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6 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, October 9 - October 15, 1998 VI[!WPOINTS Editorial Celebrating National Newspaper Week This week, newspapers across America have been celebrating National Newspaper Week. Through the rest of October, the Cape Gazette will run several ads focusing on the important role newspa- pers play in our society and promoting literacy - in particular the" ability to read - as the central skill necessary for a democracy to func- tion successfully. The Cape Gazette is blessed to serve a vibrant, diverse, caring and interested community, not to mention a community endowed with uniquely beautiful and valuable natural resources. Newspapers attempt to distill the swirl of activities that mark the interaction of people ,d their communities into a series of words and pictures that allow readers to gain a much larger sense that would otherwise be possible. We&apos;re honored to serve the people and places of Delaware's Cape Region. The theme of National Newspaper Week is "It all starts with news- papers," a statement that gets right to the heart of our business. As recorders of activities large and small within the community, as the community's watchdog and often voice, a newspaper plays a cru- cial role in day-to-day life in every city, town and village in the coun- try. Beginning with a birth announcement, newspapers start their cov- erage of people's lives at the earliest event. That coverage continues throughout a person's life, recording accomplishments, failures, milestones and finally, death. As a keep- er of the stories of a community, the newspa- per is there at the start, and the finish, and remains the only effec- tive instrument for such .,' record keeping. As they begin their search for an important household item, con- rr,,u.LffivAm . sumers usually tur to u.N,,.m,.,w.a, o.4 ,0 ,m the pages of the newspa- per to study advertisements and promotiors placed by local mer- chants. When looking for a new home or attempting to sell their present house, people find the pages of the newspaper the best place to start. The classified section of any newspaper is the first source for people looking for employment. As alwiys, it all begins with newspapers. People have been putting thoughts and images on paper for thou- sands of years. We're an old, old medium for the freshest and newest ideas. Thank you for reading newspapers and staying tuned into your community. Letters The Weather Picture Angle Moon photo A dying flower makes an attempt to hang on to its last petals against a chilly autumn wind. Now pumpkins and Indian corn, rather than flowers, dot the Cape Region landscape. Lewes couple voices concern over zoning The following letter was sent to the Lewes Mayor and Council, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publi- cation. This letter is for the public record con- cerning the proposed zoning change in our neighborhood. Our home is directly adjacent to Lloyd's IGA market and parking lot. Therefore, we are deeply concerned about the potential increase in noise, lit- ter and congestion that would result from a zoning change that would allow any expansion of that business. We have already spent a significant amount of money to build a fence on Lloyd's property in an attempt to cut down the existing noise, air and water pollution from the roof-top cooling com- pressors, the loudspeaker system, the large-truck idlings and deliveries of stock, the clamoring dumpster pick-up and trash removal and the general car/truck/people traffic in and out of the parki.'ng lot and the building, as well as the debris flying into our yard. Just a few weeks ago, there was a hazardous hydraulic fuel spill in the parking lot. While we agree that a grocery market is certainly a convenience in our town, and we are pleased to have Lloyd and his family as neighbors, we must emphasize the hugely invasive burden that any larg- er business would have on those of us in the vicinity. We ask that all of our policy makers and fellow Lewes taxpayers take just to a moment to imagine what it would be like to have a supersize enter- prise move in next door to you. Please try to imagine what a big, busy next-door business would be like for you and your families and then let's work together to come up with a reasonable solution for all of us. We propose that the zoning remain .such that Lloyd's IGA property stays its current size, appropriate for the midsize market it now is rather than the super- market it would expand into if e resi- dential (Fox) property adjacent to Lloyd's were to become Commercial. Further, we propose that the new com- mercial zoning in this neighborhood not be restricted to the pharmacy and food market, but that it allow for more cultur- al and less invasive types of businesses such as book, art, antique and gift shops: We are hopeful that the Council's zon- ing decisions will consider the needs of and burdens on all Lewes residents, par- ticularly those most directly affected by those decisions. Jeri Bere and Roni Posner Lewes A jitney or a bike path? Get the facts straight Joyce Stecher's letter implying that the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA) has applied for a permit to run a jitney on an eventual bike path disturbed me. I support a bike path from Lewes to Rehoboth Beach through the state park, but I would vigorously oppose either motorized or commercial traffic on this path. To register a complaint early in the process, I contacted Mark Chura of the Division of Parks and Recreation. He had no knowledge of such an application other than seeing Ms. Stecher's letter in this paper. I then contacted Larry Sharp of the DRBA. He said that such a jitney is not in their plans and was at a loss to explain the alleged application unless it is being confused vith the annual appli- cation they file with DelDOT to run bus- es on Route 1. This bike path is a very controversial issue that warrants rational debate by members of the community. While I applaud the Cape Gazette for printing letters giving opinions on both sides, Ms. Stecher's implications of the jitney application goes beyond opinion. I do not know the source of her informa- tion, but I think the Cape Gazette would best serve the community's interest by verifying the information before printing such a letter. David Bernheisel Lewes Volume 6 No. 20 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon Associate Editor Kerry Kester News Editor Michael Short News Jim Cresson Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angle Moon Proofreader Bill Rable Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fshrenbach Advertising Cindy Forestieri Sharon Hudson Nancy Stenger Joseph Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Coordinator Deidre Sudimak Production Staff Susan Porter Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Mid- way Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Sec- ond class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645- 7700. FAX: 645-1664. E-maih <capegaz @> Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 else- where. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. The higher we rise, the more isolated we become; all elevations are-cold." Boufflers