Letters to the Editor -- July 24, 2009

Writer defends his beliefs, organization

I am writing this letter in response to a letter written by Dixie Boucher regarding the Sussex County Community Organized Regiment (SCCOR). As a disclaimer, I am not writing this letter on behalf of SCCOR but on my own behalf. I was responsible for setting up the debate held on July 7 that wound up being between the Libertarian, Wendy Jones, and the Republican, Rep. Joe Booth, after the Democrat, Eddy Parker, left the race for the 19th Senate seat for personal reasons.

I am sorry Ms. Boucher feels our group is close-minded and therefore will be ineffective. I disagree completely. So far, we have had tremendous speakers with valuable messages. Sen. Colin Bonini, Rep. John Atkins, Nicole Theis of the Delaware Family Policy Council and Shaun Fink (possibly a future house or senate candidate) have already spoken to SCCOR.

Our July 30 meeting will feature Rich Collins of the Positive Growth Alliance and on Aug. 18 we will feature Willie Savage II, who was recently elected to Woodbridge School Board. On Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., SCCOR will be on the Rehoboth Boardwalk to protest the stimulus package.

Of the four candidates vying for the 19th Senate seat, two of them are SCCOR members. Wendy Jones never misses a general meeting and always has intelligent input, while Matt Opaliski is on SCCOR’s Executive Committee and was instrumental in setting up our bylaws and Political Action Committee.

We have been on the front page of many newspapers, and our Web site, sccor.org, is top-notch, user-friendly and very interactive. Like it or not, we are an effective group.

If we had only asked Ms. Boucher’s question, I believe she would have left the American Legion Post 28 Pavilion with an altogether different feeling about our group. I feel sorry for anyone that left upset because their question was not asked.

It seems Ms. Boucher was the only one so upset it was necessary for her to publicly belittle a fledgling group of true conservatives that agree on one thing: this state and nation are on the wrong path, and unless we all stand up and start forcing our so-called leaders to make the right changes, we are headed for destruction.

The time for debate is over. We conservatives were asleep at the wheel. The socialist liberals have taken over and are driving us over a cliff. I can assure everyone, SCCOR will not be turning into a grassroots version of “The View.”

What was the question written by Ms. Boucher? I can only assume it was the only other property rights question turned in. Curiously, Ms. Boucher did not feel it was important enough or just neglected to give it to us in her letter. That other question: If one person owns a home where he lives and which is his most valuable property and another person a piece of land with trees and grass on it, both own property: Do they both have equal property rights under the law in your judgment?

In order to answer that question, a candidate would first have had to agree with the premise, which if translated honestly into plain English would read: If one person owns a valued mobile home where he lives and another person owns a piece of land, then they both own property. Obviously, the premise is false; one person owns a valued mobile home and the other person owns a piece of land. One is a piece of earth, the other a housing structure.

Another writer once referred to me as a spear-carrier for Mr. Robby Tunnell, owner of Pot-Nets. In fact, we met once briefly about 10 years ago, and I don’t think Mr. Tunnell could pick me out of a crowd if he had to. I would rather be referred to as a conservative free market enthusiast that can smell a liberal socialist from miles away.

Eric Bodenweiser

‘Grumpy Grandma’ gives an update

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to “Nora” and was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

It’s that time of year again, and we can’t wait to see you in Bethany next month. Uncle Jim has promised a full moon and, of course, we will have a crab feast and Uncle Dave’s candy store.

During the past winter, Mother Nature caused some serious damage to the beach – took away a lot of sand and some of the front of the sand dune. For a time, not only couldn’t you see the ocean, you couldn’t get to it because the front of the dune was washed away and so much sane was gone that you could see the jetties again.

But not to worry, I have good news! The Army Corps of Engineers came and replenished the beach. So with all these dredges and pipes and all kinds of equipment, they were able to build a new wide beach – and it only cost $2.25 million for 200,000 cubic yards of sand. I’m sure good ol’ Mother Nature will think twice before she messes with this beach again.

It won’t be long now and we will be on the new beach together having a grand time. Remind your mother to order more light sticks.

Grumpy Grandma Nancy Wright Greene
Salt Pond

Reader offers personal story about Parsons

I saw your published article titled “Parsons Farm host Epicurean Kids” (Volume 6, Issue 29), and I couldn’t help but respond with my story... The Parsons are more than good people that give back to the community. They are truly a blessing to our family on a personal level.

