Letters to the Editor — November 8, 2013

Reader an admirer of photographer’s work


I have been meaning to write this letter to the editor since I met your wonderful photographer, R. Chris Clark, this past summer at the Boardwalk Craft Fair.

He takes the most beautiful and inspiring pictures for your newspaper. He catches “the moment” in every shot. I told him that I hope he never leaves the Coastal Point, although I know that a person with his talent often moves on.

I guessed correctly that the Editor Darin J. McCann writes some of the great captions under his pictures ... smile. So, thank you, Chri,s and thank you, Coastal Point, for making my day every Thursday.

Sue Cutter
Ocean View

Morality in ‘Indian’ River High and SMS?


“Immorality is the active opposition to morality, while amorality is variously defined as an unawareness of, indifference toward, or disbelief in any set of moral standards or principles.” An example of a moral code is the Golden Rule, which states, “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” Regretfully, the majority within IRHS & SMS cheer their “Indian” mascot images and name in spite of documented evidence of the harm it imposes.

The same people of the IRSD appear to not accept the 8th, 9th & 10th Commandments as a moral measure of their use of “Indians.” Did the IRHS & SMS “STEAL” or legally purchase the rights to their “Indian” mascot images?” Does the IRHS & SMS present a “FALSE WITNESS” with their “Indian” mascot images disconnect with living people and U.S. History studies? Does the IRHS & SMS “COVET” the property of others with their “Indian” images and cheers?

Oddly, the Nanticoke & Lenni Lenape Tribal leadership finds no harm to “Indians” as used within the IRSD. How do the descendants of those who survived the “Millsboro Reservation” find no harm historically or in the present?

Dwanna L. Robertson, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, an assistant Professor at Kansas State University, a writer for Indian Country Today Media Network, a public sociologist states, “The Native people of America need to rid themselves of the apathy and start caring about how their images are used or abused. We owe it to our present generations, our children and the memory of our ancestors who paid such a dear price for us to be here today, to do so.”

Dwanna L. Robertson further stated, “Make no mistake. Playing Indian is racist — in no way different from wearing blackface or participating in minstrel shows-because it collapses our distinct cultures into one stereotypical racialized group. Even worse, because playing Indian is deemed socially acceptable (e.g., normal), any other racial or ethnic group may now participate-without ever recognizing the inherent racism in doing so.”

How could we be unaware of the harm our “Indian” cheers and images advances unless we do not care or worse, “… we are practitioners of immorality, the active opposition to morality?”

Lloyd E. Elling
Ocean View

Trainer thankful for Parkinson’s expert


I would just like to thank the Sussex County Parkinson’s Education & Support Group for bringing Becky Farley, PhD, to our area.

Becky G. Farley, PhD, is a researcher, physical therapist, neuroscientist and Parkinson’s exercise specialist. She is the founder of PWR!, which is a method used to truly implement “Exercise as Medicine” for people with PD. She has been in the area for the last four days teaching her program, PWR!

As a personal trainer here in Bethany Beach, I was able to attend her workshop. It was a phenomenal training class. I now have a better understanding of the disease and feel much more capable to help those with Parkinson’s disease through exercise. We learned how to optimize brain health, learning function, and slow motor deterioration for people with Parkinson’s through the exercise concept — PWR!

I also want to thank those who have PD who participated in the workshop. They are an amazing group of people who where willing to try anything that they were challenged with. It was obvious to me they were benefiting from this method of training, as I also was from this hands-on experience. This group also provided us with breakfasts, snacks and great home cooked lunches. The class was of great benefit and provided a wonderful overall experience for me.

A special thanks also needs to go to Dennis Leebel, for which none of this would have happened without his drive and determination.

Lisa Velasco
Custom Fitness By Lisa

Fenwick Lions grateful for support with parade


The Fenwick Island Lions Club thanks the community, Town of Selbyville officials, the Selbyville Police Department, the Selbyville Fire Department and Fire Police for their support to continue this long-time successful Halloween Parade and family event. It was a fun-filled evening because the weather was good and the costumed children, Miss Delaware and all of the other participants in the parade entertained the crowd.

We also want to thank the following businesses who helped to make this parade a success: PNC Bank, Route 113 Sales, Hastings Funeral Home, Mountaire Farms, Hoban Service Center, Hoban Insurance, North Bay Marina, Dr. James Kramer, Bunting & Murray, Spaceport Support Services, Arrow Safety Device Co., South Penn-Delta, ELKS, Selbyville Auto Parts, Selbyville Tractor & Equipment, Gray’s Towing, Mumford Sheet Metal, Honest Joe’s Pawn Shop, Food Lion, Pepsi Cola, McDonalds, Arbys, Doyle’s Restaurant and Georgia House.

