Letters to the Editor -- July 16, 2010

It’s not Economics 101 we’re talking about

That most basic law of economics – supply and demand – that when something is plentiful, the price goes down and when that something is scare, the price goes up, is either not understood or simply ignored by the people who made the change to the Bethany Beach parking permit policy this year.

While acknowledging that there are only about 600 parking spaces east of Route 1 and that annually about 5,200 parking permits have been issued, they have tried to solve the parking shortage situation by eliminating a potentially significant source of income to the town while failing to have any impact on the parking situation.

The obvious answer would have been to eliminate the free passes and sell as many other passes at as high a price as the market would bear. Were those 5,200 passes to have been sold at $100 each – not an unreasonable cost for a summer of parking within a short walking distance to the beach – the town might have realized almost half a million dollars in revenue.

As it currently stands, consider the situation were the people who live east of Route 1 to take the free pass, put it on a second car, park it on the east-west streets and simply leave it there.

Come to think of it, that might not be such a bad idea, since the property owners east of Route 1 pay considerably higher property taxes than those to the west who park in front of our homes and enjoy the same privilege for free, i.e., getting walking-distance access to the beach without having to feed a parking meter – a privilege that we to the east subsidize in higher property taxes.

The town might also reconsider the business parking permit policy and the number of those issued at the expense of residents’ parking space – there’s plenty of parking to the west of Route 1 for these people (and they could always take the trolley to and from work since it’s almost free, courtesy of the taxpayers’ underwriting of the trolleys’ cost.).

Perhaps if the policy were that an employee had to provide proof of employment and purchase a permit for about $100, (rather than the employer, who gets to write off the cost as a business expense), the employees who enjoy the same beach parking privileges at the tax-paying residents would learn the lesson that life is no free lunch and if they worked anywhere else, they would have to pay their own way.

David Limroth
Bethany Beach

Hocker family, employees hosting fundraisers

The Hocker family and employees are hoping to join forces with the community to help raise funds for the needs of Justin Lowe, an Indian River High School senior who was injured in a surf accident in Ocean City on June 23. There are two upcoming fundraisers, which we hope the community will support for Justin’s cause.

“Sundae on Sunday” is scheduled for Sundays, July 25 and Aug. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. at both Hocker’s Grocery & Deli and the new Kwik Chef locations. The Hocker family will donate $1 from every sundae sold towards the Justin Lowe Foundation. Make Your Own Special Sundae! Hocker employees will donate their time to help with this event. What a great way to enjoy your summer Sunday evening while supporting a local family’s needs!

A second opportunity to contribute will be offered at Hocker’s Super Wash (car wash) in Clarksville on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26-28. The Hocker family will donate half of the proceeds from washes on those days to the Justin Lowe Foundation. Please mark your calendar and be sure to get your car washed during this special event.

If you are unable to attend either of these fundraisers, donations may be sent to: The Justin Lowe Foundation, c/o Delaware National Bank, 28581 Dupont Blvd., Millsboro, DE 19966.

Let’s show our support for Justin!

The Hocker family and employees

Former mayor wants town participation

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to citizens of Bethany Beach and was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

Time is running short to file as a candidate for the Town Council. Applicants must file by 4 p.m. on July 27, 2010. Remember – there are four seats up for election to Town Council – two of which may be filled by non-residents. The more candidates that file, the more chances our citizens can make a choice.

Hope you will apply to run.

Joseph McHugh
Retired mayor of Bethany Beach

Local church looks to help children

Bethany Beach Christian Church has chosen a Summer Mission Project for 2010. We will be working to replenish a Church World Service warehouse located in Maryland with much needed Disaster Relief Service Kits, which have been sent around the world to places such as New Orleans, Haiti and Chile. We are inviting the community to help us with this project.

Two types of kits will be put together, School Kits and Hygiene Kits. These are packages of supplies that are simple to gather, yet critical to those in disaster areas around the world.

A School Kit costing approximately $15 consists of one pair of blunt metal scissors with rounded tips, three 70-count spiral notebooks, totaling 200 to 210 pages, one 30 centimeter ruler (12 inches), one hand-held pencil sharpener, one large eraser, six new pencils with erasers, one box of 24 crayons, one 12-by-14-by-17-inch finished cotton or lightweight canvas bag with cloth handles (not reusable shopping bags or backpacks).

The Hygiene Kit, costing approximately $10, consists of one hand towel measuring 16-by-28-inches, one washcloth, one wide-tooth comb, one nail clipper (may have file attached, but no knife), one bar of bath-size soap in wrapper, one toothbrush in original package, six standard-size Band-Aids. The Hygiene Kit items are to be placed in a 1-gallon plastic bag with zipper closure.

People are invited to donate a completed kit or any items to help fill the kits. Everything must be new and the sizes or amounts as indicated. Anyone who would like to provide items for either the School Kit or the Hygiene Kit may drop them off at Bethany Beach Christian Church, downtown Bethany next to the playground on Tuesday mornings between 9:30 a.m. and noon or on Sunday mornings between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. You may also contact Bonnie Rae at (302) 537-9440 and arrange to drop off items at other times.

Kits will be assembled on Thursday, Aug. 26, 5-7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 29, 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Campbell Hall on the campus of the Bethany Beach Christian Church and Conference Center, next to the playground in downtown Bethany. Please let Bonnie know if you intend to attend.

Monetary donations are also welcome. Send checks to Bethany Beach Christian Church, P.O. Box 1484, Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 and indicate that the donation is for Disaster Kits.

Finally, if you are a member of another organization that is interested in participating in this project, please contact Bonnie Rae at (302) 537-9440.

Bonnie Rae, Outreach Chair
Bethany Beach Christian Church

Reader remembers local fallen hero

On July 1, 2010, Delaware lost a true hero, and our family lost a dear friend. Sgt. A.J. Creighton, U.S. Army, Special Forces, age 23, died in Afghanistan. A.J. died thousands of miles from home away from family and friends, in a country where he should not have been, fighting a war we will never win. A familiar story to those of us that experienced the Vietnam era in this country.

He did so because he was a soldier, doing what he was asked to do for his country, where he was as asked to do it, as thousands of men and women do everyday. A.J. will be missed, but never forgotten.

My hope is that there is a special place in Heaven for A.J. and all other servicemen and -women that give the ultimate sacrifice. My other hope is that there is a special place in Hell for those that send our young men and women to these places.

Lou Scrivani