Letters - January 27, 2006

County council violates voting principle

State Sen. Thurman Adams Jr. of Bridgeville and the Sussex County Council will not allow eastern Sussex people to have fair representation.

Sussex is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, but Adams refuses to allow a Senate vote on House Bill 170, to increase the size of the County Council from five members to seven members by adding two at-large members.

In 2005, the Delaware House of Representatives passed HB 170 with a resounding bipartisan 34-4 vote and sent it to the Senate, but Adams won’t let it out of committee and says he says he’ll stick to his guns.

If Sussex people were accurately represented, Eastern Sussex would have four council members to the west’s three; but for nearly 20 years, they have had only councilmen two while Western Sussex has enjoyed three.

To illustrate, Western Sussex has Councilmen Vance Phillips and Dale Dukes of Laurel, and Councilman Finley Jones of Greenwood, while the east side has only Councilman Lynn Rogers of Milton and Councilman George Cole of Ocean View.

Furthermore, the senator and the council plan to hold Eastern Sussex people hostage until 2012, when council has to comply with 2010 U.S. Census figures.

And the State Code calls for old 1970 Council boundary lines, which are actually unenforceable because they violate the one person, one vote principle.*

So please call and write to Sen. Thurman Adams asking him to release House Bill 170 for a vote. His legislative office phone is (302) 744-4318 and his address there is Legislative Hall, P.O. Box 1401, Dover, DE 19903.

Joan Deaver, President
Citizens for a Better Sussex

*(Source: 143rd General Assembly Senate Bill # 100; Primary Sponsor: Simpson; CoSponsors: Sens. Blevins, Bonini, Bunting, Connor, Peterson; Reps. Booth, Carey, DiPinto, Fallon, Hocker, Schwartzkopf, Spence; Introduced on: 04/29/2005; Long Title: AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 9 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCILMANIC DISTRICTS. Synopsis: This Act increases the size of the Sussex County Council from 5 members to 7 members by adding 2 at-large members. This Act also removes the 1970 Council boundary lines from the Code and replaces them with the current practice of creation by County ordinance. The 1970 lines are not enforceable due to one person, one vote requirements. Current Status: Senate Executive Committee on 04/29/2005; Fiscal Note: Not Required; Actions History: Apr 29, 2005 — Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate)

Handicapped parking lacks in Bethany

I would like to comment on the access to handicapped parking in Bethany Beach. It stinks!

I am handicapped through polio. During the summer, I can never find an unmetered handicapped spot when I need it. On good days, I don’t mind walking; however, on bad days I can’t walk very far. There are days when I drive through town and end up going home because I can’t find a metered or unmetered spot anywhere near where I need to go.

I have an 81-year-old mother who is very unsteady on her feet and can not walk far. She and her friends are avid beachgoers. Are they to be penalized by the abolishment of the free parking? Many of these elderly people have owned property in Bethany Beach for over 30 years. Shouldn’t age have some privileges? Is the Town’s greed taking over their basic Christian dogma from which it was started?

Everybody knows that during the summer it’s almost impossible to find a parking space with the town parking permit or at a meter. You have to get to the beach at the crack of dawn to get a spot. The handicapped spots are usually open.

Is the geriatric and handicapped crowd supposed to hike two blocks to use the beach because there are not any handicapped spots? Who is being punished now? Has our Town lost all sense of courtesy and decency? We are not Rehoboth, and I hope we will never be like Rehoboth. Bethany has always been a pleasant place to come to. Why change? Rehoboth has screwed up their main avenue so bad, it’s kept people away. Do we want to use them as an example?

It stands to reason that there would be a lot of handicapped places in use during the summer months — every house is packed. This is a family town. Families range from grandparents to young children, and 24 designated parking spots is nothing when you consider the hundreds of people who are in Bethany during the summer months. The fact that “30 to 50” places are being used is a very low percentage. Let’s be realistic.

There is abuse in every system, but I can’t believe there are many “healthy” people using a handicapped tag illegally. Why weren’t the “young surfers” confronted? They certainly deserve to be fined. Instead, the town wants to sink to the lowest level and abolish all handicap parking?

Didn’t I hear about a surplus of money the town had? It seems they have to look for ways to spend all the money collected from the 5 percent town tax, the impact tax and the parking meters. Does the Town really need the money a few handicapped tags take away?

It stands to reason that there would be a lot of handicapped places in use during the summer months — every house is packed. Packed with people spending money in our town. Let’s remember — it’s all about keeping Bethany a pleasant place to visit.

Peggy Milloy
Bethany Beach

Bethany should charge for handicapped parking

I have always thought it absurd to allow free handicapped parking in Bethany. The purpose of this special parking is to provide persons with disabilities easy access to their estinations. It is an insult to assume that they cannot afford to pay the same as others for their parking.

