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6 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, November 14 - Thursday, November 16, 2006 VI[EWPOINTS Editorial Pollution strategies could set standard The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is developing strategies to control pollution of the Inland Bays and its surrounding watershed. Though the agency has been working on these strategies for eight years, the proposals continually hit roadblocks as they near comple- tion. In a recent round of statewide workshops. 100-foot buffers along Inland Bays waterways were proposed. But in an August 2006 revi- sion of the strategies, buffer regulations were trimmed back nearly to regulations currently in place in Sussex County. As' state officials take yet another look at the pollution control strategies, we hope they will work towards careful solutions that will guide farming, development and land use in the Inland Bays area for years to come. Strategies implemented for the Inland Bays will be carefully watched - they are expected to become a benchmark for the entire state of Delaware - and perhaps by other jurisdictions nation- wide. This is no time for political compromises based on the demands of competing parties. It is time, instead, to seek science-based solutions that most effectively reduce pollution from runoff and particulates in the air while at the same time offering the widest possible protection for the rights of people who own land. Of great concern are owners of small tracts of land, whom some say could lose the right to build should wide buffer regulations be adopted on every ditch and inter- mittent waterway. Competing interests can be balanced, but it will require careful attention and a targeted approach that allows the max- imum use of land so long as resulting pollution is effectively limited. As more and more people come to the Cape Region to live, some limits on development are necessary and inevitable. We hope to see limits based on careful scientific evaluation of the pollution that development is likely to cause. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor: and Jen EUingsworth. arts and entertain- ment editor. The weather picture i'eFtBe,00 t Republicans got what they deserve Republicans deserved to lose Congress, if .for no other reason that their threat of $7 billion by pigs with their snouts in the pork barrel. (They call them "ear- marks" - how cute.) You'll rarely hear of this thiev- ery, for its bipartisan, led by the master thief, Byrd of West Virginia. His GOP counterpart is the senile Stevens of Alaska. Any efforts to disclose details - such as the rare disclosure of the $250 million "bridge to nowhere" of Stevens, is jointly covered up. The Democrats' slogan should have been: "They've been steal- ing from you for too long. Give us a chance." Now you'll see the GOP being made to look like amateurs. You say they're all crooks. You're right. Bernard Kostelnik Lewes Schwartzkopf deserves praise on campaign I would like to thank Pete Schwartzkopf for conducting such a clean and honorable campaign. Unlike those running the cam- paign of his opponent, Pete remained honest and respectful the entire time. I would also like to commend the voters of the 14th District. By resoundingly re-electing Pete, you have sent a very clear message. You will not be fooled by mis- leading mailings and ads full of untruths. You will not be swayed by tasteless, last-minute signage. You will not believe manufac- tured sound bites on local media. Hopefully, those running cam- paigns in the future will listen to you. The voters of the 14th can be proud. They have, once again, chosen an honest, effective legis- lator to represent them in Dover. Cathin Bishop Rehoboth Beach Better funding sought for Delaware child care The Bush administration's budget released in February turned a blind eye to the needs of families in Delaware and Maryland. Let's hope our new Congressional delegation under- stands that critical supports for the most vulnerable citizens of our states should not be on sale. President Bush's budget pro- posals, for the next five years, finance hugely unfair and irre- sponsible tax cuts by slashing pro- grams many Americans rely on.- Help for working families, chil- dren, seniors, and people with dis- abilities are all on the chopping block in the President's budget. For example, many working families in Delaware depend on funding for child care assistance so that they can go to work tosup- port their families and so their children can be well cared for and safe. However-the President's budget effectively cuts child care funding for a fifth year in a row. There are more and more of Delaware's children ent.ering kindergarten unprepared. To improve the quality of care for all children, providers must be respected and paid fairly for their efforts. There are approximately 1,500 family child care providers in Delaware, and many do not have health insurance. Some even life below the poverty line because they have dedicated themselves to Purchase of Care recipients, and the income from the state is just too little. We have already seen the impact of this cutback in Delaware. Even though the state legislators have voted to pu t more money into the Purchase of Care Continued on page 7 (',al)cgazclle.t'onl s el) poll Ron MacArthur photo A horse grazes m a pasture outside of 1,ewes on a cool November morning. 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