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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 6 - November 12, 1998 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Can&apos;t keep people from a good thing A car drove north on Route 1 last week, in the Midway area, with a Delaware license plate that exclaimed "X-NY-R." The owner of the car is certainly not alone in Delaware. Many of us moved into the First State after having lived in other states. It would not be surpris- ing to see a whole procession of plates exclaiming "X-MD-ER," "X- NJ-ER," !'X-,ER." People move to Delaware - and particularly Sussex County - for a variety of reasons. Many retire from a city life and move here for the beaches, the fishing, the shopping and the less crowded and slower lifestyle. Not a few also recognize the far lower taxes than they were used to ?ying where they lived previously. Delawareans pay no sales mx a,ad property taxes here are a fraction of those paid to the north and west of us. Over the past several years our income tax rates have also fallen. It's no wonder that Delaware attracts so many Xers. However, as Sussex County grows - and it ranks as one of the highest growth rate areas in the nation - there will be needs to be met that will require money. That money will come from greater taxes, user fees or efficiencies in government. Most probably, it will come from a combination of all three. The recent election campaign focused considerable attention on the health of our inland bays - one of the many reasons people move here - and on the expense of the West Rehoboth waste-water treat- ment system. While most of the discussion revolved around efforts to get more state money funneled into the funding formula to reduce costs to individual users, two other important points arose. The first, mentioned by John Schroeder on a number of occasions, is that the West Rehoboth waste-water treatment system is the contribution being made by all of us to help preserve and enhance the water qual- ity of the inland bays and the quality of the ground water that most of us drink and use for other daily purposes. If we were paying higher taxes, perhaps the user fees for the waste-water system would be lower. But that's not the case; Our taxes are low. That's not to say that efforts shouldn't be made to get the current costs down. Delaware still has more money than it knows what to do with and more should be coming to help pay for a system that benefits, ulti- mately, all Delawareans by helping to clean up one of the state's greatest resources. The second point is that the residential peopl: are paying a sigrAfi- cant amount of money for a system designed to protect the inland bays. A number of systems have been installed around the inland bays for that purpose and people must pay their bills. When agricul- tural interests say that nutrient problems are not only agriculture- related, they point the finger at residential sources; however, residen- tial sources of nutrients are being addressed with nearly $100 million worth of new systems in the past 10 years. The agriculture ir, d,strY must likewise be held accountable if we are to preserve an important part of what makes our area so attractive. Letters The Weather Picture Dennis Fomey photo Sassafras leaves turn a brilliant yellow in the fall, splashing the woods of Cape Henlopen State Park with spectacular col- or. Response to Tillman on Silver Lake path issue Martha Tillman has written several times about the shores of Silver Lake. The four households affected by the right-of-way in their back yards do not intend to respond each time, but her letter of Oct. 22 really does require a correc- tion. Mrs. Tillman misleads your readers by suggesting that the issue can or should be resolved by public opinion and petitions. Not so. The court will decide a very nar- row issue of fact and law: Has the level of Silver Lake risen since 1876 such that the original right-of-way is now under water? My guess is that any of your read- ers who felt that the public was illegally and unfairly intruding into their back yards would do just as these four owners have done. We should let the courts resolve this issue. Not content with her misleading description of the issue, Mrs. Tillman then "plays the green card" by suggest- ing that the "environment and natural beauty of this 187-foot strip is at risk because of ,our claim. Actually, the reverse is true. The only environmental risk is that posed by the public traipsing through the area, spreading litter and dri- ving out wildlife. Those who have been around for a while will recall that, before this case erupted in the late '80s, the entire southern shoreline was so densely foliated that it was impassable, and was much more of a natural habitat. The neighboring homeowners would like nothing better than to restore the shores of Silver Lake to its natural condition. This won't happen with a public right-of- way, and if Mrs. Tillman is a true "friend of Silver Lake," she would concede that. William E. Manning Duane, Morris & Heckseher LLP Wilmington Disputing estimation of DRT bus route issue I read with interest your article, fl.llN00r, "...Smooth Sailing," regarding the DTC report for the year 1998. As a resident of the Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club, I feel the statement made by Mr. Hickcox in the article was inaccurate. While there has been some reduction in the frequency of buses running to the 3 Seasons Campground, the reduction has not been enough to have an impact on the noise level or the pollution level. In a one-hour period, there are six bus- es which pass between the 3 Seasons' private road and the homes on West Side Drive. These homes are about 35 feet from the buses. At peak times, the bus frequency is even heavier, up to 12 an hour. This bus route prior to initiation was nonexistent. It was started for the conve- nience and the use solely for the resi- dents of the campground. Originally, 3 Seasons subsidized the fare on this bus route. It no longer pro- vides that subsidy. Currently, 3 Seasons guests pay $2 for an all-day pass for as many rides as they want. Anyone else would have to go to the park and ride and pay $5 to get to the Boardwalk. An addi- tional use that same day would cost another $5. The taxpayers of Delaware are not only subsidizing the route; the public using the park and ride end up subsidiz- ing it also. It is interesting to note that the U.S. Postal Service delivers mail to the entrance to the 3 Seasons Campground and they do not go directly on their pri- vate road. We recognize that campers at 3 Sea- sons Campground would like to have an easy way to get into town, but we also feel the current situation is an intrusion on our privacy. We look forward to a solution that will take into considerations all the concerns of the residents living year-round in that area, and one Continued on page 7 Write Now Letters should be signed and include a telephone number for veri- fication. Please keep letters to 750 words or less. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958 or fax to 645'1664, i i / Volume 6 No. 24 Publisher Dennis Forney 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 Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Forestier 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 Vernon 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. 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