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Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 - MONDAY' OCTOBER 4, 2010 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 were upset that I dared primary against an incumbent Republican, I want to ask for your forgiveness and understanding. Our state's democratic process was well served in my candidacy. The oth- er party failed to field a candidate So had.I not run, there would not have been a race. Who amongst us believes that we have any leaders who are so great that they should be allowed to run unopposed? Having now run for elected office, I have an ex- perience that will never leave me. I understand now whymost peo- ple won't ever try. My hat is off to those that do. I hope that my can- didacy will embolden others like myself to stand up for what they feel is fight and at least try. Every- one should have this experience once in a lifetime in order to know what it is really like to be a candi- date. I thank my opponent for run- ning a race that stayed above board and stayed focused on the issues the entire time. Sen. Joe Booth and I had some differences and now they are resolved. He is our state senator and I am his con- sfituent. He has my full support. In an act of sincere statesman- ship, Sen. Booth found a perfect way to show our party that he and I have put away our differences. At the Sussex GOP Picnic Sept. 19 (only five days after the primary), he was invited up to speak to the crowd of over 100 loyal Republi- cans. Only a minute into his speech, he called me out of the crowd and invited me up to the front. As I approached the stage, the crowd rose up and gave us a standing ovation because they knew what was about to happen. Joe reached out his hand to me, I shook it and we embraced each other. Ladies and gentlemen, that is / how it is done. I~ish Rep. Mike Castle had been there to do the * It,-._ same for his opponent. We must IO1 find a way to takthe bloody bru- tality out of the l~rimary system A heartfelt thank you to Prudential Gallo and afterwards ~e must put our - Touch of Italy Foundation, sponsors differences behir~d us and go on. ~'~ of the delightful evening event "Viva Joe and I showed it can be done. Italia! Viva the Diva!" The dinner buf- The main purpose of this letter let was scrumptious. Aprile Milo, a very gra- is to ask. .thse of'you[ standing on cious diva, gave us much pleasure from her very the sidelines to get involved in the lovely voice with its sustaining power. And, her campaigns of lo~al candidates warm and witty personality smoothed out any who must be elected in order to rough edges with the staging. turn this state and nation around and get it headed back into the right direction. Stop complaining or just cheerleading. Put your hobbiesdown for a few weeks. Get in the game. i We need boots on the ground. If you do not v to help, call me, know who or ho~ Eric Bodenweise Many of my volu jumped full force cal elections. Dc just to find yours again after the over. You will to blame. Lazy Lake re: impressed b Did that truck truck? That cabb : at 856-9395. ateers and I have into the other lo- a't be left behind ~lf complaining neral election is or ly have yourself ;idents not Delmarva ~ave yet? What truck that you Delmarva Power representa- fives think the homeowners around this Lazy Lake area substa- tion all fell off of. The only thing I saw and heard at this neighborhood meeting Sept. 18 was a good tap-dancing act. Before the next one of our neighbors dies I t should be a lawsl hundred letters f to thin air that n( enough to start tl As far as the el who hid in the cr that they put out, well have stayed At least Delma hink there Lit started. Three mt disappear in- body received is te case. ected officials ~wd for the input they might as aome. rva Power should Most impressively, Signora Milo promoted the talents of eight accomplished younger artists: a build a completely roofed building to contain this entire substation with soundproofing material on the inside walls, not this crap that you tried feeding us about walls made of special sound-absorbing concrete. Perry Templin Hudson Road resident Dewey reside.ts appreciate reporting We would like to commend the Cape Gazette and reporter Rob Kunzig for the news coverage of Dewey Beach. After years of bi- ased reporting, it is a welcome change to have a reporter who performs his job with integrity. Rob not only represents both sides of every issue, but then goes the extra mile to search for the truth. Both his writing ability and his detailed coverage of the issues facing our town are worthy of praise. Thank you for a job well done. Allen and Linda Winton Dewey Beach Are there only letters about Dewey Beach? Please explain - are the only let- ters you like to publish about Dewey Beach? Many of us read- ing your paper and your online baritone, two ballroom dancers, a pianist, a gui- tarist, a harpist, an accordionist, and a violinist who played a violin made in 1680 that was used by Mozart's grandfather. By sharing the stage with these very talented performers, Signora Mi- lo defied the diva self-centered stereotype. Thank you again to the sponsors for bringing so much first-class talent and enjoyment to our area. Mille grazie a tutti. Valerie Valenti Cloutier version only see the majority of letters relating to Dewey Beach. There are many other towns and areas that need to be covered. Myself and I'm sure many others who don't live in Dewey Beach re- ally don't care about reading all these letters that