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8 - CAPE UAZdI-I, rnaay, vepe/nDer 27 - October 3, 1996 Continued from page 6 effect of the Coalitions' efforts. They have spent months in a care- fully coordinated campaign to get the government to use its power to stop all development. They say they are for "sensible control of development." If that is so, what are the specif- ic projects they have supported? Would they please point to a map and show us where they feel new development should go? How do they feel that working families in Sussex County should make a liv- ing? Why have they tried to get ordinances passed that restrict economic growth in areas of the county that desperately need op- portunity? The crown jewel of the Coali- tion's efforts is the Sussex County Comprehensive Land Use Plan which was just introduced in draft form on Sept. 3. If this plan is passed by the county council as written, the Coalition will have gotten part of its wish, as virtually all aspects of economic life in Sussex County will have been tak- en over by the government. The problem is, just because the gov- ernment takes control does not mean you get what you want. Out of approximately thirty speakers at the first public hearing, held September 19, including Coalition members, not one spoke in favor of the plan. This plan is a disaster for nearly all citizens of Sussex, including coalition members. Landowners, especially farmers, will see the value of their land drop like a stone. Those providing jobs and those working for wages will see their opportunities destroyed. Most importantly for those who think the Coalition is wearing an- gel's wings, will be the increase in crowding and traffic congestion that the plan will cause in the Lewes-Rehoboth and inland bays area. The county says we will have over 50,000 new residents in the next 24 years. The majority of them are going to be forced into the area that is already the most crowded, that already has the most traffic congestion, and is the most environmentally sensitive! How is it possible for such a small group to have such undue influence? The answer is apathy. Barefootin' Continued from page 7 revealed more than three dozen of the fat bait fish and Smith smiled. "I already have about 12 dozen in my cooler," he said. "Been here all day. But now that the fishing's good up along the beach at Broad- kill, we'll go about three or four times a week. It's nothing to use eight dozen mullet in a day." Earlier in the day Capt. Bill Massey pulled me aside at a party at Capt. Speed Lackhove's River- side Park on the banks of the Broadkill River. Out of over 113,000 citizens in the county, fewer than 200 have re- quested a copy of the plan. Citi- zens, you must not take my word on this, or the Citizen Coalition's, and you must not depend on your elected officials to watch out for your fights. You must watch out for your own welfare. Request a copy of this plan today from the county government, read it and come to the public hearings that will be held soon. Your future, the future of Sussex County, and the future of our democratic traditions are at stake. Richard Collins Lewes hoboth Beach police are poorly trained in how to deal with the public, and that there is a policy of harassment and overreaction aimed at teen-aged boys. We appreciate Mrs. Mason's concerns for her sons. They have had a miserable experience. Constance S. Rowland Beaverdam, Va. Rehoboth parking permits a success As an Oak Avenue resident, I think the parking permit plan in effect this summer has worked ex- tremely well. I want to congratu- late the City officials on their deci- siotfto implement the permit sys- On incident concerning Rehoboth police My family read with more than ordinary interest about the arrest of 17-year-old Beau Mason for sitting improperly on a bench in a boardwalk pavilion. We have a 16-year-old grand- son, who was ordered out of a pavilion by a pair of summer po- licemen because he was "sitting wrong." He and a friend were waiting for his brother to finish his shift at Funland. He was put through a quiz and was asked for identifica- tion. He handed the officer his Vir- ginia learner's driving permit and the officer called headquarters for an ID check on the license. He couldn't seem to read the license very well and gave the middle name as the name to check. The report came back that no such li- cense was issued. Our grandson tried to tell the officer that he was using the wrong name, but the of- fleer did not want to listen. There were more questions and implied threats. Then the boys were ordered to get moving and go directly home. They were not wrestled to the ground. They were not arrested. They were not handcuffed to the wall at the police station - all of which happened to Beau Mason. But they felt they were hassled by Rehoboth Beach policemen for no reason. We thought the same thing. We have a house here and have enjoyed our times in Rehoboth since 1948. Most of our experi- ences have been pleasant. This summer, we went home with the distinct impression that some Re- "They're really in the surface at the point of Cape Henlopen," the captain told me. "Mostly trout and lots of keepers. Mullet. They're walking out into the wa- ter with their nets, catching mullet right along the edge, hooking them up and then tossing them out and catching fish like mad. It's good." Last weekend brought us the au- tumnal equinox, Sept. 22, when the hours of sunlight equaled the hours of darkness. From now un- til next March 21, the vernal equinox, the hours of darkness will exceed the hours of daylight. The autumnal equinox usually .... tem as it has noticeably decreased the former congestion along resi- dential streets. At long last, it has been easier to park near our homes, rather than having "day trippers" take up all of the non-metered spaces. When the financial figures are in, I be- lieve the additional revenue gen- erated will help to offset the con- tinued increasing expenses of keeping our city and beaches clean and also pay for our life- guards and other essential city ser- vices. I hardly need mention that these services are also enjoyed by all "day trippers." I do think it was wise, however, for the commissioners to reduce the permit rate charged after Aug. 1. I have heard many people