Letters to the Editor — October 4, 2013

Reader chimes in on ACA and shutdown


I recently received correspondence from one of our state’s Representatives, apologizing for the coming shutdown and blaming others for what I call this seemingly impending doom. I’m deeply despaired, insulted and aggravated because I did my own tally of the votes that were put forth for legislation continuing to fund the government, and totally defund the (un)Affordable Care Act.

Of those votes, not one of our state’s Representatives were on the list in favor of the voice of the majority of we the people, to stop this unending, unnecessary spending of the working taxpayers’ (“right wing extremists” as we have now been labeled) dollars on unjust and illegal so-called “pretended legislation” that is sending this country to the worst ruin it has ever seen in any time since our founders established it.

If on my job I were to adopt a “do it my way or no other way” attitude, I don’t hesitate to say that I would cause myself to fall victim of my own ambition and create a “job shutdown.” (In other words, I cease to be an asset and in turn become a liability, no doubt looking for another job.)

If I am given the privilege to act as a team player and do not adhere to the principles, policies and procedures of the team, then I become as a tinkling brass and a sounding cymbal and give the team no other choice but to look for another sound.

Robert Duff

GBTS thankful for help with tournament


On Friday, Sept. 27, Gardeners By The Sea (GBTS) held its first charity golf tournament at the Salt Pond Golf Course in Bethany Beach. The proceeds of this tournament benefit the club’s scholarship fund, which, since 2004, has supported horticultural majors enrolled in the Georgetown Campus of Delaware Community Technical College who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.

GBTS thanks the following businesses, artists and individuals whose generosity contributed to the golf tournament’s overwhelming success: Al Casapulla’s Italian Deli; All About U; Animal Health Sales Inc.; Antique Prints; Armand’s; Aubre’s Watercolors; Back Creek Golf Course; Bayside Resort Golf Club; Bear Trap Dunes; Bethany Auto Parts & Marine Supply; Bethany Beach Books; Bethany Blooms LLC; Bethany Florist; Bethany Liquors & Wine; Bethany Plumbing Company Inc.; Bethany Resort Furnishings; Bethany Sea Crest; Birch Tree Café; Blaire Guerin; Blue Room Gallery & Gift; BlueWater Grill; Café 26; Calico Tree; Capriotti’s; Captain Jack’s Pirate Golf; Carol Rowland and Bill Watkins; Charlie K’s BBQ; Cheryl Wisbrock; China Express; Cindy’s Nails; Claire Sileo; Clear Space Productions; Country Wicker; Cottage Café; Creative Concepts; Cripple Creek Golf Course; Curves; Custom Mechanical Inc.; Deer Run Golf Course; Dirty Harry’s; D’Ortones; Doyle’s restaurant; D. Stephen Parsons; Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper Inc.; Denise Beam, State Farm Agent; Dickens Parlour Theater; Dr. Donald G. Hattier; Ellen Rice Gallery; Fenwick Float-Ors; Food Lion; Fox’s Pizza Den; Freeman Stage at Bayside; Frog Hollow Golf Course; Georgia House; Giant; Glen Riddle Golf Course; Harris Teeter; Heritage Golf Course; Hocker’s/G&E Superstore; Hooper’s Landing Golf Course; House Pets; Hudson’s General Store; Janet Thomas; Japanesque; Jayne’s Reliable; Jean Sewald; Joan MacKenzie; Laura Hickman Fine Arts; La Vita Bella Spa; Leslie Kopp; Lois James, DDS.; Lord’s Landscaping Inc.; Made By Hand; Magnolia’s; Melson’s Funeral Services; Mango’s; Maple Dale Golf Course; McCabe’s Gourmet Market; Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra; Midway Par 3 Golf Course; Mind, Body & Sole; Nantuckets; Ocean City Golf Club; Oceanova Spa; Ocean Resorts Golf Course; Ocean View Deli; Old Landing Golf Course; Papa John’s; Patty’s Hallmark; Pitter Patter; Rehoboth Beach Country Club; River Run Golf Course; Salon on Central; Salt Pond Golf Course; Sea Level Designs Inc.; Seaside Country Store; Somerhouse; Stephan & Co. Salon & Spa; Studio 26; Susan Pittard Weidman, PA; Sussex Pines Country Club; Ted Banks; Tidewater Physical Therapy; the Rookery North Shawnee Golf Course; the UPS Store; Treasure Island Fashions; Turquoise Authentic Greek & American Cuisine; Vickie York/At the Beach Realty; Warren’s Station; and World Gym.

We sincerely appreciate the support and generosity of our community in supporting academic opportunities for our deserving students. Thank you!

Pat Vallese and Marilyn Adams, Co-Chairs
GBTS 2013 Charity Golf Tournament

Visitor wants area to be more user-friendly


My wife and friends came to the Delaware beaches for the Sept. 13 weekend. Weather forecast was great, which it was, and we had dinner reservations at Sedona, which was outstanding.

What we didn’t know was it was Bike Week and that the Bethany Beach parking meters are a scam to the unsuspecting.

