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t Delaware Cape Region history in photographs Letters Continued from page 6 situation and it is we who are going to have to work to find a solution to this issue. We must now decide whether we are just going to stand here and bleed or try and do something to bandage things up. That deci- sion is going to be revealed on Dec. 28 at a public meeting to dis- cuss the situation. If the meeting starts with an adversarial tone, then that is likely the end of the discussion. If the assertions that Highway One is blackmailing the town that were heard at the last town meet- ing are allowed to predominate the discussion, then that will end the discussion as well. In other words, if we choose to fire anoth- er shot, we will likely hit our- selves in the other foot. Graham Smith Dewey Beach We must let ourselves be heard I agree with State Treasurer Jack Markell when he states, "the Public Service Commission has not done all it can to encourage suppliers of alternative energy". (Gazette, Dec. 22) He calls it "unfortunate;" I call it a travesty that environmental impact weighs in at only four out of 100 points in the formula to choose a long term energy con- tract. Environmental issues should have a huge impact on this deci- sion, especially for Delaware. This decision is setting the stage for decades to come. This deci- sion will affect our children, their children, their children and on and on. Shouldn't it be based on secur- ing the safest, cleanest, healthiest conditions possible? Citizens of Delaware, let your- selves be heard. We need to sup- port alternative - wind and solar - energy -now. Constance Peterson Lewes Cape senior center thanks supporters On Nov. 21, a free thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens was held at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center. This first-time-ever social and fellowship gathering was made possible by anonymous donors. A thank you is not enough for all that you do; staff, volunteers and anonymous donors. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, ded- ication, and commitment to our senior center. Please accept our expressions of deep admiration and gratitude for being a giver and supporter of our many requests. And thank you for making a difference in the lives of those who benefited from this special day. It is the support of caring, and considerate people like you that makes our senior center so special. Fran Hale Outreach Coordinator Cape Henlopen Senior Center Rehoboth Beach CAPE GAZETTE - Wednesday, December 27 - Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7 Photo courtesy of Lib Smith A different era at Cap and Lib's filling station, Waples Pond Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in office as president of the United States during World War Two when Cap and Lib Moore operated a gasoline filling station alongside Waples Pond just north of Milton. Coastal Liquors now occupies the property where the Refuge Tavern used to stand. Cap and Lib converted the filling station building to a tavern after they operated the pumps for several years. "We ran the tavern for eight to ten years before Cap got himself a job as a magistrate," remembers Lib - now Lib Smith. "When we had the filling station we sold thousands of gal- Ions for 14 and 9110 cents a gallon. Roosevelt had put a ceiling on the price of lots of things. That was the good old days and we didn't even know it." The price, as is shown in this pho- tograph, later rose to 24 and 9110 cents per gallon, before the end of the war. Lots of people heading to the beach topped off their tanks at Cap and Lib's. We must seek alternative energy sources now In a couple of months, Delaware will embark upon a new course. Due to the requirements for increased energy, we have to choose among available potential sources of energy. For the most part, many of us have heard about the benefits of the new coal technology We are told that it is a relatively low cost way to solve our energy demands and prepare for the future. And so on the surface at least, it doesn't sound like it requires our atten- tion. But that would be very wrong on our part. As good concerned citizens, we need to know exactly what we are leaving ourselves open for. The truth is that what we hear from the government and industry spokespersons is not the full or honest story of what is coming. For example, two weeks ago, CBS, Citizens for a Better Sussex, met with a spokesperson for the University of Delaware who explained to us through charts, maps and other tools, the present state of wind power can meet all of our energy requirements with- out contributing to global warm- ing. The technology has come a . long way; it is relatively inexpen- COMMENTARY Aaron Friedlieb sive to start up; and the benefits to the people are immense. In short, there is virtually no downside to wind energy. You might ask why should global warming concern us? The government has really failed to be fully explicit or com- prehensive in what it has told the people. It has not, for the most part, informed the people of the consequences of global warming which virtually every unencum- bered scientist not working for the government says is real and impacting our climate as we speak. Let's cut to the chase: If you look at the projected computer maps offered up by the Department of Oceanography at the University of Delaware, you can begin to see the effects over the short term by a serious eroded shoreline that extends upwards across the state to the New Jersey border. Not the best thing for a state that is mindful of its place as a resort destination. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. If you proj- ect out to between 50 and 100 years - if we do nothing to change the status quo - you will see a totally different picture of Delaware: A Delaware that is completely underwater. There is no doubt in most seri- ous scientists' minds that global warming is here and operative. Right now, ocean temperatures are rising and the ocean must deal with other challenges resulting from the burning of fossil fuels. We are already seeing the oceans under particular stress that will be harmful to species and recovery. What the coal industry does not tell us is that while improvements have been made to the processing of coal, the problems associated with the burning of fossil fuels have not been eliminated includ- ing the emissions of toxic by- products into the atmosphere or the oceans including mercury that has been considered the leading industrial cause of retardation and other dangerous medical condi- tions in the state. Therefore, if we go ahead with the planned meth- ods of more of the same, we will be inviting continued global warming. This will lead to an increase in melting of the Greenland cap and the break up of Antarctica and a growing water level that will ulti- mately submerge all coastal areas that are not 50 inches or more above sea level. There is also a great danger that by ignoring the effects of global warming, the converse may appear and that is the start of a mini Ice Age. This has happened before resulting in the death of untold species. The bottom line is that we don't have to subject ourselves to this possibility if we act promptly and contact the governor and our rep- resentatives and have them con- tact the agencies responsible for voting our future. Let them know that we under- stand what our alternatives are here and that we are committed to clean energy. We also' have an opportunity here to act as a bell- wether to begin the campaign for Clean Energy for America. According to estimates fur- nished by the UD, it is possible with 56,000 wind mills placed way out in the ocean that we will not only fulfill all of our own needs but that we can export cheap energy to the rest of the North Eastern United States and save money in our own state. This may be our last chance to vote our hopes and aspirations and to express our desire for air that is clear and water free of toxic chemicals. This should be to most citizens of Delaware the kind of legacy that they would like to leave for future generations. In the beginning of January, CBS will sponsor in conjunction with the U of D another sympo- sium on alternative energy; it is hoped that many more concerned citizens will attend along with our representatives who should be manning the barricades to intro- duce new technology to forestall the effects of global warming.. This will be held at the Lewes library. For more information, contact joandeaver Les Aaron Friedlieb is a resi- dent of Lewes and a member of Citizens for a Better Sussex County.