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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 Cape Gazette Letters )) Is Rehoboth becoming The City of NO? As I do every Tuesday and Friday while walking my dog, I picked up the latest edition of the Cape Gazette. As an avid cyclist, the headline "No more bikes on boards" screamed for my imme- diate attention. I quickly scanned the article and turned to my hus- band and said Rehoboth Beach needs to change the welcome sign as you cross the canal from "The Nation's Summer Capital" to "The City of No." It seems every time I turn around, the city is saying "no" to something else. No scooters without permits, no smoking (now apparently to expand to e-cigarettes), no pools, no noise and now no bikes on the Board- walk. Wonder what is next...may- be no sunbathing because some folks do get sunburned, which could lead to skin cancer. The commissioners are aware this is a tourist town, right? People flock here each summer to enjoy themselves and have tim. One of those attractions is the few hours each morning one has the pleasure of a casual bike ride on the boards with a dazzling view of the beach and ocean. Are there also pedestrians strolling the boards as well? Yes. Does it sometimes get crowded? Sure. Without the crowds the town would not survive. Have there been some skinned knees or other close calls? Absolutely, but hardly to the extent that warrants a bicycle ban. Have the commis- sioners perhaps visited some of the boardwalks in New Jersey or Ocean City, Md., that get crowded as well in the summer, but they don't ban bicycles. Perhaps there is a more ratio- nal solution. As was suggested in the article, some volunteers to help educate the riding public. Possibly redeploying a summer officer or two to the boards dur- ing the most crowded times of the morning to help keep those errant few fast riders under con- trol is a first step rather than an outright ban. It's bad enough that our police force sees fit to sit daily right across the canal bridge and greet the visitors to our city with tick- ets as well as when they exit on the other side of the avenue. We should be looking for solutions to make this a more inviting tourist town. Taking away one of the activi- ties many families look forward to on their visit to our wonderful city is not the path to success. One summer we may wake up to fred the tourists have all found somewhere more friendly and inviting to visit and spend their vacation dollars. How wonderful will our city be then? Ruth Rehoboth Beach Continued on page 7 Anticipating ANGRY VOTERS in 2016, we ve developed a way folks can let off steam before voting. First you punch the bag, then you punch the ballot. (CANDIDATE OF YOUR Editorial )) More active means more healthy ealth officials this week estimated that 70 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in Delaware are either clinically obese or over- weight. We eat too much and we're not active enough. Many years ago, a Lewes cardiologist said Americans eat every day like it's a holiday: rich foods and rich desserts at every meal. Instead, he said, we should eat simply most of the time and save the rich foods for celebra- tions like Thanksgiving. Otherwise, we take in too many calories, put on weight, and even- tually suffer chronic, painful and expensive health problems like diabetes. We still spend far more of our time sitting in chairs and looking at television and com- puter screens than we do outside. Outside, we tend to be active. At an outdoors summit this week at the Stockley Center, officials discussed trails and healthy community initiatives designed to create a built environment that draws people outside. It's working. Fenwick Island built a handicapped-accessible kayak launching area and has invested in beach mats that allow disabled and elderly people easier access to the beach. Rehoboth Beach has a walking pro- gram that rewards participants with state park passes. But there, another problem has arisen. So many more people are running, walk- ing and cycling on the Boardwalk, the city is looking at restricting bicycle riding to avoid conflicts during peak summer hours. Gov. lack Markell noted that investing in trails brings economic development, good health and recreation. In tight financial times, he said, some might say cut these projects. That would be a mistake. "Are we willing to do what we have to do to be among the very best, and to meet our obligation to the next generation and the one after that? Let's use common sense and a common vision to keep the progress going." Quoting Thomas Edison, Markell said: "Vision without the ability to execute is nothing more than hallucination." He challenged all, including elected officials, to continue funding for trails and programs to get people outside, active, healthier and happier. "It's up to us to make it real," he said. We couldn't agree more. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor and Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor. Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email news- room@capegazette.com. Web Poll )) Responders split on watching football College and pro, how many football games have you watched so far? LEAVES HAVE FALLEN off Cape the ground. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO 0-2 Region trees to create an autumn carpet on 3-6 7 or more 39.1% 12.1% 48.8% ) For local weather, including highs and lows see page 119 The total of votes counted was 373. 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Cape Gazette Volume 21 No. 51 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 dennisforney@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 31S newsroom@capegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320. laura@capegazette.com Associate Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com Copy Editor, Bernadette Heam, Ext. 316 bernie@capegazette.com NEWS Ran MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Nick Roth, Ext. 317 nickroth@capegazette.com Melissa Steele, Ext. 336 melissasteele@capegazette.com Chris Flood, Ext. 335 cflood@capegazette.com Maddy Lauria, Ext. 321 maddy@capegazette.com Molly MacMillan mollymac@capegazette.com SPORTS WRITERS Tim gamforth tim@seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@HoleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Don Flood Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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