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Continued from page 7 Let's fight the 'AI Gore' tax Last spring [ was shocked when I opened my telephone bill. The toll calls amounted to a grand total of exactly $2.16, but the tax on this amount was $6. As it did not strike me as quite reasonable, I started asking questions. I asked a lot of them and still could obtain no information at all except that it was a federal school tax imposed by the FCC. School tax, national? The FCC? It still made no sense, as nothing seemed to have been passed by Congress in this regard and I thought our taxes had'to originate in Congress. Now final- !y, we learn that it is not only un- warranted, unfair and unneces- sary, it is illegal - apparently cooked up in secret without the public knowing anything. The Federal Communications Commission set up an internal bu- reaucracy early this year to admin- ister this school tax program, with a $.25 million salary for the "chief honcho/' and merely required the telephone companies to collect from all of their customers. And we have all been paying ever since. However, we now do have some hope: a very reliable organi- zation in Washington, D.C., is de- termined to end this dangerous, precedent-setting fiasco. If you can help, please send a contribu- tion to the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, and tell them it is to fight the "AI Gore Tax." It will save plenty for all of us in the long run. Harry F. Frazer Lewes Lewes h'brary thanks supporters The Lewes Public Library wish- es to thank the following busi, nesses for their generous support of our 1998 Summer Reading Club: Grotto Pizza inc. for donating I00 free pizza slice coupons and 10 T-shirts Kids' Ketch for their donation of 150 toy items Barefootin' Continued from pag 9 7 Lube and Pep Boys, and state cen- ters where fleets of vehicles are serviced," said V0nStetton. "We also set up oil filter recycling bins at 45 of our 123 Recycle Delaware centers. Cape Hen- lope n State Park has one of the bins and there are also oil filter bins at the Long Neck, Milton and Millsboro collection centers. That program is keeping nearly a half million used filters, and the oil in them, out of our land fills." While Recycle Delaware con- tinues to collect batteries, they are the one item not currently being recycled. "They're being stock- Lewes BeachDairy Queen for pret00 smooth for giving 100 free coupons for ice DTC reports McDonald's of Rehoboth Beach for donating 100 free coupons for french fries SkateWorld II for their contri- bution of 200 free .admissitn coupons "--' " " - .... - " Our :sponsors foster -ontwhunity spirif, self-esteem and a lifelong love of reading by acknowledging the efforts of our children in this way. Thank you again, folks. Kathy graybeal Children's Librarian Lewes Public Library Big Brothers/Sisters say thanks Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Sus- sex County would like to thank the following businesses for their support to the local community. Door prizes were donated by these businesses for our annual Bowl- For-Kids-Sake Community Day fundraiser held at Midway Bowl- ing Lanes, Rehoboth: In & Out Care, Millsboro; Long Neck Car Care, Long Neck; Olympic Sport- ing Goods, Seaford; Pizza Palace, Georgetown; Popeye's Chicken, Rehoboth; Bonanza's Restaurant, Millsboro; Baywood Greens Golf, Long Neck; Roadsters Restaurant, Lewes; J&D Sub Shop, Millsboro; Village Green Florist, Millsboro; Doyles Restaurant, Selbyville; Georgetown Deli, Georgetown; Donna's Designing Women, Re- hoboth; Phi Them Kappa, George- town; Wal-Mart, Milford; and Heritage Jewelers, Seaford. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware Inc. CCE association thanks police chief. The members of the Country Club Estates Property Owners As- sociation, which represents 300 households, wishes to again thank Chief Creig Doyle and the Re- hoboth Beach Police Department for their outstanding effort to maintain order, protect the resi- dents of our town and to enforce the speed limit and stop sign ordi- nances. We applaud you and your staff. Ann G. Stellmann' President Country Club Estates Proper- piled for the time being until the market for them improves," said VonStetton. "Because they're so heavy, transportation costs are very high. They're not being landfilled but they're also not be- ing recyc.led. Stockpiling them for now doesn't seem to be a problem." Many people who visit the recy- cling centers enjoy dropping their glass bottles into the bin and hear- ing them shatter. It's the one place where the sound of shattered glass doesn't make every one stop and look around - like an E.F. Huttoncommercial. But the recy- cling centers are also a place where we feel: a little guilt or con- fusion. Was there enough green in the glass of that wine bottle to consti- resort bus system during 1998 season By Trish Vernon Armed With ridership and park.- =ing statistics from the 1998 sea- son DART First Shate's Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) offi- cials met with members of the Re- sort Advisory Transit Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 23, to up- date them on their findings and seek input as they plan their 1999 program. DTC planner Bobbie Geier un- veiled a recap that showed that while service miles increased from 167.,399 in 1997 to 168,611 in 1998, the number of passenger trips decreased slightly, from 229,369 in 1997 to 212,878 in 1998. This was almost completely at- tributed to the decrease in riders from 3 Seasons Campground, lo- cated behind the park and ride lot on the outskirts of Rehoboth Beach. Last year, it was noted, the campground owners subsi- dized the cost of transporting their campers, while this year, they paid full fare, or $2 per day to ride anywhere on the bus system. The increase, they believe discouraged some campers from taking advan- tage of the bus system and they hope to find a way to increase campground ridership next year. The good news was that this year 711 people availed them- selves of the "bikes on buses" program, compared to only 290 last year. Bill Hickcox from the DTC operations