A good call by town officials


The pressure was most certainly on to show fireworks.

Throngs of people migrate to Bethany Beach every year this week to watch the fireworks explode into a vibrant kaleidoscope of color and wonder above the ocean, and town officials had spent months preparing — and spending — for the event.

But Mother Nature had different ideas this year, as she released her own series of booms and bright lights.

Think about the pressure the town had felt. Another succesful parade had kicked off the day’s festivities and the town and its visitors were prepared for the annual event that serves as Bethany Beach’s Super Bowl ... its World Cup ... its crowning moment in time.

A barge was rented to safely shoot off the fireworks from the ocean. The governor came to town. Families and businesses built floats to showcase their love of the town in the earlier parade. Horseshoes were tossed in the spirit of competition.

But all that was simply preamble for the big event. The fireworks to mark the anniversary of this nation’s independence was the draw, but the draw was put at risk by the weather.

What the town itself wouldn’t put into risk was the safety of the residents or visitors. They would eat the cost of the fireworks, and they would send home thousands of people disappointed. But they sent them home safely.

The town did the right thing by calling off the fireworks Tuesday night. We only hope Mother Nature cooperates next year, and takes that decision out of their hands.

We’ll keep an eye out on this one.

Pending a signature by the governor, full-day kindergarten will be a reality in the state by the 2008-2009 school year. Teachers love the idea because students have a better opportunity to be better prepared for first grade and get a more solid foundation for their learning future, parents love not having to worry as much about day care and most of the rest of us just think kids being in school as much as possible is a great idea.

But, like most situations, there is a cost issue. The state will pay one-time capital costs and two-thirds of the annual expenses. That leaves the rest to the school boards, if they choose to go ahead and implement the program.

Can the rest of you sense another referendum in the future?