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WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We re- serve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; or preferably email newsroom@ Letters » Weather Picture » Editorial » Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, edi- tor; Dave Frederick, sports editor emeritus; Laura Ritter, news editor; Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor; and Nick Roth, sports editor. For local weather, including highs and lows see page 1 » Viewpoints 6 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 Cape Gazette Most responders against non-gender restrooms Should all public restrooms be non- gender specific?: Yes 21% No 75% Not sure 4% The total of votes counted was 731. To participate in the current web poll, go to Web Poll » Cape Gazette Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Sports Editor Emeritus, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Associate Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 Sports Editor, Nick Roth, Ext. 317 Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 NEWS Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 Melissa Steele, Ext. 336 Chris Flood, Ext. 335 Molly MacMillan Nathalie Willard, Ext. 339 SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth Frederick Schranck PROJECT SPECIALIST Roberta Surra, CONTRIBUTORS Denise Clemons Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Rob Rector John McDonald Bob Yesbek Chris Wildt WEB MANAGER Catherine M. 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Address all correspondence to :  Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958 Telephone: 302-645-7700 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213 Lewes, DE 19958 Volume 24 No. 59 Trails vital as healthcare costs soar H ealthcare costs continue to soar. Many local companies are struggling with annual increases in the cost of in- surance in the 15- to 20-percent range. Those increases are not sustainable. High deductible plans to insure against catastrophic illnesses have become the norm, but deductibles alone are making it unaffordable to be sick. To stay away from deductibles, we have to stay healthy. Most of the money spent on healthcare relates to problems arising from lifestyle choices. One choice contributing to good health is spending time outdoors. Those of all ages who get outside are naturally more active and less prone to problems related to weight. Those living in Sussex have access to many affordable and public outdoor opportunities including impressive trails for cycling, running and walking. They improve our quality of life and encourage more people to get outdoors. They also offer another reason for companies to move here who want desirable amenities for employees. The Lewes to Georgetown trail, in progress along the railroad right-of-way, will eventually extend from middle Sussex to Cape Henlopen State Park. It will be the centerpiece of the county’s evolving trail system. As noted in the new, draft comprehensive land use plan for Sussex, the trail’s anticipated completed length of 18 miles will make it the state’s longest. It will provide close connections between more than 15 communities – representing thousands of homes – along its alignment, and a safer, healthier and more pleasant way to visit friends and neighbors. The state’s decision to close the railroad be- tween Lewes and Cool Spring because of the unsafe canal railroad bridge will save millions in trail construction costs. Dual surfaces won’t be required as in the original rail-with-trail plan. That means more of the trail can be built sooner, starting in 2018, including a safe un- derpass crossing of Route 1 at Nassau. That’s good news to celebrate as 2017 draw to a close. RON MACARTHUR PHOTO THERE’RE HERE. The arrival of snow geese in the Cape Region is a sure sign that winter can’t be far away. Comp plan must address affordable housing Because of out-of-state travel commitments, I was unable to attend Sussex County Council’s Dec. 13 Public Comment Work- shop on the Housing element (chapter) of the 2018 Compre- hensive Plan. I did submit my comments under the Housing chapter at so that our council members would be aware of my position on this criti- cally important topic. Housing and food security are interdepen- dent, comprising two of our most basic human needs, the needs of all Sussex County residents. Section 8.3.5 of the Housing Element states, “Sussex County has an Affordable Housing Sup- port Policy and supports the development of affordable hous- ing in Sussex County.” However, at the present time inclusionary affordable housing ordinances are not mandatory. This is the crux of the problem. As long as the county maintains its posi- tion that providing its residents with affordable rental and housing-purchase opportunities is optional for all stakeholders, the housing problems currently confronting Sussex residents will only continue to grow. Contrary to the position recently voiced by one of our councilmen, it is possible to create affordable inclusionary housing in all areas of the county. To ignore this reality merely re- flects a profound lack of imagina- tion, as well as the historic lack of political will to address the housing needs of all segments of Sussex’s population. The 2018 Comprehensive Plan must lay the groundwork for our council to draft, and adopt, mandatory ordinances to address Sussex’s workforce housing needs. I urge Sussex County Council to immediately research and adopt creative approaches to addressing the housing needs of all economic segments of our population. Within our county and state, knowledgeable stake- holders concerned with Sussex’s housing crisis have suggested strategies that have been suc- cessfully implemented in other forward-thinking jurisdictions across the country. Our council- men just need to demonstrate the political will necessary to imple- ment these ideas. Sue Claire Harper Rehoboth Beach Throw stake through heart of LLC vote The following letter was sent to the Rehoboth Beach Mayor and Commissioners with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. We note reports the new Rehoboth Beach city administra- Continued on page 7