Letters to the Editor -- April 2, 2010


Reader upset by idea of Inlet casino
Editor:

Concerning the proposed Casino at Indian River Inlet: To help advance the objectives of eliminating state parks in Delaware, it is important to establish a set of rules. These would be rules by which a “Delaware Seashore State Park” may be reduced from a “precious heritage” to a mere business operation. Take something pristine, natural and a treasure, reduce it in size (never to be reclaimed) and turn it into a bright, glowing, man-made attraction — don’t worry about the environment.

In the first place, please consider that a Delaware Seashore State Park, just like a cake, is best diminished at the edges. Start your attack by first turning your attention to your remotest location in Delaware – lower, slower, Sussex County.

Second, in order that such park elimination may remain possible… and continue into the future, special care should be taken that while there may be state legislation to protect and maintain state park lands, these protections should be laughed off as negotiable and irrelevant.

They should be eliminated from any long-range comprehensive state plans, and therefore not enjoy the same rights and privileges, as other state land. This will allow small pieces to be gnarled away, just as a rat gnaws away a piece of cheese, and be subject to the wheeling and dealing of local elected officials, their families, private investment companies and those in power who do not have any interest protecting public sacred ground.

Third, announce that these state lands should acquire revenue to help the Mother State of Delaware in times of economic turmoil. This public trust is “a perfect scenario for more state revenue”! Any damage done to the watershed that negatively affects the wildlife living there and upsets the delicate natural ecology should be overlooked, forgiven as “progress” and claimed as a necessity for bringing in much-needed income. And don’t forget to shout, “… creation of new jobs and it’s for your benefit”.

Fourth, treat all public land as tempting future targets for growth and development. Developers should be encouraged! Construction should be encouraged! Overwhelm the public with an avalanche of rhetoric, paperwork and red tape. It will probably suppress those who support protection of shorebirds, fishing, nature walks and vulnerable turtles. By these means, as a lawyer who uses every legality to serve his client, you may convert your greed into realities.

Fifth, ignore the facts. Never mind that this is state land and belongs to the people of Delaware. Forget that the Center for Inland Bays is headquartered at the same location and is a premier facilitator and public educator of the environment. Don’t worry that diamond-back terrapins live in this ecologically sensitive habitat and that their struggles to survive are important to the hearts of many.

Mostly, just disregard that most people do not want a casino built in a location that they have chosen as a “Quiet Resort” to live, visit and vacation, to enjoy the ocean and beaches, see the stars at night and relax from continuous traffic and noise.

Sixth, if news arrives of outrage and dissatisfaction from the community, such news must be disbelieved. Suppose all complaints to be invented and promoted by a few factious demagogues, whom if you could disparage, would be quiet. Catch a few and embarrass them accordingly.

By the time all these rules are in place and put into effect, the outcome should be guaranteed. You will, that day, if you have not done it sooner, eliminate the trouble of dealing with the public and all their future intrusions. Look forward to enjoying some local turtle soup. Add money to your personal accounts. And remember, if they make themselves chumps… I mean, chum… then you sharks can prey upon them and devour them.

Bonnie Rae
South Bethany

Resident wants change on town council
Editor:

During this period of economic uncertainty facing governments locally, statewide and nationally, we must ensure that we elect fiscally responsible candidates to the Ocean View town council. Unfortunately, Councilman Richard Nippes does not meet those criteria.

Since being elected to the council, Mr. Nippes has supported every spending proposal in the town. After the town manager was hired to handle both the administrative and financial responsibilities, Mr. Nippes supported, just three months later, hiring a full-time financial director. He followed this by supporting a raise of more than $12,000 (17 percent) for the town manager, who had been on the job only six months. Unbelievable!

Mr. Nippes also endorsed spending more than $110,000 of taxpayer money to move the town administrative staff from the town hall to the public safety building. This decision came less than five years after the town hall had been renovated at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars. And just recently, as the town is looking to reduce expenses by $100,000, Mr. Nippes voted to spend another $20,000 to relocate the Public Works staff to the public safety building, leaving our town hall totally unoccupied.

Instead of coming up with proposed solutions to reduce spending, Mr. Nippes supported a tax increase on Ocean View residents of 8 percent each year over the next five years.