On July 19, 2009, our family prepared for a four-hour drive from St. Mary’s County, Md., (the southernmost part of Maryland) to Ocean City, Md., for a nice weekend vacation. Enthusiastic, we were all eager to get there, especially our two kids and three dogs we had in the back seat. Our sons, Matthew, 14, and Douglas, 10, were excited, but somewhat cramped with the three dogs being in the back seat of our Range Rover, accompanying them on our journey.

Doug, my sweetheart, decided to take the many back roads in hopes of avoiding heavy traffic, and we viewed it as an opportunity to stop at a market along the way for fresh fruit.

About 3.5 hours into our journey, we knew we were close but not quite sure what town we were passing through. Doug has commented that it looked like rain was forming outside. All of the sudden, “Boom!” The tire on our SUV blew out while driving, and we were suddenly forced to pull over and see what happened to the tire.

The tire was completely flat and, clearly, we were stuck. I saw a small market called Parsons and a farm across the street, and we drove the vehicle over there for our children’s safety and avoidance of oncoming traffic.

I thought, “No problem. We’ll put the spare on and we’ll be on our way in no time.” Only one issue – the Range Rover sits up very high from the ground, and this tire was going to be tough to get on. We struggled for a solid half-hour, desperate to get the spare tire on, but the car jack stalled on us and we were left to wait for roadside assistance (another two hours).

A polite person who worked at Parsons slowly drove by us and offered to help, and we declined and said we had it all under control (we didn’t want to burden anyone). Another 15 minutes later, another Parsons worker came over and just started helping us without us even asking.

I was very appreciative, especially considering I could feel the rain beginning to drizzle and I didn’t want to be stuck in this circumstance with our kids and dogs. The children were quick to use the unexpected time to visit the market, eat some raw fruit, which was delicious, and check out the animals on the farm.

Again, we had no idea where we were. Before we knew it, we had three nice guys, all from Parsons, all working together to get this tire installed for us. It was very heartwarming, and I felt a sense of peace knowing the kids were safe and enjoying our little unexpected “pause” in our trip.

One of the gentlemen was kind enough to drive back to his home and get a sturdy car jack that he knew would do the job. He came back, lifted the car, and the other two guys helped put on the tire. Amazing, generous and sincere are the first words that came to my heart.

Doug reached in his pocket and gave the guys some cash, in appreciation for their efforts and generosity. They refused to take the money and simply said, “Nope, I can’t take your money. Please just remember to help when you see another person in need as I have helped you.” My eyes welled up with tears, and I instantly thought of the movie “Pay It Forward.” Wow, what a great bunch of people! We smiled back, and we went along our way.

I want to personally thank those good guys that helped us that day! It really meant a lot of my family and I. We are thankful to have crossed their paths and will always support their market from this day forward with our fruit purchases. Thank you!

Melissa Curley
Tall Timbers, Md.

There are perils with government health care

I am writing to offer a number of comments on Joanne Cabry’s letter on health care reform in the July 17 Coastal Point and on health care itself.

Ms. Carby mentions a number of the usual administration talking points in her zeal to support a national health care system. She says that we have to put ideology aside in order to reform health care.

Ha! What this translates to is we all have to become liberal progressives which are actually socialists.

Then she bashes what she calls a bloated insurance industry. An insurance industry that no matter how you look at it has, in fact, helped create and support what many of us consider the best health care system available to anyone on this planet. Has she or any of her contemporaries considered the possibility of a bloated government health care system?

Ms. Carby also notes that most workers have previously obtained health insurance through their employers and that benefit is disappearing. She is correct on this point, but she omits one of the primary reasons for this is that the employers are being over taxed and have to adjust accordingly. They are capitalists, not socialists, and are in business for their profit, as well as the profit (wages) of their employees.

Ms. Carby notes the $1.4 million dollars spent on lobbying effort to stymie health care reform. I do not know where this figure comes from but do not doubt its validity. But I do believe that it is a drop in the bucket compared to what the administration reaps from its allies in the liberal press in support of health care reform.

I am surprised that Ms. Carby did not mention the 50 million uninsured. That is a staggering number. I do not want to be heartless, but where does it come from? And why don’t they ever mention the almost 350 million that do have coverage?

Another aspect of health care cost that the president does not see as a problem is tort reform. In fact, President Obama told the AMA that he believed that suffering patients deserve their litigated financial awards. He says this while he complains about insurance company executive pay but the sometimes 50 percent lawyers’ share of the settlement seems reasonable. We must not forget that he is a lawyer surrounded by a gaggle of lawyers in Washington.

