Letters to the Editor -- May 4, 2012

Reader responds to previous letter

Your April 27 editorial stating positions of Sussex Council members and John Rine’s letter on the Obama presidency are related.

How? First, the County Sheriffs in this country are elected by the people, not hired by the State. The reason? Should a member of a local, state or the federal government attempt to enforce an unconstitutional edict upon them, the County Sheriff is the protector of the people and therefore needs arrest authority to prevent the abrogation of citizens’ Constitutional rights. The State Police are hired employees and could face firing under such a circumstance.

No one has asked that a new county police force be established, running up taxes. The Sheriff has requested the proper police training for his deputies and proper vehicle(s). What would you pay for your freedom?

Secondly, the actions of the current resident of the White House, as Mr. Rine pointed out, are inconsistent with the Constitution. His “czars” are issuing edicts to the populace, enforcing “regulations” with fines, destroying and/ seizing property of citizens.

The executive branch of our government does not have law-making rights under the Constitution. Mr. Obama took on the role of “dictator” when he stated that he will bypass the Congress and simply issue “executive orders.”

Additionally, Mr. Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate from the Kenyan hospital where he was born surfaced in 2010. It has his little footprint on it. The Congressional Record shows that some members of Congress attempted to pass laws, during 2006-2007, to change the requirements for presidential eligibility to merely a period of residency.

A non-governmental organization (NGO) for decades has used their power and money to fund and coach their selection of candidates. Zbigniew Brzyzinski, a CFR member stated on TV, “He (Obama) is the man to get the job done.” The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has an agenda which they published in 2005. Their ultimate goal is to place the U.S. under United Nations Agenda 21 and harsh international law and control of all of our energy and resources.

Based on my own research done over 12 years, I put my faith in only one of the presidential candidates for election in 2012, Ron Paul – a proven supporter of our Constitution. You may have noticed that the TV news folks derogate Ron Paul with negative comments. He is a nemesis to the CFR. The CFR has co-opted the TV news reporters as members and they derogate Ron Paul for that reason.

Roberta Carol

Annual Crop Walk takes place Saturday

Thank you and the Coastal Point for getting the word out about the Crop Walk. This is a large effort by many local churches each year and will be held again on May 5 at the Bethany Beach bandstand.

We walk because they walk! Women of Third World countries leave home each day with a large jug and hike through jungles for at least 5 miles to get water for their families. This is not clean water by any means, but it is the best they have. Sometimes the women do not return, because the jungles are full of animals – both the two- and four-legged kind.

So when we can drill wells in these villages, and the women no longer have to seek water, and when the water is clean, we have made a remarkable improvement in their lives. Also, we are helping our neighbors in the Midwest who lost so much in the tornados and flash fires.

We welcome everyone who can come and join us in the walk or to enjoy the entertainment. We gather at 10 a.m. and begin the walk at noon. Mr. Charles Papperella of WBOC will be holding a sing-a-long at noon, as well. It will be a fun time, so come one, come all!

Marianne Smith
Millville United Methodist Church

Reader disputes assertations in letter

I would like to draw your readers’ attention to www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/0/obama-report-card.htm, which provides a well-researched, partial refutation of the “parade of horribles” raised by Jack Rine in his recent letter.

I have learned that people – particularly those sympathetic to the Tea Party – often accept all they read on the Internet, verbatim, without questioning facts or motive. I know that the residents of Southern Delaware are thoughtful and well-read, for the most part, and do not easily fall into this trap. We are not the type of low-information voters Mr. Rine’s letter sought to reach out to.

While I am not 100 percent satisfied with President Obama’s record, we should not forget the financial predicament left by President Bush that he faced upon taking office and the hole dug for him to climb out of.

I am sure that come November, most Delaware voters will vote to stay the course and elect Barack Obama to a second term.

Bernard Fensterwald
Ocean View

Doctor offers info on lung disease

As a pulmonologist practicing in Delaware for three decades, I have seen patients suffering from a variety of lung diseases. I’ve seen my patients struggle to breathe and struggle to understand why they could not breathe. I’ve met them in the hospital and in the emergency room, as their struggles to breathe became near impossibility. What I have not seen in all of these years is a decrease in the number of people suffering from lung disease.

Lung disease is still the same killer that it was when I first began practicing medicine.

And yet, I’m optimistic for the future.

The American Lung Association just released its 13th annual State of the Air report. It shows that, while the air most Americans breathe is still dirty, still polluted, still filled with too much smog and soot, it’s getting better.

But better is not safe.

More than 127 million people are living in counties with dangerous levels of either ozone or particle pollution. And for those who already have lung diseases, like asthma, COPD or bronchitis, dirty polluted air makes their symptoms much worse.

