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8- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August'i5 - August 2i 1997 rmte them? Puh-leeze! effort this year, and we congratu- ters Continued from page 8 while insisting that private proper- ty owners not build small gazebos which enhance beauty, increase utility, and block very little of the canal view? I am greatly per- plexed by those who disparage canal bank improvements in favor of the totally unkempt, unused, and unproductive areas located in one of the finest parts of town. If the town wishes to squander the value of an expensive capital as- set, i.e., the canal property, I have no objections. That's their busi- ness. But to protect such contrast- ing attitudes towards management of closely adjoining properties based on who owns it simply doesn't make sense. What is their agenda? Ed Soboczenski Lewes Thoughts on "cell from hell" Three years ago it was the E. coli-tainted hamburgers. Last year it was the "Mad Cow" disease in beef. Now it's the fish-eating "cell from hell" associated with hog farm and animal production waste. Whatever happened to the good old days, when meat eating was only associated with heart disease, cancer, stroke and a host of other chronic diseases account- able for over 60 percent of all U.S. deaths? According to current media re- ports, the pfiesteria alga has killed hundreds of millions of fish and crippled a hundred fishermen from North Carolina. It has devas- tated marine life in many other Atlantic estuaries and is now pos- sibly working its way into our own Delmarva waters. Scientists blame these outbreaks on waste discharges from hog operations and other factory farms that con- fine hundreds to thousands of ani- mals in a small space, as well as runoff from croplands growing animal feed. In fact, animal agri- culture contributes more pollution to our lakes and streams than all other human activities combined. It's enough to make one look wistfully to the Garden of Eden and its governing injunction: "Be- hold, I have given you every herb bearing seed...and fruit; to you it shall be for meat." Denene Kinney M.K. Hunter Long Neck In response to DeLuca letter I was saddened, but not really surprised, by David DeLuca's let- ter (Aug. 8) in response to Nancy Ewing's letter of the previous week. Her letter, while critical of homosexuality, was nonetheless gentle in tone and accurate in its factual information. His letter was mostly a venomous and hysterical ad hominem attack on Nancy's character and motives. People "like her" deny gays their right to exist and secretly work to elimi- His letter also expressed an abysmal ignorance of the transfor- mative movement among and for homosexuals. The National Asso- ciation for the Research and Ther- apy of Homosexuality (NARTH) and Exodus International aren't "front groups" for anything. (Nor does NARTH have any religious affiliation, right-wing or left). What they do - much to many pro- gays' chagrin - is effectively chal- lenge the common misconcep- tions that homosexual preference is genetically or otherwise prede- termined and that homosexual practice is therefore fixed and un- changeable. The many interna- tional agencies and organizations affiliated with Exodus don't pro- mote violence and hatred, nor do they practice "pseudo-science" as Mr. DeLuca falsely claims. They promote and practice faith - free- ing, healing, life-changing faith! The thousands of ex-gays who have been freed from homosexu- ality - many after decades in the lifestyle - can attest to that reality. Perhaps for every gay person Mr. DeLuca claims to know, he might have an "intelligent and open discussion" with an equal number of ex-gays. Perhaps he ought to listen - truly listen, if he is able - to their stories. And per- haps he should consider adding another term to his vocabulary - METAMORPHOBIA. It means "fear of change." Rev. Karen Booth Long Neck United Methodist Church Library cocktail benefit a success The cocktail party held July 10, at the home of Meredith Jenney and Jimmy Marshall, to benefit the Friends of the Rehoboth Li- brary was a great success. Many thanks to Meredith and Jimmy and the participating restaurants and businesses which included: Big Fish Grill, Blue Moon, Boomer's, The Buttery, Celsius, Cloud 9, The Company Store, Dog Fish Head, Garden Gourmet, Irish Eyes, Jake's Seafood, La La Land, The Lamp Post, La Rosa Negra, Lewes Fish House, Re- hoboth Seafood, The Road House, Rusty Rudder, Sea Horse, Star- board and Victoria's. Because of your generosity and cooperation, we were able to give the Rehoboth Library $4,000 for the building fund. Officers and Board of Directors Friends of the Rehoboth Library YMCA thanks olympics supporters The Board and staff of the Sus- sex Family YMCA thank all of the sponsors of, donors to and par- ticipants in the 15th Annual YM- CA Restaurant & Bar Summer Games. This activity, like all Y events, benefits the ability of the YMCA to provide other healthful and wholesome activities for the community. We appreciate the spirit of all who joined us in the late the winning team from Crab- bers Cove Restaurant! Those who helped with food, beverages, equipment and other items are: Burger King, Cloud 9, The Company Store, Dos Locos, the Exxon Shop of Rehoboth, General Rental, Gus & Gus' Place, Hot Diggity Dog, Kupchick's, McDonald's, The National Guard's Ken McCall, Pepsi Cola of Salisbury, Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association, The Roadhouse, Rehoboth Avenue 7- Eleven, Wal-Mart and Wendy's. Thanks! Those establishments sponsoring teams this year were: Ann Marie's, Crabber's Cove, Gary's Surf Spray Care (congratu- lations to new parents Gary and Ava!), Grottos, Lazy Susan's, The Lighthouse, The Roadhouse and Scalawags. Thanks! Don't forgetthe Dewey Beach Triathlon in September - register at the YMCA or call 227-8018. Ryan Thoma Program Director Sussex Family YMCA Thanks for assistance On the morning of July 12 around 9 a.m. I was involved in a bicycle crash while crossing the train tracks a few miles outside of Lewes. I want to thank all of the people who came to my aid, in- cluding the rescue squad person- nel, the hospital staff, and most of all, the lady in the van (the nurse) who stopped to help me, and the man who came outside who lived nearby, and who took my bicycle to the hospital. I greatly appreciate your helpfulness and hospitality. By the way, I was not only im- pressed with the people of Delaware, but the countryside, farms, and