Letters to the Editor -- May 11, 2012

Chamber offers thanks for support of bike tour

On behalf of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s staff and Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who helped make the 23rd Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour an overwhelming success. The Bike Tour, an important early-season tourism-driven event, sold out for the second year in a row, with nearly 1,300 cyclists.

This event, winner of the 2011 Southern Delaware Tourism Award, brings out-of-town visitors and revenue into our local economy at a time when our businesses need it most. This event wouldn’t have been possible without all of the hard work and dedication of our Chamber members, volunteers, sponsors and assistance from our local police and fire companies.

I want to thank Presenting Sponsor PNC Bank, Supporting Sponsors Good Earth Market, NV Homes Coastal Division and ResortQuest Delaware LLC, and Sag Wagon Sponsors Fenwick Islander Bike Shop and Oceanova-The Spa at Ocean View for all their efforts and support of the event.

Many thanks go out to all of our member businesses for their donations of time and resources; Atlantic Portrait Studio, Bethany Beach Books, Gallery One (Cheryl Wisbrock), McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Orhelein Photography Inc. and Ruthie’s Bethany Beach Bakery.

Other sponsors included: A Doc at Your Door, Bayside Resort Golf Club, The Bookend Café, Coastal Point, CRH Tented Events, Delaware Beach Life, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, First Shore Federal, Japanesque, Long & Foster Real Estate, Mr. Natural Bottled Water Inc., Pottery Place, Salisbury University, Tansey-Warner Realty and Thrasher’s French Fries.

I would also like to send out many thanks to all of our amazing volunteers prior, during and after the event. The bike tour couldn’t happen without you. To all of the local police and fire departments, Town of Bethany Beach and Public Works, Bethany Beach Fire Police; Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and EMS; Millville Fire Police and Roxana Fire Police for going over and beyond to ensure the safety of the cyclists.

Last, but not least, thank you to our area residents for being cautious and courteous to the cyclists on our local roads last Saturday. Your support enabled us to promote our area as a bicycling destination, stimulate the local economy and bring new revenue to our area businesses.

Carrie B. Subity, Executive Director
Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce

River Soccer offers thanks for support through Jamboree

For 30 years, Gerald Hocker and his Springtime Jamboree performers have entertained thousands of local fans.

This year, the River Soccer Club was selected to be the recipient of funds earned from the Jamboree show. The challenge for the organization is to go to the community and ask for support through ad sales for the program and attendance.

The River Soccer Club would like to thank everyone responsible for making this year’s Jamboree a success.

The Hocker family and friends go above and beyond, providing a fantastic show of music and comedy.

The people of our community came out in huge support by buying the second-most ads in the history of the Jamboree! Wow!

The River Soccer families, players, coaches and even grass-cutters are undeniably the most dedicated group of volunteers anywhere.

Check us out on our Web site www.riversoccerclub.com, or better yet come by and see our facility and kids on Gum Road in Roxana. You’ll see why we have the most awesome volunteers. Who knows? Maybe you would like to be a part of this winning team. Volunteer today. You won’t regret it, and the kids will never forget you!

Rebecca Mais, President
River Soccer Club

Reader champions ideals of‘Old White Dudes’

Do you think when the “Old White Dudes” decide to start “A Nation under God” this is what they wanted? I doubt it. Their “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” was not envisioned as we now are seeing in our lifetime.

First, Land of the Brave to them was basic freedoms for all to enjoy and preserve. Freedom of Speech was not being “politically correct,” but fair and not slanderous. Freedom of the Press was for all the news to be printed without bias, prejudice and fair in all viewpoints.

Freedom to Assemble in a civil and orderly manner that respects the views of all people — not any select or preferential group. Freedom to Worship whatever creator, God, entity or belief you may hold without infringement on another’s or fear to be allowed to believe in your beliefs. Freedom to elect a government of the people, for the people and by the people.

We are slowly losing the vision of that concept.

Free to Bear Arms because the “old white dudes” envisioned that our Judeo-Christian belief and lifestyle would be threatened. Anyway, you get the idea of “Land of the Free.”

Today, Land of the Free means free food, free healthcare, free housing, free education —elementary/high-school and college, free compensation for not working, free money for more children, free money for not being able to speak English and free phones.

By now I’m being looked at as a racist. This is a term used because I’m white, Christian, a senior citizen, worked all my life, saved money for retirement, and feel the government doesn’t owe me a thing except what the constitution guarantees me. I guess now, with gas hitting $4 a gallon, we can expect a free gas supplement.

Second, Home of the Brave was meant for those who protect our country, at home and abroad, those who help keep America safe from everyday problems we incur in a normal day, and those who brave the consequences to speak the truth and fight for freedom for all, not a select group of individuals with their own agenda. They don’t cover their faces and destroy other people’s property because someone told them this brings about equality.

If you’ve ever read history, you can understand that, since the beginning of time, all of the greatest civilizations have been destroyed from within. A good example was the Romans, and we are paralleling with it right now.

We’ve heard “Hope and Change.” Do you want your children and grandchildren to follow the fate of Rome? Let’s hope things change back to the visions of the original “old white dudes.”

Ron MaPorte

Rine defends hisposition on Obama

Allow me to reply to the gentleman from our local area and from the gent from out of town who criticized my remarks regarding BHO.

