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Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2- MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 landowner can petition ! Cot Lak TI hou, Lake struction on ilver a travesty . Le stop-work order on the e being built at helSilver shoreline is verk g0od news. - 70 percent of the federal taxes. or don't give a damn, anc l you can wen [th. Big business income has kiss the look and feel of, mr town rise1240 percent ov the last 30 Everybody else, including the goodbye forever, yea s whiie the inco: n of the de- working poor, make too little to , J lmy L., atz clin ng middle class an l small add more than 30 percent to the tax revenues. Federal revenues are Milton business has remain d flatlined. Delawa eans enjoy their were never originally produced." Williams said 1948 is the last low-digit and vamty ags year that Delaware produced porcelain license tags. It switched that year to stainless Steel tags. available to peopl w lling to go There is a limited number of to DMV offices anti plunk down five-digit tags available through $1 Ofor historic r pr duction, the current program. Typically, blSck and white_sst Mess steel or they're tags that have either porcelain tags. tate gets a been turned in because people $20 cut out of eacl the sales have moved out of the state or of reproductioh t gs, all of they've expired and have not wl ich are produced bY the been renewed. Williams said an D laware Histori Plate Compa- equal number Of the available ny in Newark, Delaware. five-digit tags was distributed to According to D@laWare De-the DMV facilities in Newark, Lewes dog parkis a win-win situation read the Nov. 25 article about Lewes Un- hess and exercised enough. As if that weren't leashed and their efforts to get a dog park all the reason I'd need to desperately want a DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO ~N 2OO9, Delaware offered centennial tags to celebrate 100 years of car registra- tions in the state. When the owner went to Georgetown on the last day of the year - the day the centennial offer expired - he was able to cop a five-digit tag that was up as high bers available in those offices. If available. Yeah, yeah, I know, the tag Is expired. the highest one office runs out of theirs and aced when another office still has a lot left, similar program was announced but not often," said Williams. ioing porce- they could ask to have a few last spring, and all the tags were "For example, a man could die rag," said shipped their way." snatched up in fairly short order, without heirs. After a few ;e the compa- The current five-digit pro- Do four-digit, and even fewer- weeks, his tag could show up to : reproduc- gram ends when the available digit, tags ever become avail- be reissued. In that case the di- lmbers that tags are gone. Williams said a able? "Hypothetically they can, Continued on page 8 day on the car of a loqal gas- troenterologist - and they like their number tags, tM lower the as better, nu In early November, the Divi- laith{ sion of Motor Vehicle an- W nounced it had a passel of five- digit tags that it was iflaking ny tic veterans are homeless. How hor- s, you can only 36999. "That w tuber ever prod state was still a tags for every lliams. "Becau: is doing histori us, it can't do n elaware people like pa tment of Transpo :tation Wilmington, Dover and George- spgkesman Mike Williams; there town. "It was all done random- their license tags. is potential of 9 9q9 five-digit ly," said Williams, "so there They like tt eir vanity numbers avallabl to[put on tags. would be no favoritism. People tags- like BUt if you want 0Be 9fthe his- have to go to an office, and they NTESTIN tag I saw tl e other tofic reproductiofl p6rcelain can only select from the num- le town for a conditional use. Thi s is the way to go. If granted, the town re- It is mperative now Mt every le- approved in Lewes with great interest. As dog park within walking distance of town, let's mains in the driver's seat and re- gal leasure be taken -t y commu- a local I have long wondered in a town as not forget that it would also spare us dog own- tains oversight of the lan, l's devel- nity roups if not a ck ess mu- inclusive and progressive as ours, why haven't ers that awkward, no eye contact moment of opment, now and into th9 future, nicit al government - tolreverse we set aside space for a dog park? weirdness while our dogs greet each other in This includes challenges with this: nutilation of the sl oreline Like many people in this area I have had a their overly informal way while knotting up noise pollution,-heavy track traf- that wounds not just lake'ssuccession of good dogs, and like many dutiful their leashes and possibly taking down one or tic, hours of operation all the beat ty but the reputi Lti n of the dog owners, I have walked them on their leash- both owners in the process. comfortable chaos that cgmes neig lborhood an(i tk e Wider corn- es over what must amount to just under a mil- For many of our residents and visitors alike, a with industrial use. Did I mention mulfity. The cinderblock wall that lion miles (give or take) around town, the dog park would solve more issues than it that the land is bordered by resi- Sticks out of the water makes no would cause. If those who have said they don't dential neighborhoods a0d