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e cape , ate VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 of a radical re-designation should provide fear and ominous warn- ing to all other residential com- munities in the county. All would be vulnerable to similar conver- sions and commercial intrusion. With regard to traffic and safety, CU #1998 includes ex- pectation that 100 percent of the commercial traffic to and from this business will use the existing low-capacity connecting street (Old Mill Road) that "T" inter- sects with state Route 1. CU #1998 somehow presumes exclusion from DelDOT regulations that guide commercial establishments in providing safe, compliant frontage access to adjoining state roads, even though all anticipated customers can only approach the facility via SR 1. (Refer- ence: DelDOT's Development Coordination Manual, effective May 2014). Assessing the 'CU' evaluation criteria in context of transportation, traffic, and safety. Reasonable?: no. Consistent?: no. Impact?: Disastrous. Suit- able?: No And, precedent? Awful precedent-setting decision that could bring crippling commercial traffic to each and any residen- tial community in the county. In conclusion, we anticipate and recommend that the evaluation process for CU #1998 be quick, and that the decision rightfully be denied. Go find another location that is zoned commercial where your business will be: reasonable, consistent, have positive impact, and be suitable. George Dellinger Nassau Acres Association All other residents whose houses adjoin Old Mill Road Lewes Snyder-Hall offers her thanks to voters Running for the Delaware Senate over the past year and a half has been a remarkable experience. The friendships and community connections we have made will continue to enrich our lives as we move forward. I'd like to thank the thousands of people who supported our campaign. You have warmed my heart. Thankfully, we live in a society where we express our political differences at the polls in a peace- ful and civil manner, and then move forward as one community. We have some serious challenges ahead. Let's all work together to make this district stronger. Claire Snyder-Hall Rehoboth Beach Thanks to voters from Senator Lopez I want to take a moment to thank the thousands of Repub- licans, Democrats and Indepen- dents who came out on Elec- tion Day for their tremendous support. I am honored to have the opportunity to continue serv- ing the people of the 6th Senate District. To have increased the percentage of our 2012 support by such a substantial margin was a reaffirmation of the bipartisan work I have strived to achieve in order to benefit the lives of our neighbors here in the Cape Region. I would also like to repeat what I have always stated in my com- ments and remarks when speak- ing to constituents, which is that I have great respect for anyone who takes time away from their families and the people they love to run for public office. This past election was no different, and I thank Claire Snyder-Hall for her willingness to step forward and pursue elective office and in doing so, bring issues of concern and substance to the forefront of the debate for all to make their own decision. Let me close by thanking my wife Janis and daughters Anna and Claire for their love and shared commitment to my work Is Cape Region trying to foster tourism or drive it away? y husband and I have been vacationing in the Lewes/Re- hoboth area for over 30 years. We had both enjoyed the ocean, shopping, conventions, festivals and golf- ing and other amenities that the area had to offer. That all ended the afternoon of Oct. 18 when my husband died while driving through Dewey Beach on his way back to the motel. If the shock of losing my spouse of 42 years wasn't stressful enough, my treatment at the hands of the owner of Coastal Towing was callous, indifferent, predatory and brutal. Dewey Police utilized the services of Coastal Towing since they possessed the area towing contract. If anyone would've called either my son or myself, we would have called AAA since we own a membership. After receiving the news from my son, who was called by Medical Examiner Patrick Quigley (Mr. Quigley was a tower of strength and help in my time of need) I collapsed in the streets of Lewes. I finally tracked down the whereabouts of my husband's vehicle at Coastal Towing. The owner of the establishment condescendingly and rudely informed me that in order to take possession of the car, I would have to pay $250 in cash. Even after explaining the circum- stances, the owner was unconcerned about my plight and told me, "it's just business." We had to call someone from out of state to immediately drive three hours to Delaware to bring the money or we were told the price would go up another $50. When we arrived at his establishment, we noticed VISA, MASTERCARD and DISCOV- ER decals in the window. Not only did the owner insist on collecting the entire amount of $250 in cash, but he wouldn't accept credit cards, nor would he allow me to get my hus- band's wallet out of the car in order