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8 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 VIEWPOINTS Cape Gazette every day, going to work and making beer and helping us achieve explosive growth dur- ing one of the most competi- tive times in America for beer. They’re the real unsung heroes in the company.” Explosive growth? Explosive hardly describes what’s hap- pened over the past 22 years. Sam said when Dogfish came on the scene in 1995, there were 600 commercial breweries in the U.S. with a new one com- ing online at a pace of about one per week. “Now,” he said, “there are 6,000 breweries in the U.S. with two new commer- cial breweries coming online every day. In America, the volume of beer sales is actually down by about 1 percent. But craft beer sales are up 4 to 5 per- cent, and Dogfish is running 18 to 19 percent ahead. Fortunately our engineering team is stay- ing ahead of the growth. It’s all very humbling.” Sam was in Los Angeles and San Francisco meeting with people who are “repping this little brewery in Delaware - so far away. Every box of beer we ship out there has a map of coastal Delaware printed on it.” Now, back to SeaQuench Ale. Sam said it is the fastest grow- ing beer in Dogfish history. “It’s intensely flavored,“ he said. “We set out to objectively brew the most thirst-quenching beer Dogfish has ever brewed. We did lots of measuring. We collaborated with beverage scientists - people who used to work with the Gatorade insti- tution - to get the right mix of electrolytes and minerals. We worked at the microbiology level to craft the recipe for SeaQuench. I think that’s the reason why this beer has found the white space it has.” In terms of volume of beer, SeaQuench Ale, according to Sam, is on a growth trajectory that will soon make it Dogfish’s second largest selling beer, behind 60 Minute. “I think it’s going to eclipse our 90 Minute - which is now our second-largest seller - in the first half of 2018. It’s on pace to be the No. 1 ses- sion sour beer in the country. [Session beer is defined as beer with alcohol less than 5 percent by volume.] “My friends at Sierra Nevada also have their Otra Vez in the session-sour category and they’re doing well with that. But I think we’re on pace to eclipse Otra Vez.” Sam said Dogfish plans to spend $10 million in 2018 for capital improvements, including larger tanks. “We’re set up to produce over 300,000 barrels of sold beer in 2018. But we built our facility to be able to expand to 600,000 barrels.” So, will there come a time in the near future when Dogfish has to turn those roots it’s nur- turing on the West Coast into another brewing facility? “We can get to twice our current size with our existing facility. We’re already looking at adding another 30-40 jobs in 2018. I’d say we have about a four- to five-year runway before we start contemplating building another facility.” But that might not be enough to keep Sam occupied and looking for the next trend to get ahead of. In the meantime, is he writing or considering writing another book to talk about his company’s continuing evolu- tion? Sam laughed. “If I start think- ing about another book the title will have to be Why I Got Divorced. Mariah [Sam’s wife and partner in Dogfish Head] definitely has an opinion on that idea.” Barefootin’ Continued from page 7 and in Rehoboth Beach. With Congress moving to pass “tax reform” which will take money and benefits from those with the least, and give it to the wealthy individuals and corporate interests, and with Rehoboth try- ing to give voting rights to entities and diluting individual votes, we threaten to place corporate power over individual rights. This smacks of corporate greed which has always destroyed neighborhood businesses and increases the disparity between rich and poor. Please remember when you go to the polls who really repre- sents you and not the corporate entities. We stand where we are now because so few people cared enough to vote or were fooled by politicians who sold us a bill of goods, paid for by corporations. Peter Schott Rehoboth Beach Tax bill threatens catastrophe for seniors The GOP House tax bill, recently passed, is a catastrophe for those in nursing homes or assisted living or needing home- health assistance whose invest- ments are being drained to pay for their care while earnings on investments will be taxed without the ability to deduct them as medical expenses. Current law permits deduction for medical expenses exceeding 10 percent of gross income. While this change is not in the Senate bill, it could become law if it survives the reconciliation process. Such expenses vary widely by region and care required, but according to a recent survey, they are approaching a median (mid point) per year range in the U.S. of $50,000 for a home-health aide to $100,000 per year in a nursing Home (Genworth). As reported in the Nov. 7 USA Today, more people are living longer, and more than half of 85-year-olds will likely develop Alzheimer’s with which they may need to live for eight to 10 years to death. If this provision becomes tax law not only those in long- term care but all who have excessive uninsured medical costs will be driven to the ranks of those on Medicaid. Oh, but that, too, is currently under the gun of the healthcare debate. Maybe we just need to return to “putting grandma/pa on the ice flow.” Oh, but with current rejection of environmental planning there won’t be ice flows in the future, so we may be left with just “throw- ing her/him under the bus.” Is that legal? Well, laws are made by people. Would that be ethical? What is ethics? Richard F. Kauffman Lewes Tax reform: Rising tides lift all yachts Every once in a blue moon, one gets an opportunity to discuss politics with a member of the opposition party. One of my neighbors seemingly does not appreciate the social safety net programs set up to balance out the scales of liberty and justice for all. Need I remind him that not too long ago, minorities were prohibited from joining blue col- lar unions. Safety nets are needed for survival. I did not appreciate the monolithic corporations that have gained political and eco- nomic power over the country while scapegoating unions, who in contrast, have always attempt- ed to help their workers receive a living wage, along with providing decent healthcare benefits and safe working conditions. We should all know that the