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I Thoughts on agroaning audience, kids, I, ,t cigarettes, legalized drugs and education " The couple dozen people scat-  ............... " ] ;" tered among the thinly cushioned [ [ [ . metal chairs of Lewes s council [ [Jll [ chambers groaned noisily as I Il Lloyd Mills spoke Monday night. [ . They weren't groaning at [ Lloyd. They didn't like the mes- [ sage Lloyd was bringing. As a [ ../ ] a matter of fact, if it weren t for the I  I I; problem Lloyd was discussing, I  I ,11 most of the people would proba- I .... I ] 5- bly have been home sitting in far- [  ] mre'cmfrtable chairs' watch-I BAREFOOTI N ' I . ing television. [ D/'tlM.51k/V 1 11 t [ i- But television, and general dis-  | st satisfaction with the service and I Dennis Forney I " price of offerings from Comcast  ! Cable, which serves Lewes, stood I chased a sociable group of Fn at the heart of Lloyd's message, youngsters from my back yard. t. "Our contract with Comcast They convene each morning to was due to expire last May but the share candy, sodas and cigarettes town extended the present con- before heading across the street to , tract until Nov. 30 while the cur- Lewes Middle School for a day of t, rent cable status in Sussex County classes. It's a tradition around for is under review," said Mills who years. 3. serves as Lewes's representative The litter they left beneath a on a group representing a consor- spreading cherry tree upset me as tium of Sussex towns served by much as the fact they were smok- , Comcast and other cable ing cigarettes. I smoked plenty of h, providers. Lucky Strikes, Pall Malls, Tarey- n "We figured competition would tons and Camels before I was 16. Dennis Forney be the key to getting better service Probably a rite of passage. And I so we contacted many potential providers of cable to send in bids. When the Aug. 1 deadline came, only Comcast had submit- ted a bid," .::i::.!!:::!:::::! said Mills. (That's when the audience groaned.) "What we found out is that there' s not enough MILLS population density in Sussex County to add another cable system," said Mills. "Price and channel line-up are our main concerns with what Comcast offers. They told us they plan to upgrade their service from 450 to 550 megahertz, which will allow them to add 17 more sta- tions. And they want a 16-year contract. Our perception is that we already have more stations than there is worthwhile program- ming. I'd suggest that we commit to as short a contract as possible. Technology's changing quickly and you don't know what will be available in the next couple of years." Mayor George H.P. Smith thanked Mills for all the work he's done on the cable situation on be- half of Lewes. "You're welcome, but remind me not to volunteer again," said Mills after explaining his exercise in futility. The crowd would have left after Lloyd's presentation but there were still plenty of interesting lease extensions to observe along with park-use requests. IF IT'S ILLEGAL FOR MI- NORS to purchase cigarettes, is it illegal for them to possess them? That question wandered through my mind the other morning when suspect that most of the kids smil- ing and laughing and sharing some time before school probably won't stay with cigarettes. But surveying the candy wrappers, Dr. Pepper cans and crumpled Marl- boro Light packages spread around the tree made me wonder about the education effort we make as a society. Are we getting enough mes- s.ages out about the dangers of cig- arette smoking? Are there taxes attached to the purchase of ciga- rettes targeted solely for educa- tion? And not just tobacco educa- tion. Shouldn't there be a portion of taxes from the sale of potential- ly harmful items, such as alcohol and tobacco, that goes to general education - maybe specifically for reading skills to give everyone a high level of access to informa- tion? And the whole scene made my mind stop once again on the idea of Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke and multimillionaire so- cial activist George Souros who several times have broached the topic of legalizing all drugs. Do- ing so would remove the major black market that breeds so much violence in this country and would raise billions of dollars in taxes that could significantly improve education efforts in our nation. The dialogue has merit and is sure to continue. WE JUST PASSED Oct. 15 and that marks an important date for our area. It's generally regard- ed as the last frost-free date of the growing year. The first frost-free date is April 15, when farmers generally begin planting their corn. 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