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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, FridaY, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Support Reh0both's attempt to revise CDP No one will argue that the City of Rehoboth Beach has changed drastically since 1996, when it first adopted a long-range plan. Property values have skyrockets, once spacious residential lots par- titioned and residences constructed using every available square inch of building space. No one is more aware of this than members of the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission. The planners have been saddled vith the sometimes grueling task mandated by thestate every five years, to update the city's long-range plan, a task they embarked upon 18 months ago. Following months of lengthy discussions, this initial plan has been transformed into a much more sophisticated and timely draft com- prehensive development plan (CDP) that speaks to current concerns and issues much more clearly than the original plan does. This draft CDP tackles a number of issues that are of critical importance to the future of Rehoboth Beach - the oceanfront and lakes; its trees and parks; traffic and pedestrian management; streetscapes; annexation; as well as land use and zoning. All of the CDP's goals and provisions are aimed at protecting the unique char- acter and future viability of the City of Rehoboth Beach. Now the planners are seeking input from residents and property owners of Rehoboth Beach. They are bending over backwards to ensure that everyone has the chance to obtain a copy of the CDP. During the three poorly attended information sessions on the CDP held last week, the planners implored the public for its thoughts and ideas, admitting that it would be an injustice to send the present draft to the Rehoboth BeachBoard of Commissioners without any revi- sions. It would be a travesty if people ignore the two public hearings slat- ed on the CDP and then show up at a Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners meeting to shoot holes through the plan after the final draft is presented to them by the planners for their considera- tion. All too often in similar situations, people come out of the wood- work at the 1 lth hour to complain they had been kept in the dark and the planners are attempting to promote their own agendas. The planners, who have toiled so hard over the revisions, at least deserve the courtesy of be!ng confronted themselves during their hearings by those who want to critique the CDP. The hearings will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in the commissioners room at City Hall, and from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, NOv. 16, in Rehoboth Elementary School auditorium. For those who are unable to attend the hearings personally, written comments will be accepted by writing City of Rehoboth Beach, Attn. Planning Commission, P.O. Box C, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971, or by email at Anyone who hasn't obtained a copy of the draft CDP may do so at the Building and Licensing Department at City Hall or on the city website at Letters r The We00ither Picture Dennis Forney photo The rains of fall are saturating the rich mast of the floor of Sussex County woods and bringing forth magnificent growths of mushrooms Hke this trophy near the Broadkill River. Response to alienated young Gazette reader I thought I would answer the letter written by the youth from Lewes who criticizes our government, politicians and our vote. Because I teach politi- cal science, I encounter many youths with similar alienated attitudes. I agree with some of your criticisms of our campaigns, but the remedy I sug- gest is to get involved and reform the system. It needs a great deal of cam- paign reform, but because people like you do not get involved, it will not get reformed any time soon. First, the fight to vote is one of our most precious liberties and because so many service men died defending our way of life and democratic govern- ment, the least we can do to repay that debt is to study the issues and vote. Second, if anything, the case of Florida in election 2000 proves that a single vote is powerful. Only 537 votes separated the candidates in the contest to win Florida's 25 electoral votes and the presidency. Never have 537 votes out of 100 million cast nationally have been so influential. I grant you that many people in Florida who did not vote wished they had voted in that election. Third, the fewer citizens that vote in an election, the more influential their votes become. For example, in an election with 100 citizens voting, using a majority rule, the majority is 5 ! if everyone votes. If only 60 citi- zens vote out of 100, the majority becomes 31. If only 30 citizens vote, the majority becomes 16. Those who don't vote aregiving power to a fewer number of those who do note. Is that what you want to do, give your power away? Finally, in the days of the segregat- ed South, many African Americans were denied their right to vote. Because of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, they began voting for their coun- cilmen, African Americans often live in neighborhoods that did not have paved roads. When they achieved a majority on the city council, they finally got their roads paved. This is only one example of what voting power can do. So chose to vote and reform the system and make it better. Perry J. Mitchell Ocean View You are either part of problem or solution Cynicism. Anger. Resignation. Bitterness. For those who read last week's reflections, these emotions were quite tangible. Even his antici- pation of awaiting "all replies (read: hate mail) with extreme indifference" reflects that this young man has akeady learned the lesson that anger, resentment and cynicism generally just tend to attract more of the same negativity to his (our) life. My motivation to write stems in e young age of this sense of anger and overwhelming cynicism. I know he is not alone in his feelings. And so this response is also for those of us who can associate with these feelings of anger, wanting to give up on the sys- tem. We must look carefully in the mirror for the roots of this anger, and take account for the community's role in creating a young person with this negativity. Let's speak about this young man's radical idea. I truly support ideas that encourage independent thinking, cre- ative problem solving, not being a fol- lower but a leader, and I embrace pos- itive reformations. To me, I heard the message: "Don't bother furthering your own oppression; don't vote" and I also understand from his message: "be a quitter." I don't find his ideas to be very radical or new at all. We've had apathy and quitters throughout time. Sometimes, if you push through all the issues and opinions, it comes down to something very simple: Either you are part of the problem, or you are part of the solution. Harboring cynical, bitter, pessimistic views that lead one to conclude, and encourage others, to quit and not vote Continued on page 7 Cape Gazette, PO Box 213; wes, Delaware 199581 fax to 645-1664 or email newsroom @ Volume 10 No. 25 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Tdsh Vemon newsroom Aeaoclata Editor Kerry Kester News Michael Short mshort Stave Hoanigmann steveh Jim Crasson jcresson @ m Rosanne Pack Jan Ellingsworth Bddin Reynolds-Hughes bddin @ Janet Andrelczyk Andrew Keegan akeegan @ Amy Reardon Photographers Dan Cook Keith Mosher Edk Sumption Sports Editor Dave Frederick davefredman @ad.corn Sports Writers Tim Bamforth tbamforih @ Frederick Schranck Fthmndt @ HdeB#lole.eom Advertising Cindy Bowlin cinayOcalazette.eom Sharon Hudson shudson @ Amanda Lucks Becki Hastings Pat Jones Classified Sandy Barr Kim McPike Office Manager Kathy Emery kemery@ Webmastar Catherine M. Tanzer web@capegazette.corn Receptlonlat Kandy Vicary Circulation Harry Stoner Joni Weber Production Coordinator Norma Parks Production Staff Chds Wildt Molly Wingate Teresa Rodriguez Laura Kuchadk Ron Wintersteln Contributors: Susan Fradedck Nancy Katz Emil for news, letters: Emll for advertlslng: ldUenO capegarette.eom Emall to subscribe: The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Gape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Midway Shopping Canter, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Second-class post-age paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: 302-645.7700. FAX: 645-1664. Subscrip-tions are available at $27 per year in Sussex County; $45 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, p.o. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "1 tell you folks, all politics is apple- sauce." Will Rogers