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Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30- MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 worse as the leaching takes years to happen, why do we still sacri- fice our clean water? What can we urge our farmers to do? Some people believe that organic farming will not produce a yield high enough to feed large populations, but this is not true; in fact, a large number ofagribusi- hess executives, agricultural and ecological scientists, and intema- . tional agriculture experts believe that a shift to organic farming could actually increase the world's food supply. A large-scale switch to organic agriculture should be our demand, because it seems that the benefits of organic farming providing more food and sustain- ing cleaner water outweigh the costs of pesticide use. Irzistin Dukes Lewes University of Delaware, 2013 major, sociology, emergency management minors, geography, leadership Veterans being harassed over slot machines This letter is intended for Gov. lack Markell and all Delaware elected officials with an ounce of common sense. In my opinion, the letter from Delaware State Police Col. Robert Coupe to numerous veterans' or- ganizations as well as numerous private civic organizations is ludi- crous. While technically, slot ma- chines in these organizations may violate current Delaware law, these machines have existed for well over 10 years, with proceeds going to direct support of these clubs, as well as various notewor- thy community endeavors. There are many current, but ar- chaic, Delaware laws that exist that are not enforced. If the state of Delaware feels the need to be- come involved in the regulation of gambling within private clubs, it should, as a minimum, allow the environment to continue as it has for over 10 years, to minimize un- due turmoil for these clubs, until future legislative review. In my opinion, in the enforce- ment of existing laws, common sense should prevail. These clubs are private clubs, with internal ac- tivities voted upon by members. For example, indoor smoking is permitted in these clubs, if ap- proved by a majority of members, as an exception to existing Delaware law. The commonly held belief that this exemption for indoor smoking within private clubs was granted to generate needed support for overall pas- sage of the bill is academic. As a result of this exemption, in my American Legion Post 28, for ex- ample, members voted to allow smoking in the bar area and ban smoking in the dining room. Again, in my opinion, it's the law addressing gambling within pri- vate organizations that needs up- dating. As an aside, how in the world the Delaware Department of Safe- ty and Homeland Security has gotten involved is beside me. Are these slot machines, in some way, a threat to our homeland security? Let's get real. Why don't they go out and find a terrorist or do something else important to earn their keep? If this unexpected en- forcement is the most important thing they have to do, I suggest we disband them and use the money saved to improve our economy. Our military deserves better treatment. In my Post 28, auxiliary members walk through the club selling candy bars to members in the bar area the slot machine area, the dining room, etc. and use the proceeds/profits to buy sup- plies to bake cookies and send the baked cookies to our troops over- seas. Should we not also identify this as an illegal business activity? Legislation takes time. Mini- mize undue hardship to our mili- tary clubs and allow slot machines Arguments for Prime Hook projects explored any Cape Gazette readers may have seen the bright yellow "Fix the Breaches - Stop the Flooding" signs that have recently popped up at farms along the Coastal Highway, and in Delaware Bay communities like Prime Hook Beach, Broadkill Beach, and the Town of Slaughter Beach. If you haven't seen them, you will have your chance - more signs are on the way. The message behind this advocacy initiative may appear to be simple, but because some still may not understand what the facts are and just what is at stake, I wanted to briefly review them here. A series of storms starting with Ernesto in 2006, Mother's Day in 2008, back-to- back nor'easters in the winter of 2009, Irene last year, and Sandy a few weeks ago essentially destroyed the uninhabited shoreline and dunes around Fowler Beach, located between Prime Hook Beach and Slaughter Beach. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service now owns most of this shoreline. As a result, bay waters and tides have run rampant through the open and gouged-out shoreline, The new normal in the surrounding area is an endless cycle of destruc- tive flood events. Todate, over 4,000 acres of the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge - its habitats and forests - for which the Fowler Beach dunes and the Prime Hook Beach community itself pro- vided a protective barrier since the 1960s have been decimated - open water has replaced di- verse and life-abundant freshwater habitats. Large swaths of farmland worked in some cas- es for centuries are laden today with saltwater and are no longer productive. Residents of the affected beach communities have had to deal with continual damage to their homes; fre- quent loss of their roads to flooding, they de- pend on for work and just living; and the intan- gible, but more important, loss of a sense of well-being and basic safety. As our friends along the ocean beaches know and as Sandy has affirmed, dunes and broad beaches afford major protection to inland built environments like Rehoboth Beach. They also play that same role along the bay, collaterally protecting vital freshwater wetlands and habi- tats, forested areas and farmland. Mother Na- ture doesn't discriminate; public policy does. In sum, our signs are about much more than promoting one more beach renourishment project. Rather, they call for the long-overdue healing of a huge ulcer on the bay coast that if left open will ravage and ultimately do lasting damage to the living fabric of an entire region - its habitats, its farms and its historic communi- ties. For these reasons, the breaches must be fixed! Richard S. Allan Prime Hook Beach to remain until the legislative re- taught me years ago. It's a shame view is accomplished. In my opin- there weren't some demonstra- ion, an exemption for private tions, however. clubs is warranted, similar m the They taught all this in school. exemption for indoor smoking. I At least, they used to, when edu- ask our elected officials to stand cation was supported and funded. up, use common sense, and get Yet, almost without fail, people re- real. verse T and 'me,' using each Stephen G. Wilz Jr., Major, USAF where the other belongs. (Ret.) Dad was an advertising writer, memberand being correct was important American Legion Post 28 to him. He asked: "Would you say 'Me went there?' Would you say Grammatical rules are 'Him went there?' If you answered no, then don't say 'Me and him fundamental went there.' Say 'He and I went Mike Rawl's system for remem- there.' It's that simple. Try it. bering when to say "I" and when "Would you say 'I bought a piz- to say "me" is exactly what my dad za for I?' No? Then don't say 'I bought a pizza for you and I.' Say 'I bought a pizza for you and me." You'll still hear others getting it wrong. You'll hear it in song lyrics, on TV shows - all over. But, just in case you really have been wanting to get it right - this is the way to remember, even if you don't re- member the rules they taught in school. Now enjoy that pizza. Scott Roberts Rehoboth Beach Beach replenishment is a lost cause Read this important article in- cluding its references to: "SurgingSeas,org/report of Continued on page 8 hen Bob Martin walked into his family's ancestral home at Route 1 and Phillips Street recently, he stood in the stripped-out rooms and looked around for his grandmother. "I hollered for her but she never came out," said Martin. His grandmother, Florence Mae Phillips, died in 1976, but according to some, that didn't stop Miss Florence's spirit from roaming the 19th century Sussex County farmhouse. "Norman Sugrue Sr. and his son Eric bought the building in 2000," said Bob. "It had been the Gar- den Gourmet restaurant for a number of years. Eric lived up- stairs for a while, but he hated the place. He said there was a ghost in there. Others have said the same thing, and they all said it was Mrs. Phillips" When Eric and his brother Norman decided to open Big Fish Grill a few years later, they opted for the opposite side of Phillips Street rather than open in the former farmhouse. "That was where the stables were for the farm," said Martin. Schell Brothers is the current owner of thehouse and.proper- ty. "There are a lot of people who believe Mrs. Phillips' ghost still lives in the house," said Chris Schell. "Several people have had some very strange and unexplainable experiences in that house. Eric Sugrue definite- ly had some paranormal experi- ences there." Soon, Miss Florence's spirit will have no choice but to move elsewhere. Schell said attempts to give the old structure away to members of the family for the price of moving it brought no takers. In the meantime, he said, Schell Brothers has built a new headquarters just out the back door of the old Phillips house. Demolition began this week to open the entrance to the new building to the highway. "We donated all of the win- dows and doors to Sussex Coun- ty Habitat for Humanity," said Schell. "Many ofthem were just a few years old." The new building that demoli- tion of the old building will re- veal includes offices for the Schell Brothers companies in- cluding Echelon Custom Homes, Renew, CEUSA, Eche- lon Interiors, Zero Energy DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO THE OLD PHILLIPS HOMESTEAD at Route 1 and Phillips Street is shown here this week in the early stages of demolition. Schell Brothers fieadquarters in the back is nearing completion. Homes and Kincade Homes. Schell said the first floor will be a complete design center with offices on the second and third floors. The basement includes storage and a gym for company employees. Martin said his mother, Janet Phillips Martin, was raised in the old farmhouse. His grandfather, Edward Phillips, farmed the sur- Continued on page 8