Letters to the Editor -- August 3, 2012

Banks family grateful for support

The Banks family would like to thank the entire Sussex County community for their immense support and outreach over the past couple of weeks after the passing of Russell Banks. We were amazed at the number of people that attended Russell’s memorial services at Melson’s Funeral Home in Ocean View.

Although our complete list of people to thank is too numerous to include here, we would like to take this opportunity to recognize specific members of the community for their generosity during this difficult time. The Banks family thanks Bethany Florist for the generous gift of flowers, Touch of Italy and the Bascio family, all of the Millville businesses who recognized Russell’s passing on their signage, Al Casapulla, Empire Landscaping, Melson’s Funeral Home and Pastor Kim Tephabock of Dagsboro Church of God for a wonderful memorial service, and Erik Levy of Ocean View for his generous support.

To our friends who wrote condolence cards, your thoughts, stories and words of support have been very uplifting. We are also very grateful to everyone who honored Russell Banks with a donation to Delaware Hospice.

We also thank the rest of our family and friends who continue to assist us through the loss of our strong and supportive husband, father and brother. Please know that we sincerely appreciate all of the assistance and look forward to continuing to support this great community that we live in and love.

Mackie, Ted, Damien and Kami Banks

Readers encourage help for food bank

The Food Bank of Delaware recently announced an expansion of its Milford facility that will enable it to better serve the growing needs of Delawareans. The Food Bank already helps to feed more than one-fourth of all state residents. Funding support is critical to the Food Bank’s ability to meet growing needs for adequate nutrition.

We go out for lunch or dinner once or twice a week. We have decided to stay home once or twice per month and instead to send a donation to the Food Bank equal to the money we would have spent to eat out. We encourage our neighbors who can afford to help to do likewise. To learn how to contribute, go to www.fbd.org.

Mary & Richard Legatski

Money in elections should not be secret

The U.S. Senate has now twice refused to allow full debate on the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, which would require complete disclosure of spending on big-money advertising in candidate elections. We are proud that the senators from our state supported the bill and stood up for the voters against the special interests pouring huge sums of secret money into the elections.

Huge sums of secret money are flooding into our elections and, without full disclosure, the voters won’t know who is trying to buy influence. The DISCLOSE Act is an important step towards eliminating secret money.

The League supports this legislation because we believe that Americans deserve all the information they can get before they vote. We will continue to push nationwide for passage of DISCLOSE, because secret campaign money has no place in America’s democracy. It undermines the role of the voter and corrupts the election process.

Voters have a right to know — whether it is a corporation, union, trade association or non-profit advocacy group making unlimited campaign expenditures and influencing elections. Tell us where the money is coming from and let the voters decide.

Carol Jones, President
League of Women Voters of Delaware

MOMS Club thankful for help, support

The MOMS Club of Rehoboth Beach Area DE would like to thank the sponsors, supporters, volunteers, truck drivers and the community for their generous support of the fifth annual Touch-A-Truck event held July 14, which raised over $9,000 for the March of Dimes of Delaware.

Thank you, first and foremost, to our sponsors: Clean Cut Interlocking Pavers and Custom Inground Fiberglass Pools; Schell Brothers; Atlantic Theaters; Beacon Pediatrics; Penny Lane Mall; Johnson Orthodontics; George Bunting of State Farm Insurance; Jeanine O’Donnell of State Farm Insurance; Eric Blondin of State Farm Insurance; Pioneer Materials; Sussex Eye Center; Scott Hanna Painting; Child’s Play by the Bay; Kucharik Landscape Co.; and Kids’ Ketch.

We greatly appreciate all of our supporters for their contributions: Dickens Parlour Theatre; Tri Gas and Oil Co.; Jungle Jim’s; Clean Delaware; Grand Rental Station; First State Disposal; Napa Auto Parts; The Cultured Pearl; Jake’s Seafood House; Brian K. Hall with Cat Country Radio; Cape Gazette; Blue Rhino; Oopsie Doodle Daisy; Lewes Printing; Logomotive; Parents as Teachers; Funland; Peninsula Golf and Country Club; Fifer Orchards Local Fresh Market; Downtown Cowgirl; Melissa Clampitt with Lia Sophia Jewelry; Kaya Wellness Center; Shore Pretty Faces; Delaware Children’s Museum; Jiffy Lube; Nicola Pizza; TLC Tray; Baywood Greens; Indian River Land Co.; Warren’s Station; and Miltonian Pizzeria.

