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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 22- August 28, V[ 00WPOINTS Editorial Boot camp concept showing early success A photograph in the Aug. 15 edition of the Cape Gazette showed a group of residents from Sussex Correctional Institute's (SCI) Boot Camp sanding wood on the extensive Shields Elementary School community playground in Lewes. In a week-long effort, the SCI residents smoothed surfaces that pre- viously gave up splinters all too readily to young and tender hands. The photo showed members of the group in hard hats and work gloves, and face masks to keep the fine dust from their lungs. In short, the photograph showed the group as productive and responsi- ble members of the community, making a real contribution to a better quality of life for many. I The Sussex Correctional Boot Camp program offers an alternative i to the traditional prison program for some drug offenders and other nomviolent convicts. The aspect of the program portrayed in the playground photograph illustrates a very positive and encouraging approach and brings new potency to the phrase "serving time." As taxpayers footing the bill for the penal system, we should all feel some sense of relief that the tremendous human resource we're sup- porting is in turn providing a service. Although in its infant stages, the boot camp program already shows signs of being a real winner for all involved. Letters Progressive medical community a blessing For the past three and a half years the Cape Gazette has run weekly articles on local, regional, national and international aspects of the cancer epidemic that affects our area more intensively than elsewhere in this country. Our goal with the articles has been, and continues to be, to increase the Delaware Cape Region community's awareness of cancer in the hope that increased knowledge will result in earlier detection as well as better understanding of the many faces of the dis- ease. As a newspaper enterprise, we feel very fortunate to be serving a community that includes a medical center and associated personnel so dedicated to serving the people and to constant improvement of services, techniques and breadth of treatment. It enriches journalism opportunities for the newspaper as well as adding to a steady improvement in quality of life. This week's paper for instance includes an article [please see page 10] about Beebe Medical Center taking the progressive step toward embracing healing techniques and approaches which up until recent years were considered somewhat suspect in the world of western con- ventional medicine. Space in Beebe is now being being allocated for alternative medicine approaches. The initiative recognizes a con- stantly changing world and confirms once again the progressive bent of all involved and a healthy open-mindedness that will insure the future soundness of the medical community. Response to Lewes Canal bank letter I write in response to Mr. Sobocszens- ki's letter, "What is Lewes's Agenda on Canal Bank?" (Cape Gazette Aug. 15). I am the owner of 1.342 acres of the prop- erty he mentions, 147 feet along Pilot- town Road, extending to the canal bank. This property, which I inherited from my mother, has been in my familffor four generations. Five of my neighbors on both sides of my land have applied for leases from the town of Lewes. We have had this land surveyed by Adams, Kemp & Associates and a plat has been sent to the town. We are requesting bids and hope to begin clearing the land as a joint venture at our expense. We have received clearance from the Delaware Department of Natur- al Resources and Environmental Control under the Wetlands Regulations Act. My grandfather, Lewis Art Chambers, along with the other owners of canal bank land, conducted a supervised burn- ing of the marsh in February, yearly, until some time in the late 1950s when the town stopped the procedure. One of the contractors had suggested a super- vised burning after the land had been cleared. It is my intention to maintain the land with low growing native plants and I have no plans for a gazebo or boat slip. My neighbors and I hope that this project can soon be brought to completion. Robert G. Stewart Lewes Livingston must be challenged I .feel I must respond to the views of A butterfly rests upon a fence, shading itself from the Mr. Harrison E. Livingstone. He intense mid-August heat .......... .- appeared this afternoon at his own  ...... " request on WGMD's Open Mike Bay- i.. ! @.  @ side program, and has written various , articles in local papers expressing his views and Opinions on everything he .... .......  considers to be wrong, illegal,, suspect Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Full Moon [ and corrupt about Dewey Beach.1 cannot ;'ugust.24,,. September,% -,-September 9" ....... . ....... [:.zsgilently by and allow hi demeaning, insulting rhetoric to go unchallenged or unquestioned. First and foremost, Mr. Livingstone suggests that the Town Commissioners summarily quit their elected offices and allow the State of Delaware to govern and run Dewey Beach. In my view, this is a ridiculous notion. First of all, the State of Delaware presumably has its hands full running the State of Delaware. Secondly, Mr. Livingstone conveniently forgets that the reason we have state gov- ernments and local governments is so that municipalities can govern them- selves, again presumably because only the local municipalities and its citizens can best serve their interests. Mr. Living- stone is a big fan of the Constitution, please ask him to remember this. Everyone is certainly entitled to his or her opinion, but to say you stand behind your opinion and then turn around and deny you expressed it doesn't make sense and leads one to question.the valid- ity and veracity of the statement in the first place. To wit, a concerned citizen of Dewey Beach questioned Mr. Living- stone's accusations that our Attorney General, Jane Brady, is corrupt and that Sen. Mike Castle is involved with the Mafia. Mr. Livingstone's response to this full-time resident and property owner was that he HAD NOT written these accusations. Please, Mr. Livingstone! Your statements clearly appear on pages 22 and 14 of your article "How to Kill a Town." If you refuse to stand behind these wild accusations, please refrain from making them. You may consider the residents of Dewey Beach "rubes" but we are not stupid. When your own words are there in black and white, don't try to deny them. During his prepared statement, while responding to questions from the audi- ence, in his recent article in the Coast Press, and in the previously mentioned article, "How to Kill a Town," Mr. Liv- Continued on page 8 : Write Now Letters are always welcome and I should he signed and include a tele- phone number for Wrification. " Please keep letters to 500 words or legs. wfite't0CapeGazeite, P(O Box 2 i 3,iwes, Delawar '1.99'8 ......  Volume 5 No. 13 Publisher Dennis Forney Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angle Moon Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Joseph Madann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Peter Butcavage Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Midway Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645- 7700. FAX - 645-1664. E-mail: capegaz@dmv.com 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. 'The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their pudty. " George Santayana