Constitution advocated due pro- cess as well as providing for the general welfare of all Americans. However, ignorance, greed and discrimination go side by side with our hypocritical pledge to the flag that we are a nation “indi- visible with liberty and justice for all.” These hypocrisies continue to prevent us from attempting to form a more perfect union. Wouldn’t you kneel to bring at- tention to reform issues that we have to stand up for and address? Alleged tax reform for middle- class Americans was presented in the opposition party’s false assumption that a rising tide (tax breaks for the monopoly corpora- tions) lifts all boats, resulting in more and better-paying jobs. Not true. The present tax reform bill for middle-class Americans is a hoax. Supply side trickle-down eco- nomics over the last few decades, aka voodoo economics coined by George Bush Sr., has continually failed to raise all boats. Instead these monolithic corporations greedily reinvest their earnings to their stockholders and into CEO multi-million-dollar pay raises. Then they pay off their outstand- ing debts to balance their books. Next, they merge with other big corporations resulting in fewer jobs. To add insult to injury to the American people, corporations continue to take their busi- nesses overseas for cheap labor to further bolster their profits along with setting up overseas tax havens. Their lobbyists are then sent to Washington with coffers of campaign contributions to have legislation passed to help them further bolster their political buy- ing power and profits. They have a big competitive advantage over small mom-and-pop businesses. Wow, is the system rigged big time! What ever happened to more legislation that benefits the aver- age Joe and Jane among us. The average middle-class American will be getting an $800 to $1,200 tax break for the next seven years (do the research) before they expire, unlike the corporation tax breaks. And by the way, Medicare and Social Security and education funds are next on the chopping block to pay for the $1.5 trillion tax-cut deficit coming your way along with new bogus legislation to further benefit our wealthiest such as repealing estate taxes. We will be well on our way to cutting out lives earlier and cutting edu- cattion for our children, instead of cutting the federal deficit without sufficient healthcare and retirement saving. Yes, we are be- ing taken for a ride, neighbor, on the rising tide that lifts all yachts. Who among us can afford a yacht? Make America great again. How so? Bill Clemens Smyrna Schools have different responsibilities I was essentially saddened by retired Brig. Gen. Reid K. Beveridge’s commentary on transgendered students in the Cape Gazette issue of Dec. 12. His scattergun review of the situation seemed aimed solely at fault-finding – Democrats, President Obama, misguided school authorities - and singularly lacked compassion and empathy for the youngsters engaged in such personal turmoil. Taking Beveridge at his word, were it not for bathrooms and school sports locker rooms, this subject needn’t be raised. In fact, his disdain for trans- gender children is the primary attitude permeating his com- mentary: transgender youngsters only need hormone treatments; he judges gender by voice timbre rather than accepting the speak- er’s self-designation; the military’s management of the issue among adults should be the model for schools and kids; and the design of school bathrooms and locker rooms is the predominant prob- lem in addressing these intensely personal circumstances. His disdain even extends to male stu- dents in general, claiming school boys will urinate anywhere if deprived of urinals. That Beveridge even thinks he has standing on this topic is the clearest evidence that his commentary is pure projection of his own moral hysteria. While he asserts he is qualified to speak on behalf of God or nature’s “laws,” the whole article makes one wonder what in his personal life explains the heat this issue clearly has for him that he lashes out so. Schools are not parents and have different responsibilities. They are not competitive with each other. School administrators should be encouraged to address trans- gender circumstances with care and concern for the affected youngsters in their custody, and as long as they do so, they de- serve our support. Policies along those lines will go a long way to engendering comradeship among all students and reducing the basis for bully- ing, as well as helping ease the turmoil being experienced by those undergoing transgender upheavals. Tony Codella Rehoboth Beach Government shouldn’t interfere with gender At 87 years old, I grew up as an only child in a single-parent world (dad abandoned us), mov- ing from rental room to room as was available at the time. I went to school hungry at times, clothing never in style, sometimes leading to bullying and/or mean comments by oth- ers. The Marine Corps entered my life at 17 years of age where I learned commitment and respon- sibility as a way of life. My lovely wife of 65 years is living proof of that. I am not one to respond to everything I disagree with; however this article is so over the top I simply had to. We need teachers and instructors today with the freedom and initiative to do what they are expected to do - teach and correct as needed on the spot, in the classroom. Parents should be responsible for gender and name choices until proven incapable of same, not any government agency. Ed Gilpin Milton There could be consequences for society It was only about a year ago that Vice President-elect Mike Pence was publicly mocked and ridiculed, mostly by the press, Democrats, liberals and femi- nists, when he said that he had a personal policy of never being alone with a woman other than his wife. Recent revelations of men behaving inappropriately to women, in government, the press, business, and entertainment, now suggests that these critics appear to be fools, hypocrites, or both. It is indeed unfortunate that a honest, decent, religious man was attacked because he chooses to live his faith and was not afraid to reveal it. Perhaps if more people followed his lead, and lived by the tenet, “lead me out of temptation, and deliver me from evil,” rather than just mouthing it, perhaps we would have a much better society. While many of the accusations against these men are probably Letters » Continued on page 10