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10 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Sept, 6- Sept, 12, 2002 Continued from page 8 was lodged and my room at the hospital, she was so taken with the picturesque houses and gardens along the way. Most of all, she felt touched by the fact that everyone she passed each day stopped and said hello, local Lewes residents who were perfect strangers. I have enjoyed the "hospitality" of other medical centers, both in New York and Massachusetts, but nowhere did we find people who were as willing to go out of theix: way to help us as in Lewes. I am happy to report that I am now back home and recovering. Unfortunately, we had to cancel a three-week trip to China that was scheduled 10 days after our visit to Lewes. But I suppose one could say that it was better for this even- tuality to happen in Lewes than en route to China. My wife and I wish to extend our gratitude to all the generous people of Lewes who made our stay memorable under these stressful conditions. : ":" - Jacob E Gobdman New York, NY Thoughts on Sussex County issues Though I have been privileged to work in the area for over a decade, this is the first time I am moved to write you. Following are a few observations: On the fate of Route 24 and Route 1: The existing Route 24 should become a two-lane, one- way eastbound road, while a sec- ond, newly constructed highway originating from Route 1 carries traffic west. Route 1 needs to be rebuilt along the proven model of the central six-lane limited access highway, with accessroads pamlr leling it. This design servesmil, lions of drivers from Long Island to San Francisco; why not here? Today is already late; tomorrow even more costly to build the req- uisite infrastructure. On the naming of the new mid- die schools: The Sept. 11 events have allowed us to revive a pro- found and deserved sense of na- tional pride. Name the schools for Delawareans who lost their lives at war or who were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The past 60 years have seen, un- fortunately, conflicts in which many of our countrymen have fought and died. Somewcre draft- ed, some volunteered. Their sacri- fices demand memoriaJs'. : : On the suggestion iha/a'School be named after the late Lou Rickards, would it not be more fit- ting for the fire department to find and dedicate a suitable tribute, perhaps the station itself?. On the fate of the Lewes silent policemen: Let us find out how the fire departments of Bar Harbor,. Maine and others handle the prob- lem. We need to estimate how many pedestrian accidents have been avoided by the presence of these signs. Our brave volunteer firemen should not be tasked with figuring out our traffic patterns, along with their already full work- loads. '  On our beaches: Does anyone really believe that all the vehicles parked on the sand last weekend were transporting bonafide surf fishermen? Let's get a lot of these two-ton vehicles off the beach. (And yes, I own a big, four wheel drive SUV and can afford beach tags.) On the Surf Club time share owners who are pretending to de- serve an individual vote each in Dewey Beach elections: Do you know what the word "share" means? Have you heard of the concept of "one man, one vote?" Or democracy? This is America; learn what the Constitution is about! Shame on you for threaten- ing to sue! Go to the Georgetown area, ask people who just came to this place to find a better life for .themselves andtheir families. Ask the kids from eastern Europe, working here for the summer. They may understand the ideas be- hind our political system better than you or your hired mouth- piece. On the rash of bicycle accidents: Wear helmets! Wear really bright- ly colored clothes. This is not Am- sterdam and many of us need to be a lot more alert to the presence and rights of bicyclists. All drivers need to show simple respect to everyone else they have the privi- lege to share the road with. We are obviously a vibrant, multifaceted community. Many of us are here by deliberate choice; many by accident of birth. We cer- tainly have problems but issues born of growth are certainly not unique to us. Let us remember to look for tried and true lessons learned elsewhere while working to find solutions for us. We need not invent all the answers here. Will Scarsdale Lewes Don't waste time talkinghigh eed: I believe the silly season (also known as early electioneering) has already gone berserk with the talk about a high speed train to serve lower Delaware and perhaps other parts of Delmarva. I have been in- volved in transportation planning for more than 30 years, and there are at least three things I am sure of: 1) High speed trains (monorail or otherwise) cannot be economi- cal in any environment but a very high density corridor with a strong year round demand. The train op- tion discussed by one or more politicians is not high density - it is a market that peaks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is other- wise tiny. Not only that, this three day a week market peaks from June 15 to Sept. 1 and is otherwise tiny. The market is too small! 2) lfi[a similar vein, for reasons of 7 "full cost of transportation", "val- ue of traveler time" and other con- siderations, those in the small market would not likely be will- ing to pay anything close to the cost, which would have to be well above $100 round trip from Wilmington to Rehoboth. The price would be too high! 3) Peo- ple coming to the shore want to have a car. What are vacationers train (high speed even) is a red herring and a loser. There is not sufficient market, people would not pay, and those traveling to the beach want a car here. Maybe it shows people are thinking "out- side the box" to come up with this train deal. However, I don't think we should waste any more time (or ink) on the idea. Let's forget the train and move on with trying going to do, get a cab when some- to find real solutions! one wants to go to Ocean City, or : Jack Smith to the Outlets, or to a restaurant' :,' , : :i : t i[: Lewes that isn t next to your hotel? '_,L_.,- :o : " ):i When we're on vacation at the lllalll Ior plall[ers, shore, we want our car! Three strikes, yer out! If I were a cynic, I'd bet that the DelDOT folks go for a study, even though they know the answer. This would result in delays to any real solutions. I live here and have learned to stay off most roads on Friday night, Saturdays etc. I'm not sure there will ever be a solution to the highway prob- lems here until there is more pres- sure from more voters to get the state to move to add highway ca- pacity. One thing I'm sure of is that the in downtown Lewes Thanks to each and every one of those who have contributed to the planning, planting and mainte- nance of those beautiful planters in downtown Lewes. They are a sight to behold and add greatly to the pleasure of being in town. I have taken mental pictures of these lovely flowers and greens so I can recall them whenever I choose. All this is a wonderful gift to our community. r Mary, Lee Smith Lewes VOTE SEPTEMBER 7th HOLLAND VANVALKENBURGH for Sussex County Register of Wills A Man For The Times,.. An experienced businessman Born and raised in Sussex County A record of sen;ice to the community - For fiscally responsible government For local control Paid for by fdends of Holland VanValkonbutgh Community-based organizations and nonprofit organizations in Delaware are eligible to apply for funding for proams that address at least one of the following goals of A Plan for a Tobacco-Free Delaware: Prevent tobacco use among young people Increase the proportion of cigarette smokers who attempt to stop smoking Reduce routine exposure to environmental tobacco smoke Increase the number of Delawareans who strongly disapprove of cigarette use September 27, 200200Deadline for suDmission of application/proposal Additional information and grant applications are available on our website,, or by calling the American Lung Association at (302) 655-7258. DELAWARE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES Division of Public Health These grants are made possible by to)acto sc lemen monev fiom thc Delaware He;dth Fund.