Letters - December 22, 2007

New power plans still a danger

In response to the ads by NRG promoting a coal-gasification plant, I would like to present the other side.

What they fail to point out is that we would still be extracting coal, causing the destruction of our mountains and the hazardous results to wildlife and the environment. While this plant would not be burning coal, there would still be added pollutants into our already unhealthy atmosphere. Even worse is the production of CO2, which is the main contributor to global warming.

There is no easy solution to the sequestering, gathering, of the gas. At huge expense, it could possibly be deposited into the ocean, but it will continue being an environmental issue, the depths of which we cannot even fathom.

It is time we started looking at energy alternatives that save our environment from toxic pollutants and greenhouse gasses. The only common sense answer is wind power. Wind is clean, especially if we stop polluting it. It is safe. It is renewable and free.

Yes, you might see a faint image of the turbines 6-8 miles off shore, but they are not hurting anyone. Yes, a few birds might fly into a blade occasionally, but so do pedestrians get in the way of automobiles. Should we ban them?

Data from current farms shows very few negative results to birds and wildlife, certainly no comparison to the damage done to humans’ lungs and lives. The question of storage for excess energy, I’m sure, could easily be resolved in this 21st century of technological genius, and at less expense than sequestration.

The benefits of wind power far exceed those of coal-gasification, and we need to act now to begin meeting our needs but saving the earth.

Constance Peterson

Family thankful for support of others

The family of Bruce Brosnahan would like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayers in our time of sorrow.

A special thank you goes out to his doctors and nurses at Beebe Hospital, the Melson’s Funeral Home and the staff at Gates of Heaven Cemetery.

Bruce was well-loved and made many friends while he was with us. He will be deeply missed by all. It is said that “time heals all pain.” Please bear with me and my family as we go through that time of healing.

I would like to once again thank everyone for being there for us. To Megan and Eric’s friends, thank you for trimming my tree. I don’t think I could have done it without you. And helping out after the services, you all were the best friends my children could have. You will always be special in my heart.

Janice, Megan, Eric and the entire Brosnahan family

Families offer venues for others for support

The DiFebo and Osias Families are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support they have received in the recent days since the death of their son-in-law and brother-in-law, Joshua M. Freeman.

They have requested that, in lieu of flowers or food, those wishing to provide support make donations directly to the following organizations, which are favorites of these families. This speaks to Josh’s commitment to community and education.

• Beebe Medical Foundation, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958; Project: Route 26 South Coastal Fund Health Campus;

• Most Blessed Sacrament School, 11242 Racetrack Road, Berlin, Md.;

• Worcester Preparatory School, P.O. Box 1006, 508 South Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811; Project: Scholarship Fund;

• Carl. M. Freeman Foundation, 18330 Village Center Drive, Second Floor, Olney, MD 20832; Project: F.A.C.E.S. of Sussex County.

The DiFebo and Osias families

Help needed with ringing charitable bell

In the period prior to Christmas, my wife and I volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army. We were outside G&E for a two-hour period. Upon hearing that there was a need for more “bell ringers,” we volunteered for two hours the following week. At the end of our shift, we were informed that nobody would be taking over. (This apparently was not unusual.)

There were gaps in the coverage at Hockers, G&E and Giant. Sadly, nobody was ringing the bell.

We thank Gerald Hocker and the management of Giant for allowing us to collect the much-needed donations for the Salvation Army, but were disappointed that there were not more of us collecting. It is sad that, in an area where so many people live so comfortably, a sufficient number could not donate two hours of their time to collect for this much-needed cause.

However, we must look forward and not back. Mark your November 2007 calendar now: Salvation Army bell ringing.

Noel Tuck
Bethany Beach

Emergency service workers do great job

Once again, I had to summon an ambulance for my mother, Kathryn Sears. Late Saturday evening, Nov. 11, 2006, Mother experienced sudden and extreme pain in her lower left leg.

One of our Millville ambulances arrived within three minutes of our call to 911. I wish to publicly thank Robin Myers and Shawn Humphreys for their competence and compassion.

We arrived at Beebe Medical Center, where we were moved quickly in the Emergency Department. Mrs. Sears underwent emergency surgery, recovered and was home for Thanksgiving.

Our community is fortunate to have a superior volunteer company. They deserve our support no matter how grand or how modest the offer.

Carol Hughes
Ocean View