Letters to the Editor -- November 30, 2012

Connor announces candidacy for council

This is to announce my candidacy for a seat on the Dagsboro Town Council in the local election to be held between 1 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2012.

If elected I will:

• Reduce or eliminate building permit and other associated town fees and unnecessary barriers for non-profit organizations like the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire/Ambulance Company. Our fire company deserves the best and we need it now.

• Encourage small business to expand and create jobs for Dagsboro residents. Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to drive to Rehoboth, Georgetown or Ocean City to work? I plan to say to employers: “We’re open for business.”

• Establish a measured and quality planned new home building program. This will create jobs and increase our tax base to ensure that our police, fire and town services stay strong without tax increases on residents.

Dagsboro has the best quality of life in Delaware. I want to make our town attractive to the young people and families who live here and potential future residents.

I live in Dagsboro with my wife Penny and daughters Cali and Lynley, and have for 27 years. I know how great our town is and I know how much better it can be. I have a track record of successes as past mayor of Dagsboro for 16 years.

As a current member of the Planning & Zoning Board and lifelong member of the Sussex County Association of Town (SCAT), I promise to work with our county and state legislators to enlist their financial support for our Town projects by taking advantage of state and federal grant monies that may be available. I will work to return our hard-earned state tax dollars to Dagsboro.

I ask for your support and your vote on Dec. 1.

S. Bradley Connor

SEDAST happy for support with event

On behalf of the artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour, I’m writing to express our sincere thanks to the staff of the Coastal Point for your coverage of our 18th annual SEDAST tour and that of past years.

Your staff members do an outstanding job, and it’s greatly appreciated, not only by the tour group but by those attending the tour.

You have gone out of your way every year to promote the SEDAST art tour, now one of the longest-running events of its kind in the nation. It is support like yours that has helped make our long run possible.

Your articles and photography highlight the skills of an evolving group of juried artists who are dedicated to excellence as artists and fine craftspeople and help draw hundreds of people to our annual Thanksgiving-weekend event. As a consequence, you also help other businesses in the area, which benefit from the added visitors to our area over the holiday weekend.

And you help area school children through promotion of the tour’s annual Art in the Hat Raffle, which to date has donated more than $30,000 to help students through local school arts programs in need of funding. More than $2,000 will be donated this year, thanks in part to your efforts.

Thank you, Coastal Point. We’re so glad we’ve got the support of your award-winning, community-spirited newspaper.

Ellen Rice, 2012 PR Coordinator

Rice and Clemens fumbling the ball

Bill Clemens wrote a letter to the Coastal Point editor in the Nov. 23 issue, declaring that Sen. John McCain had fumbled the ball again in attacking Susan Rice.

Here is what we know: Five days after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, killing our ambassador and three other Americans, Susan Rice made numerous appearances on the Sunday talk shows and dutifully repeated administration talking points consisting of the following assertion:

‘The attack was not plotted ahead of time by Islamic militants or terrorist organizations affiliated with al-Qaeda.” Rice told NBC’s David Gregory. “This is a response to a hateful and offensive video that was widely disseminated throughout the Arab and Muslim world.” “The best assessment we have today,” she added when talking to CBS’s Bob Schieffer, “is that in fact this was not a pre-planned, premeditated attack.”

But was this really the administration’s “best” assessment? Please. It was simply a political expression. David Petraeus, who headed the CIA at the time, indicated in closed-door testimony to Congress last week that the agency realized quickly that the Benghazi ambush was deliberately planned by al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists. Yet it was with an unfounded and preposterous version that the administration went public and used Susan Rice as their point person.

Clemens concluded his letter by saying Sen. McCain had finished fifth from the bottom in his Naval Academy class and that he had three plane crashes. Well, Mr. Clemens, regarding Sen. McCain, this is what we also know about him (straight from Wikipedia):

He was flying his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam when his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down by a missile over Hanoi. Although badly wounded, his captors refused to treat his injuries, beating and interrogating him to get information. He was subjected to rope bindings and repeated beatings every two hours, at the same time as he was suffering from dysentery. Further injuries led to the beginning of a suicide attempt, stopped by guards.

Through it all, McCain refused to meet with various anti-war groups seeking peace, wanting to give neither them nor the North Vietnamese a propaganda victory only leading to more torture. Altogether, McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years. His wartime injuries left him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head.

John McCain, a decorated war hero and five times elected U.S. senator. Susan Rice, a lifelong government bureaucrat and politician.

John Rymer
Fenwick Island