at The Buttery in Lewes. Smiling and in good humor, they explained that their son, Ray, had given them a gift certificate for their anniversary. "A dollar for every year," said John with a grin. "We've had lunch two times and we still have some left over."