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6 L CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29- September 4, 1997 V[EWPOINTS Editorial Labor Day is capping a strong 1997 summer "By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day." --Robert Frost, American poet The high season of summer draws to a close this weekend Those shop owners who have been-busy the last several weeks frantically doling out goods and services while calling in help wanted ads would argue with Robert Frost. "More like 16 to 18 hours a day," they would say. "That's what you get when you get to be boss at the beach" After a cold and slow start, the summer of 1997 took off like a hot rocket on the Fourth of July weekend and leveled off on a strong and steady pace that's hardly faltered since. The stock market continues to act like there's no end in sight, the coastal real estate market - fueled in part by money made on Wall Street - shows deep strength, and the federal budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 includes tax breaks and incentives that Will only further lubricate the national and i'egional economic engine. As one local businessperson said the other day, these are the good old days. As we move into the fall months - which many consider the Cape Region's finest months - it's worth repeating that we need to continu- ally reflect on the aspects of the area that draw our visitors. Primari- ly, of course it's our beaches and the coastal environment that offers cool relief from the stifling summer heat of the urban metropolis sur- rounding the Delmarva Peninsula..So long as we enhance that attrac- tion with wise environmental practices, congestion management, plentiful accommodations, good restaurants, and recreational oppor- tunities, we can press the odds of good seasons in our favor, And if we keep in mind that less governmental intrusion - a trend reflected in the budget bill passed this year - means that we as indi- viduals must look out for the well being of our communities, then that too will help us maintain the stability that allows an economy to thrive. The Labor Day holiday, established to celebrate the American worker, offers a good chance to reflect on the fruits of work and the need to save some energy from our individual enterprises to be avail- able for efforts aimed at community-wide projects. Letters 4 Aug, 22 89 66 None Aug. 23 83 62 None  Aug. 24 80 59 None 1 Aug. 25 81 61 None Aug. 26 81 61 None zl Aug. 27 83 61 None [1 Aed by the Lewes [Board of Public Works er Plant, an official , !'!!!!liii::i:: Whitney Baumer (left) and Laura Murabito, both of Lewes sell lemonade and brownies on Savannah Road in Lewes. New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter September I September 9 September 16 September 23 , , , iJl , , i , i, , Vote for Hill in Dewey election As a frequent visitor to Dewey Beach, it is gratifying to learn that someone of Jo Ann Hill's competence has agreed to run as a candidate for the Dewey Beach Town Council. As a long-time property owner in Dewey Beach, she is aware of community needs and concerns, as well as the immense pleasure the township affords both residents and summer visi- tors. Mrs. Hill and I became acquainted as members of the Dover branch of AAUW, and I have known her for over. 30 years, so I can attest to the fact that she would be an outstanding and exemplary council member. In addition to being very caring and considerate, Mrs: Hill is a person of integrity and reasonableness. Having worked with her I know she is very well organized, gets to the root of problems and expedites matters quickly andefficientl,, using expert judgment. Furthermore, Jo Ann Hill is a skilled specialist in both taxation and financial matters. Overall, one could scarcely find a better qualified, more capable and ded- icated citizen to serve the residents of Dewey Beach on their town council. Natalie W. Collin Dover Livingstone responds tO recent comments You have to wonder about folks who swear at critics with subtle innuendo and distortions or omissions. My criticisms of the Dewey Beach government are highly motivated, yet I have been accused, basically, of being paid to say what I said. It bears repeating that many others have said that Dewey Beach is operated as a "police state." Dewey Beach operates a shake-down racket preying upon the innocent and unsuspecting like highwaymen lying in wait to ambush victims. The fact that the number of arrests claimed by the town dropped dramatically since my June 20 statement at the town meeting may say more than words. I think most people familiar with the problem know very well that the town raises most of its rev- enues through their inflated police busi- ness. It is clear from the theft and publica- tion of a draft of my article, "How To Kill A Town," that there is no respect for law, not to speak of federal law. In addi- tion, everyone has always known or claimed that some town ordinances are unconstitutional. The "disorderly house"- ordinance is a gross example. "So sue us!" is the response. For anyone to claim, as ChiefRay Morrison did in these pages, that 90 per- cent of those arrested don't contest it or know that they were wrong is preposter- ous. They don't contest it because they are tricked, because of the cost, the bail and intimidation. My entrance into this case has to do with the anguish that the others feel. I've spent much of my life trying to help peo- ple. I had no idea an election was com- ing up. Probably every one of us respect police and good policing. Few of us, as I do, can count officers among their close friends. But when the first attack came at me, it appeared that I was against "strict enforcement." Let's make it clear. We have far too much government in Dewey Beach by the extravagant big spenders in power whose real problem is abuse of their police power. Constant violation of the public's rights calls for strict enforce- ment of the civil and criminal codes against the town government. That is what has happened with lawsuit after lawsuit and more to come. Sticking it to the insurance companies for every one of us to have to pay for the town's mistakes is a terrible thing. I have written about 25 books. Two of them, "High Treason" and "High Trea- son 2," were best sellers. The former, Continued on page 8 Write Now Letters are always welcome and should be signed and include a tele- phone number for verification. Please keep letters to 500 words or less. Write to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Volume 5 No. 14 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angie Moon Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann 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. Without doubt half the ethical rules they din into our ears are designed to keep us at work." Llewelyn Powys