com- ment on the improvement the per- mit system has brought to our town and it's hoped that the park- ing permit plan will be continued in future years. Richard L. Laird Rehoboth Beach We are not criminals This is an open letter to the Re- hoboth Beach Police Department: We would like to inform you that on the morning of Sept. 19, 1996, at approximately 8:30-9 a.m., we left Royal Farms Market on Rehoboth Avenue and pro- ceeded down Columbia, across 2nd, down Oak Avenue and into the state park to the tennis courts, only to realize that we were fol- lowed for no apparent reason by your female police officer. It was unnerving to say the least. Why were we being fol- lowed? Out of state plates? "NASCAR" signs in the window2 We have been enjoying this beach signals the heavy harvest period. Farmers gather crops and hunters and fishermen begin filling their freezers with game and fish. This is also the time of year when peo- ple begin speculating about the winter ahead. Oct. 15 is generally regarded as the last frost-free date of the year for these parts. But here's a ques- tion for you. Which of the follow- ing towns would you say is most likely to record a freezing temper- ature first this year: Dover, Wilm- ington, Georgetown, or Hager- stown, Md.? Based on information compiled by the Maryland-Delaware Agri- for many years and we did NOT enjoy being followed by one of your officers for no reason. Maybe your attention should be drawn to REAL criminal activity and not vacationers! Rick and Diane Weidinger Pittsburgh, Pa. Thanks for support I would like to use your forum to say thank you to the people of Delmarva who have made the "Sunday Morning Tangent" a part of their weekend for the last four years. Due to management decisions and programming changes at WZBH, that program will no longer be aired at that station. Since 1992 it has been my plea- sure to introduce the listening public to groups from the Austin Lounge Lizards to the Shed Peo- ple in a fun and often experimen- tal format. The friends I have made as a re- sult of your hundreds of phone re- quests have more than made up for all the Sunday morning sleep I didn't get. It has been a pleasure giving lo- cal bands like Sandcreek and Blue Junction the benefit of radio. Thanks for your support. "Till I talk to you again, be good to one another." Josh Clendaniel Lewes On White House "village" Let us consider what a child in today's White House "village" would be like. Most recently he or she would learn that .blatant adultery com- mitted by a close member of the village (Morris) would not cause any moral outrage from "village" residents, but would be ignored; so the child would learn adultery is okay. When lessons in honesty were taught, the child would learn early to never tell the truth, always use sophisticated statements like "I can't remember," "woulda, coul- da, shoulda." Also, the child would quickly learn that your friends (aides) are expected to "forget" the truth and support you even if their notes re- fleet a different truth. This can be confusing to a child, so the lesson must be taught and retaught. When teaching forthrightness it is important to criticize others for what you have done, condemn cultural Statistics Service from 1951 to 1980, Hagerstown in western Maryland has a 90 per- cent chance of recording a tem- perature of 32 degrees or less by Nov. 4 of each year. Dover has a 90 percent chance of having recorded a 32 degree mark by Nov. 9 of each year. And here come the surprises: Wilmington Airport doesn't reach that 90 per- cent probability of a 32 degree day until Nov. 12 while George- town - our Sussex County seat of government - hits that 90 degree probability of having recorded a 32 degree day by Oct. 30. Fifty miles to the south, in Cr- greed while making $100,000 ille- gally in the stock market, and be- moan a sister's death while con- tinuing to financially court the supposed culprits. This way hypocrisy quickly becomes a way of life. The child also would learn from this White House/Village that "lit- tle people", like taxpayers, are stupid and that you can let them pay for extravagant campaign train trips, legal representation, (even though you have another fund for that and insurance has al- ready paid), anything to make your life more comfortable and happy. The child will learn to use others to satisfy every need. Children tend to develop core beliefs at a young age, so this "White House/Village" needs to quickly persuade them that con- victions can get in the way of ex- pediency so they must be quickly abandoned. Lastly, the child will learn that if caught red-handed in a crime, if female, don a pink suit, arrange a bouffant hairdo and "pretend" to answer questions while looking truly distressed. If male, don a dark suit, say often "I feel your pain" while biting your bottom lip, letting your eyes fill with tears and look straight at the camera. If practiced enough these actions be- come automatic. How would a child raised in this "White House/Village" fare? Children learn from actions, not preaching. I would be very con- cerned for a child raised by the ethical (?) standards as put forth by our present "White House/Vil- lage teachers". Margot W. Anderson Rehoboth Beach Bottle Club show a hit On behalf of the Committee of the Delmarva Antique Bottle Club's fourth annual show held Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, we would like to thank you and your staff for the excellent coverage you provided for the show. It was a major contribution to the show's SUCCESS. Thanks must also go to all of the 847 people who attended. We hope you enjoyed it and hopefully we will see you again next year!! Ferd Meyer Show Chairman Delmarva Antique Bottle Club isfield, Md., tucked between Chesapeake Bay's Pocomoke and Tangier sounds, the folks there don't hit the 90 percent probabili- ty of having had a freezing day be- fore Nov. 30 of each year. The reporting station for Georgetown is at University of Delaware's research station west of Georgetown where early frosts - and late frosts that can damage wheat - are often recorded. Georgetown's distinction of being Delaware's coldest location early in the winter probably derives from its inland location, away from breezes and moderating bod- ies of water that influence freezes.