This record speaks for itself. We need representatives on the town council who will make more responsible decisions when it comes to spending taxpayer’s money. I feel Mr. Nippes has proved that he is not one of those representatives.

Baptist Damiano
Ocean View

Dance a success thanks to efforts of many
Editor:

I want to thank parishioners and priests of St. Ann’s Catholic Church for their support of our successful St. Patrick’s Dance on March 13. We are most grateful for the donations that were given by local businesses: The Party Store in Millsboro, Casapulla’s Restaurant, Hocker’s, Giant and B.J.’s in Millsboro.

I appreciate all of your help.

Donald Lake
Dagsboro

Amendt also wants change on council
Editor:

As the Ocean View Town Council elections approach, I want to express my feelings why the town can’t afford another three years of Councilman Richard Nippes.

Mr. Nippes is the councilman who last year introduced a resolution that would allow non-residents the right to vote in municipal elections. This would mean that property owners who may be in Ocean View part-time or not at all would overwhelmingly outnumber full-time residents and could control local issues affecting those of us who make Ocean View our permanent home. This is just wrong. The resolution was defeated but could be introduced again in the new council year.

Also, at a time when towns all around us are reducing spending, Mr. Nippes fully supported the effort to spend more than $150,000 of taxpayer funds to move the entire administrative staff from the town hall to the public safety building. Not only did this relocate town employees from the heart of the town in John West Park, it leaves the town hall, which had been renovated at a cost of almost $300,000 just five years ago, virtually empty. This does not represent good stewardship of taxpayer funds.

In addition, at the last council meeting, Councilman Nippes didn’t even have the courage to vote yes or no on an important issue of censure that had been debated by the council. Even after being encouraged by the mayor to cast a vote, Mr. Nippes abstained. Do we really want our town represented by someone with so little personal conviction?

I seriously hope not.

Norman Amendt
Ocean View

Steffens — A clear choice for Ocean View
Editor:

It is time for the right choice for the residents of Ocean View. Michele Steffens possesses all the qualities necessary to make a difference for the town.

I know Michele is a hard working, open-minded, honest and fiscally responsible individual. She will not only have the interests of the residents of Ocean View in mind, she will listen to their requests. Michele will work hard for the residents of Ocean View, just as she has as a member of the Indian River Football and Band Boosters.

Residents of Ocean View, please vote Saturday, April 10, and show your support for Michele Steffens.

Kami Banks
Ocean View

Reader believes casinos not needed in Sussex
Editor:

The following is a letter I e-mailed on March 26, 2010, to our Sussex County legislators that are supporting the expansion of gambling into our county. The casino gambling bill is rumored to be coming to the floor for a vote on Thursday, April 1, 2010. Coincidentally, this is also April Fool’s Day. How appropriate is that?

It is important that the citizens of Sussex realize who is behind this bill and its amendments. I decided not to send this letter to Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, knowing it would be a waste of time, as he is a fiscal, social and moral liberal with no sense of right, wrong, good or bad. Rep. Schwartzkopf continues to be the ring leader in the three-ring circus that our state government has become:

Dear Sen. Joe Booth, Sen. Robert Venables, Rep. John Atkins and Rep Biff Lee: As you know, HB 194, along with some of its amendments, will cause the expansion of gambling casinos into Sussex County. On behalf of many who feel the same as I do, I want you to ask you to please change your minds about supporting something that will forever change our county for the worse.

Please do not vote “Yes” on HB 194 and its amendments when they come to the floor. Please remove your names as additional sponsors of the bill and/or its amendments. Please lobby your peers to vote against the bill and its amendments also.

As citizens of Sussex County, we want to hold you in high regard as moral and social conservatives, but your continued support of these bills and amendments could cause us to believe otherwise.

The Indian River School Board has passed a resolution against placing casinos near their campuses and the Sussex County Council has placed a moratorium against building gambling casinos in the county.

Please realize that your moral and social conservative constituents do not want gambling casinos to be in the future of Sussex County. Please act according to the will of the people that understand right from wrong and good from bad.

