Letters


‘Lucy’ stirs up emotions for reader
Editor:

On the front page of The News Journal of April 20, 2007, there was an article entitled “Lucy Travels Spark Controversy.” No wonder!

The truth about “Lucy” is one of distortion and intended deception. Even the picture of “Lucy” is completely without warrant. She is made to look human, like some kind of “ape woman” when all they had to go on was “two bones.”

The facts of the story of “Lucy” are as follows:

In 1974 in Ethiopia, Africa, an anthropologist named Don Johnson was given a grant to find evidences of evolution. Two weeks before the grant expired, with no more promised, he found a crushed skull. A mile and a half away he found a knee joint. He put the two together and came up with “Lucy.” Because of the shape of the knee joint, he deduced it came from an ape. It takes imagination to create an ape woman from two bones.

When “Lucy” was displayed in the St. Louis Zoo, she had two human feet. The purpose was not to educate her viewers but to indoctrinate the gullible. Professor David Menton of Washington University said of the exhibit: “The statue is a complete misrepresentation. I believe they knew it is a misrepresentation.”

Bruce L. Carr, the zoo director of education, said: “Zoo officials have no plans to knuckle under. We cannot be updating every exhibit based on every new piece of evidence. We look at the overall exhibit and the impression it creates. We think the impression this exhibit creates is correct.” (St. Louis Post Dispatch, July 27, 1996.)

One might ask the director if “impressions” are more important than the facts.

Sir Arthur Keith said: “Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe it only because the only alternative is special creation and that is unthinkable.”

I wonder if “Lucy’s tour” will reveal the imaginary creation of her.

David L. Bennett
Dagsboro

Kool Bean did a great job with event
Editor:

Our community came together on March 30 at Kool Bean to show their support for Elizabeth Shoemaker. She is our local hero with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She will be traveling with her mother to Alaska on June 20, along with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Team in Training. Local runners are Catie Cummings, Ellen Dupont, Krista Littleton and Melissa Doherty.

We had a wonderful night with a delicious and very creative six-course dinner. I wish to recognize and thank owner Nancy Cross for opening her restaurant that night for this very important event. The staff was very friendly and wore Elizabeth T-shirts. The event was very successful and brought in $1,482, including auction items.

The Cottage Café held a fundraiser on Wednesday, April 25, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., and 15 percent of their dining room sales went to the girls.

Kool Bean will hold another benefit for Elizabeth on May 6, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

DiFebo’s will also hold a benefit on May 6, from 5 p.m. to 9:p.m. and proceeds will go to the girls.

The girls have been training hard and continue to fundraise for Alaska. Please continue to support our girls for this cause that is affecting so many people.

Kathleen M. Cummings
Leukemia & Lymphoma Team in Training

Reader not satisfied with 911 experience
Editor:

Our experience with 911 addressing has not been good so far.

Over a year ago, we were advised that our building (six condos) would be assigned an identifying number and that the name of our street would be changed (no explanation given). The identifying number plus the new street name would be our new address.

We were given labels with the new address and were told to advise utilities, post office, insurance companies, etc. of the change, as well as getting new driver’s licenses and registration cards containing the new address. In other words, a lot of work for no particular reason — i.e. what was wrong with the old street name?

Some seven months later, an identifying number was put on the building. We are still waiting for the sign with the new street name.

Fortunately, we did not go ahead and change the addresses on our licenses and car registrations, nor did we inform utilities etc. of the address change. I say, “fortunately,” because it obviously would be a problem to have an address involving a nonexistent street — for example, we get exasperated people coming by who have been driving all over our community looking for our unsigned street.

We called the Millville fire and emergency people a number of years ago for a medical emergency and they arrived promptly, so I tend to side with those who feel the changes aren’t needed. But the real problem is that the implementation of this program has been and continues to be a mess, to say the least.

Albert Diaz
Bethany Beach

Speed limit on Route 1 needs to change
Editor:

I couldn’t agree more with Bill Jarboe’s letter appearing in the March 30 issue regarding the ridiculous speed limits on Route 1. Since the work has stopped, the signs should be covered until it begins again. The reduction in the speed begins way before it is necessary, even if work were in progress. The signs nearer the bridge should remain due to the temporary traffic pattern.

Ellen Erbe
Ocean View

MVFC thanks Hocker and community
Editor:

The members of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company would like to take this opportunity to express their sincere thanks to Gerald Hocker for dedicating the proceeds of his 25th Annual Springtime Jamboree to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company. For those of you who were able to attend any of the three performances, you were certainly treated to a wonderful event with some outstanding entertainment.

Gerald made a decision 25 years ago to do a Springtime Jamboree to benefit an organization in our local community. He has continued with this venture with the idea of giving back a monetary “shot-in-the-arm” to area nonprofit organizations. At a time when it seems like many people are becoming self-centered and have the thought of “What can somebody do for me?” Gerald Hocker has continued with the philosophy of “What can I do to help and give back to the community?”

We would also like to thank everyone who was able to attend the Springtime Jamboree this year. Without the continued support of the community, Gerald’s Springtime Jamboree would have faded out many years ago.

A special thanks also goes out to all of the businesses and members of the community who sponsored an ad in the Springtime Jamboree booklet. Each of you helped make the 25th anniversary of the Springtime Jamboree special by providing Gerald, his performers, and all of the attendees with the largest Jamboree booklet ever produced.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank all of the performers in the Springtime Jamboree. Because of you possessing the same philosophy of “What can I do to help give back to the community?” you made the 25th anniversary of the Springtime Jamboree a huge success. Thanks for the dedication and professionalism each of you has shown.