small towns I passed on Aug. 9 were among the clean- est, nearest and most beautiful that I have seen. I definitely plan to come back to Lewes and spend a little more time. Ron Floyd Myrtle Beach, S.C. RBVFC thanks supporters The Ladies Auxiliary of the Re- hoboth Beach Volunteer Fire De- partment would like to thank these fabulous businesses in our com- munity for sponsoring trophies for our recent Bow Wow Contest. It is events like this that enable the Auxiliary to provide "extras" for the firefighters. We recently pur- chased two sets of child sized pro- tective fire fighting gear that will further assist our firefighters when teaching fire prevention to our school children. Thanks again to Lingo Real Estate, O'Connor, Piper & Flynn Realtors, Rehoboth Pharmacy, Carlton's, Century 21 Mann & Moore Realtors, Grand Rental Station, Captain's Table Restaurant, Bellinger's Jewelers, Delmarva Temporary Staffing, Savannah Animal Hospital, Mag- nificent Flying Machine, Delaware Coast Press and Re- hoboth Outlets. Dayna Quillen Rehoboth Beach Volunteer " Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary PFLAG responds to Ewing letter Editor's Note: Meredith Hunter, president of PFLAG of Sussex County, wrote a very lengthy response to Nancy Ew- ing's letter on homosexuality. Due to the length of this re- sponse, we have decided to run it in its entirety over the next three weeks. I feel it incumbent upon me to respond to the misinformation and prejudicial statements recent- ly sent to you by Nancy Ewing (Aug. 1-7). Ostensibly, this mis- sive was generated because of my speech before the governor dur- ing the hate-crime bill signing; I feel a special obligation, there- fore, to prevent anyone from us- ing my words as an excuse for their decision to flail the gay community. Let me begin by say- ing that I appreciated the respect- ful tone of Ms. Ewing's letter, and I certainly agree that intelli- gent and open dialogue about sexual orientation is productive. One of our missions in PFLAG Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is to educate an ill-informed public regarding homosexuality and to establish a "face" on ourselves and our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgen- dered loved ones - only then will people learn that we are all one human family, worthy of respect and appreciation for our diversi- ty. What I do take exception with is Ms. Ewing's characterization of her presented information as 'facts' - it was neither truthful nor factual, merely the tired re-hash- ing of propaganda generated by the fundamentalists that support Exodus International as well as other organizations dedicated to promulgating their brand of ha- tred towards gays. Ms. Ewing be- gan her discussion of possible bi- ological bases for sexual orienta- tion by comparing homosexuality with alcoholism, a fallacious and offensive analogy. Please don't equate my family member's love for one another with a person's addiction to a destructive chemi- cal! Ironically, in this society, al- cohol use is legal and encouraged While attachment and commit- ment between two people of the same sex is unauthorized and ac- tively discouraged -where is the acceptability and morality of that, Ms. Ewing? Let's discuss the ac- tual facts about genetic determi- nation of homosexuality. The 1991 study done by Dr. LeVay, that Ms. Ewing took such excep- tion with, concluded that struc- tural differences in the brain hap- pened early in life and deter- mined sexual orientation; this conclusion is accepted by most scientists whose work is in this area, and they are inclined to be- lieve that a hormonal influence affected the fetal brain structure, with this resulting difference de- termining the person's sexual ori- entation. Many other studies in the 90s have shown dimorphism in the brain, according to sexual orientation, in the suprachiasmat- ic nucleus; the commissure of the brain has been found to be larger in gay males; brain scans on liv- ing subjects have shown the cor- pus callosum to be 13 percent thicker in homosexual men than in heterosexual men; a section of the X chromosome, Xq28, showed five concordant genetic markers in 64 percent of gay sib- lings; also researchers have been able to consistently produce same-sex sexual behavior among Drosophila through artificial mutations of their genetic materi- al, demonstrating that genetics has a role in the development of homosexuality. If those results are not impressive enough, fami- ly member studies have shown gay men have gay brothers 21 percent of the time, which is well above national prevalence fig- ures; of identical twin pairings, almost half of the twin sisters of lesbians were lesbian or bisexual dropping to one-fourth in frater- nal pairings and to one-sixth in adopted child pairings, demon- strating a genetic component to homosexuality in women; other studies have shown that 10 to 15 percent of lesbians have lesbian sisters, a percentage higher than the general population. Barefootin' Continued from page 7 each other. They stayed full all summer. I think people only paid about $15 a week but then they weren't making much either." Paul Allen said the Wayside Inn included a bar and dance hall in back. "There was a juke box for music and occasionally somebody would play some records. But there wasn't much noise. There was a school across the street." Danny Barfield, who works each summer at the Corner Cup- board, stayed at the Elephant Ho- tel his first years in Rehoboth. "Mostly people from my area of Florida - Lake Wales - stayed there," said Barfield. 'q'he Corner Cupboard chef at the time was named Green and he was from Lake Wales. He'd come up in the summer and bring help with him who would stay at the Elephant. I came up when I was 18 and stayed there my first three summers: '72, '73, and '74. I've been coming to Rehoboth ever since. It [the Ele- phant Hotel] was old and run down at that time. The first night we had to kill a couple of bats and I was wondering what I had got myself into. But lots of people from home were there and that made it fun," said Barfield. Els Hooper, innkeeper of the Corner Cupboard, remembers a number of employees who lived at the Elephant. "I always heard it called the Elephant Hotel but won- dered whether it might not have started out as the Oliphant - that's a Sussex County name. But that's just conjecture." Starting this Sun- day, the West Rehoboth property where so many memories formed will begin a new chapter of its his- tory.