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10 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, September 27 - October 3, 1996 Statewide, local candidates voice views at Long Neck forum By Rosanne Pack When the Oak Orchard- Riverdale Civic Association spon- sored Meet the Candidates Night last week, the line-up of prospec- tive office holders almost equaled the crowd who gathered to hear them. Fewer than 50 voters came to Long Neck Elementary School for stump talks and refreshments organized by the civic association. While some candidates such as Shirley Price and William Murray smiled and symbolically shook hands, others, such as Gov. Tom Carper and opponent current State Treasurer Janet Rzewnicki seemed more likely to put on the gloves as they squared off on sev- eral issues. The concluding speakers in an evening of organized, allotted time segments for each candidate, Democrat Carper and Republican Rzewnicki attaoked each other verbally. Rzewnicki criticized the governor as a big spender whose programs have amassed a record of waste. The governor countered with statements regarding the high ranking earned by the state in terms of bond ratings. Rzewnicki quoted a grade of "F" for govern- ing given to Carper by the Cato Institute, and Carper cited the high financial rankings issued by Stan- dard and Poore and Moody In- vestments and a judgment of fi- nancial solvency recently earned in polls conducted by national fi- nancial magazines. Excesses, progress debated The state treasurer spoke of the lynch pin of her campaign, a 30 percent tax cut across the board. She said that it will allow Delawareans to keep an average of $500 a year more over the next four years. She pointed to such expendi- tures as cellular phones for more than 1,500 state workers as an ex- ample of Carper's excesses. Rzewnicki and her running mate for Lt. Governor, Michael Miller, criticized Carper and Lt. Governor Ruth Ann Minner for growth in government and what they termed as ill-planned programs. As an ex- ample, they pointed out an educa- tion program that installed $30,000 in computer wiring in schools when the computers and appropriate training could be years away. Carper questioned where the cuts would be if a 30 percent tax cut was imposed. He wondered what the specifics were and asked if such a cut would result in school closings or a reduction in hiring of police and other public servants. He and Minner stated that their administration was responsible for tax cuts on lower income wage earners; and the governor pointed out that Delaware has been judged as one of the best states to locate and expand businesses. Rzewnicki said that there was no gloom and doom connected to her proposed tax cuts; she said ex- cesses in state governmental spending would even out the dif- ference. Local candidates speak Candidates for the 20th Senator- ial District, Democrat George Bunting and Republican George Cole each hit on key points that they will carry to the voters as they run for the position vacated by the retirement of Sen. Richard Cordrey. Bunting pointed out that the elimination of federal and state money for such programs as rural sewer districts makes it impera- tive to identify funding and com- plete such projects as sanitary sewer around the Rehoboth Bay. He wants to see Delaware State Police Service expanded in Sus- sex County with an emphasis on fighting illegal drug usage. The outgoing 38th District State Representative said he is commit- ted to planned development, and wants to see the proposed county comprehensive land-use plan completed and followed. Cole, the Sussex County com- missioner from the 4th District, agreed that the sewer district around Rehoboth Bay needs to be finished; however, he questions why there is no more state money for the project. He is critical of the direction that education is taking in Delaware and accused New Di- rections of lowering standards for students. As a long-time defender of the environment in southern Delaware, Cole said he does not want to see population density in- crease, and he looks to state law- makers to take the lead in control- ling development. Candidates for the 38th District Representative's seat vacated by Bunting, William Murray, Repub- lican, and Shirley Price, Democ- rat, summed up community in- volvements that they feel make them qualified to seek office. Murray, a small businessman, said he is committed to families. He is one of the founders of the Chamber of Commerce in Bethany Beach and of the organi- zation, Business for the Bays. Price said that she has always been involved in her community on many levels, including the Chamber of Commerce, youth or- ganizations such as Girl Scouts, Rosanno Pack photo Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hayden of Oak Orchard (left) discuss vot- ers' concerns