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Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 Boardwalks are for walking, not biking After reading the article in the Cape Gazette, I feel the need to respond. All the opinions, discus- sions and decisions regarding this subject are of no value unless individuals demonstrate wisdom and common sense. Boardwalk - Boardwalk - Boardwalk! Notice the hint in this word? Board- WALK similar to SideWALK - to WALK - not ride bikes, not ride skateboards. Would any individ- ual with common sense walk on the highway or on the bike path along the highway? Bikes belong on the roadways or designated bike riding areas, not on board- walks. My acquaintances who ride bikes do it in areas designat- ed for riding bikes where there is little or no chance of interfering with walkers. It comes down to using common sense and being considerate of others. I sup- port Rehoboth's officials as they consider making changes to bike riding on the BoardWALK. LwHD, L~,~s Rehoboth vote must be mae m p.br The following letter was sent to the Rehoboth Beach Mayor and Commissioners with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. I attended the adjournment of the commissioners' meeting Nov. 17 after a two-hour-plus executive session. Mayor Cooper stated that the city solicitor would make an announcement. Mr. Mandalas proceeded to read a statement that said that the commissioners had decided to take no action to change the city's position regard- ing the moratorium. This was the same language used to an- nounce the city's decision to take no action regarding the license revocations. I believe you are all aware that no decisions can be made in executive sessions, and a decision to maintain the status quo after holding an announced meeting for the purpose of considering ac- tion is a decision. As one or both of these matters take up time and resources and almost certain liti- gation that follows, I also believe it is very important that the vot- ers of Rehoboth Beach know how each commissioner voted. I request that such a public vote take place at the earliest possible time. Thank you for your attention to this request. Eugene M. Lawson Jr. Attorney Rehoboth Beach Rehoboth's Immanuel Shelter needs help This letter is to everyone who can be warm these cold nights. Immanuel Cold Weather Shel- ter needs our help. It is located at Faith United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Oyster House Road, next to All Wheels. The shelter will operate Monday to Friday; now, shelter is urgently needed for weekends. We are having cold weather much earlier, and it means those who are homeless need shelter from the threat of hypothermia and frostbite. What is needed? Space. Does your business or church have space that could provide shelter, especially on weekends? Next? Time. Volunteer to spend two or three hours helping at the shelter or providing meals as needed. Third? Money. Immanuel shelter needs money in order to Rehoboth Film Festival needs to continue hroughout the years, the Rehoboth Beach Film Festival has brought love, tolerance, compassion and food for thought to the screen. The festival is about life and its tragedies. It is the kind of festival that makes you think about a movie long after you exit the theater. The festival showcases an array of poignant docu- mentaries every year, and if nothing else, this phenomenal event brings the audience pure, simple entertainment and an easy laugh. Over the past 16 years, my husband Erik and I have had the privilege and pleasure of enjoying during each fall a few days of nonstop independent movie showings. Every year, we put our lives on hold during the film festival, and we savor every single film we can fit in during those few days. The film society, a not-for-profit arts organization, has done an outstanding job at bringing us this gift of storytelling with the festival. Movies, whether entertaining, thought-provoking, or educa- tional, whether American, or foreign, do speak to all. The Rehoboth Film Festival is an amaz- ingly rich event for movie enthusiasts, all the while boosting the local economy (hotels and restaurants) to its fullest in the off-season. It seems that the Midway theaters may not be willing to host the festival next year. I am not sure of the details, but I urge the decision makers to reconsider. If the festival is not held locally, everybody loses. To lose such a unique film event and cultural experience would be a huge dis- service for our local economy as well. More importantly, though, it would be a big loss for our own personal human growth in kindness, awareness, and tolerance of the world around us and of each other. I wholeheartedly urge the Midway Theater management to recon- sider and keep the film festival at its current location for many more years to come. Hiba Stancofski Lewes provide staff to cover the time volunteers are not available. Also to provide for needed supplies not donated and to pay the cost of utilities. Send donations to Immanuel's parent organization, making checks payable to Ep- worth United Methodist Church with Immanuel Shelter on the memo line. Where to call: CRC at 227-1340 or email Immanuelshelter@aol. com. Please think about if you or a loved one had nowhere to go, no job, or a tow, minimum-wage job and the fear and pain it would cause. Please respond as soon as possible, today if you can. fimke IttkdM chance at another term I've been proud to represent you in Dover for the past two years. There is a great deal of dedication that goes into learning the pulse of the district for each issue and to maintain the integ- rity of your voice in the negotia- tions of the day. Providing a voice for 20th District has always been my fooas while managing the is- sues brought upon our Mate. It is humbling to have had my diligence recognized by so many of you who took your time to vote for my second term. Achieving such a margin of support in a three-way race is an honor in any election. I will continue to represent all of our neighbors in our district, regard- less of political or personal ideol- ogy or affiliation. Please accept my sincere gratitude, knowing that your vote truly strengthened our voice in this state. There is a great deal of work to be done in Delaware, and I am proud to be able to continue as your advocate, bringing all the benefits of my resources to work for yotL Please continue to contact me with your ideas and needs at Steve.Smyk@state.de.us, or you can call 302-744-41T1. r Ct District Delavare 14ou of Bepre ives Sussex implored to Love Creek RV park The following letter was sent to all Sussex County Council members with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. I am writing this letter to express my grave concern and Continued on page 8 his week marks one of the most important seasons for hunters in Sussex County and throughout Delaware. It's shotgun season for white-tail deer, and the recently arriving Sika deer. Kenny Hopkins, one of my many field correspondents and a born and bred Sussex County farm boy, called this week. "Dennis, you need to bring attention to deer hunting so people are more aware. Many people moving into Sussex from urban areas don't under- stand that they can't just walk into privately owned woods. Not only is it trespassing, it's dangerous. One hunter told me this week he was in his deer stand when he began hearing unusual noises. Then he saw two people walking through the trees with their dogs. The worst of it is they were wearing brown coats. This is a woods that backs up to the Ridings community out on Beaver Dam Road." Kenny also reported worse. He said another hunter friend told him a person went into a woods he has been manag- ing for deer and removed all of the deer corn he had spread and also ripped down his deer stand. The only thing the person didn't disturb was the remote video camera the hunter had mounted on a tree to monitor activity at the site. Kenny said the camera re- corded the intruder's activity. "It's just not right, and he will be arrested, but people need to be more aware so they don't get themselves and others in trouble." This week's shotgun season continues through Saturday, Nov. 22, and there will be another week-long season Jan. 17-24. But that's just the shotgun season, which also allows hunt- ing with black-powder muzzle loaders and larger-caliber pis- tols. From September through the end of January, Delaware also allows bowhunting, and there are other seasons for muzzle loaders as well. For those who like to tramp through the woods, it's impor- tant to remember a couple of things. Regardless of whether lands are posted with no trespassing signs, you can get in serious trouble if you go on other people's property without their permission. Hunters are TillS PHOTO shows the distinctive markings of ers say these small deer are more aggressive cousins. a mate Sika deer. Local hunt- than their distant white-tail required to carry written per- mission with them when they are hunting on other people's property. Those who want to enjoy the woods and forests even if they are not hunting would be wise to do the same. While there are thousands of acres of public land in Sussex where hunting and other public access is permitted, those not hunting should steer clear of Continued on page 8