The members of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company would once again like to thank everyone for their support of Gerald Hocker’s 25th anniversary of the Springtime Jamboree. Proceeds from the event are being placed in a special building fund and will be put to good use. With the ever-expanding growth of our community, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company is currently engaged in a building plan that will help us effectively service the community well into the future.

Bob Powell, Public Information Officer
Greg Tietmeyer, President
Doug Scott, Chief
Millville Volunteer Fire Company

Reader a big fan of chef, restaurant
Editor:

I would like to tell you about a delicious meal I had last week at the Royal Zephyr. It was my first visit there and will surely not be my last.

I have been following Tammy Mozingo around for years. I first met her at Tom and Terry’s Seafood Market on Cedar Neck Road. Then to Flamingo’s on Route 54. The meals she created there were scrumptious.

After Flamingo’s was sold, I followed her to Shark’s Cove and then a while later to Bear Trap Den.

Now she is executive chef of the Royal Zephyr, and what an excellent addition she is to that establishment.

Last week my friends and I ordered Caesar salad, cream of crab soup with sherry reduction on top and a Field of Greens salad (mixed greens, dried cherries, walnuts, apple smoked bacon, Gorgonzola cheese and dressed with maple vinaigrette).

We shared an order of honey ginger wings marinated in a honey, ginger teriyaki sauce. (This appetizer was a great seller at Flamingo’s, years ago.)

For our main entree we had Crusted Rockfish, which was pan-seared in corn meal and finished with a grilled onion relish with hints of apple and pineapple. Oh, so delectable.

We had a lovely bottle of Zinfandel called Seven Deadly Zins. It is a slightly dry red wine with a silky, smooth finish. They have an impressive wine list with very, very reasonable prices.

I just had to share my delightful dining experience with your readers. If you go on Wednesdays and are seated by 5:30, they will reduce your main entree dish by 10 percent, until May 17. That’s my lingo.

Hope to see you there sometime.

Terry Rogers
Ocean View

Physicians weigh in on renewable power
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Delaware Public Service Commission and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

I am writing on behalf of the Environmental and Public Health Committee of the Medical Society of Delaware (MSD) and MSD members in response to the request for public comment regarding sustainable and renewable power sources for Delaware.

The mission of MSD, an organization of approximately 1,700 physicians in Delaware, is to guide, serve and support Delaware physicians, promoting the practice and profession of medicine to enhance the health of our communities.

In keeping with our mission, MSD members tell Delaware lawmakers they care about policies that affect the hundreds of thousands of patients in our state. The physicians on the MSD Environmental and Public Health Committee have an interest in public health and wellness issues affecting the health of Delaware citizens.

Prior activities have focused on the development and oversight of uniform clinical guidelines for various medical conditions including asthma, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease, as well as the support of tobacco cessation programs.

Another area of focus for the committee is air quality issues. Delawareans can choose to be in a smoke-free environment but we have no choice about the air that we breathe.

We were recently provided with resolutions passed by the Florida Medical Association and Medical Association of Georgia which identify coal plants as a major source of pollution, global warming, mercury contamination in ocean wildlife, and as a cause of death, disease, cancer, heart and asthma attacks, strokes and low-birth-weight babies.

Shortly after receipt of these resolutions, MSD was made aware of the Delmarva Power’s IRP and the proposals made in response to it, including the addition of a gasification plant to the site of an existing coal-burning site and the BlueWater Wind proposal for an off-shore wind farm.

The Medical Society of Delaware supports less-polluting, more efficient power options that adhere to and strengthen Clean Air Act standards.

We do not support any one proposal at this time, but we urge the government and utilities to develop comprehensive energy conservation programs and to adopt improved energy efficiency standards. Increased power should be given careful consideration and full public debate, and preference should be given to the least polluting options.

We are in favor of clean and sustainable power sources which do not pose serious and known risks to our health.

John J. Goodill, M.D.
Chairperson, EPH Committee
Medical Society of Delaware

Superintendent talks school bus incident
Editor’s note: The following special statement from Indian River School District Superintendent Susan Bunting, concerning an April 27 incident at Sussex Central High School, was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

It has come to my attention that several parents have expressed concern about an incident that occurred at Sussex Central High School on Friday, April 27. In order to dispel the rumors and misinformation that have circulated throughout our community, I would like to clarify the details of this incident, and the actions subsequently taken by district officials.

On the morning of Friday, April 27, Sussex Central High School officials received information regarding an alleged threatening comment made by a female student on a school bus the previous afternoon. The principal, assistant principal and school resource officer confronted the student as she exited the school bus on Friday morning and began a thorough investigation of the incident.

As a result of this investigation, the Delaware State Trooper who serves as the school’s resource officer determined that the student was not a threat to herself or any other student. She was not placed under arrest and no additional disciplinary action was taken.

At no time during this incident was a specific threat made against another student or staff member. Furthermore, the student did not possess a weapon nor threaten to use a weapon to injure a student or staff member. Searches of the student’s locker and personal belongings revealed that she was not in possession of a firearm or any other weapon.

At no time during this incident were Sussex Central’s students and staff members placed in harm’s way. The investigation conducted by the school resource officer and administrative staff was thorough and conclusive. In their judgment, it was not necessary to evacuate students or place the building on lockdown.

The Indian River School District has strict procedures and guidelines addressing incidents involving intruders or attacks against a school. Parents can rest assured that school officials work continuously to insure the safety of all 8,100 students in the Indian River School District. The safety and security of students is our top priority and a duty that we do not take lightly.

Susan S. Bunting, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Indian River School District