A special thank you to Rehoboth Beach Big K (Kmart) who generously hosts this event in their parking lot each year.

Thank you to the MOMS Club volunteers, the March of Dimes volunteers and the community volunteers.

Of course, we couldn’t have done it if the truck drivers had not given up their time to be there. They put forth an amazing effort to entertain and educate the children, and the more than 1,800 people who attended loved seeing their vehicles.

Thank you to the coordinators and drivers for Boozer Excavation; Rehoboth Beach Post Office; Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Co.; Thoro-good’s Concrete Co.; Delaware State Police, Troop 7; Pugh Trucking; Rehoboth Beach Police Department; Sussex County Paramedics; Tom Kat’s Ice Cream; Allen Harim Farms; Sharp Energy; Rita’s Water Ice; Advance Auto Parts; Burris Logistics; Clean Cut Interlocking Pavers; Milford Housing Development Co.; Sussex County Bookmobile; Iron Source; Cape Henlopen Leo Club; Kucharik Landscape Co.; First State Disposal; Angerstein’s; Bob “Wrench” Asmussen; Hertrich; Greenwood Fire Co.; Melvin Joseph Construction; Dirt Works; and Scott Wainwright.

The MOMS Club also appreciates all of the businesses who hung signs and helped advertise our event, and everyone who attended Touch-A-Truck! Thank you very much!

Lisa Ashman and Laura Kucharik, Touch-A-Truck Co-coordinators
The MOMS Club of Rehoboth Beach Area DE

Progress for Prostate a hit again

I would like to thank publicly all the donors, players and merchants that helped to make the ninth annual Progress for Prostate tournament a success at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club on July 18 and 19.

I especially wish to thank Rich Bloch of Dickens Parlour Theatre, who not only served as honorary chairperson but also dazzled the sold-out audience at the pre-tournament dinner with his magic. The program has now raised $185,000 to provide for free prostate cancer screening at the Tunnel Cancer Center in Lewes. The program works in cooperation with the Beebe Medical Foundation.

A special thanks also to the hard working volunteers: Jack Sweeney, Pat Tiernan, Jim Scott, Joan MacKenzie, Glenn and Brenda Chisholm, Judie Davis, Ray and Chris Aumiller, Dan and Mary Monagle, Bill and Sue Clarke, Butch DeFonzo, Neil Leary, Jean Hipps and Jane Parker, as well as Beth Salaman and Mary Green from the Beebe Medical Foundation.

The full field of golfers enjoyed a wonderful day despite an interruption by Mother Nature. Kudos to Glen McDonald, Brian Trout and Andy Beebe of Cripple Creek for their contribution toward seeing that the golf course, support staff and food service were first class.

Thanks to all that participated and were so generous. Let’s do it again next year.

Bob Davis, Chairman and Founder
Progress for Prostate

Reader fed up with auto accidents

My family and I started coming to Bethany Beach in the late 1990s for family vacations. We grew to love the area and enjoyed its proximity to Arlington, Va., where we live year-round. My husband and I came to dream of retiring in the Bethany area and, in 2005 we purchased a small townhouse two miles from the beach.

We’ve been coming up on weekends and spend our two-week vacation each summer at Bethany. We’ve made friends, participated in community events and willingly pay the school/property taxes knowing it’s money well-spent to educate Delaware students.

Unfortunately, we’ve had it. In the last two years, we’ve been in two hit-and-run accidents that have occurred in or around the Bethany area. One occurred at Kent Avenue and Double Bridges road, with my husband and son in the car, which was totaled.

The other occurred this Wednesday [July 25] at 5 a.m. Someone plowed into our parked car, wrecking the back end, and then abandoned their own car. They are on the run, or maybe by this time they’ve been caught by our overworked police, who have their hands full dealing with too many of these incidents, particularly in the summer months.

So, goodbye, Bethany Beach. My dreams of a family-friendly beach environment on the shores of Delaware have been shaken. Thanks for the memories.

Moira Saucedo
Arlington, Va.

Reader apologizes for incident at game

To the Pat Knight 9- and 10 year-olds, to their parents and their coaches, and especially to the head coach, his mother and to my wife — a full apology for my actions at the Pat Knight Championship ballgame on Sunday.

Richard Smith
Ocean View