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6 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, October 17 - Thursday, October 19, 2006 " VIEWPOINTS Editorial I Rehoboth needs new water plant Water is one of those necessities of life that people who live in the United States take for granted - and Rehoboth Beach officials plan to keep it that way. The city has asked voters to head to the polls on Saturday, Oct. 21, to approve borrowing $5 million to upgrade the city's drinking water facilities. The plant was built in the 1950s, and upgrades have been on the agenda for a long time. They involve abandoning two existing wells, building a new on-site well and two off-site wells, demolishing the old facility and constructing an updated water treatment building. The new plant will be built to meet modern building standards and will be strong enough to withstand hurricane-force winds. Plans also calls for improving existing infrastructure, retrofitting three existing wells for fluoridation and for installing carbon filters to absorb con- taminants that have been found in trace amounts in City water. The city intends to borrow the money through the state's low- interest Safe Drinking Revolving Fund, and city officials have said an increase in water rates that went into effect in March is expected to cover the cost of the financing the upgrades. This project will give us new wells, a new water treatment plant with better provisions for standby power, and a new office and lab- oratory - in short, it will bring an outdated plant into the 21st centu- ry. In the wake of two school referendums, some voters may be feel- ing that enough is enough, or maybe, "Let them make do." We hope that sentiment does not cant the day. These upgrades are needed to ensure clean, healthy water for Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Henlopen Acres, North Shores, Breezewood and other near: by neighborhoods. They represent a modest investment in basic infrastructure that will benefit everyone who lives in or visits Rehoboth Beach. A yes vote on Saturday is the next step toward get- ting this project under way. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertain- ment editor. The Weather Picture Jan EIIingsworth photo A lone pumpkin decorates a home near Rehoboth Beach anxiously awaiting Halloween. THO,.=,E SCHOOL ,Sl-IOO'rll$ HAVE EVERYONE ON Etl. THAI"$ WHY I LIKE TO TAKE OUT MY CRAYON5 AND PAPER ANt> Former sheriff endorses Swanson I was proud to serve as sheriff of Sussex County from 1994 to 1998, doing the job for which I was elected - that is, serving court papers, conducting sheriff sales, transporting prisoners and, in gen- eral, as an officer of the courts. My deputies, staff and I cooperat- ed in every way with the courts, the county council, all law enforcement agencies and the leg- islators for the benefit of all the people in our county. I have watched and listened to the present sheriff's demands, to his discontent with the job he was elected to do, to his total lack of cooperation with the county coun- cil and law enforcement agencies. The Sheriff's Office should be held in esteem, a reliable and dig- nified and professional person must be elected to conduct the tra- ditional and very important and necessary work of the Sussex County Sheriff. We need a sheriff that will work with everybody and will achieve positive results to give us back a feeling of security and pride in that office once more. That is why I am wholehearted- ly endorsing Eric Swanson, the Democratic candidate for Sussex County Sheriff. He has all the qualifications to do the job and to do it as it is meant to be. As a retired Delaware State Police offi- cer, he knows we need more police in our county. But he believes, as I do, that the state police have the training in place, with the proper testing, the infra- structure and a history of fine service to d9 the job better than anyone else. Eric Swanson will work with our county council and all our law enforcement agencies to do the job we elect our sheriff to do here. He knows that cooperation is the key when you want to get a job done. He is the man for the job. I am asking all of you to support Eric Swanson for Sussex County Sheriff when you vote Nov. 7. Thank you. Charles P. Spicer Jr. Fenwick Island Impressed with Spivk'$ commitment I was motivated to write this letter by David Broder's column in the Oct. 12 edition of the "Washington Post," in which he discussed recent polls document- ing voter disenchantment with the Republican-controlled Congress. He wrote, "What is driving public opinion is an overall impression that those in office - meaning mainly Republicans - have let things slide out of control and need to be relieved." Delaware's one representative in the House of Representatives has contributed to that slide by consistently voting with the Administration on deficit budgets, cuts in safety net programs and by stating that he supports "staying the course" in Iraq without defin- ing what that means. This is not good enough. Delawareans deserve to be repre- sented by someone who will exer- cise independent judgment and vote against policies that do little or nothing to solve the nation's problems. I have heard Dennis Spivack, an attorney who is running against the incumbent, on several occa- sions and have been impressed with his commitment to address the concerns of Delaware's citi- zens including affordable health care, resolving the situation in Iraq and reversing the adverse Continued on page 7 Volume 14 No. 42 