Eric Bodenweiser
Georgetown

Candidates take exception to letter
Editor:

We are writing this letter to respond to a letter published in last week’s Coastal Point. The letter was written by incumbent councilman Dick Nippes. We normally would not respond to such drivel, but due to the inaccuracies portrayed by Mr. Nippes we feel obligated to set the record straight.

Shame on you, Mr. Nippes! How could you? Until your letter to the Coastal Point, all campaigning done in Ocean View had been positive. The only thing that Michele and I have done in the press and in person is to give out information about our backgrounds and vision for the town. We have and will continue to run a positive campaign.

We normally would not respond to negative campaigning. However, your accusations are so outlandish that we feel they must be addressed. First, we can assure the citizens of Ocean View that Michele and I are both independent people and thinkers. While we both know Mr. Wichmann, we were neither “hand-picked” nor will we be “obligated to support his agenda.” We have no idea where these allegations came from. Michele and I find them personally insulting and repugnant.

Second, we are still wondering where Mr. Nippes got his information regarding what we will do if we are successful in the election. We have never talked about take-home police cars. We have not discussed hiring another officer or buying another police car. We certainly have not talked about moving the administration out of the public safety building. We would like to know where Mr. Nippes got his information, because it was the first time we have heard it.

Mr. Nippes, before you feel compelled to write another letter, please call or e-mail first. Maybe we can shed some light on your thinking. Maybe we can sit down have a discussion. If, after that, you feel compelled to write, go ahead. For now, please stop the personal attacks that have no basis in fact. It reflects poorly on you, and more importantly, it reflects poorly on our town.

Geoff Christ, District 2 Candidate
Michele Steffens, District 1 Candidate
Ocean View

Reader asks motorists to be aware of others
Editor:

I am writing this letter in hopes to make people more aware of the dangers of pedestrians and vehicles. With spring here, and summer right around the corner, more and more people will be running, walking and riding bicycles in this area.

I am a full-time resident here, and I run almost every day. I am astounded by the amount of people who are behind the wheel of a vehicle who are completely oblivious to my running. I am on the correct side of the road, always inside the white line of the shoulder. The amount of cars that come over the white line is astounding.

Typically, it takes the person all the way up until they are right on top of me to see me! It’s unbelievable. Not only does it scare me, but it angers me tremendously. The other thing that I see all the time is drivers who are turning right, never, ever, look to the right for runners. They only look left for other cars. I can’t tell you how many times I have almost gotten hit because of this.

I have every right to be on the road along with vehicles. Now, I can’t speak for those who are not obeying the rules; i.e., those who run or bike on the wrong side of road, or don’t stay on the shoulder of the road where they can. But I can speak for myself, and I am asking people to please be more aware when they are behind the wheel of vehicle. I love to run and bicycle. I love being outside. I don’t want my life to end or be changed forever due to the negligence of someone who has no right to take my life into their hands.

For those who read this, thank you. I really appreciate it. For those drivers who get over when they can, I can’t thank you enough. Rest assure, if I am driving, and I see you running or biking, I will slow down, and get over, I promise you!

Jennifer Dieste
Ocean View

Police grateful for support with fundraiser
Editor:

The members of the Fraternal Order of Police Bethany Beach Lodge #16 thank the Bethany Blues BBQ, its staff and the members of the community for their support of our fundraising efforts for the Aubrey Spicer Fund.

In 2009, Aubrey’s dad, Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer, lost his life in the line of duty.

Special thanks go to Bethany Blues BBQ for their continued generosity. The restaurant stepped up to the plate by hosting two successful fundraisers for this charity. The most recent was held on March 24 and was attended by Officer Spicer’s parents, and, of course, little Aubrey, as invited guests of the restaurant.

Again, a heartfelt thanks to all who supported our efforts.

The Members of FOP Lodge #16, Bethany Beach

Esposito wants new faces on council
Editor:

It is a sad day when the elected officials of a town mock and vilify concerned citizens of the community who express their views on important town issues. There seems to be a continuing trend of this policy in Ocean View.

Former councilman Roy Thomas referred to theses citizens as a “mobocracy”. And for the past two years, current councilman Richard Nippes has referred to these citizens as a “vocal minority” and “those people,” as if they should be ignored at all costs. Even in his announcement of his running for reelection, he refers to these citizens as an “out-of-touch and uninformed group of people” and said “if you vote with the vocal minority you are a hero, but cross them and you become the villain.”