The two women quoted in the article used equally absurd excuses. They expressed a desire to be free of a purse when going to town. To suppose they don’t carry a purse when shopping is akin to assuming they don’t wear a suit when swimming.

Let everyone pay the same to park and allow a reasonable amount of spaces for those with disabilities. Invest in a few wheel “boots” for the cheaters and the problem will be solved.

Dave Kennett
North Bethany

Lobbyist issues reach across both parties

I am responding to Mr. Cleary’s comments published as a letter under “More control on lobbyists are needed” in the Jan. 20 Coastal Point.

I must agree with Mr. Cleary on this point and wholeheartedly support the idea that political corruption should be punished. I back the punishment of the guilty; however, we must actually determine who is guilty before we rant against the opposition.

It is obvious that Jack Abramoff is guilty since he has pleaded guilty. He is a Republican and a DeLay compatriot, which certainly suggests that a number of their mutual friends will also be found guilty.

But let’s not be too hasty in tarring Republicans. Abramoff has given six-figure contributions to the war chests of Democratic Sens. Reid, Murry, Dorgan and Harkin. And it’s a fact that Reid and Murry have said they will keep it while a number of Republicans have already returned theirs.

To some people Abramoff’s money is too hot to handle. But to my way of thinking, six-figure transactions are small potatoes because there are much larger amounts of money involved in this dirty business.

Of course this means that drastic lobbying reform is desperately needed. Will it happen? Probably. But we are talking about the very smart people that we have sent to Washington to represent us, both Republicans and Democrats, and they will quickly figure a way around whatever new rules are established.

And here is something that Mr. Cleary would never mention. The Wall Street Journal has recently published an editorial that said the Democrats were no less corrupt than the Republicans when they were in power. What a surprise. Is this news to anyone other than Mr. Cleary? The bottom line is that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We will unfortunately have this despicable conduct by whatever group is in the majority. But we still have the best form of government on the planet.

While I am here I must interject something of a partisan nature. I have watched some of the Alito hearings. As an American I am appalled that the Democrats continue to use Ted Kennedy as their ethics poster boy.

I said previously that these are smart people but maybe I’m wrong. I am also saddened and sickened to see that the seemingly mindless Democratic masses do not understand the real Ted Kennedy. But then again these are the same people that still worship Clinton, a convicted perjurer.

I cannot appreciate total party loyalty. Nixon was wrong and thrown to the dogs as he should have been. I often wonder if Democrats are too stupid to comprehend the difference between right and wrong.

Thomas M. Keeley III
Ocean View

Officer welcomes new recruits to team

This Saturday, Jan. 27, a big fleet of officers representing various police departments and the Delaware State Police graduate the police academy. Among those officers there are two Bethany Beach Police patrolmen: Robert Talbot and Rhys Bradshaw. I want to take this opportunity and congratulate them and wish them the best of luck.

Robert and Rhys — your career with the Bethany Beach Police Department will mean many things to you: opportunity to help people and making the difference, variety of tasks, excitement and challenge.

Bethany Beach is a great town to work in — the people are sincere, concerned about one another and willing to help. You will know many of them by their first names; you will know where they live and what time they take their dogs out for a morning walk. There is nothing like working for a friendly community.

So, every time you put your uniform on, remember, this is a symbol of service for the people, security and stability of your town.

I can hardly wait to walk the beat with you again. But for now, good luck with your field training program and keep your heads up. There is nothing else better than the surges of adrenaline that I know you wouldn’t easily get in any other job.

Cpl. Joanna Robertson
Bethany Beach Police Department

True law wakes up at last to ACLU

Last month, a decision was made by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which upheld the constitutionality of a “Ten Commandments” display in Mercer County, Ken., in the case of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky vs. Mercer County. In that decision, the court issued a stunning defeat to the ACLU, stating: “The ACLU ‘s arguments contain fundamental flaws. First, the ACLU makes repeated references to the “separation of church and state.” This extra-constitutional construct has grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.”

This decision brings out the truth that the ACLU has been exploiting “separation of church and state,” which does not exist in the Constitution. It was taken from a letter written by Jefferson in defense of the Constitution’s provision of prevention of government-imposed religion upon the people of the United States.

Our founders did not want to allow a possible recurrence in America of a thing like the forcing of the Church of England upon the people of that country by King Henry VIII. They wanted to prevent any possible concept of forced imposition of a state religion by our government. They wanted to ensure that the people of the United States could freely choose and practice their religion without interference from the government. The corruption in our legal system has done everything it can to reverse that intent of our founding fathers by corruption of law. We must reverse that.

Jefferson defended that Constitutional provision by saying it was a way to keep the state from imposing church, not to eliminate freely chosen church in the state. That twisted rationale is what is driving the liberals and the ACLU in the United States in their quest to eliminate Christianity in the United States. We must not let them get away with it, and judges everywhere should emulate the one in Kentucky who spoke out for truth in law.

