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Delaware Cape Re={ion History In Photographs Letters Continued from page 6 if a project i0 the Inland Bays watershed is proposed and approved under this ordinance, any money collected will have to remain in that watershed. It can- not Ue used to purchase open space in, say, Greenwood. This feature will bring about a sense of balance. With declining real estate rev- enue, I believe this could be a rev- enue stream that could help the shortfall that we and other gov- ernment jurisdictions are experi- encing. I hope this sets the record straight as to why I supported this ordinance. Dale Dukes President Sussex County Council Verizon FIOS TV ,a disappointment We live in Sussex County - Long Neck - and have recently gotten connected to Verizon's FIOS TV. We previously had cable TV. With that previous cable TV company, we had very local weather forecasts from Millsboro on The Weather Channel's "Local on the 8s" fea- ture (which is probably familiar to most readers). Verizon never mentioned when we signed up that they do not carry local weather forecasts on The Weather Channel in Sussex County. Since we live in an area that is considered a beach area and is prone, at times, to bad storms (sometimes with tornado warnings), we feel the need to have a local radar map available on bad-weather days. As amazing as it sounds, .Verizon is offering only Philadelphia weather on The Weather Channel (and on Weatherscan) to its southern Delaware customers. Anyone considering signing up for Verizon should ask themselves if local weather via "Local on the 8's" is important to them. ,If it's important to them, they should be warned that Verizon will not give this to you at this.time and, per- haps, won't ever give it to you and you will just have Philadelphia weather on your Verizon FIOS TV. If we had known this prior to getting Verizon's TV, we'd not have signed up for it. We would have stayed with our local cable company. It appears that Verizon is insen- sitive to the need for people to have as localized and detailed a weather forecast as possible. If the cable companies can do that, why can't Verizon? We have con- tacted the Delaware Public Service Commission in regards to this .and they are being as helpful as they can be within the confines of the present regulations and laws, but we feel misled by Verizon and we don't want to see that happen to others, so that is why we have written this letter. Patricia and Gary Casadei Long Neck Verizon programming causes cancellation After being informed that Verizon was now offering FIOS TV in my area I felt that there was now an alternative to the pro- gramming that Mediacom offers. I was assured by Verizon repre- sentatives that they would be car- rying the Philadelphia channels, including Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia. After hearing that from the Verizon representative I placed my order and was glad that someone recognized the wishes of most of the residents in the area that I live. To my surprise when the Verizon technician arrived to install the TV service I requested a prOgramming guide before he started. After looking it over I cancelled my order immediately because it wasn't the program- ming that I was promised. It Was the same old programming that Mediacom offers without the one Phi!adelphia station (Fox 29) that CAPE GAZETTE. Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 7 Photo courtesy of Jim Brittingham Menhaden fish processing plant in Lewes circa 1910 This photograph adorns a post card that was mailed in 1910. Shown are the turn-of-the- century structures on the shores of Delaware Bay, where Cape Shores is located now, that processed thousands of tons of menhaden each year for the oil of the fish as well as the meal that remained after the oil was extracted. This is the factory that preceded Otis Smith's Fish Products facility built toward the middle of the century. That factory, with sophisticated spotter planes helping to fill the holds of dozens of menhaden fishing vessels, processed more fish in theearly 1950s than any other facility in the United States and possibly the world. Mediacom currently gives us. Angola residents that are cur- rently subscribers to Comcast will have their programming changed to Baltimore stations. I am calling upon Verizon to hear the gripe I hear the most here about TV pro- gramming with Mediacom and offer us Philadelphia program- ming, including Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia. I would venture to say that most of the res- idents here in the Long Neck area are transplants from the Philadelphia, New Jersey and Lancaster area and by granting us our TV programming choice that Verizon would see its sales soar. I am not asking Verizon to replace all the Baltimore channels but at least give us the choice of which channels we wish. I hope that everyone who feels this way would contact Verizon and then maybe they will act in the cus- tomers' best interest. Bill Lacomchek Long Neck SPIASH organizers thank comunity The recent SPLASH '07 Summer Dance was a tremendous success. Over 250 people came to the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Saturday, July 14, for a wonderful night of dancing and silent auction fun to help raise funds for The Wellness Community, Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary and CAMP Rehoboth Capital Campaign. The SPLASH committee would like to take this opportunity to I thank our financial sponsors, our generous businesses and people from the community who donated to our very successful silent auc- tion and the numerous volunteers who worked to make our night such a success, Special acknowledgement goes to our subcommittee chairs for their creative talent and untiring efforts. Larry Pennington and Dave Lasher transformed the con- vention center into an ocean-like environment with mermen and merwomen. For the silent auction we thank Deb Griffin for her organization and creativity and Drexel Davison for his flair in presenting the items with panache. Peggy Castle (IDJ4FUN) played a fabulous mix Continued on page 8 Sussex citizens urged to 'Take a Stand' against war Rep. Mike Castle says he wants u.s. troops out of Iraq, but talk is .cheap. The congressman's record shows he has consistently voted to keep our troops in the middle of a religious civil" war under President Bush's reckless I(.aq policy, even though the vast majority of Delawareans and more than 70 percent of Americans want U.S. troops rede- ployed out of Iraq by April 2008. Meanwhile, the Bosh adminis- tration recently raised the stakes of the Iraq war even higher when Lt. Gen. Dottg Lute- the presi- dent's "War Czar: - said he is eansidefinR reinstating a military draft.. The three-star general explained the" draft is "on the table" because of the incredible strain Bush's war has placed on our military with repeated and COMMENTARY Les Aaron extended deployments. This bombshell announcement fol- lowed recent statements by Gen. David Petraeus that U.S. forces should stay in Iraq for 'another nine or 10 years. As a veteran and opponent of P/esident Bush's failed Iraq poli- cy, I find it difficult to back a mil- itary solution before a political solution is thought through. The purpose of President Bush's so- called "surge" was to give the Iraqi government enough breath- ing room to work toward political reconciliation. Instead, it has become a vehicle for them to work out their vacation schedules.' No political progress has been made. Our nrble soldiers stand in the midst of a religious civil war. It is impossible to trust the same administration, that told us the mission was accomplished and the insurgency was in its last throes. Therefoie I, like thousand of Delawareans, stand with the members of Americans Against Escalation in Lraq and their "Iraq Summer Campaign" to demand Castle take a stand against President Bush's endless war. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the Iraq Summer Campaign will conclude its 10-week effort with a "Take a Stand" town hall r0eeting in Wilmington. Castle was invited to the event to have the opportunity to explain his stance on the war. Th.e congressman declined the invitation, once again refusing to answer his constituents' questions on Iraq. Please join me on a btas trip to Wilmington, to show Castle that folks from Sussex County are tired of endless war and want their congressman to stand with them against President Bush's failed Iraq policy and vote to bring our troops home safely and responsi- bly. If you would like to participate, contact Sara Jankowski at 202- 425-0978 fo r arrangements. Les Aaron is a freelance writer for online magazines and his own newsletter. He is a former editor of "Democracy Chronicle" and the author of "A Blueprint for Winning," a political how-to book that includes a 20-point program to restore America's hegemony in the world, and "Final Warning," an environmental thriller focused on the challenges of global warm- ing. He also served as the presi- dent of Intertech, the LA Group and Unisource Corp. "He is an educator and an international consultant for business and indus- try.