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6 - CAPE GAZETI"E,'Friday, July 14 .July 20; 2000 VIEWPOINTS Police campaign against jerks laudable The Delaware State Police organization deserves commendation from the public for its strong stance this summer against aggressive driving. Without the intervention of officers keying on aggressive driving instances, our highways will be more dangerous than they are otherwise. There are severe consequences that result from aggressive driving. An article in a recent edition of the Cape Gazette related serious injuries that followed a four-car collision. Two of the drivers involved in the accident were speeding weavers, racing, and the other two cars were innocent drivers trying to make their way responsibly to their destinations. Every day we see accidents along Route 1 that arise from people running red lights, driving the shoul- ders, switching lanes erratically and otherwise exhibiting more atti- tude than is prudent on the roadways. In a word, jerks. There are times when you can't help but think that DelDOT could fatten its coffers by building bleachers at some of the more dangerous inter- sections and sell tickets to people who want to witness accidents. Why go to Dover Downs? The bottom line is that all of us need to be more responsible dri- vers. We can assist the police in the campaign against aggressive drivers by reporting irresponsible driving. Get in the habit of writ- ing down license tag numbers. Delaware State Police advises that to report aggressive driving, call 855-2980. What they want is the tag number, the state, the color of the vehicle and a description of the operator if possible. They take that information and broadcast it so the offending vehicle can be stopped. With the public's support of the campaign against aggressive driving, and joining the fight by tak- ing down tags and reporting instances, we might actually be able to gain a little. Letters Action needed to keep inlets clear Our inlets - Roosevelt and Indian River - are increasingly less effective as navigational waterways because of the popularity of fishing in them. It may not seem as obvious now that the fish have spread out but the problem still persists. Anglers who don't obey the rules of the road and stay out of the channels used by vessels com- ing and going are jeopardizing their opportunity to fish these waters. There are laws that can be enforced to keep the inlets clear but the state's agents try to be accommodating for those who want to fish responsibly. As good management of resources continues to improve fishing in our local waters, this problem will only worsen if boaters don't stay out of the way and if proper enforcement isn't pur- sued. A couple of suggestions to help ease the situation include post- ing of some large signs in these areas advising boaters of their responsibilities and, possibly, considering the placement of markers to designate where fishing is permissible. Delaware remains anti- quated compared to its Maryland and Virginia neighbors when it comes to good navigational markers in its rivers and bays. Placement of educational signs and good markers would go a long way toward helping to ease a problem that is worsening. The Weather Picture HI Lo p_ July 6 83 68 None July 7 78 65 None July 8 78 65 None July 9 85 61 None July t0 92 75 None July 11 91 70 .44 July 12 80 64 Trace AS reported by the Lewes Board of Public Works Power Plant, an official U.S. Weather Station. Dennis Forney photo The Harbor of Refuge Light off the point of Cape Henlopen reflects the bright sun on a clear, nearly flawless summer day in July. We all want to live through the summer I was wondering when running red lighfs became legal? I am also won- dering when blocking the intersec- tions became acceptable behavior? Are those road signs just suggestions now? What I really don't understand is why people have become so rude and uncaring on the highways. You know who you are! You think you are the only late person on the road, the only one with a purpose for being where you are. Well, here is a piece of news: there are many people on this earth and on a much smaller scale, there are many people in Sussex County. It is summer at the beach, folks, and there are lots of people on the roads. That includes friends, brothers, mommies and babies. Try to take these people into consideration when you are running your red light! The sale on strawberries will still be in effect if you have to wait five extra minutes. So while you're out there, relax and be safe so we can all live through the summer. Lori M. Boyer Lewes Fireworks watchers ignore dune rules The following letter was sent to Rehoboth Beach Main Street Inc., with a cop), submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. The tide comes, the tide goes...and so do we. The beach remains. But only if we take care of it. I watched Sunday's marvelous fire- works from the boardwalk at the end of Norfolk Street. Among my fellow enthusiastic observers and enjoying manmade and natural pleasures were a clutch of 50-somethings, a dad hold- ing his toddler aloft, a cuddling cou- ple, a bathing beauty displayed on a beach towel and teens playing with a Frisbee. They were all lying, stand- ing, sitting or playing on the dunes. The next day it was already possi- ble to see the impact that these people and others had made on this fragile ecosystem. The fireworks at the beach are wonderful, but we need to take care of that beach.. I am sure that many of these folks were unaware of their effect. As it got dark, the signs instructing people to stay off the dunes weren't even readily visible. I hope you will brainstorm some possible solutions to this problem and implement them for next year's cele- bration. With all the publicity atten- dan} to the firework s , it should be possible to educate as well as entice visitors, so that all our guests act in a responsible manner. Perhaps addi- tional solutions would be to string yellow police tape on both sides of the boardwalk, or to post official commu- nity volunteers to remind people. I hope we will do all we can as a community to help ensure that our children's children's children will also be enjoying glorious Fourth of July fireworks on the beach. Sherry Chappeile Rehoboth Beach Rehoboth woman speaks out on abortion , A recent announcement by some major automaker companies that they have agreed to grant benefits to part- ners of their homosexual employees prompts me to write this letter. The shortage of good employees has caused them to fear that present employees may locate where such benefits are offered. Prevalent are advertisements and enticements from outlets, malls, fast-food restaurants, small industries saying "Help Wanted," and inviting people to join their workforces so their businesses can survive. The plain logic is that we have lost (aborted) 41 million people since Continued on page 7 Write Now Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for ver- ification. Please keep letters to 750 words or less. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958 or fax to 645-1664. Volume 8 No. 8 Publisher Dennis Forney Editor Tdsh Vernon newsroom Associate Editor Kerry Kester kester @ News Editor Michael Short mshort@ News Steve Hoenigmann steveh @ Jim Cresson Rosanne Pack aek@ Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photogrephem Bob Bowden Dan Cook Sports Editor Dave Frederick fredman Sports Writers Tim Bamforth tbemforth @ Frederick Schranck Fschranck@ Advertlslng Cindy Forestied Sharon Hudson Nancy Stenger Joseph nj0seph @ Maureen Russell merussell @ Pat Jones Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery kemeff @ Webmaster Catherine M. 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