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d - APE G2iTI, Frldlay,'epteml/er 2"1. Octoler 3, 1996 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Attempting to reverse domestic violence Recent statistics estimate that more than 1,500 women die each year in the United States at the hand of their husband or boyfriend. The Wiers-Millman murders-suicide and the Holland murder- suicide in recent months focused considerable attention on the problem of domestic violence in our society. Delaware has responded with a close re-examination of the com- munication system in place for responding to calls for help. That's a first step and at least temporarily should result in a heightened sensitivity from dispatchers and law officers to those crying for help. Taking the response further, Delaware State Police officials in conjunction with federal programs have initiated, in thepast two weeks, a training program to better prepare officers for dealing with domestic violence. We also understand that a pilot program is being considered which would provide for intensive training of a limited number of officers whose sole duty would be to respond to domestic violence complaints. For the greatest part of this century, our society has treated domestic violence as a problem somewhat outside the arena of tra- ditional law enforcement. "Those are problems that should be worked out within the walls of the home," is a statement that typi- fies a prevailing attitude. That attitude however has too often resulted in human beings suffering great physical suffering and death in numbers far greater than a more enlightened perspective would allow. In addition to specific training for police officers to deal with domestic violence, state officials plan also to expand efforts to make the general public aware of domestic violence problems and the avenues of help available. The training should help officers deal with specifi c cases; the education should prepare, to some degree, our communities served by the officers so that help is sought before the crisis level is reached. Our nation's violent nature is a daunting problem and domestic violence represents a large portion of the problem. Recent steps taken by the state certainly won't reverse the situation but will begin moving us in the proper direction. Letters Ross belongs in the debates Over the past several years Ross Perot, as a third party presiden- tial candidate, served his nation well by drawing national attention to problems created by the huge budget deficit. When Perot arrived and began explaining the deficit ramifications in plain language, members of Congress and the country's administration finally took real steps to reduce the deficit. The American people should sup- port his efforts to be included in the coming presidential debates. His perspective would add constructively to the election process. Bill Hyland of Port Lewes sinks a ball as a deer shares his space in the Delaware State Park. ---,. @ @ Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Oct. 4 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Every year about this time, a mass beheading takes place on our local streets... ...and no one protests, and no one mourns. My stands are based on my principles After my recent campaign for Sussex County Council ended, I had hoped to retreat out of the spotlight for a while. In the last issue of the Cape Gazette, how- ever, there is yet another letter that total- ly mischaracterizes and distorts my posi- tion on the development issues that have dominated the public discussion of east- ern Sussex for many months. This letter uses the polarizing phrases "raw development, encroaching on the environment, threatened by uncontrol- lable and unwanted development, quick kill, despoil other locations and perni- cious slash-and-burn mode of enrich- ment," all in an attempt to demonize my positions. Perhaps it would have been easier, Mr. Nolting, to have put in a drawing that had me holding a pitchfork, and horns growing out of my head. By contrast, the two members of the Citizens Coalition that were mentioned could have been depicted with angels' wings. The warm and fuzzy phrases that were used to describe them were "safe- guard the public interest by imposing sensible controls over development, guardians of our national heritage, and unspoiled and peaceful environment." I would have no problem with these characterizations if they were remotely accurate, but they are not. Let me set the record straight. I have NOTHING to gain personally from development! I have never devel- oped anything, nor do I earn any income as a result of development. At the pre- sent time, I have no plans to develop anything in the future. I farm approxi- mately 400 acres of land, but don't own any of this land. Many of the farms that I rent are in the path of development, as they are mostly located on or near Route 1. These include the farms where the Walmart and the Tanger Outlets would have been located. Each time one of these farms is devel- oped,I lose land to farm and money out of my pocket. The only land I own is the two acres I live on and a small rental house, neither of which can be subdivid- ed. I have lived in Sussex County all my life, and I have no more desire to be stuck in traffic jams or to see all our county roads eaten up by strip develop- ment than any member of the Citizens Coalition. I am aware, however, that I live in a house that is the result of devel- opment, just as all the members of the Citizens Coalition do. I am also aware that every job in Sussex County is in some way dependent on development. My stands on the issues are based on the principles, rights, and responsibilities found in the constitution. I feel that the single most important issue today is to find a way for ALL the citizens of Sus- sex County to have the maximum oppor- tunity for financial success, while infringing on the rights of others the least that is possible. It is WRONG for a citizens coalition to band together for the purpose of forcing government to take away rights from another group. The Constitution and the traditions of our country are about protecting the rights of the minority from the tyranny of the majority. In any event, I can assure you that the Coalition does not represent a majority, even in the Lewes-Rehoboth area, much less the rest of Sussex Coun- ty. Now let's talk about the practical Continued on page 8 Volume 4 No. 19 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vemon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jan Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Denise Marshall Photographer Angle Moon Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fohrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Roberts Madann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforlh Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Shoppes of Camelot, 4375 Highway 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Sec- ond class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. E-maih capegaz@dmv.com Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. *Then summer fades andpasses, and October comes. Will smell smoke Ihen, and feel an unsuspected sharpness, a thrill of nervous, swift elation, a sense of sadness and depature." - Thomas Wolfe You Can't Go Home Again