Our Constitution guarantees us freedom of religion and the right to free speech, so we have the right to freely use the terms God, Jesus Christ, the Creator, Ten Commandment, etc., and pray whenever and wherever we please. Those who do not agree can just turn away, the same advice given to parents who are enjoined to just turn off the TV if there is pornography and sexual filth there that may offend their children. If that advice holds for overlooking filth, then it is far more applicable for those who do not wish to see or hear what is good.

The liberals do not have a one-way street to force their views to see and listen to filth, but prevent the majority in the United States from hearing about God. Christians in America have a demonstrated traditional and legal right to stand up for moral rights as stated in the Constitution. No person or organization has the right to misconstrue or destroy the intent of our founding fathers.

The United States of America is founded on the Constitution of the United States. That is the bedrock that has made us the supreme government on Earth. It is the Constitution that made us that way and it must be preserved if we wish to continue to exist. If we believe that, and if we wish to defend it, then we must oppose the ACLU in cases wherever they are threatening the true interpretation of the Constitution. Their very right to existence is thereby in question.

It is right to uphold the true concept of the Constitution and wrong to try to destroy it.

Lt. Col. Charles N. Valenti,
U.S. Army, Retired
Rehoboth Beach

Community needs to be thanked for support

On behalf of all the children, youth and families who benefited from the kindness of others in 2005, during our Spirit of Christmas Drive, Back-to-School Supply Program, Caring Hands Outreach Program and our Summer Youth and After School Enrichment Programs, Carolyn C. Showell the Director of Families Connected Inc. would like to say thank you.

Last year, because of the great response from the community we were able to help 327 children and their families during our Christmas drive, and in September you helped us send 147 students back to school with new clothes, shoes and school supplies. Through our Caring Hands program, the community has helped us provide low-income children with personal hygiene products, food, used clothes, shoes, toys, detergents, used computers and printers, and emergency assistance.

Last summer, Families Connected was able to serve 45 low-income youth during our summer enrichment program. Many local restaurants, businesses, churches and individuals opened their doors to provide lunches, snacks, and educationa1/fun activities for the youth.

Special thanks to Rev. Rob Townsend and the members at Grace UMC in Millsboro, who opened their doors daily for our after-school enrichment program, and thanks to all the volunteers and community partners who provided snacks, tutoring and homework assistance for our youth.

I would also like to thank all the businesses, civic groups, churches, foundations, financial institutions, and individuals that supported our fundraising efforts by providing a financial donation or gift. Your sponsorship of our programs is greatly appreciated.

Carolyn Showell

Ladies thank many for help with event

The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank all the sponsors who donated to make our basket bingo such a huge success. Without your help it would not be possible to have such a successful fundraiser.

Roxana Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary
Basket Bingo Committee

Bethany resident takes exception to letter

Mr. Valenti’s recent letter to this paper opposing abortion oddly characterizes right-wing Republicans as being morally right to oppose abortion and infers that liberal Democrats are morally wrong for supporting the right of a woman to make a choice on the matter. I say “oddly” because it is strange to call Republicans “moral” in light of the corruption scandals now erupting in Congress.

And it is strange that Mr. Valenti says the Democrats base their pro-choice stance on a civil right under the constitutional right of privacy, which Mr. Valenti glibly suggests “does not exist.” In 1973, the Supreme Court in the renowned case of Roe v. Wade voided state laws which made abortions criminal offenses, saying such laws violate the due process clause under the Fourth Amendment, which protects the right of privacy. And, sir, until that is overturned, it is the law of the land, and this constitutional right to privacy does exist.

Liberal Democrats are opposed to abortions, per se, but also value a woman’s right to make her own choice in the matter. Sen. Hillary Clinton recently announced her objection to abortions, but she acknowledges the woman’s right to choose. She says the decision on whether to have an abortion or not is “one of the most fundamental, difficult and soul-searching decisions a woman and a family can make, and is one in which the government should have no role.”

Further she says, “This decision is a proound and complicated one; a difficult, often the most difficult one a woman will ever make. The fact is that the best way to reduce the number of abortions is to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the first place.” She appealed to her Republican Planned Parenthood friends to continue and extend their programs to educate women and young girls on abstinence and contraceptive procedures to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

It is folly to believe that making abortions a criminal offense will halt abortions in this country. It would turn back the clock to the days of back-alley abortions by shyster doctors or nurses performing under unsanitary and life-threatening conditions, and back to the attempts by desperate and confused women and girls to perform the procedure themselves. Think coat hanger. Please, let’s not return to those days.

As a liberal Democrat, I submit that it is morally wrong that a teenage rape victim should be forced to have an unwanted baby (15,000 abortions a year in this country are attributable to rape), or that a woman should be forced to carry to term a pregnancy that poses a serious threat to her life or health. Other examples can be given.

Dowell Anders
Bethany Beach