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8 R DA, NOVEMBER 30- MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 VIEWPOINTS Cape Gazette Letters )) Continued from page 7 March 14, 2012." Then, zero in on Climate Central's report: "Sea lev- el rise and storm surge threats for Delaware," including its maps and statistics for Delaware areas less than one to 10 feet above the local high tide line for every coastal town, city and county - via Surg- ingSeas.org/states/DE. Then publish - subject to citing the source - its fmdings and pre- dictions on the cities and towns from New Castle, Wilmington, Bethany Beach, Long Neck, Bow- ers, South Bethany, Fenwick Is- land, Lewes, Rising Sun-Lebanon to Delaware City...and the county most affected - Sussex ! See also the accompanying coastal map for Delaware of the predicted land areas to be lost in the future - "not if, but only when?" In the context of ever-rising sea levels for our coastal areas, where is the prudence and lasting value of our state and federal govern- ments continuing to spend mil- lions in the proven insecurity of beach replenishment? How much longer can our con- gressional representatives be ex- pected, in good conscience, to re- sort to "pork" in the name of beach replenishment from a deficit-ridden federal government - simply to pump more offshore bottom sand on shore - only to have it washed back out to sea in the next series of near-certain coastal storms? As DNREC itself admitted last March, the question of the next '62 storm - or another Sandy is not if, but when - it will surely occur. Beach replenishment has proven to be a lost cause. Henry R. Horsey Rehoboth Beach Dewey mayor praises holiday event The spectacular Dewey Beach 2013 Holiday Lighting display is a result of a great combination of the work of town employees and volunteers, and the strong support of Apple Electric. Apple Electric owners Steve and Lisa Prestipino hung the town's pole lamp Christ- mas displays. Apple had originally been contracted to do the work, but the Prestipinos said after the job was completed, they are part of the community here and decid- ed to donate their services to the town of Dewey Beach. Another community member, who asked to be unnamed, donat- ed the classic lighted display of Santa, asled and nine reindeer. We really appreciate the donation, which adds a lot to our festive decorations, and so will all who see it lit in Dewey. We would also like to thank the volunteers from the Dewey Beach Marketing Committee who spent hours relamping and testing all the pole-lighted reindeer, candles and displays. This was an impor- tant step to ensure that everything would be working when we turned the lights on last Saturday night at the tree-lighting ceremo- ny. The entire display came togeth- er over a five-day period. In addi- tion to Apple Electric, Town M~ntenance Supervisor Alvin Kaufman, Dewey Beach Market- ing Committee Chair Garland Williams and Dewey resident Gary Keith played key roles. Mayor Diane Hanson Town of Dewey Beach Help save DPR before it is too late Sussex County is about to lose one of its most valuable cultural assets. Not a group or facility lo- cated in the county, but one that blankets Sussex with arts and cul- tural programming plus news and information. For the second time in recent years, Salisbury University is at- tempting to close down its two public FM radio stations: WSCL (classical music) and WSDL (news and information), also who purchased the house and some of the land for his Garden Gourmet Restaurant. He said he started reshaping the house for a restaurant in November 1980 and oPened the next summer on June 10, 1981. McDonald operated the Gar- den Gourmet as one of the area's most acclaimed restau- rants until Dec. 31, 2000, follow- ing sale to the Sugrues. Cindy Martin also recalled that Dave Burris operated the Liberty Grill in the hous6 for a period of time after the Garden Gourmet. But now that's all history. Soon the old Phillips homestead Will be no more, and maybe that's for the best. Miss Flo- rence's house has already been in two locations and she's had a ton of company over the years - enough to tire out anyone, living or dead. As my grandfather used to say to my grandmother when the hour was getting late, "Honey, why don't we go to bed so these people can go home." Barefootin'- Continued from page 7 rounding land - including what is now Bay Vista and Seabreeze - until his death in 1952. His wife, Florence, arranged for others to farm the family holdings until her death in 1976. "They farmed everything from Bay Vista Road and Route 1 back to the original country club road," said Martin. "That house is at least 150 years old. My grandfather's parents farmed the land before them." Cindy Martin, married to Bob's brother, Bill, said the house originally sat farther back in the field than it does now. She said it was moved to its present location sometime in the 20th century. "When Miss Florence died in 1976," said Cindy, "Hal Doster opened one of the area's first art galleries in the house. I don't think it lasted very long." The next owner was chef and restaurateur John McDonald, known by their trademark, Del- marva Public Radio. The last time SU put the sta- tions up for sale, listeners, mem- bers, donors and underwriters (many from Sussex) rose up in wrath. SU backed down. This time, the termination is be- ing done with stealth. DPR has not had an experienced general man- ager for almost two years. Other staff, pressed into multiple duties, is shrinking by attrition. SU plans to knock down the radio station building next year and says it can't fred 3,500 square feet of replace- ment space anywhere on that huge and growing campus. While offering no audited figures, SU claims it can no longer afford DPR and threatens defunding in mid- 2013. As a way to temporarily keep DPR's valuable radio frequencies until they can be auctioned to the highest, non-public radio bidders, SU proposes to change the sta- tions' formats to canned, satellite- provided elevator music: classical lite on WSCL and adult album music on WSDL. Local program- ming, along with many favorite national programs, will disappear. Delmarva listener interest and fi- nancial support will weaken and the frequencies will be sold. As a former member of Delmar- va Public Radio's community ad- visory board, I urge all of Sussex County's DPR fans to let Salisbury University know