Based on Councilman Nippes’ comments, if you speak out on an issue, you are the vocal minority and if you don’t speak out, you represent the majority. Does that make any sense?

Our country was founded on the principle of the people participating in their government, and for an elected official to vilify the citizens of Ocean View who take the time to study the issues, attend council meetings and express their views, this is simply unforgivable. For this reason, Councilman Nippes will not receive my vote for reelection this April.

Joseph Esposito
Ocean View

Christ gets support for election
Editor:

I am very pleased to offer a letter of recommendation for my friend and colleague Geoffrey Christ for town council. Over the past two-plus years I have had the pleasure to serve with Geoffrey on the Delaware Board of Pharmacy and have witnessed first hand his skill and leadership at the state level. He has served the citizens of the First State as president and vice president, guiding the board through agendas, policies and procedures to make Delaware the safest state to practice pharmacy. Through numerous committees, and countless hours of devotion, Geoff has led the Board of Pharmacy by example, supporting his actions while maintaining a reputation for honesty, candor, confidentiality, fairness, ethic behavior and reliability.

I have also had the pleasure to have Geoffrey work for me as an overnight pharmacist as his pharmacy supervisor for Walgreens. He has exhibited extraordinary leadership performance to exceed company goals and significantly exceed that of most of his peers. He is consistent when implementing programs, policies and discipline, using his knowledge of reports, results and other complex situations in a logical and systemic way to identify operation of issues and trends. Geoffrey identifies the most critical issues and factors that need to be addressed and exhibits skills in analysis. He is able to perform tasks simultaneously and minimizes time between tasks, driving the goals of the district and company.

As an overnight pharmacist, Geoffrey has led a successful pharmacy team by encouraging an inclusive atmosphere with open communication and mutual respect for the perspectives and contributions of all employees. He accurately interprets others’ attitudes, feelings, emotions and reactions while displaying a courteous, patient respectful attitude. He facilitates a respectful and positive work environment by building his team through coaching and empowerment, giving clear assignments with specific goals and follows up to ensure accountability. Geoffrey’s relationship with his store manager and pharmacy manager has developed to reduce conflict, enhance cooperation and foster a team spirit.

I fully support Geoffrey’s decision to run for town council and feel he will be a leader in your community and in business for many years to come.

Don Holst, Pharmacy Supervisor
Walgreen Co.

Boosters grateful for support with event
Editor:

We would like to thank the many businesses, community groups and band boosters who contributed to our 2nd Annual IRHS Band Booster Bingo. The attendance and support of all was very much appreciated. It is so uplifting to see everyone working together for a good cause.

Special thanks to Brendan Warner, who again kept the program moving as our guest “caller” in his special way. We also want to again thank the Lord Baltimore Lions Club for their support and handling of our “record breaking” 50/50.

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company volunteers graciously allowed us to hold the event and the Millville fire police were instrumental in coordinating the parking for all who attended. We were also supported by the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, by the use of their tables and chairs. Please remember both fire companies when asked to donate. We depend on them and need to support their needs, as well.

Mark Marvel and Ben Ables have built the IRHS music program to be one of the very best around, and the fundraising will help to ensure that excellent program continues and grows. We hope you are able to appreciate your contribution when you hear and see our music department perform. Please plan to attend one of our upcoming concerts this spring!

Indian River High School
Band Boosters

Magill puts his support behind Nippes
Editor:

Candidates always talk about fiscal responsibility and civility, but only one candidate in this year’s District 1 council race has a proven track record of coming through for the citizens of Ocean View in difficult times.

That’s why Dr. Richard Nippes has my support to return for a second term to the Ocean View Town Council seat I held from 2001 to 2007.

Dr. Nippes, despite sometimes vile criticism, has stood firm and helped to save Ocean View taxpayers hundreds of dollars a year apiece in property taxes while preserving necessary and desirable services for a small town our size.

He has also tried to re-unite the citizens of Ocean View by helping to guide the former Ocean View Historical Committee to the private, non-profit Ocean View Historical Society, a group that documents our proud history, has revived celebrations that once brought this small town together, and finances most of its work through its own fundraising efforts.

