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Continued from page 6 would qualify as being part of the problem. There are many ways to not fur- ther one's own (or others') op- pression, that don't involve turn- ing one's hack on the world. Hopefully, with more education, good family and community sup- port and a willingness to release one's grasp on anger, this young man and others can find their own (and their piece of the world's) peace and not be oppressed. So I offer some simple, gentle, com- pletely nontoxic medicine, and some new avenues for reflection. Diversify where you get your information. Work toward change. Be involved with people whom you respect. Honor your own integrity, and call others around you to have high standards of integrity. Conventional main- stream press tends to glorify scan- dal, mayhem and corruption. The good work people do and the pos- itive changes being worked on in the world and in politics are great- ly underrepresented. You may not see them if you don't look for them, and especially if you are blinded by anger and pessimism. I have suggestions for alternative press on world affairs and poli- tics. I offer the flower essence of Scotch Broom, which can be found at health food stores. Its monograph description of its healing gift is offered as follows: Positive Qualities of Scotch Broom - Positive and optimistic feelings about the world and about future events - sunlike forces of caring, encouragement and purpose; and Patterns of Imbalance - Feeling weighed down and depressed; overcome with pessimism and de- spair, especially regarding one's personal relationship to world events. We live in a time of great uncer- tainty, transformation, and up- heaval. These powerful condi- tions can predispose many souls to feel very anxious and de- pressed about their lives and the future of the Earth. Such persons may be morbidly attracted to apocalyptic scenarios of the future, or exposure to mass media portrayal of world events may arouse intense feelings of pessimism and despair. These feelings burden the soul with ex- treme emotional weight so that the soul becomes heavy and deep- pressed. At the core of such illness is the feeling of "What's the use?" or "Why tryT' The depression such persons experience is character- ized not only by feelings about their personal lives, but about the world as a whole and their rela- tionship to world events. Thus the soul is paralyzed in the posi- tive use of its forces, uncon- sciously adding to the darkness of the world-psyche. Scotch Broom gives tenacity and strength, enabling the individ- ual to move from personal despair to impersonal service and concern for the welfare of the world. This essence helps the soul to meet the challenges of our times as oppor- tunities for self-growth and for helping others. In making this transition, the soul shifts from its unconscious identification with world darkness to the v/s/on of a more hopeful, positive world fu- ture. Use it well. Peace, Kim Furtado, N.D. Lewes Dennis Forney Credibility suffers in election letter Roherta Welter, I have never met or spoken with you. Hap Crystal says he has never met or spoken with you either. Yet, in last week's edition, you characterized Hap's and my rela- tionship. You also indicated you knew the reason I do not support Mike MeoWs candidacy. Since the reason you gave bears no sem- blance tO the reason I have stated in several previously published letters, your lack of knowledge in this matter becomes quite evident. Since you could not have had personal knowledge about what you spoke to, you either knowing- ly stated a falsehood, or else you wrote what someone else told you to say, believing it to be true. I suggest you never sign your name to something you cannot personally attest to, or can prove, especially during political cam- paigns. Let others sign their own name to a statement or letter if they wish. If you did not deliber- ately misstate my position in this matter then you have been misled by others. However, it is your credibility that suffers, not theirs. Allen Ide Millsboro Confusion reigns at Rehoboth Park & Ride I ride the park-and-ride most times rather then look for a place to park when I go into Rehoboth Beach, especially during crowded times there. However, today I may think twice about using it again. First of all, I think the park- and-ride should have a suggestion box. If it has one, I haven't seen one. But today there were five of us, plus my three young grand- sons with me. We had two strollers with ns.The ride to Re- hoboth was OK, except the bus stopped halfway down from the bandstand area and most people got off. There was nothing said by the driver. Then the bus proceed- ed down to the bandstand area which we would have gone to had someone said something. The part that annoyed most was when we were leaving. Seeing a bus loading, we decided to wait for the next bus since there weren't enough seats left. I stood where they boarded for that bus. It seemed that we were the only ones waiting for the next bus. Well, when the bus finally came, it didn't stop in the same place but passed me. All of a sudden people came from all over to get on. We were lucky to get on and get seats for all. I am really annoyed at the system they have there. This hap- pens