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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Sept. 6 - Sept. 12, 2002 VIEWPOINTS Vigilance remainsrthe Sept. 11 message One year has passed since we witnessed the deaths of thousands of Americans in New York and Washington at the hands of internation- al terrorists. The war on terrorism and all of its implications have since become the central focus for our nation. Throughout next week - at church services this Sunday and memo- rial services on Sept. 11 - people across the land will be ringing bells; flying their flags; wearing red, white and blue clothing; driving with their headlights on; stopping at noon on Sept. 11 to say prayers and the pledgeof allegiance. [See schedule of services and events in the Cape Life section of this edition.] All of these services and activities will be part of the remembrance process honoring those who lost their lives either in the attacks or in the rescue effort. The remembrance process - most importantly - also reminds us how important it is to remain vigilant at all times to protect ourselves and our communities. This doesn't mean marching guard duty at night with rifles slung over our shoulders. This is a different war. It does mean keeping our senses sharpened and in tune with the world around us. It means questioning what doesn't seem right and discussing abnormalities with people we trust. It means being active, not passive. The good faith society that so much defined our country should not be lost as an ideal. But between the terrorist attacks and the blind allegiance to money manifested by recent corporate corruption, we must accept that great distance separates reality from the ideal. Sept. 11 will be the most important holiday of this year and for many years ahead because of the message it holds for our citizenry. Simply stated, the message is that we must be prepared. For what? For anything. For all animals - and we are animals - survival depends on learning and being alert to dangers and opportunities. Sept. 11, above all, means vigilance. Letters A cold winter ahead? Speaking of being prepared, read this: "The summer will be hot, with half the normal rainfalE Expect hot temperatures in early- to mid-June, mid-July and late August. Drought conditions will prevail as below-normal rainfall continues from April through August. Expect soaking rains through the first half of September... " That's from the Mid-Adantic coast forecast published last fall in the "Old Farmer's 2002 Almanac." If that is any indication of the accuracy factor of that venerable publication's weather forecasting, get out your coats and snow shovels. Here's what the 2003 almanac says for the winter ahead in our region: : "November through March will be wetter, snowier and colder than normal. The heaviest snow will be across the northern part of the region [we're in the northern part of the region], with snowfalls in late November, early December, early and late January, and the second week of February." Specifically, the almanac calls for a blizzard between Feb. 8 and 13. If the forecast is true, the almanac prognosticators will be considered heroic magi- clans. If wrong, no one will remember. Weather remains the main topic of discussion. The Weather Picture Jeff Tease photo The season's first nor'easter last weekend brought much- needed rain to the area along with heavy surf. MY QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE? Get those flags flying again Immediately following the attacks on our country last September, flags appeared everywhere. As we near the anniversary of those attacks, the flags have all but disappeared. The terrorists are still out there, planning more attacks. Let's show our support for the leaders of our country, and honor our armed forces and fallen heroes. Let's get those flags flying again. Capt. Harry (Speed) Lackhove Lewes Crystal would bring growth in check Unlike my opponent, in my cam- paign for 14th Representative District I have been consistent on my position on the issues. With regard to my position on growth and development, I have clearly stated: "I would strive to achieve Sussex County Council's full compliance with DelDOT's recom- mendations as provided under the existing memorandum of understand- ing between Sussex County Council and DeIDOT. Failing that, I would be prepared, as your state representative, to introduce legislation in the Delaware General Assembly requir- ing Sussex County Council's compli- ance." In the Aug. 30 edition of the Cape Gazette, my opponent states: "Mr. CrystaL's idea that DelDOT, a bureau- cratic agency of nonelected officials, be allowed to have a restricting influ- ence over our local county officials would be like the blind leading the visually impaired." Mr. Meoli's com- ment needs to be addressed. My opponent implies that legisla- tion, introduced by me in the General Assembly, that would restrict Sussex County's ability to develop along roadways having already received a failing status as result of DelDOT's traffic impact study or along road- ways where the proposed develop- ment would place the roadway into failing status "would be allowing LEVEL. nonelected official to have a restrict- ing influence over our local county officials" is absolute hogwash. This isthe same rhetoric that l have heard for some time from those in our com- munity who support unlimited and uncontrolled growth. Common sense dictates that, in my proposal, the restricting of develop- ment would be generated solely by the results of the traffic impact study, which is a counting of cars under very specific conditions. DelDOT is mere- ly a tool by which this count is acquired. DelDOT would have no subjective influence over where growth in Sussex County could or could not occur. The results of traffic impact study would either invoke or not invoke the statute. Additionally, any legislation that I would introduce toward this end would provide - much like New Castle County's unified development code - that: should DelDOT plan improvements to a failing roadway that would better its rating, develop- ment could be approved by council. The legislation would also provide that should DelDOT not be planning roadway improvements, the develop- er proposing the development before council could agree to assume the costs for those improvements neces- sary to improve the rating, which would allow development to proceed. In. the article, my opponent states: "He is a staunch believer that home rule or local oversight is the most effective way that we as local citizens can influence our quality of life". He goes on to say: "If we are not happy with the decisions being made, we have theability through our vote to change that." While I disagree with the first part of my opponent's statement, I do agree with the second part. I believe that both Sussex County Council and DelDOT have been nonresponsive to the needs and wishes of the citizens of coastal Continued on page 7 Write Now Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 750 words or less. 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