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6 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, August 20- August 26, 1993 VIEWPOINTS Unwarranted criticism taints image of City of Lewes (The following commentary is a respmdse by Lewes City Councilman James L. Ford III to the statement made in public by Councilwoman Eli- nore Sheehan at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Lewes City Council on August 9. The comments below represent the opinion of Councilman Ford, and not necessarily those of other Council members and the May- or.) C0mmentar00: By James L. Ford III At the regular meeting of the May- or and City Council on August 9,1993, Councilwoman Efinore Shee- han made a prepared statement to which I would like to respond. Mrs. Sheehan made some points which are correct. I agree that the City needs to be very careful and selective in how taxpayers monies are spent. I agree that job performances should be evaluated as a basis for the issuance of pay increases. I also agree that the budget should not be present- ed and passed at the same meeting. If Mrs. Sheehan had simply stated these beliefs, as mentioned above, in a professional, ethical manner, her ideas would have been received by the Mayor, members of Council, and others as constructive criticism that would warrant further review. But her manner of delivery was her usual method - presenting only her select- ed, edited facts in an arrogant tone of speaking at you, not to you. The statement contains many one-sided views, does not present the entire sto- ry on many accusations, and since my name is mentioned specifically, I will rebut what was stated, showing the public how much misrepresentation is included in this statement. Mrs. Sheehan said, and I quote, "Rhodes was appointed City Treasur- er May 11, 1992. He immediately appointed Elaine Bisbee Assistant Treasurer, seconded by Jim Ford. Again against the City Charter, there is no Assistant Treasurer in the Char- ter, unanimous vote by Council." Mrs. Sheehan is correct in saying Continued on page 8 Editorial Batten down the hatches, folks Would those who support a more stringent noise ordinance in Rehoboth Beach please stand up? During the many, often heated, debates on the measure passed last Friday night, only a couple of people in the audience took to the floor in support of the measure. Where were the letters and speeches defending adoption of the ordinance, which usually abound when any controvesy of this magnitude arises? The last minute amendment to impose the lower night-time noise levels after 11 p.m. rather than 1 a.m. and the decision to exempt Funland from the 11 p.m. provision solidified the impression they were "out to get" particular establishments. The irony of young children being allowed to play on rides until midhight while adults must clamp up after 11 p.m. wasn't lost on its opponents. Is it any wonder that many members of the business community feel the momentum to impose these new restrictions stemmed from one or two isolated cases that should have been dealt with in a dif- ferent manner? The morale of the Rehoboth Beach business community seems to be at an all-time low. But that doesn't mean it can't get any low- er. The board will be considering the implementation of a beach fee, residential parking permits and enforcement of an entertain- ment tax in the months to come. This may be only the beginning. -Trish Vernon Letters Weather Picture i r Aug. 12 83 63 None |:! Asg. 18 83 69 None Aug. 14 87 66 None AUg. 15 87 71 None   Aug. 16 89 72 .03 [;: J d AU9.17 83 70 2.42 [ : am f i Aug. 18 81 70 .71 [ As reported by the Lewes [: Board of Public Works [ii Power Plant, an official |(il U.S. Weather Station [i Lewes fire pol;eemen Jim ]Demlmey, left, mad Walt Reynolds, right, stand itla Rehoboth fire polleemml Pros Dyer, center. Fimt Qullar Full Moon Last Qumtm. New Moon August 24 August 31 Sept. 9 Sept. 15 1! P'I'. OF Nawp. Didn't say 'DuPont's Benlate.' Said downpour's been late. Distressing experience (This letter was written to Lewes Little League President Gilbert Holt; Lewes Little League Girls Minor League Vice- President Jean Bekeshka; Robert War- rington, Manager, Wildcats; Joe D'Ami- co, Manager, Robins; Bob McVey, Man- ager, Angels. A copy was forwarded to the Cape Gazette for publication.) To whom it may concern: We, the Rams, have had many dis- tressing experiences with the Lewes Minor League this season. At fhst we decided to just let them go without addressing them. We now feel, after the latest events, that we should bring our feelings to your attention. We would like to begin by stating some simple facts. We started this sea- son with 15 girls. About 12 of those girls could not catch, throw or bat a ball. After four to five practices every week throughout the whole season, we ended up with a winning team. We had a lot of parental support, as well as dedicated coaching. We not only taught the girls the basic skills, we taught them to use their heads and learn the game of soft- ball. We shared not only practice time with our girls, but also much of our private time. We had cookouts where we played ball, we had scrimmages with girls from major league teams, we took the girls to adult softball games and we became friends with each and every one of them. We are quite sure the Rams logged in more practice hours than any other team in minor or major leagues. We, as coaches, were under the impression that softball, as in all sports, was made up of competition, sportsman- ship and fun. As well as preparing our girls for major league, we felt that teach- ing the girls to be the best that they could be was our job as coaches and parents. If we had done any less we would have been cheating our team. We had very dedicated parents and coaches who helped us achieve our goals. We have left this season very bitter because of the response of several of the opposing teams. Our girls worked con- sistently hard to accomplish a winning season and now only have a hollow vic- tory because of the outbursts and accusa- tions at our last few games from the opposing coaches and parents. Continued on page 9 Volume 1 No. 13 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vemon News Editor Steve Hoenigmann Reporters Denise Marshall Cordelia Macintire Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Sales Dawn Bushey Office Manager Kathy Emery Photographer Robert Prengle Production Coordinator Catherine Tanzer Rader The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Shoppes of Camelot, 4375 High- way 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to: Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Tele- phone: 302-226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "Doesn't it seem some days as though other people were put in the world for no other reason than to aggravate you?" - E.W. Howe