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Viewpoints 6 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 Cape Letters )) America should concentrate on itself My comments below stem from an article published by Dmitry Minin, Global Research, June 3, "The Geopolitics of Gas and the Syrian Crisis." Is this Syria conflict problem, from an American's view, going to be necessarily beneficial to all America/Americans, and how rfecessary and why? Problem cre- ation seems to be the never-end- ing solution in this nation under the current administration and fuel for distraction to ongoing unanswered questions already just as serious if not more serious as this. Rising unemployment, soaring healthcare costs, national deficit, fiat currency, millions on welfare, unwanted illegal immigration, more jobs, overcrowded prisons, increasing burdens on the middle class and small business, rising fuel prices, tax increases, more gun control not crime control, Benghazi, IRS attacks, com- mon core education, the list just goes on and on. History itself records there have been numer- ous "humanitarian" causes in the past and countless pursuits taken on by our fearless leaders all for the cause of democracy, only to further the cause of total control over those being governed while not listening to or even respect- ing the cries coming from the governed nor choosing to obtain consent rightfully from those in place under the governed. Starting or even winning a war is not how oneproves matters of ethics and principles. If brute force is the measure of virtue and correctness, then why do we even have laws and juries? Issues of morality and constitutional law cannot be judged by barbaric methods. 0nly tyrants would ever subscribe to these methods. Sentiment, morals, laws, lives don't really matter that much when profit is at stake. Some- thing really smells here! Robert Duff Smyrna Tell Congress no war with Syria When President Obama made remarks about chemical weapons being a "red line" for U.S. action, he made an ultimatum that he couldn't back up. The president wrote a check, and the American people refused to cash it. So now he feels the need to save face. Bombing Syria would do the trick, but he'd get crucified politi- cally, and rightly so. That much has become obvious over the past few days, and the president knows it. So he's turned to the Congress. If they approve, he's got political cover. If they refuse, he's lauded for standing up for " Continued on page 7 Yeah, but Beebe Medical Center is offering FREE FLU SHOTS every Monday from September 16 to November 18. I'm next... I need a FLEW shot! Editorial )) Are DelDOT's plans for Route i al done deal? 0ute 1 is dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians - and for the drivers who try to avoid hitting them. On ,, that much, just about everyone can agree. Department of Transportation officials say part of the solution is 62 new streetlights and a total of 14 signaled crosswalks from Five Points south to Rehoboth Beach, a plan recently unveiled at a public meeting, where officials took public comment. Just as those plans were unveiled, Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D- Rehoboth Beach, called for a task force to develop a safety plan along almost the same corridor, adding Dewey Beach. Schwartzkopf has already said 14 pedestri- an-activated crosswalks on Route 1 will create a traffic nightmare that will deter tourism; he's clearly looking for an alternative to DelDOT's plan. Even DelDOT officials say the cross- walls will delay traffic, but they say the cross- walks will have a traffic-calming effect. Schwartzkopf and many other observers say the planned crosswalks could create gridlock and lead to more accidents. DelDOT officials have also said publicly their $6.5 million plan for Route 1 is largely a done deal that's not likely to be changed. Meanwhile, the Cape Gazette has been call- ing for a serious effort to redesign Route 1, and Sussex Cyclists, a group extremely familiar with Route 1 hazards, has offered DelDOT of- ficials a series of highly doable ideas, starting with reducing the speed limit and changing the way shared lanes are painted and signed. No matter. DelDOT appears set to proceed next spring with Band-Aid-style plans that so far appear out of touch with how motorists, pedestrians and cyclists would actually use the highway if it were safe. Crosswalks or other means to cross are urgently needed on Route 1. But this plan displays government at its worst: spending public dollars on a plan that already appears inadequate for the needs and then holding public meetings to accept comment that is unlikely to produce any change in the plan. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists of the Cape Region deserve better. Cape Gazette editorials are considered an&written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signedand include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters tO 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length, Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email news- room@capegazette.com. SUBMITTED PHOTO TOM MCGLONE of Rehoboth Beach sent in this photograph of his pooches, Stella and Gracie, frolicking around the pool on a beautiful early September day. Stella is the one leapitlg for the ball, celebrating an end-of-summer swim. )) For local weather; including highs and lows see page 43 Web Poll )) Most reponders nix Hill- ary Clinton for president Hiliary for president? Yes 38.9% No 56,4% Not sure 4.7% The total of votes counted was 445. To participate in the current web poll, visit CapeGazette.com, Cape Gazette Volume 20 No. 29 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 dennisforney@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 laura@capegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 bernie@capegazette.com NEWS Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans@capegazette.com Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Kara Nuzback, Ext. 317 knuzback@capegazette.com Nick Ruth, Ext. 335 nickroth@capegazette.com Melissa Steele, Ext. 338 melissasteele@capegazette.com Molly MacMillan mollymac@capegazette.com SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tim@seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@ HoleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Don Flood Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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