to pay. In addition, state Rep. John Atkins of the Lewes area also tried to call and intercede. Mr. Atkins was told to keep his nose out of Coastal Towing's business and the owner promptly hung up. The fact that the proprietor insisted on his "pound of flesh" so he could profit off of someone else's tragedy was appalling. The owner of the towing company had it within his purview to waive the fee or even reduce it had he been inclined. Is this the kind of treatment legislators wish to inflict on tourists? If so, allow Coastal Towing to retain their license and continue to take advantage of visitors to your resorts. If in fact, your local lawmakers wish to foster an increase in tourism, predatory businesses like Coastal Towing need to be kept as far away as possible from the vacationers. The owner is not fit to represent the State of Delaware. Stephanie M. White Columbia, Md, in the Senate. My girls are see- ing firsthand the importance of public service, and I appreciate the thoughts and well wishes shared by so many of you toward my family. After our election in 2012, I told all of you that elections are about the future, and not about the past. Friends, on Tuesday, a clear and decisive majority of you demonstrated that you believe this to be the case as well. I look forward to working with all over the coming four years to make sure our quality of life in the Cape Region remains strong, and the rich resources with which many of us have been blessed can be attained by many more. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to continuing my work on your behalf in a responsible and responsive manner in order to serve you and the people of the State of Delaware. Ernie topez Delaware Senate District 6 Marie Mayor congratulates Smyk I congratulate State Rep. Steve Smyk, District 20, on his re-election- I also encourage all residents of the 20th Representa- tive District, regardless of their political affiliation- to work with Rep. Smyk to build a future with a stronger economy, a sensible approach to growth, and a com- mitment to preserve our natural environment. Let's make our beautiful corner of southern Delaware an even better place to live, work, raise our families and retire. Our future will be brighter when we move forward together. Marie Mayor Milton Better clean-up needed after Sea Witch Kudos to the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce for providing one of Continued on page 8 n the Pacific Ocean below the equator, between Asia and South America, a great sloshing effect occurs every several years that affects our national weather. It reminds me of American politics. In my layman's understand- ing, here's what happens. Steady winds blowing east to west in that part of the world put steady pressure on surface waters and begin piling water up against the Asian rim. Dr. Matt Oliver at University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment in Lewes explained this to me one day as we looked at an organic, wall-size, digital, mosaic map of the world. While all of this is happening, cold water below the warmed surface waters begins rising up, and at that huge global scale it does funny - or not so funny - things with our weather. When all that water gets piled up on the Asian rim, and before it gets to the point where it has to start sloshing back to regain its balance, the effect is called an E1 Nifio. I write about this from time to time because I find it interesting. It has taken that name because it often results in exceptional commercial catches for the fishermen along South America's west coast at Christmas time and is consid- ered a gift - like the Christ child - E1 Nifio. For us here in the mid- Atlantic, the impact" of what is considered a fairly weak E1 Nifio that will hold sway between now and early next spring is expected to be another tough winter. A late October Accuweather report states: "Though parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic had a gradual introduction to fall, winter will arrive without delay. Cold air and high snow amounts will define the season." The report says the highest amounts of snow will be west of the 1-95 corridor. But the El Nifio impact is expected to put more moisture in the air, and here along the coast, a shift in cold weather patterns of 50 miles can mean the difference between us getting bogged down in blizzard conditions versus patterns like last winter when the heaviest snowfalls stayed to the west. However, with woolly bears showing dark brown bands this DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO AFTER THE POLLS closed on Tuesday, workers at the Department of Elec- tions in Georgetown take in voting machine cassettes, envelopes with write- in votes and polling place signs to be sorted, reviewed and stored for service in another couple of years. fall, a heavy fall of acorns and snow. hickory nuts in the hardwoods As for E1 Nifios and politics, of Sussex, and lots of bright red it's like this. The push and the berries on the holly trees, we pull. When those eastward- should be prepared for lots of Continued on page 8