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6 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, September 5 - Thursday, September 7, 2006 VIEWPOINTS Editori00l Take such storms in earnest The storm they called Ernest@ is now just a note in history and thank God it was nothing like KaWina. But for those of us along the Delaware coast who saw our lights flicker and then disappear, and listened to a wind howling at levels unexpected, based on the pro- nouncements of weather forecasters, Ernest@ was not just a trifling blow. The strong winds all day Friday and through the night gusted up to 80 according to the meters at the point of Cape Henlopen and held steady for a period of time at 50. They folded over whole fields of corn, standing tall and dry and ready for the combine. They knocked down heavy electrical transmission lines, uprooted large trees, ripped off branches, piled a high tide on top of another tide and flooded roadways and - at the very least - filled yards with the clip- pings from trees and shrubs courtesy of a free pruning by nature. The bottom line is, this Ernest@, that had been downgraded to a tropical depression by the time it reached us, packed a lot more punch than most of us expected. It reminds us one more time that we have to take these storms seriously and we have to remain in a state of sane and prudent preparation. Georgetown-Lewes trail makes great sense Delaware's Department of Transportation held a workshop recent- ly focused on the possibility of creating a multiuse trail along the railroad alignment connecting Lewes and Georgetown. The good news is that the funds are in place to proceed with a real study of how that alignment could be shared among trains, bicyclists and pedestrians. The bad news is that it won't happen quickly enough to satisfy those clamoring for more ways to get outside and get back and forth between destinations. This particular alignment is a natu- ral trail with a 66-foot wide right of way. The train uses it once every 10 days or so. Good sense dictates that we use it for more. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dermis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertain- ment editor. The Weather Picture Reader challenges Collins on 'facts' I write in response to Rich Collins' August 29 article in the Cape Gazette. Mr. Collins is the front man for secret organizations known as the Positive Growth Alliance (PGA). He postulates that hospitals, libraries, the YMCA and "and just about every other charitable endeavor in our community" exist due to the benevolence of his members. He preaches that greed results in profit and that PGA members make direct contributions to sus- tain local organizations. I challenge Mr. Collins to back up his rhetoric with facts! Will Mr. Collins disclose his membership? Will Mr. Collins disclose the amount contributed by his mem- bers to each local charitable organization by each PGA mem- ber? Will Mr. Collins compare the total contributions of his members to the total operating budget of the libraries, hospitals, little leagues etc., and detail what percentage of the operating budget comes from direct contributions of PGA mere- bers? The PGA is no different then the mafia. They make payoffs to local politicians. They hide behind shell corporations so as not to reveal true ownership. They create false issues of Constitutional rights, while at the same time they degrade the quali- ty of life for all coastal Sussex residents. The citizens of coastal Sussex cannot continue to be exploited by the PGA in return for a Little League T-shirt emblazoned with the name of a local real estate company. It is time for our elected offi- cials to renounce the PGA and it's members. I call on all Sussex county candidates to return any campaign contributions from PGA members, and to reject future contributions from these tainted sources. Dennis P. Cleary Bethany Beach Collins commentary raises many questions I am writing in response to Rich Collins' commentary in the August 29 issue of the Cape Gazette. Mr. Collins is executive director of the Progressive Growth Alliance, a lobbying group for developers. His article claims that those "accused of greed fund Cape Region chad- ties." This may be true, but the greed still exists, and the funding seems a self-imposed public rela- tions tax so that developers come across as civic-minded. I would suggest that this partic- ular conversation needs to be taken to another level. There is a disparity of class and culture in our town created large- ly by increasing property values and development interests. Mr. Collins talks about charity. The valuable causes that he and many other support - libraries, hospitals, arts societies - increase our quali- ty of life. Donating to them can also make those who contribute feel better, and isolate us from the poor and places of real need. Without a vision that significantly ,reorders the ways things are going in Sussex County, we're going to end up supporting amenities that serve only those who already have so much. How much of our energy as a community, including those who profit from development, goes into supporting health facilities for the underinsured, or policies that make health insurance afford- able? How much of these inter- ests support better pay for teach- ers? How much land has been Continued on page 7 Molly Albertson photo Fencing that usually keeps people off the sand dunes and away from beach grass in Cape Henlopen State Park was destroyed by Ernesto's winds and rain. On Saturday, Sept. 2, the tide rose so high that the beach, which usually has ample space for visitors, was flooded with breaking waves. Volume 14 No. 30 Publlsher Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 dnf @ Editor Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom @ Office Manager Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery @ Associate Editor Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester @ Sport= Editor Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 davefreOnan @ News Edhor Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter @ Arts & Entertalnmnt Editor Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen News Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh @ Jim Westhoff, Ext. 339 jwesthoff @ Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans @ Kevin Spence, Ext. 337 kspence @ Rachel Swick, Ext. 338 mwick @ Molly Albertson, Ext. 335 malbertson Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm @ Janet Andrelczyk, Ext. 316 Sports Writers Tim Bamforth tim @ Frederick Schranck Fschranck@ Photographom Dan Cook Steven BUlups Photo Production Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 Production Coordinator Norma Parks, Ext. 309 nparks @ Classified seody rr, Ext 3o0 slr @ Kim McPike, Ext. 310 kmcpike @ capegazet{ Jean Sarro, Ext. 302 jeans @ Advertlslng Cindy Bowfin, Ext. 307 cindy @ Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson @ Amanda Neafie, Ext. 311 amandal @ Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 crausch @ Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 stevel @ Production Staff, Exto. 322-326 Chris Wildt Teresa Rodriguez Ron Winterstein Shed Oswald Kristin Comell Edwin Krumm Meredith Shockley Webmaster Catherine M. 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