sector, told the committee that this could be one of the reasons why there were no incidents involving bicycles in the diamond lanes this summer. Another increase was seen in the number of vehicles parked at the lot this summer, up from 15,659 in 1997 to 18,949 in 1998. Breaking down'the 1998 numbers into individual categories, they found that 4,480 of those vehicles belonged to employees of busi- nesses within the City of Re- hoboth Beach, which subsidizes the cost of parking. City Manager Greg Ferrese esti- mates the city owes DTC approxi- mately $9,000 for the subsidized tute green glass or should it have gone in the "clear" bin? How about those plastic bottles. Did they all qualify as "narrow necks"? Did one go in with its cap still on? Did anyone see? Does it make any difference? "All of the recycle materials are taken to our IPF [Intermediate Processing Facility] where they have to be sorted," said VonStet- ton. "We hire prisoners from the De- lores Baylor Institute [state women'S corrections facility in New Castle County] to do the sorting for us. The work they do is very important. Thecleaner the materials we send out - in terms of being just what it's supposed to be - the more we get paid from the buyers." parking program from this sum- DRT marketing plan mer. This:past summer, efforts to en- A total of 1,681 employees rice Cape Region merchants to from businesses outside the city purchase advertising, space on limits also took advantage of the various DART First State items park and ride this summer, with was less than successful, as there 200 DTC employees using the lot. wet no takers, This year, they are Of the general public, 12,253 approaching e merchants earli- chose to park their vehicles there, er, sending out letters.and fliers in while 331 took advantage of a the chamber of commerce program instituted on Memorial newsletter advising them of op- Day weekend, where free Passes portunities to advertise on the fare were handed out at the relief route cards, service schedules and on- toll booth, for a total of 18,949 ve- board bus coupons. After Nov. hides using the lot. 15, they will offer these advertis- Geier also presented figures on ing opportunities to businesses route use, which showed that outside the area. those using the 201 from the park and ride to the Boardwalk de- No hot topics in 1998 creased from 191,170 to 174,458, Hickcox was pleased to report which they also attribute to the de- that while last year, there were crease in campers. The Dewey several accidents attributable to Route 202 use increased, howev- vehicles pulling out into the dia- er, from 8,666 to 10,020 in 1998, mond lanes on Route 1, this year, due, they surmise, to the fact that there were none. He believes this the route now also stops at the is due primarily to the signs outlets, therefore attracting more DelDOT placed at key intersec- riders. Hickcox also reminded tions warning motorists not to them that any decrease in passen- nudge out without looking. get trips can also be attributed to "Bikes were a big issue last the fact that last summer, Dewey year, but this year, I believe most riders had to switch buses at the bicyclists were using buses on lot to go to the.outlets, and were Route 1, so incidents were very counted as two passenger trips minimal," he noted. rather than one. Complaints from Rehoboth The Local Route 203 (Route 1) Beach Country Club residents ridership remained relatively sta- about the noise from the DRT ble at approximately 13,000 rid- buses servicing the campground ers, as did the Lewes Route 204, have also decreased, as DRT has which increased slightly, from reduced the level of service. 9,944 to 10,278 passengers. Use However, even with better rap- of the Late Night Route 205 to port, Hickcox said they are still Lewes declined, however, from looking for a long-term solution 4,126 to 3,439, due, they believe, to the problem. to the fact that they didn't turn While residents near State Road down Second Street after 9 p.m., in Rehoboth Beach complained due to complaints about noise and last summer about the number of fumes. Instead, the buses looped buses using that street to enter the from the ferry terminal to Savan- city, this year, there haven't been nab Road and back out of town. any complaints. That's because "We need to work with Lewes on the DRT buses now access the a better turnaround point," Geier city from Church Street from 10 noted, p.m. to 10 a.m., and have found There was also a decrease in the 'that the new system works well. Long Neck Route 207, from 1,659 The only real problem they had to 1,466, because the bus now was at the Boardwalk, where they stops at Long Neck Road only and often had trouble loading and un- doesn't venture farther west to- loading due to delivery trucks and ward Milisboro, as it did last year. Continued on page 11 So, does Recycle Delaware sold its collected materials for a work financially? little more than $300,000 while Yes and no. total expenses approached $1 mil- Yes, to the extent that no state lion. taxes are used to finance the recy- The difference, said VonStet- cling program. The Delaware ton, is made up from a $2.50 per Solid Waste Authority, which op- ton charge that's part of the total crates Recycle Delaware, uses a $58.50 per ton tipping fee charged fee structure for its operations that to all haulers who carry solid provides enough revenue to meet waste to the state's landfills. all expenses. "I think Delawareans take the But the sale of recycled materi- program seriously and are doing a als does not cover the costs of set- good job," said VonStetton. "We ting up the sites; keeping them can always do better and we're clean with a full-time staffof four; more than willing to add more Re- paying for the Brown-Ferris In- cycle Delaware sites or collect oil dustries (BFI) contract, which col- filters from service stations or oth- lects all the materials from the er shops not presently participat- sites; managing the IPF; buying "ing. supplies; and paying prisoners for "Anyone who would like partic- their labor, ipate should call us at 800-404- In FY1996, Recycle Delaware 7080."