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tion continues to deal with voting issues such as term limits, auto- matic voter roll purging, etc. But we also note, with very deep concern, reported plans to “table” (and not get rid of once and for all) the LLC voting plan backed so strongly, so suddenly, and without much backup data by the mayor and commission- ers McGuiness and Schlosser, apparently a new voting bloc. Overwhelming public opinion against this LLC scheme shown by testimony at a recent town hall meeting, letters to the mayor and commissioners, and a poll in a recent Cape Gazette all strongly suggest an immediate vote to dis- card and not “table” this wildly- unpopular Idea. Drive a stake through the heart of the LLC vote vampire now and get on with the people’s business. Stan and Betsey Heuisler Rehoboth Beach Insufficient public transportation a problem What does the Lewes Christmas Parade, the Rehoboth Christmas Parade, Rehoboth Holiday Farmers Market, the Milton Holiday Tree Lighting, Long Neck Christmas Fair, Lewes in Bloom Christmas Market, Milford Festival of Trees, Rehoboth Art League Holiday Open House, Zwaaanendal Holiday Bazaar, the Dagsboro Railroad Club all have in common? They all occur on Saturdays! Did you guess that? The other common factors are that they are all held in Sussex County, and they are not accessible by DART bus riders. The people who ride the buses comprise mostly low-income poor and retirees on a fixed income. In fact, there are no buses running at all on Saturdays and Sundays from September to the middle of May! These citizens are denied access to many activities every weekend, because for more than 14 years, DelDOT has not kept up with the economic growth of this county. The needs of the poor have been ignored. Without public transportation on the weekends, they cannot go shopping on the weekends, attend art shows, music concerts and church activities, much less be employed at a restaurant, store or a medical facility where weekend work is required. I lived in Lewes in 2004, and there were no weekend buses then either. There has been tremendous growth in housing and the busi- ness sector since then. Why hasn’t DelDOT kept up with this growth? I spoke to DART in 2004 about this lack, and I’ve been riding the buses in Sussex County again since September 2015. I’ve reported this to them at a public workshop Feb. 23 in Seaford. They recorded my testimony, and I also spoke to several of their top administration after my testimony. In Sussex County, the buses are managed by an outside company that is not unionized like the other two counties in Delaware. I was told by a supervisor of the compa- ny that not being unionized, gives them more freedom to do what needs to done. I told them about three bus shelters with glass partitions that are broken out, and they have been this way for more than two years! These are at Five Points shopping center and in front of the Giant supermarket in Rehoboth. As of today, they are still not repaired. So “Granny” gets soaking wet and windblown while waiting for the bus! “Lilly” the nursemaid’s uniform gets drenched, and “Dan and Becca’s” college portfolios get all smeary! And by the way, I saw the Tanger Outlets shuttle shelter across the street from the Giant supermarket. It’s in great shape! I called the man- ager of the Tanger Outlets to find out who manages the outlet shuttle shelters. He told me they are man- aged by DelDOT. Susan Duck Lewes We are being sold a bill of goods with tax reform Several years ago I wrote a letter to the editor describing that I thought this nation was becoming a corporatocracy and losing its status as a democracy. In a democracy, power is derived from the consent of the governed. In a corporatocracy power is derived from the consent of the corporation. The same corporate entities which brought us the Wall Street crisis, a failing infrastructure, a broken health insurance system, and a banking crisis are now mak- ing a comeback both nationally D ogfish Head debuted its SeaQuench Ale in 2014 when it first opened its doors to Chesapeake and Maine in Rehoboth Beach. The session sour beer joined cocktails on tap, and revolutionary smoky sea salt-infused oysters, as new Dogfish products introduced when the restaurant opened. In 2017, its popularity gain- ing a foothold in the dog-eat- dog American beer market, SeaQuench Ale earned Brew- bound magazine’s Product of the Year Award. The Cape Ga- zette published a press release about the award in its Dec. 8 edition. Look for more details about the award there. The story warranted more insight so I tracked down Dog- fish’s Sam Calagione. He’s been on the West Coast attending beer events in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and doing read- ing from his books detailing the rise of Dogfish. Sam made big statements worth passing along. First, he noted that this is the first year that the number of Millen- nials - people born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s - has surpassed the number of Generation Xers and Baby