Financially, thanks to council members like Dr. Nippes, Ocean View has had only two 8 percent tax increases in the past three years, a period that has seen the towns surrounding us literally raise taxes by 100 percent or more to stay afloat following the crash in transfer tax revenues.

Imagine what your taxes would look like if Dr. Nippes hadn’t stood up for common-sense financial management.

Imagine a small town like Ocean View with a 15,000-square-foot police station, 12 full-time police officers – all with their own police vehicles – a K-9 unit, a marine rescue unit, a full-time detective, a full-time janitor, a part-time receptionist to go with a full-time secretary, and a high-tech crimes unit.

All of those ideas have been proposed to build a “full-service” police agency on the backs of the taxpayers of our small town of 1,100 people.

The fact is, we fixed what was wrong with the Ocean View Police Department when we hired the sixth officer to provide 24/7 police protection, provided the department with 30 percent per year budget increases from FY2003 to FY2006, paid for training and weapons that were the envy of the entire state, and put the department into a state-of-the-art building that had three times the space needed for a small town like Ocean View.

With the common sense financial decisions by council and Dr. Nippes, the town’s 24/7 public safety service hasn’t been adversely affected by the cuts in that department – cuts necessitated by the collapse of the transfer taxes that sustained the police department’s budget.

At the same time, we neglected important needs in the town’s other departments, so it stands to reason that any available money now would go to improvements in the administrative and public works departments, to road maintenance to avoid costly road re-construction, to other public safety agencies that serve us like the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, and to projects like the drainage project in West View.

Dr. Nippes, who has children who were police officers, understands the challenges police officers face and understands the Ocean View Police Department has what it needs to do the job it has been asked to do. He also understands the other pressing needs that must be addressed.

For his efforts, Dr. Nippes has been accused of being on drugs in a council meeting, called dirty names, seen signs suggesting he be hanged and been trashed by Bill Wichmann at an historical society meeting that Wichmann knew Dr. Nippes couldn’t attend to defend himself.

Despite it all, Dr. Nippes has handled himself with class and dignity. So what, Steve Cobb, if he chooses to defend himself against baseless accusations?

Dr. Nippes didn’t start the troubles that began during my second term when we started saying “no” to the police department’s requests for continued 30 percent per year budget increases.

He has, however, been part of the ongoing solution to the town’s financial problems, and I guess that angers some people. They must feel they can bully a mild-mannered man like Dr. Nippes, but he’s stood firm for the citizens of this town. When the attacks became personal, he had every right to respond, and respond strongly.

In closing, like the election of 2008, the election of 2010 presents Ocean View voters with stark choices. Dr. Nippes is on the record with his idea of “fiscal responsibility.”

I urge all Ocean View registered voters to vote, and as you’re approached by candidates in person or phone, be sure to pin them down on their ideas for solving the town’s remaining financial issues so you know what you’re voting for when a candidate claims to be for “fiscal responsibility.”

Eric Magill
Ocean View

Meredith will not support Nippes
Editor:

I am offended, and I am sure other Ocean View citizens who regularly attend council meetings and other town meetings are, about being referred to by Richard Nippes as an “out of touch and uninformed, small group of people.” We are informed, and when we have suggestions or comments, we speak up. We have a right in our democracy to do this, and you should welcome citizens’ participation.

When I was president of the council and mayor of Ocean View over a seven-year period, I was sometimes criticized by my actions and votes. However, I, as well as my other council members, listened to the concerns of the people. I never abstained on a vote and always voted yes or no on all issues.

Dr. Nippes, how many times have you abstained on important issues? You were elected to vote on all issues! Each councilman is given information ahead of time to study, so they can make an informed vote.

Dr. Nippes, you have criticized my administration for spending too much. You fail to mention that we acquired your beloved Shore house for historic preservation and the Lampe property for park expansion. These were not your ideas. The Public Safety Building was built with existing transfer tax funds at no increase in the tax burden to our citizens. Transfer tax monies can only be used for capital projects or public safety.

Dr. Nippes, you take credit for moving the town’s administration employees to the Public Safety Building. This is supposed to save the town money. The cost of the move was approximately $200,000. How can this move be a cost savings to the town? The administrative staff could have been moved around in the town hall, with everyone getting adequate private space at very little cost.