in the summer too. When it is just my wife and I we can deal with it but when you have young children, it is hard. They need something similar to amusement parks that you have to wait in line in order. They should also load from the front and unload from the back. It isn't fair to people that have young kids and also to the people that have been waiting there. They need to do something, because that is not a fair way to operate. Jim Benner Milton Name one of middle schools for Lou Rickards The following letter was sent to Dr. Andy Brandenberger, superin- tendent of the Cape Henlopen School District, with a copy sub- mitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. I am writing in support of nam- ing one of the two new schools af- ter Louis A. Rickards. I think a school should be named after a lo- cal and caring person who sup- ported teaching, learning, dedica- tion and honesty. Lou was born and raised on Lewes Beach. As a young boy, he worked in his father's and uncle's store. He was a graduate of the Cape Henlopen School District where be lettered in three sports. Lou dedicated his life to the cit- izens of Lewes, the residents of Sussex County and the state of Delaware. He did this through his career as a Delaware state trooper and a volunteer with the Lewes Volun- teer Fire Department. He spent 26 years with the state police. During his career, he worked traffic, as a K-9 officer, public information officer and in supply. He received two superintendent citations for bravery. When not working, Lou devot- Continued on page 8 CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002.7 A pocketful of notes from the catacombs of Election Day in the heart of Sussex County Of all the races decided on Elec- tion Day 2002, which will have the greatest effect on Delaware's future? Biden? Brady? Markell? Schwartzkopf? Booth? Hocker? If you were a veteran poll watcher at the Department of Elections office in Georgetown Tuesday night, Nov. 5, the answer would be none of the above. Then who? Bob Ehrlich, Maryland's next governor. "Slots," said Ken McDowell, who heads the Sussex County De- partment of Elections. Vaughn Calloway, president of the election board for Sussex, agreed. "Ehrlich's been campaigning all along saying he would bring slots to Maryland," said McDowell. It's been estimated that $180 million in slot machine revenues have been coming into Delaware each year from Maryland. If Ehrlieh keeps his promise, Mary- landers will have their own slot machines to pump quarters and dollars in. "You go up to Harrington any day and you will see 10 or 12 of those big charter buses - the kind that carry 65 passengers - in the parking lot at the Midway Slots," said Calloway. "Why wouldn't he go ahead and let slots in? That would bring millions into Mary- land without raising taxes. It's a no brainer for him." Ehrlich defeated Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in Maryland's race. Townsend and current Gay. Paris Glendening have long cam- paigned against bringing slots to Maryland. The talk on election night spec- dated that if Maryland legalizes slots, they will be at Ocean Downs in Ocean City within a couple of years. And if Maryland allows smoking at the slots and Delaware's ban holds, Delaware- ans may be heading to Maryland instead of Marylanders heading to Delaware. The worm turns. ELECTION commissioners, once they take their paid posi- tions, aren't allowed to act in a partisan manner as they go about their work of ensuring fair elec- BAREF00TIN' tions. Their job is to operate smooth elections and get accurate results to the central offices. Con- sidering, however, that election commissioners usually get their jobs because of the good works they have done for the parties in the past, they can't be expected to forget their political roots. In McDowell's election depart- ment office Tuesday night, a row. of stuffed Democrat donkeys looked down over the desk below. Calloway sat on one side of the desk looking at election results on the computer; McDowell sat on the other side. They watched as three current Democrat election districts went over to the Republi- , can side: the 41st to John Atkins, / previously held by staunch Demo- crat Charles West who retired from the seat this year; the 38th to Gerald Hocker who unseated Shirley Price by a 56-vote margin; and the 37th to Joe Booth who un- seated John Schroeder in the tight- est race of the night. On the desk top between Calloway and Mc- DoweU sat two large plastic bat- ties of Turns; above them the don- keys were quiet. Jean Turner is deputy director in Sussex because she's a Republi- can and the director job goes to the party that holds the governor's seat. Turner goes about her work in a cool and professional manner. She handed me a complete set of election returns, put on her rain coat and smiled. "I have to get on down to Bethany Beach." Turner and McDowell both commented that the election process had gone better than ex- pected. "We were geared up to Continued on page 8 Andrew  photo Seven-term Rep. John Sehroeder, D-Lewes, appears a bit dumbfounded as he the hears reports that challenger Joe Booth has squeaked by him with a handful of votes in the newly revamped 37th District. Behind him are nephew Ryan Short, left, and brother Rob Sehroeder.