Thanks to the Clean Air Act, we’ve made great progress in cleaning up air pollution from across the U.S. But there’s still a lot of work to be done. I live and work in the Mid-Atlantic, where we have some of the worst air – and best – in the country.

• The Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland metro area, which includes five New Jersey counties, was listed in the 2012 State of the Air report as being in the worst 25 city areas for ozone and for daily and year-round particle pollution.

• Pennsylvania had two counties among the 25 most polluted in the nation for short-term particle pollution and three counties among the 25 most polluted in the nation for year-round particle pollution.

• West Virginia’s air has generally improved compared to last year’s State of the Air report, and in fact was at its cleanest since the first annual report 12 years ago. However, West Virginia also claimed seven of the 27 metro areas listed as the most polluted cities for year-round particle pollution in the country.

• In my home state of Delaware, air quality also was at its cleanest since the annual report began 12 years ago. However, factors such as cross-state pollution played a role ultimately in poor air quality grades; all three Delaware counties received an “F” for ozone pollution.

I urge everyone to take the time to visit www.stateoftheair.org and learn about the air quality in their community. Then, take a moment to think about your friends, your neighbors and your loved ones who have lung disease and need our support to fight for air that’s safe for everyone to breathe. Join me in the fight for clean healthy air. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from air pollution by visiting www.stateoftheair.org.

Dr. Albert A. Rizzo,
National Volunteer Chair
American Lung Association

Safe cycling in Sussex County – Share the road

• Cyclists must ride with traffic. Cyclist should not ride on sidewalks. (In Bethany, it is against the law.)

• Cyclists should stay to the right on the road, but not too far right. A motorist passing too close puts a cyclist in the ditch.

• Drivers should give three feet of clearance.

• Cars should avoid the right hook, a prime cause of cycling accidents. Drivers passing cyclist, make a right turn, leaving the cyclist no chance to avoid a collision. The motorist misjudges the bikers speed.

• Everyone should exercise intersection etiquette.

• Cyclists are subject to the same laws as motorists. Stop means stop.

• Cyclists should slow down in congested areas and give an audible warning when approaching walkers and passing other cyclists.

The Bethany Fenwick Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Ocean to Bay” ride April 21 was such a success! The volunteers and business sponsors helped make it all happen. Now we all know what1,300 bikers on our roads look like. Good job!

We have many foreign workers, wearing no helmets and dark clothing, don’t ride safely. Students rely on their bikes. No one is looking for bikes going the wrong direction. Motorists making turns concentrate on observing busy traffic, looking for a good time to make that turn. Drivers are not looking for a bike coming the wrong way or on the sidewalks. Motorists and cyclists lack safe traveling habits.

Sussex County visitors overestimate our patience. Cyclists have few roads that have shoulders. Motorists owe bikers three feet of road space. “Share The Road.”

Like the “Ocean to Bay” bike tour, I choose to ride on back roads. These roads have no shoulder or narrow shoulders, especially Double Bridges. Traffic has gotten faster. Usually, there is no police presence. I realize motorists become annoyed when they have to travel out and around me. I do not have an answer, but as an avid cyclist, I hate to see someone hurt because they did something stupid.

Maureen Thomas
Ocean View

Family grateful for fundraising effort

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 turnout!

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

Family grateful for the kindness of others

This past weekend, we left, by mistake, a briefcase full of financial documents on the roof of our car. Unbeknownst to us, as we drove down Route 54, the brief case flew off the car and the papers spread out all over the road.

We want to thank the driver who honked to alert us and, most especially, the couple who stopped their car, retrieved the brief case from the middle of the road and helped us gather all the flying papers. Unbelievably, we recovered everything.

It is this type of generosity we so value in our community. We will definitely “pay it forward” when we have the opportunity.

Jim and Anne Weeks
West Fenwick

Shredding event smaller, but a success

This past weekend we had our third annual shredding event, held at Banks Wines & Spirits, and once again it was a huge success. Although not as big as past events, we still shredded over 10,000 pounds of paper.

We also brought in the Delaware Food Bank, where individuals could bring in canned goods if they chose. I am happy to say that we brought in over 18 boxes of food and delivered 690 pounds of canned goods to the Delaware Food Bank. Once again, it shows how this community steps up for great causes. For that, we humbly thank you.

I would also like to say thanks to the co-sponsors of the event, Heather’s Homeworks, Banks Wines & Spirits, Sedona restaurant, Scott and Shuman, La Vita Bella Day Spa, M Insurance and Going Green on Delmarva (a Coastal Point publication).

