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Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 the Constitution, and Congress gets to exert it's authority as a c0-equal branch of government. Either way, the president is off the hook. I'm wilting to let him escape with some shred of his dignity intact in exchange for staying out of the Syrian conflict. Congress needs to say no to war with Syria. Here's a chance for Congress to do the right thing and still help the president out of a jam. The British Parliament did it. Is Delaware's congressional delegation capable of such cour- age, or are they just the presi- dent's poodles? We need to help Congress choose wisely. Email them today and tell them, "No war with Syria!" Jess McVay Georgetown Many reasons not to bomb Syria My initial-reaction when I forced myself to look at the pic- tures from Damascus of babies wrapped in shrouds was to do whatever it took to get rid of the Assad regime. But this is revenge - not a reason to go to war. And air strikes are an act of war. When I put aside my feelings of revenge, I can think of no moral, legal or strategic reason to bomb Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry said, "This international norm cannot be violated without consequences." He did not use "law" because Syria never signed the chemical weapon prohibi- tion treaty, and even if they had, the use of force is permitted when authorized by the Security Council. Syria has not attacked the United States, and there is no U.N. SecurityCouncil authoriza- tion for a strike. The use of chemical weapons is horrific, but 100,000 people have already died in this war by other means. Children have watched their fathers tortured and their mothers and sisters raped before being killed. They are among the 1 million refugees with unbearable memories of this conflict. Why are the deaths by chemical weapons treated differently? Bombing stockpiles of chemical weapons would be untenable, since many would release poison gases into densely populated neighborhoods. Go- ing after the delivery systems is equally untenable. Syria can deliver chemical weapons by planes, missiles or mortars. Who would benefit from a U.S. alrstrike? The Pentagon estimates that there are over 800 rebel groups currently active in Syria, some affiliated with A1 Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Are we going to support these groups and give them weapons? We need to speak out for hu- manitarian and diplomatic action. We must tell the President and Congress that limiting "collateral civilian damage" by using cruise missiles still means more chil- dren wrapped in shrouds. It will not bring peace to Syria. Joanne Cabry Rehoboth Beach MIA - Our Delaware congressional delegation Our elected officials, Sen. Carper, Sen. Coons and Rep. Car- DELAWARE CAPE REGION HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHS )) THE DAM AT TRAP POND IN JUNE 1937 FARM SECURITY ADMINISTRATION-OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION COLLECTION THIS IMAGE shows the newly constructed dam at Trap Pond near Laurel in western Sussex County - a Delaware land-use project funded in part by the federal government. Trap Pond went on to become one of Delaware's ear- liest state parks. Water flowing over the dam at Trap Pond makes its way into the James Branch of Broad Creek, then into the Nanticoke River and on westward to Chesapeake Bay. Arthur Rothstein made this photograph in June of 1937. ney, are back home in Delaware for their summer break. This is the time many other state's repre- sentatives are hosting town hall meetings to connect with their constituents and hear what their concerns are so they can rep- resent them in D.C. Where are they? They have been asked to host town hall meetings to hear the concerns of Delawareans. Response has been, well noth- ing. We the people of Delaware have a lot of concerns and would like to talk with them - Benghazi, immigration, Obamacare, Syria - to name a few. How can they honestly represent us if they have no idea how we feel about these issues from both sides? They need to man up and meet with the citizens of Delaware, or are they too scared to back up their voting record? Theresa Garcia Magnolia Analyzing the cost of attacking Syria Members of Congress: I Continued on page 8 Reopened plant ometimes it seems business people can barely say the acronym "DNREC" without gritting their teeth. They rarely have a good word to say about the Dela- ware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, often accusing the agency of stifling economic growth through heavy-handed regulation. But there's a reason for the regulations, whether or not you agree with them. Many citizens want them, especially when they fear their property values are going to be affected by a proposed business opening or expansion. That was obvious at the Fri- day meeting of the - get ready for a mouthful -Scientific & Technical Advisory Commit- tee of the Center for the Inland Bays. It was held at the DNREC Lewes field facility on Pilot- town Road. About 50 people attended, including several members of the Protecting Our Indian River group, who came to hear about Allen Harim Foods' plans to turn the former Vlasic pickle operation into a poultry-pro- cessing plant. The pickle plant closed in 2012. The plan sounds like an economic development dream come true. Allen Harim wants to invest $100 million in the plant and hire 700 people to operate it. Nearby residents, however, have several concerns, includ- ing truck traffic, odor, and most important, water quality, both from their wells and in Indian River. Matt Hamilton, senior sales manager for Allen Harim, did a good job addressing the issues, especially the first two. The plant, when fully opera- tional in 2015, would generate 170 truck trips a day, a number similar to what Vlasic had dur- ing its peak months. As for smell - which would seem a prime concern for a poultry processing plant - Ham- ilton outlined the technology news for many, but residents concerned the plant would use to reduce both noise and odor. "One of the things I encour- age people to do is drive by our Harbeson, Delaware opera- tion," Hamilton said. "The road goes within 200 yards of the plant and there is no smell." On Friday afternoon, I took Hamilton up on the smell test for the plant, which sits on Route 5, just off Route 9. I went into the parking lot and got as close as I could to the build- ing. If I had been blindfolded, I wouldn't have known I was next to a poultry processing plant. Judging by the full park- ing lot, the plant appeared to be in full operation. (Yes, I was downwind. Those concerned should also drive by the plant.) Water, for good reason, ap- peared to be the main concern. Hamilton talked about the company's Cordova, Md., plant, which lies in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. He said officials there are "incredibly diligent in checking and making sure that our water is safe to go back into the ... system." In the two years Allen Harim has owned the plant, he said, it has not had any violations. But William Moyer, president of the Inland Bays Foundation, said the dumping of any waste- water into Indian River would be a violation of water quality regulations. Hamilton seemed unaware of this, but said DNREC would "not permit us to do it" if that were the case. He said the com- pany would have to go through an extensive permitting process once it actually bought the property. This is where DNREC will have to use its expertise and exercise its sometimes-dreaded regulatory powers to safeguard the area's well and river water. The permitting process will be public. On one issue, I have less sympathy with residents who live near the now-closed plant. From letters and from com- ments that day, it's obvious that some residents would prefer having the plant torn down. One man pointedly asked why Allen Harim would choose that location. Hamilton answered, "The biggest draw is that there are 450,000 square feet under roof right now, in prime condition." The man replied, "I don't think that's a consideration, when you're considering the three communities you're going to affect." But if you're talking about a business employing 700 people - or any number for that matter - saving money by buying an existing building as opposed to building new is a huge consid- eration. And less wasteful. There's no logic in keeping such a large economic asset idle. At 450,000 square feet, the plant is only 120,000 square feet smaller than all of Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth. We have a Similar situation where I live in the Villages of Five Points. Right across Old Orchard Road is a concrete plant that has been operating for many years. It predates our development. I don't know how many ce- ment mixers travel the road each day, but it doesn't bother me, and, more to the point, I wouldn't have any right to com- plain if it did. I knew the plant was there when we bought the house. And even if the plant were to relocate for some reason, the parcel would still be zoned for another business to set up shop. Don Flood is a former newspaper editor living near Lewes. He can be reached at