In closing, I would like to ask Ms. Carby and those that are pushing so hard for health care reform if they are aware of our physician shortage. Seriously, we do have a physician shortage in this country! No one ever mentions that fact. What is going to happen if we adopt a government health care system that will add another 50 million patients to an all ready overburdened system?

Thomas M. Keeley III
Ocean View

Delaware Seashore State Park says ‘thanks’

On behalf of Delaware Seashore State Park, I would like to express how grateful we are to the local businesses of Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, and Rehoboth Beach for all of their generous donations to our 29th annual Sand Castle Contest. Without all of the amazing donations we received, the contest would not have been such a great success.

The event took place on Saturday, July 11, and drew a crowd of 130 participants. We had 44 teams competing in two categories and were able to send every single one of our competitors home with a prize!

This would never have been possible without the generosity of the following businesses: Sea Shell City, Seaside Country Store, Blue Heron Gifts, A Novel Idea, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Sea Level Designs Inc, Coconut Kids, The Palms at Bethany, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Surf Shop, Handbags and Accessories, Sunshine Beachwear, Breakers Surf Shop, Candy Kitchen, Sand Palace Motel, Ruddertowne, Scully’s Café, Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill, Dewey Beach Wings To Go, Booksandcoffee, Vavala’s Beach Things, Dewey Beach Rita’s Italian Ice, Bistro Café, Nalu—Hawaiian Surf Bar, LL Bean Outlet, Applebees, Ohana’s Hot Grille, The Shirt Factory, Christmas Spirit, Dolphin Dreaming, Bella Luna, Rehoboth Beach Variety, Ryan’s Gems and Junk, Grotto Pizza, Music for a Song, TCBY at Tanger Outlets, Big Fish Grill, Tanger Outlets, Delaware State Parks, Toys from the Attic, Rehoboth Toy & Kite Co., Alley Oop Skim Inc., Tickled Pink, The Bake Shoppe, Snyder’s Candy, Sea Finds, Bethany Blues in Lewes, Irish Eyes Pub in Milton and H2Air Kiteboarding.

Despite these challenging economic times, these businesses kindly donated prizes for our contest in order to support their community and the visitors to our state park.

We cannot say thank you enough to this remarkable group of local businesses. Because of them we were able to put on this free event for sand castle contest participants from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Florida and Virginia.

Next year marks the 30th Annual Delaware Seashore State Park Sand Castle Contest, and our hope is to make it an even bigger and more memorable experience for everyone who chooses to come out to participate or even just stroll around and watch the magic take shape.

We sincerely appreciate your support of this and the rest of our programming efforts at Delaware Seashore State Park. To learn more about other programs and special events in our Park Region, check out our Web site at www.destateparks.com/programs/delaware-seashore.asp.

Jim Hall, Interpretive Manager
Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum
Delaware Seashore State Park

Steele lets a Web site do his talking

Please go look at this Web site:


It says it all. You must get involved!

Harry Steele
Bethany Beach

Thomas proposed idea on non-resident voting

The Town of Ocean View is grappling with one of the most important issues to come before the Town Council since the annexation of Bear Trap several years ago. This issue is whether to grant non-resident property owners the right to vote in town elections.

I believe that the arguments for each side could be simplified as follows: If non-resident property owners were given the right to vote, they would now be in the majority and the resident property owners would be in the minority. The resident property owners feel that they have more at stake in the town’s future because they live here full-time. This is a valid argument.

The non-resident property owners feel that they contribute very significantly to Ocean View’s revenues and should have some say on how Ocean View is governed and how their money is spent. The current districting system does not give them that representation because councilpersons are elected by the resident property owners from all districts. This is a valid argument.

There is a compromise in the works. It was originated by Mr. Ira Broadman, a resident property owner of Bear Trap. It has been expanded upon by several individuals. As with many ideas, the original idea has merit, but the input of other individuals expands and improves on the original concept. It has been forwarded to Councilman Nippes for his consideration. I believe that it makes sense.

Here are the main points:

• Ocean View will have to redistrict the town based on the 2010 census. This has to be done per the current Town Charter. At this time, Ocean View would be divided into three districts made up of resident property owners only. You would have to be a resident property owner to run for Town Council in any one of these districts. Only resident property owners would be allowed to vote for councilpersons from these districts.

• A fourth distinct would be created and made up of all the non-resident property owners. You would have to be a non-resident property owner to run for Town Council in this district. Only non-resident property owners would be allowed to vote for a councilperson from this district.

• The mayor would be elected by both the resident property owners and the non-resident property owners. However, the mayor would have to be a resident property owner.