how you feel about this sellout. Voices from Sussex helped save DPR once before. I'm sure we can do it again. Richard S. Contee Rehoboth Beach Jusst Sooup desperately needs funds ]usst Sooup has experienced a drop of over 80 percent in dona- tions since their new ranch was built. This is because many are under the impression it had re- ceived funds to support the pro- gram. The group received money as part of the Extreme Home Makeover build, but all of it is lim- ited to use related to maintaining the property. ]usst Sooup is cur- rently struggling to buy the food desperately needed to feed the homeless. As one of the many who volun- teered for the building of the ranch, I know what a gift it was to me. I saw the very best in people during my shift. Being able to give is a truly a gift because it allows the giver to feel connected, part of something good and reminded of what really matters. With the holidays upon us, per- haps there could be no better way to honor all that we are grateful for, than by giving to the ]usst Sooup Ranch. Donations can be sent to: ]usst Sooup Ranch, 18483 Cool Spring Road, Milton, DE 19968. Dr. Judith E. Pierson Lewes Lewes Senior Center says thanks to community On Nov. 3, the Lewes Senior Center hosted our Annual Holiday Bazaar. As with each bazaar and fundraiser, all monies raised are used throughout the year for the ongoing programs at our senior center. I would like to personally thank the staff of the senior center, because without them this bazaar would not have been possible. In addition, the board of direc- tors and the many members who stepped up to donate their time and talents deserve to be thanked - all their energies and support never go unnoticed. It is, however, the community at large that comes out to support our local en- deavours and fundraisers that makes them so successful. I specifically extend my thanks to our community for your sup- port of our senior center. We offer vital services to many people within our community, and with- out community support our pro- grams would be limited. Thank you again for supporting our an- nual fundraiser. Lisa Celik executive director Lewes Senior Center SEDAST appreciates support of Cape Gazette On behalf of the artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour, I'm writing to ex- press our sincere thanks to the staff of the Cape Gazette for your coverage of our 18th annual SEDAST tour and that of past years. You always support our tour, and it's greatly appreciated, not only by the tour group but by those attending the tour. The SEDAST tour is now one of the longest-running events of its kind in the nation. It is support like yours that has helped make our long run possible. The articles and photographs you publish highlight the skills of an ever-evolving group of juried artists who are dedicated to excel- lence as fine artists and craftspeo- ple, and help them by helping to draw hundreds of people to our annual Thanksgiving weekend event. As a consequence, you also help other businesses in the area, which benefit from the added visi- tors over the holiday weekend. Your support also helps area schoolchildren through promo- tion of the tour's annual Art in the Hat Raffle, which to date has raised and donated more than $30,000 to help students through local school arts programs in need of funding. More than $2,000 will be donat- ed this year, thanks in part to your efforts. Thank you, Cape Gazette. We're so glad we've got the sup- port of your community-spirited newspaper. Ellen Rice 2012 SEDAST public relations coordinator National guard, reserves deserve support As an active member of AMVETS and a supporter of our armed forces, I am urging your support for all of our National Guard and Reserve troops by moving S. 491, the Honor Ameri- ca's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act of 2011, out of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and to the floor for a full vote. This cost-neutral bill, which would not bestow any additional benefits, would authorize veteran status for National Guard and Re- serve members who are entitled to a reserve retirement at age 60, but were never called to active federal service (Title 10) during their careers. Drill training, annual training, active duty for training and Title 32, including border patrol duty, are currently not qualifying serv- ice to earn veteran status. These ~dividuals, currently designated as military retirees, are already entitled to military retired pay, TRICARE health coverage and many other veterans' benefits and therefore deserve to be recog- nized as veterans of the armed forces of the United States. While H.R.1025, the House ver- sion of this bill, was passed a year ago this week, the SVAC has been unable to move this bill forward. With Veterans Day just past, now is the time to urge your colleagues on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to expeditiously move this bill forward and to support its passage into law. Our career Na- tional Guard and reserve mem- bers deserve nothing less. George Bixby Greenwood Lewes Home Depot should be commended I went on Black Friday around 4:30 a.m. to the Lewes Home De- pot store to start shopping when the store opened at 5 a.m. At about 4:45 ~m., the entrance doors opened and two Home De- pot employees wheeled out a cart with a pleasant surprise for those waiting to enter the store: They brought out several dozen assorted Dunkin Donuts as well as three containers of coffee which were distributed complimentary to those awaiting the store open- ing. I don't know of any other business that welcomed their shoppers in this fashion. The management of the Home Depot should be commended for this ac- tion. They certainly acted with their best foot forward to wel- come shoppers. Other businesses should take note. Bill Staiger Rehoboth Beach Remember sacrifices being made overseas Please remember that, although the war is many miles away and we are relatively safe in our great country, there are still many of our Americans in.harm's way. Remember them in your prayers and speak to your young- sters about war and how we must work toward ending this way of settling differences. As a Vietnam combat veteran and a Marine who spent a Christ- mas away from home in a place called Vietnam, I know it was a lonely place to be. So please do whatever you can to remember the sacrifices being made. Semper Fidelis. Robert Corsa Angola