Letters to the Editor -- June 22, 2012

State officials thank residents for input

We would like to say “thank you” to all the residents who attended the Monday-evening discussion at the Millville Fire Hall on June 11, 2012, concerning the Beebe Medical Center located on Route 26 in Millville.

An informative presentation was given by Alex A. Sydnor, vice president of external affairs of Beebe hospital and Eric Gallagher, MD, a Beebe emergency room physician. Their informative presentation was followed by a very active question-and-answer session involving the attending citizens and numerous emergency responders.

Although the Beebe Medical Center was changed from an emergency room to a walk-in clinic, your quality of available emergency medical care has not been diminished. In all emergency cases, you need to call 911 for immediate response by highly trained and equipped emergency medical technicians. All in the room agreed that we have arguably the best EMT’s in the country.

Thank you to all who attended and to Alex Sydnor and Eric Gallagher, MD.

State Sen. George Bunting (D-20th)
State Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th)

Reader grateful for Warner’s efforts

I wanted to write a note and add my name to the list of Brett Warner’s fans, Bethany Beach’s public works director.

Although fixing a long-standing area concerning flooding of the Loop Canal maybe more important, I am so thrilled that he has been able to reduce the number of signs (I think I read that it is down by 66 percent!).

Now we can see Melinda’s (the hard-working, dedicated landscaper... “the flower lady”) beautiful beds all around the town. Thank you, Brett!

Tina Edgar
Bethany Beach

NARFE thankful for support with event

The Coastal Sussex Chapter of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) would like to thank the Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Ocean View communities for the support we received for our charity golf tournament May 11, 2012, at Salt Pond Golf Club. Generous support for the tournament and our charity auctions netted over $6,000, which will go directly to support Alzheimer’s research.

Local businesses and organizations who supported this charity event included: Bethany Dental; Bob’s Marine Service; Brasure’s Pest Control; Brooks Furniture; Cattails; Center for Dermatology; Cindy’s Manicure; James Cohee & Associates Accountants; Cottage Café; Dagsboro Paint; Delaware Electric Co-Operative; Delaware state Sen. George Bunting, District 20, Bethany Beach; Delaware state Rep. Gerald Hocker, 38th District, Ocean View; DiFebo’s Bistro; D’Ortone’s restaurant; Fenwick Hardware; Gale Force Carpet Cleaning; Henlopen City Oyster House; Kim Hook, Remax Real Estate; Max Hutsell, Edward Jones Financial Services; Just Hooked restaurant; Leslie Kopp, Long & Foster Real Estate; James Kramer, dentist; Lobster Shanty; M&M Computers; M&T Bank, Pia Calhoun; Mid-Atlantic Marine; Mio Fratello’s; Don Birch and Chris Vane of Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney; Ocean View Family Restaurant; Overture Home Electronics; Port Bar and Restaurant; Rotary International, Southern Sussex Chapter; Ruddo’s Golf; Sea Level; State Farm Insurance, Denise Beam; Steen Waehler & Schrider-Fox Law Firm; Studio 26 Hair Styling Salon Sussex County Council; Tidewater Physical Therapy; VFW Mason Dixon Post 7234; VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Mason Dixon Post 7234; and Susan Weidman, Law Offices of Susan Pittard Weidman.

Golf courses donating golf foursomes included: Bayside Resort Golf Club; Baywood Greens; Cripple Creek Country Club; Heritage Shores Golf Club; Kings Creek Country Club; Man O’ War; Nutter’s Crossing; Peninsula Golf Club; Rehoboth Beach Country Club; Rookery; and Salt Pond Golf Club.

We would also like to thank Salt Pond Golf Club for a well-run golf tournament that was enjoyable to all participants and Cottage Café for holding our post-tournament luncheon.

Special thanks are owed to D’Ortone’s restaurant for separately hosting a “Dine and Donate” evening with proceeds going to Alzheimer’s research.

Ron Weber, Golf Chairperson
Richard Oliver, Alzheimer’s Chairperson
NARFE Chapter 1690

Reader responds to previous Point letter

I read the comments concerning Harry Steele’s recent letter to the editor, which I had not read. What really struck me in the letter of complaint was the apparent feeling (by the writer) that people who think as Mr. Steele does should be silenced and that you as editor risk the reputation of your paper by publishing them. The writer seems fearful of ideas that do not mesh with his own. That is too bad, but it mimics what seems to be a national trend.

Many times I have read letters to the editor and not agreed with them. In Mr. Steele’s case, however, I often am on the same page and I find his thoughts to be provocative and stimulating. The provocation to think is the best benefit from reading most anything political, and I think we can all learn from those who think differently from ourselves.

Our disappearing big American newspaper industry today seems all too willing to crush opposing thoughts. The once-great Washington Post no longer even publishes letters in the editorial section. It is refreshing that you give voice to everyone, and I applaud your effort, and I hope you continue publishing interesting letters and not try to silence anyone because of politics.

Paul F. Phillips
Fenwick Island

People have the power of their voices

You may not be aware that a CVS is scheduled to be built in Ocean View on the corner of West Street and Route 26. Last year, many people became involved with the process of deciding whether the property on which it will be built could be changed from residential to commercial. CVS saw the large community involvement and redesigned the building to blend in with our beach community, less brick and more grey siding.

On Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall located at 32 West Avenue, Ocean View residents have an opportunity to review a final site plan when it is presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

I live directly behind the planned CVS and the two adjacent commercial lots, so the design, traffic and lighting will impact my quality of life. More importantly, it will set the stage for future development design.

The design of Ocean View’s commercial properties will impact your property values. If people show interest, developers will listen. The community of Rosegate West requested a full-length fence along the back of CVS to block noise and light from cars, with landscaping along the fence to enhance the look. CVS was willing to do whatever was necessary.

In the end, the commission recommended an L-shaped fence with plantings. Attend the meeting if you are interested in the design of the CVS and how it will contribute to the image of the Town of Ocean View.

Peggie Ravida
Ocean View

We must move ahead with energy program

In this election cycle, every American should ask him or herself this question: Why does the United States have a strategic petroleum reserve? The answer is simple: National security and survival.

Oil is vital to the United States. If our country were suddenly deprived of oil, it would not be able to respond militarily to hostile force and the economy would spiral downward. The reserve is a short-term defensive measure to ensure the nation has a supply of crude oil for a limited period in a crisis.

The United States learned the importance of oil supplies in the 1970s during the Arab oil embargo. The U.S military recognized oil’s essential nature in the 1940s when Germany’s oil tanks and refineries were among the first targets bombed during World War II. Domestic fuel was one of the first commodities to be rationed at home during the war. Imagine the impact this would have today.

Today many Americans apparently do not understand the connection between oil and national security. Worse yet, some believe that our nation can simply turn off the oil spigots and rely on wind, solar and hydro power. While alternative and renewable sources of energy can augment somewhat our overall energy portfolio, they lack the ability to fuel our essential industries and military systems.

The United States must have a ready supply of liquid fuels refined from oil to power the military and economy. The robustness of our national security is dependent not just on maintaining technological superiority or adequate Pentagon budgets, but also on reliable and abundant supplies of energy to power our military vehicles and the other sophisticated elements that are the soul of our complex weapons systems.

Likewise, we need oil and natural gas to make it possible for hundreds of thousands of businesses and factories to create, manufacture and supply the defense establishment’s every need, including hardware, petrochemicals and polymers, while continuing to supply the essential needs of the civilian population. Oil and gas keep the economy humming, create jobs and produce the products that feed, clothe and transport the goods and services used by every American family.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that U.S. energy demand will increase 10 percent by 2035, and oil and natural gas will account for nearly 60 percent of energy consumption. This means policymakers should be doing everything possible to assure the United States is energy independent by encouraging oil and gas source development and research, removing unnecessary regulatory barriers and rejecting calls for punitive taxes.

Quite the opposite is occurring. Despite President Obama’s call for an “all of the above” energy strategy, the administration has been using taxpayers’ dollars to prop up renewable energy projects while imposing strict new regulations on oil and natural gas development. At least 10 federal agencies are considering new rules that could delay or discourage oil and natural gas production.

Some of the new regulations are layering unnecessary federal rules over state regulations on hydraulic fracturing, the technology credited with launching a U.S. energy renaissance. According to the EIA, the United States has enough natural gas to meet our needs for at least 90 years, thanks in part to fracking’s role in coaxing gas from formations such as the Marcellus Shale under portions of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Fracking also is leading to a boom in U.S. oil production. At the end of last year oil companies were producing 5.9 million barrels of oil per day — about 30 percent of our daily requirement and the largest volume since 2008. Now EIA is predicting an increase to 6.7 million barrels per day over the next few years, largely due to fracking’s ability to free oil from shale.

Every barrel of oil and every cubic foot of natural gas produced in the United States strengthens our national security and boosts our economy. Ample domestic energy supplies in the long term, and the strategic petroleum reserve in the short term, cushion us against calamity by reducing the ability of foreign energy exporters to exert their influence over the United States, especially in a crisis.

Yet there are factions in the United States that want to undermine our economic and military might by spreading unfounded fears about fracking and other forms of energy development. One must ask what they hope to gain. Do they want a poorer country unable to protect itself and provide for the well-being of its citizens?

We have been the unwitting, albeit well-intentioned, victims of a campaign of unsubstantiated claims and fears about energy production since the sixties. Let’s not forget “The China Syndrome,” nuclear winter, man-made global warming (aka global climate change), and now the dangers of fracking. What is the point of all of this?

America runs on oil and natural gas and will for the foreseeable future. Transportation, electric power generation, manufacturing — all are essential to the nation’s defense and economy. Moreover, oil and gas supplies depend on sensible policies that promote and encourage domestic energy development. We need to move forward, and do so quickly, with a vigorous energy program, or prepare to return to our caves and freeze in the dark.

R.A. “Andy” Smith

Family grateful for support with event

The Walls family would like to thank all who helped to raise money for finding a cure for pulmonary fibrosis, sponsored by the Tour de Har and hosted by the Cottage Café. What a great turn out!

Thank you to the guest bartenders, our musical entertainment, Carbon 14, the fine staff at the Cottage Café, all of the great sponsors for our auction items, those who helped work the ticket sales and to all of the people who took some time to come out and enjoy the evening and contribute to a great cause.

We continue to be so appreciative of the kindness extended by the members of our community — all in the memory of Harry J. Walls.

The Walls family