Letters to the Editor: February 8, 2013

Elling takes issue with headline on article

The Jan. 11, 2012, issue of the Coastal Point titled a sports story “Lady Indians rampage over Delmar Wildcats.” “Rampage” is of Scot origin and it refers to birds of prey coming out of tree branches. It can mean “…an eruption of violently uncontrolled, reckless or destructive behavior when used a noun.” When used as a verb, it means “to rush or behave furiously or violently; storm; rage.” It can also mean “to leap or prance about, as an animal; to be violent; to rage.”

If the student athletes of IRHS basketball girls’ team played their match against DHS violently uncontrolled, reckless or destructive, they would have been suspended during and after the game by the officials, the coaches, the athletic director and the principal. However, if the Coastal Point sports writer of the article was tying the word rampage to “Indians” (indigenous people or Native Americans or First Peoples) or the people of India, she was very insensitive and disrespectful.

The photo and words within the story clearly indicates that no one was playing out of control, reckless or violent. This leaves the word “rampage” to be a descriptive error regarding the players. The score (70-44) indicates that the IRHS team played a superior level of basketball on their home court.

Technical foul to the sports writer for the poor use of the word, rampage. Your punishment is to eliminate all violent and discriminating (to treat unfairly because of race, religion, etc.) words from your writings. However, you may have to use the word when it is used as a last name… most likely from Scotland, with an interest in birds of prey in tree branches.

Lloyd E. Elling
Ocean View

Reader discusses school choice benefits

This week is National School Choice Week.

I am a parent of a child that attends the Academy of Dover charter school, and this is a week well deserved of a school choice celebration. Each morning, I wake up knowing that my child will be going to a school that I chose, not one that I am told that he needs to attend.

Like many other parents, grandparents and guardians, I began to research charter schools to explore different options for educating children when my son was in preschool. My search for sound leadership and instruction was found in charter. Because charters recognize the effectiveness of parental and community support, I share a strong and loyal relationship with other parents actively involved in their child’s education. I have met a lot of other parents at Academy of Dover who chose this school for their child for the same reason that I have.

My child not only learns from teachers and books, but he also experiences the natural and human environment in the community that the school was chartered to serve. He is engrossed in the in-depth studies of sciences and the natural world. My child is an engaged and enthusiastic student, and he takes ownership in producing grade-A work. Although he is being challenged, he rarely struggles, and his confidence is up.

Students struggle for a myriad of reasons, and a charter school may not always be the solution to their needs; however, charters have proven to fill a long-standing need in many communities and they serve as a free alternative to traditional public schools.

My son has a few disadvantages to other students in his grade. He receives extra help from excellent teachers. They are there for him all the time, and nothing would stop them from helping him achieve his best. I am beyond relief that I know he is safe and receiving this daily.

Delaware has some high performing charter schools, as well as some awesome public schools, and I wanted to make sure that Delawareans were aware of their options when it comes to their child’s education. Or not. I, for one, am grateful that I have a choice.

Mary Ellen Embert

Reader thinks ‘It’s Over’ for the nation

Let’s revisit a different time in America. As Dickens said, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” It was 1964. Congress authorized war on North Vietnam, and Americans were dying. Three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi and more Americans were dying. The 1960s brought us riots that broke out across the land. Free love and flag burning were the campus clarion calls that culminated in the Kent State massacre. How many more were going to die? If we only knew.

In retrospect, those years ushered in the beginning of the end of America’s Golden Age. It was over. We just didn’t know it. Almost 50 years have flown by since then. It is hard to believe that a culture can collapse in so few years, but then I remember someone saying that it only takes one generation to lose our liberty.

During the presidential election in 59 Philadelphia voting districts, President Obama got every single vote (a mathematical and statistical impossibility). In Woods County, Ohio, President Obama received every vote in 21 districts, a total of 106,258 votes. It seems kind of strange that there were only 98,213 registered voters in those districts — perhaps, like loaves and fishes, they just multiplied.

St. Lucie County, Fla., was swamped with 247,000 votes... great turnout for the 175,000 registered voters. In Ohio County, Fla., President Obama won with 108 percent of the votes. I guess the voters got bonus points for spelling their names correctly. An odd pattern emerged from the final vote count. President Obama lost in every state that required photo ID, and he won in every state that didn’t.

Each state submits a signed document from the Secretary of State that certifies authenticity of the vote count; this is a legal obligation. Do I believe that the end of America is near because we have voter fraud? No. We have always had some fraud and, as long as humans are in charge, fraud will remain. However when brazen, flagrant fraud is easily recognized and the secretaries of three states choose to ignore it and sign a legal document, corruption of public office has reached insidious levels for a free republic.

The U.S. Treasury is bankrupt. The largest holder of treasury debt is the U.S. Federal Reserve. They own over a trillion dollars of U.S. treasuries. Why do they own U.S. treasuries? Because no one in their right mind would accept 1 percent interest on a bond from a country with over $16 trillion in on-the -books debt and over $100 trillion in off-the-books debt. If the Fed didn’t purchase the bonds, interest rates would immediately jump to 3 percent or 4 percent, and we wouldn’t be able to pay the interest on our debt.

Hollywood and the media have debased our culture. The media glorifies extramarital affairs, pornography and children born out of wedlock. Twelve-year-olds now discuss deviant lifestyles and use language we didn’t know until our mid-20s. They are obsessed with their bodies and the brand name on their too-tight jeans. How to undo this damage?

Will Durant, a Nobel Laureate historian, commented on the fall of Rome. “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential cause of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her falling trade, her bureaucratic despotism, stifling taxes, her consuming wars.” Does any of that sound familiar? Let me give you another quote from a guy named Roy Orbison: “It’s Over.” It´s only a song title, but it may be our swan song.

Charles Griffiths
Ocean View

Readers thankful for caring community

We just recently rescued a 7-year-old skittish cocker spaniel from the SPCA in Georgetown, and we took him to the First Annual Pooch Plunge in Rehoboth to check it all out. Lucky was very nervous around so many dogs and people that he kept tripping us up with his leash. We accidently dropped the leash, and it spooked Lucky to the point of running in and out of traffic on Rehoboth Ave.

Lucky would have been hit right before our eyes if it weren’t for the community. The Department of Police in Rehoboth was quick to call in the incident and help assist to get Lucky back safely. Fortunately, we had our South Shore Lawn Care & Landscaping jackets, on with our telephone number on the back. Several people took down our number, in the event they found Lucky.

Lucky ran through traffic for about a mile, and one woman ran ahead for us, to try and help catch him. People were even driving down the road, looking for him. People walking down the street would say, “Are you looking for a little black dog? He went that way,” as they pointed down the street. I kept running as best as I could, and Kevin was looking for him by car. Kevin saw me and pulled over. Just then, a police officer pulled up with our scared little Lucky — what a happy reunion!

If it wasn’t for everyone coming together to help get Lucky, we may not have gotten him back safely.

We feel lucky to have our Lucky back, and we want to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude for all who helped bring Lucky home to us.

Kevin and Margaret
South Shore Lawn Care & Landscaping