Utility costs have gone up in the Public Safety Building and, at the same time, have not gone down substantially in the town hall building, as a reasonable temperature must be maintained with historic artifacts on display. The building is also used for various public meetings and the Historical Society.

I am saddened by the negative campaign you have been running with untruths and scare tactics.

Based on this, I cannot support your re-election.

Gary L. Meredith
Ocean View

Meredith will not support Nippes
Editor:

I am offended, and I am sure other Ocean View citizens who regularly attend council meetings and other town meetings are, about being referred to by Richard Nippes as an “out of touch and uninformed, small group of people.” We are informed, and when we have suggestions or comments, we speak up. We have a right in our democracy to do this, and you should welcome citizens’ participation.

When I was president of the council and mayor of Ocean View over a seven-year period, I was sometimes criticized by my actions and votes. However, I, as well as my other council members, listened to the concerns of the people. I never abstained on a vote and always voted yes or no on all issues.

Dr. Nippes, how many times have you abstained on important issues? You were elected to vote on all issues! Each councilman is given information ahead of time to study, so they can make an informed vote.

Dr. Nippes, you have criticized my administration for spending too much. You fail to mention that we acquired your beloved Shore house for historic preservation and the Lampe property for park expansion. These were not your ideas. The Public Safety Building was built with existing transfer tax funds at no increase in the tax burden to our citizens. Transfer tax monies can only be used for capital projects or public safety.

Dr. Nippes, you take credit for moving the town’s administration employees to the Public Safety Building. This is supposed to save the town money. The cost of the move was approximately $200,000. How can this move be a cost savings to the town? The administrative staff could have been moved around in the town hall, with everyone getting adequate private space at very little cost.

Utility costs have gone up in the Public Safety Building and, at the same time, have not gone down substantially in the town hall building, as a reasonable temperature must be maintained with historic artifacts on display. The building is also used for various public meetings and the Historical Society.

I am saddened by the negative campaign you have been running with untruths and scare tactics.

Based on this, I cannot support your re-election.

Gary L. Meredith
Ocean View

Mitchell supports Nippes, Ruback
Editor:

Most know that we have two governments or two centers of power in this town [Ocean View]. One is the public safety department and the other is headed by the town manager.

In 2008, there were three votes for moving the town hall to the public safety department, changing the take-home car policy and finding cost savings in the budget. In 2009, our majority of three votes was lost when Robert Lawless was elected without an opponent. Thus, the chief’s contract was extended for two more years, until 2014, even though Richard and I voted against it.

Yes, that is why I challenged the FOIA restrictions of executive session to bring this issue out into the light of day. Yes, the chief’s evaluation by the mayor was his alone; the Council was not involved in it. Yes, the two centers of power were fully operating in 2010.

If the town reelects Dick Nippes, the status quo is unchanged and Richard and I will be on the losing end of most votes. Richard and I will not be able to resist the chief’s ongoing request for more police officers and more police cars. Further, I predict that the town manager’s contract will not be extended and he will be forced to leave Ocean View at the end of next year.

Both Steffans and Christ are running as a team hand-picked by [Bill] Wichmann and his supporters. Steffans was chosen so quickly that no one bothered to look at her previous voting record in Ocean View. While she has lived in Ocean View most of her life, she has not cared enough to have voted in Ocean View. What does that say about her interest and “love of Ocean View”?

However, if the voters elect both Richard Nippes and Steve Ruback, we can retain the majority policies of 2008 and keep our budget savings. Richard Nippes’ letter in the Coastal Point said it all: “The election of Mr. Wichmann’s handpicked successors will lead to significant policy changes. I believe that Wichmann’s new agenda can be summarize in one word, ‘reversal.’”

This 2010 election will be the first chance since 2008 that voters will have a voice on what is happening in Ocean View. The stakes have never been higher. Please go out and campaign for both these candidates. They deserve your support. Vote as if your taxes depended on it, because they do.

If you have questions, please e-mail me at pmtichell@mchsi.com.


