Letters to the Editor -- November 23, 2012

Family grateful for support after storm

We would like to express our gratitude to all those who helped and supported our family after the recent storm damage to our home and the loss of our wonderful, precious dog.

Mark Gibbons of Searock Services, Dennis Roberts of Roberts Property Management and the South Bethany Police Department, especially Troy Crowson, Joe Deloach and Mark Burton: We could never thank all of you enough for what you did.

To Joe Mullins Vision Builders and his wife, Molly, Ed and Robby and team from Ed Hileman drywall, Jim Priano, Pohanka cars — especially Paul Eaton and Judy — and Tim and Tess Doyle: You dropped other things to come to our rescue and support us in many ways, and we very much appreciate it.

We also want to give thanks for all of the heartfelt messages, cards and prayers we have received. Our boy touched many lives, but we are especially grateful that he was there for our daughter.

Ann, Ken, Cassidy and Brittany Baker
South Bethany

McCain fumbling the ball again

This reader has been monitoring the many local newspaper articles over the last few weeks trashing Susan Rice, ambassador to the United Nations. “True patriotic Americans of all stripes” needed to be more patient and less judgmental until all the facts were presented.

After the recently deposed director of the CIA, Gen. Petreus, testified to Congress today, it became evident that Ms. Rice warrants apologies from Sen. McCain and company. Shortly after the attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, she repeated verbatim the initial “unclassified” CIA account of the attack on five TV stations. How in the world can Sen. McCain judge her to be incompetent for a Secretary of State nomination?

Sen. McCain finished fifth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy. He also had three plane crashes. He also chose Sarah Palin to co-lead and possibly lead the nation. Then he calls Ms. Rice incompetent. The facts beg to differ.

Bill Clemens

Sorority offers thanks after fundraiser

The members of Beta Sigma Phi International, Alpha Zeta Chapter of Ocean View would like to thank all those who attended the November “Lunch with a Purpose” at Baywood Greens Clubhouse in Millsboro.

Despite the two nor’easters and a change in date for the fundraiser, over 180 guests attended. Due to their financial support, our sorority was able to make a generous donation toward the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Bosom Buddy program.

Lunch with a Purpose has a long tradition of collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items for the Sussex County Food Bank. We want to thank our attendees who again responded with a generous and giving heart, knowing that their donations will serve many needy families.

We also extend a warm “thank you” to Connie Holdridge, program manager, education and survivorship, for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, who addressed our guests. Connie explained the mission of the DBCC and provided information on the programs offered to help women diagnosed with breast cancer. In particular, she explained the importance of the Bosom Buddy program, which provides wigs, prosthesis and bras for its clients.

We would like to thank the following businesses that so generously donated the gifts that made our fundraiser so successful. Your support keeps hope alive: Afterglow Spa, Millville; Art Shapiro, Ocean View; Artful Bean, Bethany Beach; Bayside Liquors, West Fenwick Island; Bayside Mahjong Ladies; Blue Scoop, West Fenwick Island; Birch Tree Café, Clarksville; Che Bella Carta, Dagsboro; Crazy LadyZ, Ocean View; Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Lewes; Curves, Ocean View; Denise at the Beach; Designs by Susie; DiFebo’s restaurant, Bethany Beach; Frog House restaurant, Bethany Beach; Gerry Tkaz; Git R Done Cleaning Services, Newark, Md.; Hair Snippery, Millville; Japanesque, Bethany Beach; Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, Selbyville; Linda Lewis; Lisa Warford; Marilyn Robinson, Tupperware representative, Milton; Mio Fratello’s restaurant, West Fenwick Island; Oceanova Spa, Ocean View; Ocean View Family Restaurant, Ocean View; Patti’s Hallmark, Millville; Pall Mall Partnership Art Appraisers and Advisors, Wayne, Pa.; Perucci’s Classic Italian Restaurant, Millville; Rose Murray, Rehoboth Art League; Ruark Golf, Rum Pointe Seaside Links, Berlin, Md; Sea Level, Bethany Beach; Taste of Italy, Rehoboth Beach; Treasure Island Fashions, Ocean View; Troon Golf, Bayside Resort Golf Club, West Fenwick Island.

Christine Dennis, Alpha Zeta Chapter
Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority

Reader offers thanks to South Coastal Library

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I’m grateful for the South Coastal Library, the lovely ladies who work and volunteer there, and the invaluable resources of our entire library system.

I’ve always been an avid library user, through my educational pursuits, career or just entertainment. The South Coastal Library staff always greets me with a smile and offers assistance to find resources. The variety and quality of free programs is tremendous, and I’ve enjoyed taking advantage of a quite a few of them.

Thanks to all who help to support the libraries, and their funding. In these current economic times, having the resources of the library available to the public is even more important.

Leslie Walsh

Reader: We’re better than this

The last two weeks before the recent election found the voters in the State Senate District 6 and Representative District 20 barraged with mailings, traditional and e-mail. That is not unusual. What is unusual is that the message was nearly always the same: Very thinly-veiled denigration of gay candidates and little talk of platforms.

The voters were encouraged to vote for, or against, a candidate based mainly on the candidate’s sexual preferences. I remember the same type of campaign against John Kennedy, fearing the “Catholic agenda.” There was no “Catholic agenda” to fear, just as now there is no “gay agenda” to fear.

This type of campaigning makes perfect sense. It works. Wouldn’t it be better to actually know what platform the candidate stands upon? Our votes should not be for sale to this “fear mongering.”

Catherine Ward