Letters to the Editor — October 18, 2013

Reader not a major fan of Bike Week


Tom Geibs’ letter “Visitor wants area to be more user-friendly” on Oct. 4 evokes my response:

I inquired about Delaware’s restriction on noise (as specific to motorcycles) and, lo, there are none; anything goes! Yet police lie in wait like spiders in their web with radar to nail those breaking the archaic speed limits; a big source of revenue enhancement by big bucks.

Here in the “Quiet Resort,” no effort is made to curtail obnoxious noise from bikers, who are not satisfied to ride but rather rev their engines ad nauseam while the police do nothing. Did they know there are ordinances against “disturbing the peace?” Get out of park and enforce some.

To say Bike Week is good for business is indeed a lame reason to tolerate such a noisy invasion. As one who went to 10 schools in Nevada, I can say that gambling and legal prostitution are good for business, too. Do we want that?

I saw where the 50 states were ranked for being driver-friendly. Delaware ranked worst, followed by Maryland. Do you know bikes fall into two categories? (1) Those that have had a bad spill, and (2) Those that are gonna!

I know of five people to be killed by those noisemakers. The greatest folly is engraved on the Supreme Court Building, “Equal Justice Under Law.” Police enforce, “disturbing the peace,” and let a few speeders go.

James Harris
Bethany Beach

Attorney defines meaning of acquittal


You were advised by either John Brady or myself, or perhaps both, that Rick Haden was acquitted. Some lawyer wrote you a letter and accused you of inaccuracy. Well, that means he accused me of inaccuracy, so, naturally, I have to respond.

Understand, I used a word defined in the English language, and I’ll just provide you with the definition that I know, and perhaps the other individual who wrote you has some other source providing different meanings to him. For all I know, he has a direct pipeline to Merriam or Webster, but I’ll give you a brief survey of the various meanings offered by recognized sources:

(1) Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia — “In the common law tradition, an acquittal formally certifies that the accused is free from the charge of an offense, as far as the criminal law is concerned. The effect of an acquittal on criminal proceedings is the same, whether it results from a jury verdict or whether it results from the operation of some other rule that discharges the accused.” No doubt, the author of the letter of criticism to you would have you think what that means is a “technicality.”

(2) The Free Dictionary On Line — “Judgment, as by a jury or judge, that a defendant is not guilty of a crime as charged.” Citing the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Ed. (2000).

(3) West’s Encyclopedia of American Law (2nd Ed., 2008) — “The legal and formal certification of the innocence of a person who has been charged with a crime.”

(4) Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary — “A setting free from the charge of an offense by verdict, sentence or other legal process; the act of deciding that a person is not guilty of a crime.”

(5) Wiktionary — “A legal decision that someone is not guilty of the crime with which they have been charged, or the formal dismissal of a charge by some other legal process.”

(6) Vocabulary.com — “… it means being freed of charges against you in court… It’s from the Latin ‘ad’ (‘to’) plus ‘quitare,’ meaning ‘set free.’ Getting an acquittal is still like being set free.”

The point is, Mr. McCann, that the information you received from Haden’s attorney was “right on,” and one can only wonder why another individual, while ignoring uniform reliable sources, [would] lodge a charge that you have made “a mistake in your reporting.”

Oh, by the way — how did the case end? John Brady made a motion for judgment of acquittal, and the Court indicated that it was granted. It’s kind of hard to understand how the town critic can criticize you with the uncontradicted facts at hand, but I guess critics don’t really need facts; they only need criticism.

Joe Hurley, Esq.

Steele places blame on both parties


It is nice to be able to “kill two birds with one stone.” Let me be politically correct and restate that: “Write one letter to answer two progressives.”

Joanne Cabry writes about “plenty of blame for shutdown.” Of course she blames the Republicans. Being a progressive, she would never state all the facts.

As a conservative, as if you did not already know that, I put blame on both parties.

• The Dems for forcing something down the throats of the American public without knowing the impact or implications of what Obamacare would do to the middle-class or how it would impact our economy.

The work week is now less than 30 hours, and who does that hurt? The conservatives warned about what was coming, but the MSM — the mouth piece of this administration — vilified them as warring against women and minorities. Tavis Smiley, a liberal commentator on PBS, stated Thursday, Oct. 10, on Hannity, “that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category.”

• The Republicans for putting out a message that was so confusing, who knew where they stood. Let the Dems own O.C. They are starting to pay the price now. O’s ratings are the lowest ever, just one point above GWB at his lowest. By the way, you have not heard that from the national networks.

Jane Lord, president of the League of Women Voters writes that she — they — are pleased with the new EPA standards. How the new standards will help stop climate change, no longer “global warming” since the temps have not gone up in the past 17 years. Her information about climate change is so out of date. She states that climate change is “contributing to more frequent storms.” The Hurricane Center predicted five major storms this year, and we had one small hurricane that turned into a tropical storm by the time it hit the coast of northern Florida.

The LOWVers should stick to what they started as, an information group to help voters, with non-biased information about the candidates. Now they are a progressive organization who involves themselves in: transportation, farming issues, natural resources and social policies. Stick to what you did best!

I will give you three websites to visit for more information so that you are not a low-information voter, a Democrat or a Republican RINO: … “www.thegwpf.org,“ the Global Warming Policy Foundation; www.frontpagemag.com/2013/david-horowitz/the-threat-we-face-2 (David Horowitz was raised in a Communist family and was a Communist radical in the ’60s); www.sussexlvw.org, the League of Women Voters in Sussex County. You search their website and see if they are more than you thought.

Harry Steele
Bethany Beach