Perry J. Mitchell
Ocean View Town councilman

Reader upset with ‘financial reform’

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Ed Kaufman and was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

The bill that was just introduced by Sen. Christopher Dodd, known as “financial reform” legislation, is just a further push at negating our personal liberties and further hamstringing our faltering economy. It will ultimately work in concert with many other poorly-thought-out legislations that have brought us the current economic meltdown.

A good example, for starters, is the “Community Reinvestment Act,” which has helped to destroy our economy, working in concert with other factors on which your federal controls were impotent or otherwise unwilling to stop or curtail.

It continues to appear that you, our elected representatives, remain totally oblivious to the bad economic times that are wrecking our way of life. Your support of the recent health care controls legislation is another good example of your contempt for our Constitution and total disregard for the obviously overwhelming wishes of your constituents. Did you even see the CNN polling?

Please vote against passage of this so-noted “financial reform” legislation. You may be totally unaware of it, but your constituents are watching what you are doing.

Paul F. Phillips
Fenwick Island

Ruback makes his case for council seat
Editor:

I will be bringing to the table many years of managerial experience from my years in the telephone business. I was a project manager who supervised many employees, in addition to being responsible for a million-dollar-plus budget and a fleet of 25 company vehicles servicing a wide region across the Mid-Atlantic. On a daily basis, I used problem-solving skills in working closely with customers. I also served as a safety officer.

What I bring to the table is a fresh set of experiences and point-of-view that will lend itself well to the task of town management and operations.

With respect to adhering to the town’s charter, protocols, dictates, etc., my primary objective will be to serve as a problem-solver offering another point-of-view and being a contributor to the whole.

First and foremost, it is my goal to foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect, which is the only way to truly be productive. Ideally, I’m thinking of the council as being somewhat of a “think tank” with one goal in mind: town betterment and making this a town to be proud of.

So, if you wish your vote to count, go and register now, before the cut-off.

Steve Ruback
Ocean View

Residents supporting new candidates
Editor:

As parents raising a young family, it is refreshing to see two young parents step forward to run for the two available council seats on the Ocean View Town Council. These two parents share the same day-to-day problems that all parents experience and will bring a more practical approach to problem solving.

Instead of electing an out-of-touch, out-of-town history teacher who retired here to be close to the beach, it is about time to elect two local people, who actually work, live and raise their families here in Ocean View. Elect Michele Steffens for District 1 and Geoff Christ for District 2.

We will be voting for Michele and Geoff; we ask you to vote for them also, as it is time for a real change to real people.

Tom and Karen Scarangella
Ocean View

Steffens makes her case for council seat
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Ocean View residents and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

My name is Michele Steffens and I am running for the District 1 seat on the Ocean View Town Council.

I am quite proud of my deep Ocean View roots. My mom-mom and pop-pop, Archie Frank and Gretchen Savage, lived on Daisy Avenue in the 1930’s. He was a fisherman and farmer; she was a housewife and mother. I come from hard working parents. My dad, A. Frank “Reds” Savage, worked for DP&L, and my mom, Mary Savage, was a partner in the Harbor Lights Restaurant in Bethany Beach and the Sussex House Restaurant in Millsboro.

I would like to say thank-you to the citizens of Ocean View for their warm reception as I campaign door-to-door. It has been my pleasure to meet you and discuss your concerns. I hope to meet more of you on April 10 when you cast your vote at Town Hall.

Geoff Christ and I have combined our resources into a team campaign to demonstrate that two people with a mutual goal can, not only get along, but save money in the process. I believe Geoff and I are independent, confident, level-headed people that are not afraid to make the tough decisions. We are both raising families and experience the same challenges as the rest of our fellow citizens. If we can get along as candidates, just imagine what we can do as council members.

We are both raising families in our great town. Unfortunately, at the rate the town is spending the citizens’ revenues and raising taxes, our children may not be able to afford to live here. After speaking with many of the residents, they are concerned about the “spending problem” that has caused the structural deficit of the town. I would like to see the council make responsible spending a priority. A more businesslike approach is needed to balance the expenditures with the income.

Please show the current town council that the citizens really do care about our town and vote for Michele Steffens and Geoff Christ on Saturday, April 10, 2010.

Michele Savage Steffens
Ocean View