We arrived Friday night (Friday the 13th) and quickly noted the constant roar of the motorcycles that was still obnoxiously constant and loud when we left at 2 p.m. Sunday. We were told by the some that the Bike Week is good for business. In talking with some restaurateurs and shop owners, we didn’t get the sense that “good for business” is universally true.

We did meet and talk with a few of the bike riders who seemed nice enough, but with little regard for the noise they and a thousand of their friends were creating.

Saturday evening, right in front of Sedona’s was a parking spot. The meter had been removed from the post. This was great the Town had already removed the meters for the season, I naively thought. After a great meal, service and conversation we stepped out to the car. And low and behold found a little red envelope with the messages that I owed Bethany Beach $30 (which is paid).

I got out of the car to be sure the meter maid had not made a mistake and to my chagrin found a sign between my car and the one behind me at the height that only a 4-year-old child would have seen, but not understood, that the parking meter paid box in the direction of an arrow. What a kick in the head.

I want to offer two suggestions: (1) that Ocean City, Fenwick Island (the Quiet Resort), and Bethany Beach collaboration on an ad campaign for future years inviting the bikers for the second week in September and warning anyone who can’t tolerate noise to come enjoy the beach anytime except the second weekend in September; (2) that Bethany Beach city fathers direct the public works and police departments to upgrade and post better parking signs.

Both ideas are offered to improve transparency by local governments and improving the experience of weekend visitors.

Tom Geib
Fairfax, Va.

Go Red grateful for support with show


Thanks to the many attendees of the 7th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon and Fashion Show, which was recently held at Baywood Greens and was our most successful to date.

We want to thank our sponsors: Beebe Medical Center, Citizens Bank, Delaware Electric Co-op, Fulton Bank, NRG Indian River Generating Station and WSFS Bank, and Zumba Fitness Instructors. We would like to thank our speaker Firas El-Sabbagh, MD, who informed everyone about heart disease and women.

We also want to thank the following merchants and restaurants, and individuals who so generously donated money, merchandise and gift certificates for the Silent Auction and Chinese Auction. They are: 1776; Abbott’s Grill; Activ Pest Solutions; Joyce Adams; Atlantic Liquors; Mike Bacher—Realtor; Baywood Greens; Pam Coleman of Beebe Treasure Chest; Pam Becker of Mary Kay Products; Bethany Blues; Micha Seto of Blooming Boutique; Bluewater Grill; The Buttery; Cape Pharmacy; Casapulla’s Subs; Chardon Ltd.; Chick-Fil-A; Cold Stone Creamery; De Taylor; East Coast Garden Center; Nancy Glorioso of Fabulous; Harry & David; Tiffany Hart of Mary Kay Cosmetics; Hooked Seafood; Jeanine O’Donnell of State Farm Insurance; LEH Soap Company; Linen Outlet; Lori’s Café; Louie’s Pizza; Susan Macintire; Nassau Valley Vineyards; Nicola Pizza; Ocean Grill; Portraits in the Sand; Quest Fitness; Rehoboth Beach Country Club; Safeway; Sue Petty of Something Comfortable; Sandy Farrell of Twila Farrell; Tanger Outlets; the Dental Group; Walgreens of Lewes; and Wardellinger Gallery.

We also want to thank our committee members: Henrietta Belcher-Stack, Kay Burgee, Lutie Davis, Mary Esposito, Shirl Hudak, Nancy Lawrence, Barbara Maloney, Pam McCutcheon, Joan McKenna, Muriel Pfeiffer and Connie Shockley.

And we cannot forget our great models: Lynn Amey, Henrietta Belcher-Stack, Anastasia Boehm, Judith Hannan, Mikki Kahne, Lisa Mc Donald, Joan Nicholls, Geri Pease, Sandy Roberts, Michael Roussell, Connie Shockley and Ginger Snowden.

We look forward to seeing everyone again at this event on Sept.17, 2014.

Patricia Sandy, Chair
Go Red for Women event

Legion Auxiliary thankful for support


On behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 24, Dagsboro, I would like to thank all of the businesses, individuals and members for their auction donations, delicious food and desserts in support of the Puppy Rescue Mission benefit held last weekend.

It was a great success, and the amount raised will enable the Puppy Rescue Mission to bring another puppy home for one of our Delaware men or women who have willingly and proudly served our country.

Emma J. McHugh, President
American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 24, Dagsboro

Readers thankful for efforts of beach patrol


My family and I would like to thank the Middlesex Beach Patrol for taking the time to honor my father, the late Geof Myers, at their annual lifeguard competition this year.

Geof was the commander of the Middlesex Beach Patrol for decades. Before the games began, Colin Crandell organized a ceremony in which past and present lifeguards, friends and family paddled out in the ocean to say a few words about the powerful influence Geof had on all.

The competition has since been renamed the Geof Myers Lifeguard Invitational. Our family was truly humbled by the kind words and amazing crowd. Thank you to all!

Liz Myers Barnhart, Judy Myers and Randy Myers
Middlesex Beach