Letters to the Editor -- June 29, 2012

Reader: Hearing a ‘kangaroo court’

You had to be at the hearing to hear the testimony of witnesses and evidence to know that the decision by the Sussex County Board of Personnel had observers shaking their heads at the total disregard of the testimony and evidence presented on behalf of Deputy Torres. The observers in the room were in palpable disbelief upon hearing the board’s verdict.

This board relied on GPS readings from cars that frequently lose battery power, recorded 7 mph when the car was parked, didn’t consider that different deputies drove the same vehicles, and they had an entirely incorrect home address for Mr. Torres. They bickered over his stopping by his wife’s office since she would buy his sandwiches for him and perhaps eat lunch together. They had her work address incorrect, as well. Hardly viable evidence.

Deputy Torres gave a full and complete accounting of his time on the records. Sheriff Christopher’s words described Deputy Torres as you would a consummate professional.

He served the largest area in the county. Rather than consider all of the testimony and evidence provided in the hearing, this kangaroo court instead determined to destroy Torres’ character, reputation and any ability to find future work.

They are saddling the county with the cost of two lawsuits because of their actions.

The County Council has refused to rehire either Mr. Torres and another deputy that left to take a police chief’s job. The Sheriff’s staff is cut down. He has one computer in a small office and cars that repeatedly break down. The county is grinding out the sheriff’s department. The quality of service provided to the courts will suffer with these cuts in staff.

Those 5,000 voters that elected the sheriff need to once again give him their support.

Roberta Carol

Reader wishes all a happy July 4th

As a former federal worker with 22 years of service at the Departments of Interior and Treasury, the Fourth of July is an important day for me. Since the dawn of our nation, federal workers have played a significant role in America’s achievements.

The contributions of federal workers will be very much in evidence this week as Americans prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Millions of Americans will check a weather report prepared by the National Weather Service, grill meat inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and fly in skies kept safe by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration.

Others will enjoy time outdoors in our National Parks, travel with children protected by car seats inspected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and visit post offices to mail letters and packages to loved ones serving in the military.

My fellow federal workers and I are proud of the jobs we’ve done for America for the last 236 years. We wish you, and the nation we love, a happy Independence Day.

Joe Harris

Removing the Indian mascot from IR

How long has the Indian been a part of the Indian River School District? We have already removed prayers from our schools because people that moved to Delaware felt the need to change things.

The Indian that is our mascot is not used as a racial, criminal or a slave symbol. I would think a mascot is a positive symbol — it represents our history. I graduated from Indian River, and I am proud to say that. I also have respect for the Indians of our past, present and future.

If Mr. Elling has nothing more important to worry about than a mascot for a school district, then I would say he needs a hobby. If Mr. Bireley feels the need to follow through on changing the name and mascot, then I think we need a new board member.

Last time I checked, we live in Delaware on the East Coast, not Oregon that is on the West Coast, in case anyone was confused. People — most of them that move here and want to change thing the way locals live and do things — need to leave well enough alone. If you do not like the way things are, then you could always move back to where you come from.

Rachel Johnson, Indian River graduate

Salt Pond Ladies Golf offers thanks for help

Salt Pond Ladies Golf held their annual opening day event on May 30, in which Bethany Beach, Ocean View and Lewes ladies participated in a scramble.

We want to thank the many local businesses/organizations who supported and contributed to the success of this day: Salt Pond Golf Course, Salon on Central, Treasure Island, Hocker’s, D’Ortone’s restaurant, Harris Teeter, Birdies Snack Bar at Salt Pond, Lord’s Landscaping, Ocean View Family Restaurant, Cindy’s Manicure & Pedicure, Turquoise Authentic Greek & American Restaurant, Cattails, The Café on 26, Bethany Beach Books, Crazy Ladies, Cripple Creek Restaurant, Magnolia’s restaurant, Bayside Golf Course, Bay Club Golf Course, Hooper’s Landing Golf, Baywood Greens Golf and the Rookery Golf Course.

We would also like to thank the members of the Salt Pond Ladies Golf for providing the continental breakfast and Birdies Snack Bar for catering the luncheon. A big thank-you also goes out to all of the folks who volunteered in making this a very special day.

Marilyn Adams
Salt Pond Ladies Golf