Michael P. Loftus
Loftus Wealth Strategies

Business owner upset with town’s decisions

My name is Sean Oates and I am a special education teacher at Indian River High School, as well as owner of Murphy’s Bar & Grill in Selbyville. It pains me to write this letter because I’ve known members of the Selbyville Town Council through a church affiliation for a number of years. But the truth has to be told, and the town’s recent handling of their liquor-law restrictions is a “mockery of justice.”

At a prior meeting when the proposed changes were discussed, the plan was “tabled” when concerns came up over the restrictive nature of the law. Towns such as Selbyville should be focused on enticing growth, not limiting it.

The Selbyville business owners holding liquor licenses were told by the town council that we were grandfathered in and that our businesses would not be affected. There are only two establishments in town that stay open until 1 a.m.

Everyone at the meeting or in the area knows who the change was directed toward. My establishment has not had any issues in at least three years. The Town tabled the discussion regarding early closing of businesses serving alcohol when realizing that the proposed law was not going to fix the problem.

The prior meeting was well-attended, and reporters were there because of the significance of the proposed change. I should have been advised the Town was addressing their liquor law again. If there are only two businesses in town affected by the proposal, common decency would suggest that you make sure they are notified.

This town meeting was unscrupulously underhanded and blatantly dishonest. Reporters called my business, asking my employees what they thought about the change. My employees’ response was that, although we did not agree with the proposal, we were unaffected because we were grandfathered in.

I called the Town to confirm what they had told me. I was told I had to close early, also. I previously served until 1 a.m. and had everyone out at 1:30 a.m. Now I have to stop serving at 11:30 p.m. and have everyone out at 12 a.m. When I asked them how they could blatantly lie to me at the previous meeting, it was suggested that I must have been confused and heard something incorrectly.

Six years ago, this looked like a town that was about to burst at the seams. New housing developments, a proposed retail outlet center of ridiculous proportions, new businesses.

There is nobody to blame for the collapse of the local economy, and whatever made this town attractive six years ago still exists today. The economy is not going to be bad forever. It fluctuates in cycles, and Selbyville should again be an attractive place to live or visit.

But as we stand right now, we have an old town council very comfortable and stuck in their ways. If Old Pro Golf wanted to open up in this town, they couldn’t because of the arcade/pool table restrictions. If Chuck E. Cheese or Dave & Busters wanted to move into town, they could not. If any number of chain restaurants were to consider this area, they would be very reluctant, considering the liquor sales laws currently in place forcing places to close up early because of the problems with one.

If there is a problem, fix the problem. Fix the water problem, fix the late-night violence problem. But allow a good business to do business and don’t limit future growth.

Maybe it is time for younger progressive-minded people to become politically active. I do not live in the town limits of Selbyville and cannot run, but others should at least consider. The welfare of this town and future generations that grow up here are what is the most important thing.

Sean Oates
Murphy’s Bar & Grill

Another reader chimes in on letter

I am no apologist for President Obama, but I am a believer in honest discussion of important issues based on the facts, avoiding half-truths, distortions and out-of-context statements intended to falsely persuade an audience composed of people who may not have the time or resources to determine the validity of the arguments they may read among your letters to the editor.

Case in point is Jack Rine’s lengthy diatribe attacking Obama for just about everything except how he puts on his pants in the morning.

Having taught mass communications for many years, I am familiar with the techniques of propaganda (a term I don’t use lightly), and many of them are present in Mr. Rine’s statements.

Most significantly, we learn nothing about the sources of his information. It appears that most of his list of “first president” do this or the other originated from a Web site of progressive radio host and author Thom Hartmann. Google “Thom Hartmann Obama Accomplishments” and you will find most of Mr. Rine’s list. While copyright infringement is still a somewhat hazy area on the Internet, taking another writer’s words without attribution is called plagiarism where I come from – it’s ethically and morally wrong and destroys the borrower’s credibility.

Mr. Rine employs another propaganda tactic by overlooking the context of his stolen ideas. Michelle Obama apparently does have 22 aides. Lady Bird Johnson had 30. Laura Bush had 16. Analyze many of his other assertions and you will find that they are not as simple or straight-forward as Mr. Rine would have you believe.

Still others are essentially manifestations of his apparent contempt for Mr. Obama, or are rhetorically charged in an attempt to override logic and reason. In the study of propaganda, this is called “glittering generalities” – words that sound good but are unsupported by reality. Mr. Rine is attempting to appeal to readers’ emotions by inciting them with distortions – another common tactic of propagandists.

The solution for letters of the type produced by Mr. Rine? Think for yourself. Find the facts. Insist that assertions are put in context. Avoid vague generalities and distortions. Get the whole story. Unfortunately, this isn’t always easy. But it is always important.

Aldan Weinberg
Frederick, Md.