First, I am a Tea Party supporter; however, it is not true I believe everything read on the Internet. I do believe in the facts as printed on the Internet and as stated in my previous letter regarding the “firsts” for this sitting president. They can be supported by references which I did not feel needed to be published.

As far as being called a “plagiarist,” there is no crime in using words that are freely published and read on my PC unless so specified. That was not the case!

To further educate the Delaware voters, here is a bit of information that may guide them in their decision per voting come November. It regards the proposed 1 percent tax on all bank transactions, HR 4646. This is a bill in Congress, supported by BHO, put forth by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D) from Pennsylvania.

This is a 1 percent tax on all bank transactions every time it goes in and every time money goes out. For you doubters, it has been verified on Snopes. These are the facts, and no plagiarism is in play. Read on.

BHO’s finance team is recommending a 1 percent transaction fee (tax). It is intended to occur after the November elections. This 1 percent tax will affect all and any financial institutions, i.e. banks, credit unions, savings and loans, etc. All deposits you make, transfers within your own bank or institution from one account to another will have this charge.

If your paycheck, Social Security or whatever is direct deposit, it will be taxed 1 percent for the transaction – i.e. $1,000, $10 tax). Should you hand-carry the transaction, you will not escape the tax. If you receive, for example, a $5,000 stock dividend from your broker, BHO will take $50. That is for the privilege of depositing that check into your bank/institution account.

Remember, this is the man, BHO, who, in one of his many promises, promised you that if an individual made $250,000 per year, there would not be one penny of new tax change. Oh, and by the way, should you receive an IRS refund next year and it is direct-deposited into your account or if you walk the check to your banking institution, you will pay the 1 percent tax.

If you believe this is no big deal, do you recall how many transactions with your bank you made last year? No doubt it added up to a lot of bucks. Can you afford giving that sum to BHO and his administration? This voter cannot.

As a side note, for those readers who do not like what I say or think, that is OK. We are a democracy. This combat-wounded veteran fought for your right to disagree. Before you do so, however, ensure you know the facts before you jump to a conclusion. Semper fi.

Jack Rine
Ocean View

Bethany resident offers information on audit process

On May 5, 2012, Bethany Beach held a public open meeting on the Town’s financial audit with TGM Group LLC, Salisbury-based certified public accountants, led by Mr. Roy Geiser and Ms. Elizabeth Eicher. The Town’s fiscal year runs from April to March. The final audit report will be given in the first half of July.

A three-month window provides a strong and positive indicator of the town’s finance health. Some towns take nine months. The U.S. government has no approved budget, how do you audit? Bethany resident Mr. Phil Rossi serves as a voluntary internal finance auditor of the Town. After a review of the meeting, it is assuring the Town is in excellent finance hands.

The Town’s Web site is [at www.townofbethanybeach.com] and you can listen to their podcasts by following that link, including town council and planning commission meetings.

This writer asked three questions to the audit committee led by Patrick Sheplee, town audit chair, the CPA team director and Janet Connery, Bethany finance director. The questions related to accounting controls.

Question 1: What is the control process in place to eliminate passwords from all programs and all systems upon termination of employees?

Answer: The town policy has an explicit statement which says the passwords are locked at the termination of any level employee immediately, as well as control of any and all keys.

Question 2: How are funds paid by taxpayers segregated into the proper funds with the General Fund or any of the enterprise funds, including Water Bond Sinking Fund, Trash Residential or the ambulance funds?

Answer: This question was asked to ensure no commingling of funds and that funds with a purpose spent for the intended purpose. The finance director said a town computer program, on receipt of payment, directs the proper amount into the correct accounting ledger book. The CPA team director (Mr. Geiser) said he does a sufficient sample to check that the funds are deposited into the proper accounting category.

Question 3: How are funds accounted for multi-year projects, such as funds designated for “No Year” or items ordered in the current year but not delivered until following year? Retainage is a category of future payables for projects that have been contracted withholding a final payment amount or percentage until work is completed to the town’s satisfaction. An example is the multi-year Garfield Parkway Streetscape project or a computer item ordered in one year and received in the next year.

Answer: The Bethany finance director showed a town combined annual finance report (CAFR) showing a sufficient level of detail of the financial information transferables or retainage. The CPA team director (Mr. Geiser) tracks and reviews the documents (CAFR) and the information for completeness and accuracy.

For those with further questions, you are welcome to call me or send emails. Also, as a disclaimer, I have no interest in running for elective office or appointment to any board.

Pat Neary
Bethany Beach

CROP Walk reports successful turnout

The weather wasn’t the best, but the people were. This past Saturday did not bring the best weather, but it brought a lot of good people out to walk to stop poverty. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the CROP walk.

I can’t report how much we raised yet because we are still collecting, but we did use our feet and our hearts to show we care. Thank you to everyone who walked, came by to see the entertainment or donated to stop poverty.

I would especially like to thank the Nautical Sounds, Crystal and Paul of the Believers, and Charlie Paparella for volunteering their talents and time. They were all fantastic and caring people to be willing to come out on a dreary day and bring sunshine to the event. Thank you.

We had 18 churches participating in collecting for the walk, and most of them were represented on Saturday. Thank you for showing we understand what CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) stand for and that we believe, with our help, poverty can be overcome.

Rose Mary Hendrix
South Bethany