And, we want to thank the Lord Baltimore Lions Club members, the judges and the broadcasters from Scott Broadcasting who assisted us. This Halloween Parade is just one of the many services the Fenwick Island Lions Club provides the communities of Selbyville, Roxana, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.

Fran Pretty
Parade Chair

Safe Haven problems not a suprise to some


Many in the animal welfare community have known the demise of Safe Haven would happen sooner or later. However, the many recent announcements of “we’re closing, we’re not” have left many frustrated and very concerned for the animals in their care. Having attended the Kent County Levy Court myself, it was very clear Safe Haven’s Board of Directors had no idea how to run an animal facility or care for animals.

Some of the other shelters in the state have stepped up to help take some of the dogs in Safe Haven’s care. However, it means that dogs at a high-kill shelter in Delaware are being euthanized, because shelters are transferring dogs from a no-kill shelter. Now, a national organization has stepped in to get the animals adopted, once again, at a no-kill shelter. There is something terribly wrong with this scenario. Let’s hope the ASPCA can do what Safe Haven couldn’t.

Even sadder is the fact, most likely, no one will be held accountable for this mess. Animals have died in their care, animals have reproduced while in their care and animals euthanized because they had no money to pay for vet bills. This is not a no-kill model by any means as Safe Haven continues to claim. Most, if not all of this has been kept from the public and no one will be held accountable for the misery the animals have suffered while in Safe Haven’s care.

Closing Dec. 1? We’ll see and if they do indeed close, in my humble opinion, it will be a good day for the homeless animals of Delaware. Hopefully, the remaining dogs will all be adopted before they close. And as the saying goes...don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Kate Hungerford KPA CTP
Bethany Beach

Fenwick Lions thankful for support with event


The Fenwick Island Lions Club wants to thank the community for coming out and supporting our recent successful Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. We also want to recognize the Indian River High School Leos who assisted us in serving the dinners.

We thank the following businesses who continues to support us by donating supplies and food: Grotto Pizza, Hockers & G & E Supermarket, Al Casapulla’s, Devito’s Deli, Johnson’s Country Market, Brasure’s Pest Control, Brasure’s Auto Repair, Lighthouse Liquors, Harpoon Hanna’s Restaurant, Bob’s Marine Service, Boulevard Ford Lincoln, Hastings Funeral Home, West Fenwick Carwash, Shady Park, Jimmy’s Kitchen, Dirty Harry’s Restaurant, Brandywine Senior Living, Harris Teeter, Kay Tingle and Associates, (Cato Inc.) Goose Creek Food Stores and Mio Fratello Restaurant.

We especially want to thank Scott Fornwalt for allowing us to use the Fenwick Crab House and staff to hold this spaghetti dinner. As in the past, the food that was left over was given to Diakonia, a homeless shelter in Ocean City.

The community support and the generosity of all of these businesses enabled us to have a successful fundraiser; and, you should know that 100 percent of the money raised goes back to serve the needs in the community.

Committee Co-Chairs and Lion Sam Mooney, Lion Bob Pretty
Fenwick Island Lions Club

Rotary thankful for support with event


The Southern Sussex Rotary’s first annual pig roast held at the Olde South Barbecue in Roxana was a great success thanks to many local wonderful sponsors and participants. Despite having to change the date due to weather, our event made money to contribute to our local charities such as The Jackie Pavik RYLA Foundation and Easter Seals — Camp Fairlee.

We enjoyed great food from Chef Scott of Olde South Barbecue, and wonderful music thanks to “Notell Motel,” a southern rock band from Maryland who generously donated their time and talent.

We would like to thank Coastal Point for their sponsorship and their continued commitment to local non-profits and the local community. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Wayne Bowden from St. George’s church for the time he donated for tent set-up on a chilly Friday evening!

In addition, there were many local residents and businesses that contributed to our success including: 1st Choice Properties, Bethany Liquors, Leon Jones, Action Print Services, Selbyville Pet & Garden, Dana Kylen, The Salt Pond Golf Club, The Addy Sea, Matteo’s, Georgia House, DiFebo’s, Cafe on 26, Harris Teeter, Mind, Body & Sole, Cottage Cafe, Roots Landscaping, Turquoise, Ruddo’s Golf, Fenwick Float-Ors, Jennifer Pavik, Studio 8, Clayton Theatre and Fisher’s Popcorn.

We look forward to seeing you all next year so that we can make this event an even bigger success!

Brad Connor, President
Southern Sussex Rotary