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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 28 - Aug. 3, 2000 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Refreshing common sense from Conectiv Conectiv, the huge power company that serves many of the homes on the Delmarva Peninsula, showed recently that in the midst of all of its expansion it still has some sense about its roots. The Cape Gazette carried a news item announcing that Conectiv this summer has placed seven portable generators at distribution stations around the peninsula to be prepared for heavy demand on electricity that often comes with the hotter months. The press release announcing the move called the strategy a "belt and suspenders" approach. That presumably means that if you need a belt and suspenders to hold up your pants, you put them on. In other words, common sense. This high tech world in which we live sometimes deceives us into think- ing that common sense is old-fashioned and no longer applicable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Bringing in the portable generators this summer shows that Conectiv understands that its pri- mary task is delivering a reliable source of power to its customers. Last summer's brownouts and blackouts - in the hottest summer most of us have ever experienced - caused great economic distress at the height of the resort season. With deregulation racing toward us and bringing the threat of competition, electric companies will have to be more responsive to retain their customers. That's the benefit of competition. Because nature has brought us a summer this year that is far more moderate than what we experienced last summer, Conectiv may not have to fire up its portables. But it' s good to know they've put them in place and that real, common sense steps are being taken to avoid repeats of last summer's problems. Practicality in any guise is generally refreshing to the spirit. Letters The razzle and dazzle of live theater Henlopen Theater Project continues to work hard to fulfill its mis- sion of bringing professional theater to the resort area during the summer along with educational programs to enrich opportunities for student dramatists. This week and last, top-flight shows have been staged at Cape Henlopen High School including a full range of new works and classics. One play written by local student Kristin Foery and performed by professionals was also among the offerings. One night last week, Bruce Davison was performing live on the stage with Jenny Sullivan and John Ritter. At the same time, Davison's familiar mug was flashing across the screen in the theaters at Midway in the X-Men movie. Henlopen Theater Project is adding the razzle and dazzle of Hollywood and Broadway to the summer- time excitement of Delaware's Cape Region. Put that together with the first-class productions staged by Second Street Players in Milford and Possum Point Players in Georgetown- along with the fine dramatic efforts by Cape Henlopen High School's thespians pro- gram - and you find a vibrant live entertainment scene adding to the excitement and culture of this area. There's so much good going on here, is it any wonder we're growing so quickly? The Weather Picture Angle Moon photo A sunflower bursts forth, content with the moisture laden skies that have given it strength and the cooler than usual temperatures for mid-July. with Why is the all those water always utrients in it, GREENER u it's as in the Jl thick as Vote for Lee in September primary In the Letters to the Editor column on Friday, July 14, there was a letter praising the virtues of Republican candidate for governor, John Burris. Once again, a supporter of Mr. Burris using a printed biological sketch of the candidate has written a glowing letter of support. But...the writer, in an effort to defend Mr. Bun'is for accepting in excess of $145,000 from the giant credit card company, MBNA, only adds to the mystery of big corpora- tions' huge gifts to certain candidates. Yes, there was a meeting of high- powered big company executives as the writer pointed out. Yes, they did choose Mr. Burris to back with lots and lots of dollars. Now why did these top big compa- ny men back Mr. Burris? Did they feel he was the candidate weak enough to be influenced by money? Did they expect some favors from their candidate if he won the gover- norship? Were there any promises made in exchange for the very large sum of over $145,000? I don't know, I'm just asking questions. Let's just take a look at that big amount of dollars from one company. The top executives at MBNA sent memos to MBNA executives in all the states where MBNA has offices. Those memos suggested that these MBNA executives give to a whole list of candidates for public office, John Burris' name among them. Not only did some MBNA executives give the maximum individual contribution allowed by law, but also gave another $1,200 over their wives' signature. MBNA executives in seven states other than Delaware gave more than $45,000 of the more than $145,000 to the John Burris campaign. But it was all legal. $1,200 is the most an indi- vidual can give to a candidate. The law prohibits corporations from giv- ing more than $1,200 in hard money to an individual candidate. To circum- vent the law, just have your highly paid employees donate as individuals. Of course, the questions then arises - ..and how do you ...direct him turn a towards the menhaden nearest into a  inland bays is it morally right to do this? I guess one must let their conscience be their guide. I for one believe the legislators should close this obvious loophole in the election laws and make the field level for all candidates in the election process, making it more fair for all. How you, the registered Republicans vote in the September primary elec- tion will either endorse this corporate conduct, or vote for the candidate who could not be bought, Bill Lee. Wil Gehlert Rchoboth Beach Priorities needed on the Forgotten Mile The following letter was sent to Sen. George Bunting and Rep. John Schroeder with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazene for publication. Priorities - that is what is needed on the Forgotten Mile. We must first have basic police protection. It is not here and has not been since the State Police barracks was moved to Lewes many years ago. The proposed side- walks will only take the late night lawbreakers (drunks, drug users, gangs, etc.) and move them from the highway shoulder to the properties on Route 1. The laws against public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, dis- turbing the peace and underage drink- ing etc., have in the past, and are still, being ignored. I have been told by the State Police that they only have five troopers on call and that they cover such a large part of the county that they cannot be everywhere, When we called the State Police over the past I0 to 15 years, the response time has been anywhere from 15 minutes to one and a half hours. Usually this is far too late to prevent problems. Rehoboth and Dewey require foot patrols to maintain control and I can- not see why the same should not apply here. 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. 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