Publisher Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 dnf @capegazee.com Editor Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom @ capegtette.com Manager Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery @ lpegazette.com Edifor Kerry Kester, Fxt. 317 kester O cepegazette.com Sports editor Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 clavefmdrrmn @ eomc, net News Editor Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter @ capegazette.com Arts & Entertainmont Editor Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen @capegazette.com News Steve Hoenigrnann, Ext. 321 steveh @ capegazette.com Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans @capegazette.com Kevin Spence, Ext. 337 kspence O capegazette.com Rachel Swick, Ext. 338 rswick@capegazettelcom Molly/Ubertson, Ext. 335 malbertson @ capegazette.com Ron MacArlhur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.oom Janet Andratczyk, Ext: 316 Sports Writers Tim Bamforth tim @ seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@ HoleByHole.com Photographers Dan Cook Steven Billups Photo Production Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 Production Cocmdlnafor Norma Parks, Ext. 309 nparks @ capegazeUe.com Sandy Barr, ExL 300 sbarr @ capegazette.com Klm McPlke, Ext. 310 Im:plke @(=pegazette.som Jean Sarro, Ext. 302 jeans @ capegazette.com Advertising Cindy Bowfin, EXt. 307 cindy @ capegazette.com Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson @ capegazette.com Amanda Nestle, Ext. 311 amandal @ eapegazette.som Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 schOeapegazette.eom Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 stevel @ capegazette.com Production Staff, Exto. 322-326 Chds Wildt Teresa Rodriguez Ron Wmterstein 8bed Omtmld Kdstin Comell Edwin Krumm Meredith Shockley Webmaster Catherine M. Tanzer maine @ capegazette.com Contributors: Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Rosanne Pack Georgia Leonharl Rocqafomsts Kandy V'P.,ary Cimulation Jold Weber, Ext. 360 r@comcast.net Entail for news, letters: newsroom @ capegazette.com Email for advertising: production @ capegazette.corn Email to subscribe: subscnbe@ capegazee.com Emil for web: web @capegazee.com Point to Ponder: ",4 word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice." BillCoy About Cape Gazette: The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) puUed by Cape GazeUe Umite every Tuesday and Friday at 17585 Nassau Commons Blvd., Lewes. DE 19958. Second-class postage td at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Sub- scripons are a at $30 per year  sins= County; $50 eoVnere. /t=s d eonespondence to  Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewe DE t9958 Taepho: 30-645-7700 FAX: 302-645-1664 Seed addrm cringes to "le C, ape  RO. B0x 213, Lem DE 199. 6 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, October 17 - Thursday, October 19, 2006 " VIEWPOINTS Editorial I Rehoboth needs new water plant Water is one of those necessities of life that people who live in the United States take for granted - and Rehoboth Beach officials plan to keep it that way. The city has asked voters to head to the polls on Saturday, Oct. 21, to approve borrowing $5 million to upgrade the city's drinking water facilities. The plant was built in the 1950s, and upgrades have been on the agenda for a long time. They involve abandoning two existing wells, building a new on-site well and two off-site wells, demolishing the old facility and constructing an updated water treatment building. The new plant will be built to meet modern building standards and will be strong enough to withstand hurricane-force winds. Plans also calls for improving existing infrastructure, retrofitting three existing wells for fluoridation and for installing carbon filters to absorb con- taminants that have been found in trace amounts in City water. The city intends to borrow the money through the state's low- interest Safe Drinking Revolving Fund, and city officials have said an increase in water rates that went into effect in March is expected to cover the cost of the financing the upgrades. This project will give us new wells, a new water treatment plant with better provisions for standby power, and a new office and lab- oratory - in short, it will bring an outdated plant into the 21st centu- ry. In the wake of two school referendums, some voters may be feel- ing that enough is enough, or maybe, "Let them make do." We hope that sentiment does not cant the day. These upgrades are needed to ensure clean, healthy water for Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Henlopen Acres, North Shores, Breezewood and other near: by neighborhoods. They represent a modest investment in basic infrastructure that will benefit everyone who lives in or visits Rehoboth Beach. A yes vote on Saturday is the next step toward get- ting this project under way. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertain- ment editor. The Weather Picture Jan EIIingsworth photo A lone pumpkin decorates a home near Rehoboth Beach anxiously awaiting Halloween. THO,.