always seem to deal with just one subject. Maybe it's time to find a more balanced newspaper. Mark Joiner Rehoboth Beach Editor's note:As is usually the case for a week or two before a mu- nicipal or county election the Cape Gazette is deluged with letters to the editor endorsing candidates. If we run one, it is only fair to run them all You won't have to put up with such an onslaught of Dewey letters again until next September. Milton needs good governance in bad times "Take it down a notch for America": So says comedic jour- nalist Ion Stewart. My sentiment exactly. Sadly, in the most terrific little town in all of Delaware - the world, for that matter (pardon the hyperbolics and grandstanding) - Milton, that is, there seems to be a certain cadre who can't refrain from shrill, accusatory and hate- tinged language, as well as a com- plete rewriting of history. Rehobnth Beach Enough said. Plaudits to those who have sense enough to thank past elect- ed officials for the work they did on behalf of Milton and the folks who elected them and in many cases, more than once. Plaudits, too, to newly elected Mayor New- lands. This fellow at least has sense enough to put forth com- ments in an article reporting on Milton's budget woes, comments such as, "I don't think there's an is- sue there [impropriety as relates to town funds]. I think it's going to come out to be sloppy book- keeping." Hopefully, Mayor Newlands got on the horn to Cape reporter Rob K~ig. after Kunzig's article ap- peared, to ask why he did not mention the cost of consultants to the town. Fixing Milton's ac- counting practices could carry a price tag that has been placed in the $25,000 to $60,000 ($80,000 tops) neighborhood. For a town attempting to close a $355,000 budget shortfall, that ain't peanuts. As Mayor Newlands himself indi- cate& even a $1,000 savings on of- rice supplies is important. Rethink consulting fees. Buddy up Milton with a town our size and incorporate their ex= cellent - hopefully - accounting safeguards. In short, why reinvent the wheel? Of course, not all Continued on page 8 wrote acolumn recently about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Lewes, formerly the South- ern Delaware Academy of Life- long Learning. Bernard Fiegel, a member and instructor since 1995, wrote a note to correct what I stated about membership eligibility. Bernard wrote: "In your article you state 'The only requirement is that members be at least 50 years old, or married to a member who is at least 50; At Lifelong Learning - Lewes 'membership is open to men and women 50 years of age or.older, or spouses/partners of members at any age.'" Thanks to Bernard for helping me out. There was a time not so long ago when marriage and spouses were the norm for defining many aspects of social and legal relationships. In the more open and networked world humming around us now, marriage is be- ing redefined, as is the status of Dennis Forney partners. Those redefinitions are particularly visible in Delaware's Cape Region where there is a large, engaged active gay and lesbian population. The tie that binds in of these defini- tions, however, is love and corn- mitment. My Seattle in town last we Meredith's wed about a lesbian Mends with. 0 recently had a [ in-vitro fertiliz The women wi ughter, Megan, for her sister ding, told me couple she is ne of the women aby following an tion process. 1 raise the child as part of their family. The real- ly interesting part, to me, is that the other woman in the relation- ship is now pregnant. She also used the in-vitro fertilization process, with the same father of her partner's child providing the sperm. So the two women, to- tally committed and in love with each other, will be raising two children related to each other by blood, love and commitment. Remember what Louis Arm- strong sang:. "I hear babies cryin', I watch them grow, They'll learn much more than I'll ever know, And I think to myself, what a wonderful world." camumfaih Bob Venables, a long-serving Democrat state senator from the 21st District in southwestern Sussex, said this week that the executive committee of the state Democratic committee recently voted 9-4 against a resolution which would have censured him for supporting Republican Sus- sex County Councilman Vance Phillips and not supporting gay rights legislation. The executive committee includes representa- tives from all three Delaware counties. Venables said he un- derstood the resolution initiative came from Sussex County. "I think it was from the Stonewall Democrats," said Venables. "It happened right around the same weekend as the Democrat Jam- boree." The Stonewall Democ- rats are a network of gay and lesbian Democrat organizations working for equality. Venables said the Phillips is- sue arose out of his attendance at a crab feast in August spon- sored by Phillips at Trap Pond State Park. "That event benefit- ed a program called Teen Chal- lenge. I bought a table and took my grandchildren. We didn't talk politics or nothing like that: Vance Phillips Bob Venables And they also said I didn't sup- port the gay agenda. It all seems foolish to me. The people are the only ones who can knock me out. I think there's room in the Democrat party for conservative people. "You know," said Venables, "if you were raised in the Holy Pil- grim Church and spent 40 years in business you would probably be conservative too." Venables said Republicans many times have tried to get him to switch parties. "I am pretty conservative. When I first Continuedon page 8