Letters to the Editor -- January 18, 2013

Reader urges voters to pass referendum

I am writing to urge voters in the Indian River School District to vote yes to both items for the expense referendum on Jan. 29. The passage of this measure will allow the district to complete expansion efforts which will enable our kindergarten students to attend full-day sessions, like all of the other kindergartners in Delaware. Research indicates that targeting preschool and kindergarten children for early educational intervention is the most effective tool in establishing a solid foundation for the future.

The requested tax increase is minimal given the low property taxes that so many residents and retirees enjoy here. The quality of life which attracts thousands to our district brings with it an obligation to invest in the next generation — the one that will eventually take care of us. As we age and require more services, do we want our healthcare workers to have marginal reading skills, our bank tellers to lack proficiency in math or our police officers and politicians to have a weak background in civics and history?

Finally, the issue of whether a child arrives here through immigration or is fortunate enough to be born in this country should have no bearing on our willingness to educate them as future law-abiding and tax-paying citizens. Otherwise, we will be asked to subsidize more teenage pregnancies and increasing prison populations. Once this child sets foot on American soil, it is our humanitarian obligation to secure for them the same advantageous public education that the generation preceding ours provided for us, the baby boomers.

We are now called upon to support the youth of today. They will be the ones that we hope will treat us with compassion as we age. This is a cycle that is uniquely American. Step up. Do your part. Listen to the better angels of your nature.

Carrie W. Bennett

ALA offers tips on avoiding flu

Flu season is harsher this year than previous years. The American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic urges everyone to take healthy steps to weather the flu season.

Vaccination is safe and effective and the best way to help prevent influenza. Influenza vaccine options are available for children, adults and seniors. Parents of young children should know that children 6 months through 8 years of age receiving a flu shot for the first time need two doses of vaccine, approximately one month apart, for optimal protection.

Along with getting vaccinated, warding off influenza is as simple as washing your hands. Germ control during flu season is crucial to keeping yourself healthy. During flu season make sure that you:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. This will block the spread of droplets from your mouth or nose that could contain germs.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.

• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Visit www.facesofinfluenza.org for more information about influenza and immunization and keep yourself healthy this flu season.

Deb Brown, President and CEO
American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic

QRCF thankful for help with Hair of the Dog

I would like to send an enthusiastic and heartfelt letter of thanks from the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) for the tremendous community support of the Hair of the Dog race!

Early on New Year’s Day morning, more than 650 athletes, plus hundreds of spectators, party-goers and volunteers, gathered on the Bethany Beach boardwalk for the 2nd Annual Hair of the Dog race. The 5K/10K run and walk is one of our fundraising events which help us to continue awarding scholarships to local students and grants to local organizations in our efforts to enhance the community for residents and visitors alike.

I am delighted to report that thousands of dollars were raised for the people and programs the QRCF supports. Start to finish, the Hair of the Dog was a great time for a great cause.

We received amazing support from the Town of Bethany Beach, you and our sponsors: 3rd Wave Brewing Company, Bethany Beach Books, Boyden Design, Coastal Point, Delaware Wave, DiFebo’s, Giant Food, Harris Teeter, Just Hooked, Law Offices of Scott & Shuman P.A., Leslie Kopp, Loftus Wealth Strategies, Mango’s, Ocean View Veterinary Hospital, Rehoboth Beach Sports, Sedona, State Farm – Denise Beam, Tidewater Physical Therapy, Tidepool Toys & Games, Transformative Dynamics and Yuppy Puppy. We also received tremendous support from local and visiting athletes, spectators and volunteers. A true community-building event happened, and we kicked off the 2013 with gusto.

I would like to extend special thanks to Hair of the Dog chairs Eunice Carpitella, Faith Denault, Jackie Inman and Michael Loftus, and committee members Ann Kangas, Marian Parrott and Karen Taylor, and Race Director Rick Hundley. They contributed hundreds of hours organizing what all will agree was a successful and lucrative event.

At the after-race party at Mango’s as a special feature, we presented Cheer’s Meals on Wheels program with a $25,000 contribution, the largest single gift in our all-volunteer organization’s 11-year history. In all, we have awarded nearly $500,000 to date and anticipate giving more soon.

In fact, there is another opportunity to support the QRCF’s programs at BunnyPalooza! on March 30, 2013, the next run/walk in our series. More information can be found at www.Bunnypaloozarun.com. Thanks again to all for the past and future support.

K. William Scott, President
Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation