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28 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 Continued from page 27 comes, what we demand from our legislators, and at what point our elected representatives decide to draw the line in selling out the in- terests of the vast majority of their constituents. All of what has transpired is es- pecially relevant when considered against the background of pend- ing HB99 legislation in our state senate. The bill's supporters glibly ask "what's the big deal, we just want equality?" The in- escapable fact is they already have legal equality (the only kind of equality legislation can ad- dress) with heterosexuals and thus there is no egregious wrong to be righted. Were the stakes not so high it would be laughable that a group of individuals who enjoy a higher than average income, who are apparently well educated, who are extensive property owners, who consist of enough business owners to form gay business or- ganizations, who are apparently flocking to the state in numbers and who obviously have direct political clout with the governor and the Democratic Party chair- man, claim they are victims and thus deserving of special legisla- tion to protect their interests. This is a clear example of how its "vic- tim" whine is buried under an av- alanche of contradictions. The homosexual community views passage of HB 99 as the Trojan horse, which will allow them to gain the proverbial legal "foot in the door". After that everything else on their agenda becomes just a little bit easier. Homosexual "education" of our children in public schools, less le- gal and community resistance in approaching the younger element of our society, same sex mar- riages, legal custody of young and impressionable childreni and of special import to them, easier ac- cess to medical insurance through the spousal clause. For those that do not believe all these things could happen in Delaware letme provide you sev- eral examples. The NEA (Nation- al Education Association) has al- ready advised California to teach children about homosexuality in a positive manner. Canada has now approved same sex marriages. A Canadian providence court has forbid the use of the Bible in argu- ing against homosexuality claim- ing, of all things, that it is hate lit- erature. Back in our own country, New York City is opening a full- fledged high school for gays, les- bian, bisexuals and transgender students at public expense. The school superintendent was select- ed by a gay-rights advocacy group rather than by the board of educa- tion. However, contrary to HB 99 promoters, passage of the bill does not have to be inevitable. For example when same sex mar- riage legislation was brought up for a vote in Hawaii the state leg- islature defeated the measure by a resounding margin. Thus the crit-" ical question is, does the majority of Delaware citizens wish to go where the Delaware Democratic Party leadership is obviously now trying to take them? The 2004 election results should go a long ways toward answering that ques- tion. Allen Ide Mlllsboro Homophobes are yesterday's racists Consider for example that ho- mophobes claim sexual orienta- tion antidiscrimination laws are "bad for business." An earlier age saw racists defending slavery and sharecropping on economic grounds as well. Actually, 322 of the Fortune 500 companies have sexual orientation antidiscrimina- tion policies. Someone should quick tell them that's "bad for business". Homophobes also spout that gay marriage would somehow de- stroy straight marriage. Huh? Whatever that could possibly mean, racists also once con- demned mixed-race marriages be- cause they would demean mar- riage - and, get this, "confuse" any mixed-race children who were the product of them. Sound familiar as an argument against same-gender parenting? Again, bigots today preach that the Bible condemns homosexuals so it would be wrong to accord us equality. Racists of yore preached that the Bible condemned Ham's descendants and supported slav- ery, thus maltreatment of blacks was divinely sanctioned. What disgraceful exegesis then and now. It is sad that the same old hate mongering has resurfaced. On the other hand since legalized racism was eventually discarded we can work in hope that legal- ized homophobia also soon will be trashed. Douglas and Corey Marshall-Steele Milton Thanks from Cape Music Boosters As chairperson of one of the many fundraisers of the Cape Henlopen Music Boosters, I would like to thank everyone for their help in parking cars at the Delaware State Fair. This is a fundraiser in which the Music Boosters receive more than $11,000. This money goes direct- ly into the accounts of the stu- dents involved in this 10-day event. This money is used to help students defray the cost of the an- nual trip, to a fun place in the United States and sometimes overseas. It takes a tremendous amount of collaboration, support and work to make this endeavor a success. I would like to especially thank my cochairman, John Green, for his help and support. I would also like to thank-the daily leaders who had the tough job of lining up 42 workers for each day. These indi- viduals included Connie Holdridge, Judy Schrader, Kim Roach, Ronnie Steele, Suzanne Steele, Bob Wingo, Dr. Rama Peri, Nina Hazzard, Carrie War- rington, Joan Williamson, Lyn Buck, Donna Savini, Tony Savini and Lisa Davis. Above all else, I would like to thank all of the ninth to twelfth- grade students, their families and friends for the hard work they put into this sometimes thankless job. Many of these dedicated students worked more than one shift and returned to help on additional days. If you happen to know one of them, give them a pat on the back and tell them "a job well done" Carlyn Bailey Cape Henlopen Music Boosters Mid-Coast All.Star squad says thanks Mid-Coast All- Star Cheer squad and the "Coasters" parent organization would like to thank the following for their donation towards the "Week-end in Re- hoboth" raffle. This year's fundraiser was a huge success as well as the team's season. After placing first in five competitions the team went to the Eastern Cheer Association's National All- Star competition and placed sev- enth. Without the support of the fol- lowing their journey would not have been possible. The Board- walk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Victoria's, Celsius and Stoney Lonen Restaurants, Dog- fish Head Brewing & Eats, Star- bucks Coffee, Rehoboth Outlets for the $50 Shopping Spree, the Movies at Midway, Billie's By the Beach who donated the basket and the Rehoboth Chamber who donated a welcome packet to the winner. The team would also like to thank the Roadhouse Steak Joint for their donation and Nicola's pizza, Browseabout Books, Super Fresh, Super G, Gold's Gym, the Outlets and Walmart for allowing them to fundraise from their es- tablishments. Kim l_,oomis of Re- hoboth Beach was the lucky win- ner of the gift basket. To find out more information about the new teams forming and the 2003-2004 season call Mid-Coast Gymnas- tics and Cheer at 436-6007. Suzanne Egeln Lewes Thanks for People's Memorial Park support Thank you sponsors, contribu- tors, volunteers, family and friends for supporting the Peo- ple's Memorial Park annual Chicken Barbecue. On July 27, 300 delicious chicken barbecue platters were cooked, prepared and sold. On behalf of the family and friends of People's Memorial Park, we are grateful to all those individuals, businesses, support- ers and volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to help make this fundraiser successful. They include Mountaire of Del- marva, Holt Paper & Chemical Company of Salisbury, Reddi Ice of Salisbury, Seaford Ice, Arby's of Lewes, WaWa of Rehoboth, Angela Taylor, Martin Burton, Jeron Duffy, Idella Maull, George and Catherine Bundick, Cecil Jones, Linda Bonville, Marlene Duffy, Irene Duffy, Jalisa Bonville, Latoya Bonville, Carl Homes, Bernita Hackney, St. Paul, John Wesley and Mt. Pleas- ant United Methodist Churches. Proceeds from the chicken bar- becue fundraiser benefit mainte- nance and upkeep of the park, lo- cated on Route 1 across from WaWa and McDonald's. Thanks again for another great year and for your gifts, and more importantly thank you for your support of our work within the community. Bruce Duffy Diaz Bonville A reality check may be necessary The remark in the Coastal Tow- ing article in the Aug. 1 edition about her employees being sub- jected to tourists causes one to wonder what the economy of the area would be like without the tourists. Maybe Ms. Moore needs a reality check. Susan Hipldss Chambersburg PA Your Own ID Charm Bracelet 18K GOLD& STAINLESS STEEL MADE !N :: :: :::iiii: iili ...... OVER 1000 INTERCHANGEABLE LINKS nterchangeable alphabet & charm links let you create your own personal one-of-a-kind stretch bracelet. 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