with Governor Tom Carper. Carper appeared at a recent Meet the Candidates Night sponsored by the Oak Ore chard-Riverdale Civic Association. and school organizations and pro- jects. Incumbent in the 41 st Represen- tative District, Charles West, De- mocrat, said that he believes in putting the constituents first. He said he will stand up for senior cit- izens and the middle class wage earners who need a tax cut. Republican Nicholas Varrato, West's opponent, opened his re- marks with disapproval of the pension benefits state legislators have voted for themselves. He said he believes that it is wrong to accept a pension equivalent to that of a 20- or 25-year employee after serving only one or two terms in the legislature. Varrato wants to see prison in- mates required to work, and he wants more planning for roads, water and health systems. Harry Crystal, Republican can- didate for the 37th Representative District, was present, however, in- cumbent, Democrat John Schroeder had an out-of-town commitment. Crystal said that if elected, he would vote the people's wishes over his own personal views. He pledged to reach out to the silent majority on important issues. He listed his four priorities as educa- tion, growth and development, West Rehoboth Sewer District and control of crime. Firemen's Convention By Rosanne Pack They rolled into town in pumpers, rescue wagons and lad- der trucks, and by the weekend, more than 6,000 delegates and visitors for the Second Annual Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association (DVFA) made the Rehoboth Beach their headquar- ters. Since Wednesday, many of those attending have fished, spent time on the golf course, sailed aboard the Cape May-Lewes ferry and sat through speakers and meetings of many kinds. New officers of the DVFA and the Ladies Auxiliary of the DVFA will be installed at 5 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 27, in Rehoboth Convention Center. This evening, 8 p.m. at the Bandstand, a Marine Band presents a public concert. At today's DVFA luncheon, Gov. Tom Carper is the keynote speaker. Tomorrow, one of the highlights of the convention, the parade of equipment and firefighters rolls down Rehoboth Avenue at 1 p.m. Prejudging of apparatus starts as early as 8 a.m., and entries are asked to meet at the Ocean Bay Shopping Center. The parade will enter downtown Rehoboth Av- enue from First Street and circle behind the bandstand and then proceed out the Avenue to Grove Park. Registered in the parade are 59 Delaware fire companies with 277 pieces of equipment, six out-of- state companies with 10 pieces of equipment and 15 musical march- ing units. The parade is expected to last until 4 p.m., and prizes for parade winners will be announced at Convention Center following the event. Those attending the parade are encouraged to come into Re- hoboth by 12:15 p.m. Partnership announced In opening ceremonies Thurs- day morning, the DVFA and the Delaware Department of Public Health announced a new partner- ship intended to strengthen the de- livery of emergency medical ser- vices throughout the state. Associ- ation President Lynn Rogers and Dr. Gregg Sylvester, newly named warms director of the department, an- nounced specific measures that will improve communications among the DVFA, the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission and the department of public health. Rogers said a position has been created on the state fire prevention commission for a permanent rep- resentative from the department of public health. He said the depart- ment of health has pledged to help the commission develop a pro- gram to encourage participation in national registry for Emergency Medical Technicians. The association president also said the partnership should also result in increased opportunities for training and involvement by the fire prevention commission and the DVFA in programs such as training for Emergency Med- ical Dispatch and Emergency Au- tomatic Defibrillator. "The EMD is a pre-arrival pro- gram and has the potential for sav- ing many lives," he said, "This is one more step toward our goal to open the door to opportunities for to the task in Rehoboth this weekend Rosanne Pack photo Welcoming delegates and visitors to the Second Annual Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention are, from left, Lynn Rogers, association president, Dr. Gregg Sylvester, Director of the Department of Public Health and Greg Haley, chairman of the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission. the department of public health and the fire service to work to- gether to improve emergency ser- vices for the citizens of Delaware." Sylvester, who took office less than a month ago, said, 'q'he mis- sion of the department of health and the volunteer firemen's asso- Continued on page 11