situat- environmental, aestl et c or good beaches and the state park. ed on one of Milton s en- neighborly sense. It h tfld be torn The thought of watching the unadulterated want a-dog park in town would actually go and trance-ways into its historic dis- dow and the shorel n 's beauty joy with which my black lab launched into the visit one and see how well-maintained and trict? Whir give away store as restgred, bay chasing after her tennis ball still brings a well-loved they are by regular, responsible Milton has so often lon ? Will we RChoboth's freshv at r lakes - smile to myface. She wasl of course, unleashed users, I ink they might change their minds. finally stand firm and speak up Silver Lake, Lake Get ar and Lake at the time. The beach was one of the only Wouldn t it be better for all the town dogs to against light industrial ol allow fu- Conlegys - are three bur many places I could take her where she didn t have to have a place to congregate and play, thereby al- lowing those who don't like dogs less chances cure Miltonians oversigh of this natu ral resources. Ju ;t lpoking at be confined and was free to be her perfectly in,town industrial park? this agly wall and vL, ualizing the doggie self. to run into unleashed or unfriendly dogs all What's it going to be? i'm nO biza're house that w)u d be built Now I have a smallish, less-than-bright mutt over the place? That smells like a win-win situ- great visionary, but the c trds are upo l it should inspi e very prop- who suffers from a lack of appreciation for the ation to this girl. on the table, peopie; we, rill have erty owner, shopkee] resident, beach (so I can't take him there) as well as a Even though one of my favorite memories of poorly planned and und ecked scl{c )1 teacher and b right student lack Of common sense not to run off after the my childhood in Lewes is of our town dogs, development run amok. it will be in tc to become e: Mronmental first tempting smell on the wind or something Barkley and Mable respectively, (they were no- like projects that have be en built gum tians of these laKe , shiny, The last time he got away I drove all ble creatures who roamed the streets of Lewes in the past where develo)ments Philip Barbara over town for 45 panicky minutes looking for Unfettered as ambassadors of slobber and good don't get bonded, roads on't get eh both Beachhim. When I finally found him he was in the will who were well loved by all us kids) I think paved, neighborhoods g, t contin- I I. middle of Savannah Road in front of The But- Lewes has moved past those freewheeling, un- ualflooding, and developments Wealtliy corporations " tery, barking at traffic. (I saidhes notbright. 1 leashed doggie days. We need a dog park in ,o ---- -- d" . , . .. are planned, approved, sgld and are ru[lflg the ,e t love him anyway.) Lewes! If points in northern Delaware can fig- never finished. Without an available dog park to allow spirit- ure it out in regard to the town s liability and Who pays for the development After recently visiting Eastern ed little fellows such as mine to meet and play insurance, surely so can we. We may be lower, or light industrial zoning that goes EurOpe and tens of l al ces, the with other dogs and generally have the ability but we aren t slower. unchecked for years without the unelual dis ributio o wealth to run unleashed to his heart's content, I'm re- " Rachel Long town requiring bonds or planning was undeniable bacl the day duced to military tactics to keep him in his har- Lewes hearings from the devek pers? We kin s and queens. Manic econo- do! misl s see a similar inequity that Numbers talk; take a s :and, has )ccurred in the United States speakout, and come to t le meet- oveJ the last 30 year . I ax enforce- The rising fortunes ofthe i per- the lowest they have been in 60 rific is that for the richest country ing Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. met t of the Shermm L A nti-Trust cent have not raised the fortunes years. We have revenue and a in the world? Bear in mind that in the library. Help deny this re- law , enacted in 189( ,t as allowed of the other 99 percent like it was spending pr0blem.The wealthiest this downward social mobility zoning request and win ,:ondition- cort orate monopolii,.slo dotal- supposed to do in the trickle- can't even dream of ways to spend trend has been going on for 30 al use. hate the business in( u try, push- down theor The global financial their vast StEmS of wealth, that is years. The landowner devek his hag ,.;mall businesses arid unions collapse nevertheless did not stop unless they manufacture'gold Cheer up! Help is On the way to land as the town holds ti iht to off ( f or to the back fiche bargain- bonuses for Wall Street. crowns and thrones and build keep our economy afloat. We need what it has always hope( for. a ing able. One perce: it pow con- Of course, it is true that the top palaces again. We are looking a balanced approach of long-term wonderfifl town on the t,roadkill, trol 40 percent ofth s Country's 10 percent of the wealthiest pay more and more like a Middle East spending cuts with increasing tax Third World country every day, revenues. In 2012. the Bush tax One out of six Americans are in cuts for the wealthiest Americans poverty and 49 million are with- expire as well as their privileged out health insurance. One in fourContinued on page 8