Boomers. “Millennials like craft beers; they like independent brewers; they like lower alcohol drinks, and they like flavor-full drinks. That’s different than the early days of Dogfish when we were brewing Midas Touch and 90-Minute. Their alcohol content is closer to wine. The Millennials are really influenc- ing style and lower alcohol levels.” He said SeaQuench Ale is brewed with lime juice, black limes, lime peel, sea salt and enough hops to make it an authentic beer. He said it is also appealing to Pinot Gris, Margar- ita and Michelob Ultra drinkers. “I mention Michelob Ultra,” said Sam, “because SeaQuench is low alcohol and low carb.” More about how Dogfish worked its SeaQuench recipe for marketability in a bit, but first and foremost, Sam talked about his co-workers. Dogfish Head’s unsung heroes “It’s people first and recipe second. We projected a 10 percent increase in beer sales in 2017, but with SeaQuench’s popularity and our other beers doing well, we’re running 18 percent ahead of last year. That’s a big change in what we get out each week,” said Sam. “That’s our co-workers in brewing, packaging, overall operations and shipping. We’ve had to step up with overtime shifts, weekend work. Of our 300 total co-workers, more than 100 of them are in brewing operations. They’re living here in Sussex. They’re getting up Continued on page 8 Letters » Continued from page 6 Dennis Forney » BAREFOOTIN’ I n a recent issue of the Cape Gazette, two letters to the editor mischaracterized my position on the use of naloxone. Sold under the brand name Narcan, as well as others, naloxone can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose within a few minutes of being administered. Paramedics throughout our state carry nal- oxone as part of their standard gear and have saved the lives of numerous opioid addicts who have overdosed on heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioid drugs. I have never argued that using naloxone was detrimental. In fact, in 2014 I supported the passage of Senate Bill 219, giving opioid addicts’ friends and family easier access to the drug. I think this was a prudent law, providing those closest to a person with a known pro- pensity for opioid abuse a better opportunity to render life-saving assistance. Earlier this year, I backed the enactment of Senate Bill 48 (as amended) shielding pharma- cists from civil, criminal, and professional li- ability when they dispensed naloxone in good faith under specified conditions. The practi- cal effect of the law is that it made naloxone available over-the-counter, following a brief training on appropriate use. However, I opposed a law authorizing police officers to carry and administer Naloxone. This law leaves the decision to utilize the drug with the leadership of each police agency. Some departments have chosen to require their officers to carry, while others have not. My main issue with this statute is not nal- oxone. Rather, by giving police officers duties assigned customarily to paramedics, I believe the law has placed law-enforcement agencies on a dangerous slippery slope, potentially leading them to perform an increasing num- ber of medical interventions in the field. This blurring of professional responsibilities could ultimately lead to decreased effectiveness that places the lives of both citizens and first responders at greater risk. Although a valuable asset, naloxone treats only a single symptom of the prevalent abuse of opioid drugs. As policy-makers grapple with this challenge, I think we need to fully appreciate the nature of this societal addic- tion. While some habitual users became inadver- tently addicted through the legitimate use of liberally prescribed opioid pain medications, many others made deliberate decisions to il- licitly acquire and ingest these substances. Sadly, many addicts have no interest in end- ing their dependence. Nearly every medical first responder with whom I have discussed naloxone has had an experience of using the drug to repeatedly revive the same person several times over the span of a few days and, in some cases, multiple times in a single day. Naloxone has provided a desirable safety net with the unintended effect of shielding heavy opioid abusers from the potentially deadly consequences of their actions. I am not suggesting opioid addicts should be placed at greater risk, but it could be argued that the widespread availability of naloxone has re- duced the dangers associated with overdosing and removed a factor that might have other- wise motivated abusers to seek help. For those genuinely interested in cutting their tether to opioid drugs, I support doing all we can to expand access to treatment for these individuals. State Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton Smyk responds to letters on naloxone Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 7 DOGFISH HEAD PHOTO CASES OF DOGFISH HEAD’S fastest growing beer - Sea Quench Ale - come off the canning line at the Milton brewery. Dogfish’s SeaQuench riding tide of Millennials’ influence Continued on page 8