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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 9 - Nov. 15, 2001 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Veterans Day most important this year .When the sun comes up this Sunday. Nov. 1 I, thousands of men and women wearing US uniforms will beg:in their day executing strategies designed to protect our nation and its freedoms. Here, at home, we will be celebrating Veterans Day with a variety of services intended to give thanks to those who have served in the-past and those still serving. Tiffs year's services are especially relevant due to the fact that the US is actively involved in a war against terrorism that burst to the tbrefi'ont with the Sept. I I attack on New York City and Washington D.C. In our schools, in our churches and as we sit down for mi:als, the war and its implications for our lives remain - and should remain - part of our prayers and discussions. Discussions help understand- ing and awareness. Prayers offer an opportunity for .divine guidance and help punctuate the seriousness of the issue at hand. In times of trouble we look to our armed forces to protect us. The Veterans Day holiday gives us a formal way of saying thanks every year. Saying thank you to veterans you know. showing the flag and attending ceremonies to show support are all ways we can express our gratitude to those who put themselves between us and those who would hurt us and attack our way of life. Letters Sheriff Reed's legal fund wrongheaded Sussex County Sheriff Robert Reed is creating a legal fund to drive a court determination on whether he has the power to establish a law enforcement police department for Sussex County. The court manuever amounts to nothing more than a back door attempt to establish a seat of police power that the people have not asked for. For at least a quarter century - probably more - the Sussex County Sheriff's Department has functioned as an arm of the court, deliver- ing papers and subpoenas. In elections, people have voted for the person who they feel can handl e these functions effectively and effi- ciently. They have not cast wtes for a sheri.ff candidate as part of a large=" consideration for establishing a multi-million dollar police agency. Police agencies and their potentially extensive powers to use violent force require careful consideration by the people. If Sheriff Reed is truly interested in going about this the right way, he should investigate the initiative and referendum procedures available for tsting his proposal at the polls and not use the backdoor court- room method. His legal fund would be far better placed as a refer- endure campaign fund. If he were able to garner the electorate's support for an initiative he obviously feels so strongly about, the chances of his future success would be far greater than by using his present strategy. The people of Sussex County should see the legal fund approach for its plain wrongheadedness and reject it complete- ly. The Weather Picture Sarah Greene photo The Cape May-Lewes Ferry rolls over the waves as it pre- pares to enter the slip near Cape Henlopen State Park on a windy autumn afternoon. Thanks to Dewey for doing the fight thing We often moan aboul how our elected officials, both local and national, never completely listen to our wishes. Well. it appears to me that the local Dewey Beach officials have. once again, listened to their con- stituents. After only a small amount of gnashing of teeth at the last town meeting, everyone agreed that there would be no more talk of going to the statelegislature for a possible proper- ty tax. If the town administration feels that they need additional funds to keep the town functioning, they have decided to do.the right thing, and come to the voters first. Although I feel that the vast major- ity of the town cittzens are against the basic idea of a new property tax, they certainly are not in lock step on any one answer. After being shown all the facts and figures of a very detailed version of this and past years' bud- gets, and if absolutely no other way can be found to balance the new bud- get, the citizens may approve a very restricted form of a tax- as they have in the past with the beach assessment. But, they won't do it without very detailed facts, and they won't take it lightly. There are, obviously, various solu- tions to any real or perceived finan- cial problems. Depending on peoples' background and beliefs, there also may be more than one "valid answer. The trick is selecting the one answer that will work for, and be accepted by, the majority of those affected. The Dewey Beach mayor and commis- sioners have chosen the correct path. While some citizens say that the deci- sion was a no brainer, I,feel that, in fact, it shows the elected officials are using a common sense approach to governing. They saw a possible prob- lem, investigated the situation, and ultimately listened to the citizens they represent. As citizens of Dewey Beach, we need tO continue to show our appreci- ation to the mayor and commissioners for their often thankless task of run- ning the day to day business of the town. We need to remember what was said at the last town meeting. These are the people that volunteered to take on this enormous responsibility, on their own time, and without any remuneration, while the rest of us tend to sit back and feel free to take pot shots when we see fit. Thanks. again, to all the commis- sioners and the mayor for your con- stant effort on behalf of the town and tts citizens. Dale Hi Cooke Dewey Beach Take." g state Senate to task over redistfictmg The Delaware House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a redistricting plan to reflect the population shift as reflected by the latest federal census. The approval was bipartisan, with strong support from both Republicans and Democrats (no small accomplish- ment). With that kind of bipartisan cooperation in the House would it not be reasonable to assume that the citi- zens of Delaware could expect some- thing akin to that in the Senate? Forget it! That's because Democrat Thomas Sharp is Senate President Pro Tern but apparently is not a strong supporter of representative .govern- ment as one might expect from a per- son holding a position of such high trust. The word on the street is that the good senator refuses to even sit down with members of the opposite party to hold any kind of meaningful discus- sion, and has essentially said its his plan (no increase in representative seats that would reflect the census results) or we go to court - in other words irs "his way or the highway." The problem with the court option is that it's not clear if the courts can rule on the case, and even if they can, whether they would. What does seem to be increasingly clear is that a court Continued on page 7 Write Now Letters must be sign'd and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 750 words or less. Write to Cape Gazette. 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