This compromise works. It protects the resident property owners because the Town Council will always have four resident property owners on the Council. It gives the non-resident property owners a “place at the table.” The non-resident property owners will truly have a councilperson that represents them directly.

It is a “win-win” for everyone. The Council should give this compromise serious consideration.

Roy Thomas
Ocean View

MOMS grateful for support of many

The MOMS Club of Rehoboth Beach Area, Del., Touch-A-Truck committee would like to thank the sponsors, supporters, participating companies, truck drivers, entertainers, volunteers, advertisers and the community for their support of the second annual Touch-A-Truck event, which raised over $8,000 for the March of Dimes of Delaware.

Thank you, first and foremost, to our sponsors, without whom Touch-A-Truck wouldn’t have happened: Clean Cut Interlocking Pavers, Beacon Pediatrics, Budget Blinds, Child’s Play by the Bay, County Bank, Country Life Homes, Kids’ Ketch Toys and Fashions, Kucharik Landscape Company, Melvin Joseph Construction, Mid-Atlantic Family Practice, Schell Brothers, Scott Hanna Painting, Jeanine O’Donnell of State Farm and Steamboat Landing.

We greatly appreciate all of our supporters for their contributions: Atlantic Theaters, Bonkersville, Cape Gazette, Cascading Carlos, Brian K. Hall and Cat Country Radio, Coastal Cakes by Karen, Comfort Zone Yoga, Creatable Crafts, Delaware Children’s Museum, Delaware Fire School, First State Disposal, Grand Rental Station, Harris Teeter, JP’s Catering, Jungle Jim’s, Kmart, LogoMotive Design and Screenprinting, Lollipop and Company, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Smoothies, Napa (Fisher) Auto Parts, Nurses ’N’ Kids, Pierson’s Comfort Group, Tom Kat’s Ice Cream Truck and WBOC TV.

Thank you to the energetic and friendly volunteers: Lisa Bennett Ashman, Eileen Baker, Kathleen Belfont, Judi Block, Sheryl Burris, Carrie Curry, Brittany Danahy, Jenny Friscia, Becky Geiger, Tracey Gross, Chrissy Hanna, Shelly Kennedy, Noel Lenhart, Jen McKean, Lisa McLamb, Alisha Melesky, Amy Mozingo, Janette Uffelman and the other members of the MOMS Club; Jen Uro, Elisabeth Fish, Aleks Casper, Tony Uniatowski, Kim Blanco, Mich Katsimbris, and Jeff Leggett from the March of Dimes; as well as Sarah Dickey, Diane DiTolvo, Allison Gillert, Mark Jordan, Suzanne Jordan, Autumn Lenhart, Becca Lenhart, Patty Munzert, Jeanine O’Donnell, Joanne Schneider, Tim Scott, Candace Shetzler, Donna Smith and Elyse Starr. A special thanks to our honorary member “Pa” (Edward Cline) for being so helpful!

Of course, we couldn’t have done it if the truck drivers had not given up their time off to be there. They put forth quite an effort to entertain, educate and amuse the children, and the children who attended enjoyed seeing, feeling and hearing their vehicles.

Thank you to the owners, coordinators and drivers for A.P. Croll and Son, Angerstein’s Building Supply, Atlantic Concrete, Boozer Excavation, Bunting’s Garage, Burris Foods, Busy Bea’s Happy Tumble Bus, Cape Henlopen School District, Frank Castano’s motorcycle, Cat Country Radio, Chesapeake Climate Control, City of Lewes, City of Rehoboth Beach Police, Coastal Towing and Repair, Comcast, First State Disposal, J.T. Hoover Concrete Inc., Kwik & Crafty Construction, Lovin’ Life Limos, Melvin Joseph Construction, Millsboro Fire Company’s Fire Safety House, Mr. Natural Bottled Water, J.R. Mocci Co. Inc., Perdue, Pugh Trucking, Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Rehoboth Home Services, Safe Kids Coalition, Snap-on Tools, Steamboat Landing, Superclean Demolition, Sussex County Paramedics, Thoro-Good’s Concrete, Tom Kat’s Ice Cream, Troop 7, U.S. Postal Service, Warrington Racing, Weller’s Utility Trailers and WBOC TV.

The MOMS Club also appreciates all of the businesses who hung signs and people who helped advertise the event, and the nearly 2,000 people who came to see the trucks and support the March of Dimes. Thank you!

Laura Kucharik, Touch-A-Truck Committee Coordinator
The MOMS Club of Rehoboth Beach Area, Del.