=,E SCHOOL ,Sl-IOO'rll$ HAVE EVERYONE ON Etl. THAI"$ WHY I LIKE TO TAKE OUT MY CRAYON5 AND PAPER ANt> Former sheriff endorses Swanson I was proud to serve as sheriff of Sussex County from 1994 to 1998, doing the job for which I was elected - that is, serving court papers, conducting sheriff sales, transporting prisoners and, in gen- eral, as an officer of the courts. My deputies, staff and I cooperat- ed in every way with the courts, the county council, all law enforcement agencies and the leg- islators for the benefit of all the people in our county. I have watched and listened to the present sheriff's demands, to his discontent with the job he was elected to do, to his total lack of cooperation with the county coun- cil and law enforcement agencies. The Sheriff's Office should be held in esteem, a reliable and dig- nified and professional person must be elected to conduct the tra- ditional and very important and necessary work of the Sussex County Sheriff. We need a sheriff that will work with everybody and will achieve positive results to give us back a feeling of security and pride in that office once more. That is why I am wholehearted- ly endorsing Eric Swanson, the Democratic candidate for Sussex County Sheriff. He has all the qualifications to do the job and to do it as it is meant to be. As a retired Delaware State Police offi- cer, he knows we need more police in our county. But he believes, as I do, that the state police have the training in place, with the proper testing, the infra- structure and a history of fine service to d9 the job better than anyone else. Eric Swanson will work with our county council and all our law enforcement agencies to do the job we elect our sheriff to do here. He knows that cooperation is the key when you want to get a job done. He is the man for the job. I am asking all of you to support Eric Swanson for Sussex County Sheriff when you vote Nov. 7. Thank you. Charles P. Spicer Jr. Fenwick Island Impressed with Spivk'$ commitment I was motivated to write this letter by David Broder's column in the Oct. 12 edition of the "Washington Post," in which he discussed recent polls document- ing voter disenchantment with the Republican-controlled Congress. He wrote, "What is driving public opinion is an overall impression that those in office - meaning mainly Republicans - have let things slide out of control and need to be relieved." Delaware's one representative in the House of Representatives has contributed to that slide by consistently voting with the Administration on deficit budgets, cuts in safety net programs and by stating that he supports "staying the course" in Iraq without defin- ing what that means. This is not good enough. Delawareans deserve to be repre- sented by someone who will exer- cise independent judgment and vote against policies that do little or nothing to solve the nation's problems. I have heard Dennis Spivack, an attorney who is running against the incumbent, on several occa- sions and have been impressed with his commitment to address the concerns of Delaware's citi- zens including affordable health care, resolving the situation in Iraq and reversing the adverse Continued on page 7 Volume 14 No. 42 Publisher Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 dnf @capegazee.com Editor Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom @ capegtette.com Manager Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery @ lpegazette.com Edifor Kerry Kester, Fxt. 317 kester O cepegazette.com Sports editor Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 clavefmdrrmn @ eomc, net News Editor Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter @ capegazette.com Arts & Entertainmont Editor Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen @capegazette.com News Steve Hoenigrnann, Ext. 321 steveh @ capegazette.com Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans @capegazette.com Kevin Spence, Ext. 337 kspence O capegazette.com Rachel Swick, Ext. 338 rswick@capegazettelcom Molly/Ubertson, Ext. 335 malbertson @ capegazette.com Ron MacArlhur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.oom Janet Andratczyk, Ext: 316 Sports Writers Tim Bamforth tim @ seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@ HoleByHole.com Photographers Dan Cook Steven Billups Photo Production Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 Production Cocmdlnafor Norma Parks, Ext. 309 nparks @ capegazeUe.com Sandy Barr, ExL 300 sbarr @ capegazette.com Klm McPlke, Ext. 310 Im:plke @(=pegazette.som Jean Sarro, Ext. 302 jeans @ capegazette.com Advertising Cindy Bowfin, EXt. 307 cindy @ capegazette.com Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson @ capegazette.com Amanda Nestle, Ext. 311 amandal @ eapegazette.som Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 schOeapegazette.eom Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 stevel @ capegazette.com Production Staff, Exto. 322-326 Chds Wildt Teresa Rodriguez Ron Wmterstein 8bed Omtmld Kdstin Comell Edwin Krumm Meredith Shockley Webmaster Catherine M. Tanzer maine @ capegazette.com Contributors: Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Rosanne Pack Georgia Leonharl Rocqafomsts Kandy V'P.,ary Cimulation Jold Weber, Ext. 360 r@comcast.net Entail for news, letters: newsroom @ capegazette.com Email for advertising: production @ capegazette.corn Email to subscribe: subscnbe@ capegazee.com Emil for web: web @capegazee.com Point to Ponder: ",4 word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice." BillCoy About Cape Gazette: The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) puUed by Cape GazeUe Umite every Tuesday and Friday at 17585 Nassau Commons Blvd., Lewes. DE 19958. Second-class postage td at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Sub- scripons are a at $30 per year  sins= County; $50 eoVnere. /t=s d eonespondence to  Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewe DE t9958 Taepho: 30-645-7700 FAX: 302-645-1664 Seed addrm cringes to "le C, ape  RO. B0x 213, Lem DE 199.