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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Freedom remains our No. 1 priority "And the rocket&apos;s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that ourflag was still there. Oh, say does that star- spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave ?" --From the "Star Spangled Banner," Francis Scott Key, writ- ten during the bombardment of Baltimore by the British during the War of 1812. The multicolored fireworks lighting the sky, and the bombs burst- ing in the air, over Sussex County on July 4 and Rehoboth Beach on July 5, will be of a far different nature than the ones of which Francis Scott Key wrote. And they will be of a far different nature than the fireworks that chilled the nights of New England in 1775 when colonists began rebelling against the British forces attempting to hold them in check. But although they will be of a different nature, the fireworks of those times and of these tithes share a common ori- gin: the love of freedom, the love of liberty. Many of the colonists who first moved to this land fled a continent where people were forced to worship as governments dictated, and where they were forbidden to speak against the law of the land. They left the security and familiarity of their families and friends and braved perilous voyages across the ocean to take up life in a land where they would have thefreedom to worship and pursue happiness as they decided. The fireworks of war erupted when the royal British government sent its troops to enforce its laws with gunpowder and shot. That was what led many of the colonists to flee the European continent in the first place. The liberty so cherished in the new land was threatened and it wasn't to be lost without a fight. On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry spoke to the Virginia Conven- tion: "Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace - but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps down from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" And when representatives of the 13 colonies signed the Declara- tion of Independence on July 4, 1776, they approved a document in which Thomas Jefferson wrote: "We hold these Truths to be self-evi- dent, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness..." Our games and parades and concerts and fireworks this weekend are a celebration and a confirmation of the enduring power of our desire for, and willingness to struggle to achieve and maintain, free- dom and liberty. Letters The Weather Picture Angie Moon photo Hydrangeas are in full bloom, with their heads of bright blue and deep pink, a patriotic combination. Full Moon Lest Quarter New Moon First Querter July 9 July 16 July 23 July 31 Gullible's Travels... Allow passage along shores of Silver Lake The original 1992 Chancery Court decision will be discussed once again due to bordering residents' claims of extreme hardship, public walking in their back yards, littering the area with trash, 1992 break-ins, and a sexual encounter. Testimony was entered in 1997 Superior Court hearing by residents and records were checked with Dewey Beach police as well as state police with no finding of these allegations. To this date, my friends and I walk this path daily and have not seen litter on this 187-foot path. Our community police are parked at the Route 1A entrance waiting for traffic violations frequently during the day and evening hours and have not encountered any noise or nuisance from this area. Why did these residents go to Superior Court with DELDOT to gain title of this land if they held a legitimate deed to this "back yard." Six years have passed since the Chancery Court's judgment. First, a leg- islative remedy, 1995-96, then to Supreme Court for appeal, then with DELDOT in Superior Court,1997, to have the right of way vacated. When they lost, the case was introduced for appeal in Supreme Court and withdrawn. With all efforts unsuccessful, we are now back in Chancery Court to close the path due to hardship, noise, litter, etc. Friends of Silver Lake Committee, along with the Town of Dewey Beach, pending litigation, would apply for grant money from Delaware Land and Water Greenway Program to develop a safe and secure path and add positive ecological values to our southern end of Silver Lake. The project would curtail the pest plant Phragmites Australus, which has taken over our waters and access path around this portion of the lake. With assistance from DNREC and this grant funding, we could replace the overrun phragmites with native vegetation and create native plant communities around a defined 5-foot pedestrial trail, which will eliminate the concerns of our southern neighbors. Foot patrol by our communi- ty police has been added to this path this summer. Once developed, trash mainte- nance will be implemented; a recom- mendation to close at dusk has been dis- cussed by the community. The path project is the most reason- able, sensible, and responsible course to take with this property to allow passage around all shores of Silver Lake and pro- tect the ecological balance of this unique lake while giving the public use of our natural resources, Our public natural resources were not intended for private use only. We can balance the injustices on both sides. Every effort will be made to eliminate the concerns of these indi- viduals. Voice your concern by writing Dewey Beach Town Hall, 105 Rodney Ave., Dewey Beach, DE. Martha J. Tillman Chairman Friends of Silver Lake Committee Pedestrian signs finally approved for Dewey After six years of requesting warning devices along Route IA in Dewey Beach to slow down traffic and protect pedestri- ans, we were notified today that the signs - "Yield - Pedestrians Have the Right of Way" - have been approved. Jean Logan of DelDOT did the study of 1A and pro- posed to Bruce Littleton, also of DelDOT, that the signs be placed at every crosswalk entering and leaving Dewey on IA. He has authorized the signs and agreed to have DelDOT pay for them all. Rep. John Schroeder, Sen. George Bunting, Sussex County Councilman George Cole, Bill Miller, building inspector for Dewey Beach, and the Continued on page 8 Write Now Letters are always welcome and should be signed and include a tele- phone number for verification. Please keep letters to 500 words or less. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Volume 6 No. 6 Publisher Dennis Forney Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short ' News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angle Moon Proofreader Bill Rable Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Forestieri Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Coordinator Deidre Sudimak Production Staff Susan Porter Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Mid- way Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Sec- i ond class postage paid at I Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence 'to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645- 7700. FAX: 645-1664. E-mail: <capegaz @> Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 else- where. 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