Letters: August 8, 2005

We should all be thankful for local good

A long time ago when I was in the service, there was a saying: “When the troops are complaining, they’re happy!”

I hear and read about many complaints in reference to the county council. The council didn’t spend millions to attract all of us who have moved to this beautiful area. We came on our own. The locals have mostly welcomed us while struggling with the same infrastructure frustrations as the rest of us. In reality, we only have a severe problem with traffic for six weeks, when our population mushrooms because of summer visitors.

The county council has not squandered the added revenue, as some suggest, but wisely spent it on central water and sewer.

Some of the local environmentalists should be thrilled, but they are quiet on the good decision making, preferring to fight the canal dredging when most see the need for increased circulation of the bay waters to help eliminate stagnant pools of water. The council is probably their worst enemy. They are local people who are quiet and consistent in their accomplishments.

The people who have moved here for the great lifestyle, ocean, bays, fishing, golf, and no sales tax and low property tax should be the council’s strongest supporters. Development means continued low taxes, continued raises for workers, continued expanded medical facilities, libraries and activities such as the Pyle Center and Lower Sussex Little League. It also means young families may stay and college graduates may come back to enjoy their heritage here.

Are things perfect? No. Are some types of development detrimental? Yes. Should the state spend more money on local roads instead of a fanciful Indian River Bridge? Yes. Nevertheless, we need to give credit for the low taxes we enjoy to the county council and its quiet, consistent investment in the county’s infrastructure and future.

E. Wayne Lednum

Cheer yoga class grateful to church
Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to Rev. Kerry Shull, of Ocean View Presbyterian Church, with a copy forwarded to the Coastal Point.

Dear Reverend Shull:

This letter is to thank you for offering a home to the Ocean View CHEER Center Senior Yoga class from March-August 2005.

The class has been together since September 2001 — both people who knew each other and strangers came together to bond as friends in a weekly yoga class. When the class needed a new home in the winter of 2005, one of your parishioners, Sue Dick, mentioned to you that the class needed a meeting place until the new CHEER center opened. You stepped right in and offered the class a place to meet in the Ocean View Presbyterian Church Community Hall.

We have been holding the weekly class in your roomy, handicapped-accessible, Community Hall since March, and we have felt very welcome and at home there. What a wonderful gift you gave the class, by letting us use your beautiful space. Now, however, the new Ocean View CHEER Center has opened, and as of Aug. 8, we will be moving our yoga class to the new center, where we will offer additional classes to the senior community.

Thank you so much for offering us a temporary home. We will always fondly remember your church and its staff and the comfort they offered us.

Cyndee Trower, RYT
CHEER Center Yoga instructor

Bethany Beach is indeed in good hands

Thank you for your editorial about Bethany Beach elections (July 29, “It seems that all is well”). Yes, I too, think all is well.

For over 20 years my neighbor was Harry Kaley, an early president of the Bethany Beach Land Owners Association. Harry’s mantra was, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Harry and I disagreed over the years about what was broke. However, I did agree with him occasionally — when it’s working, let it be.

The Bethany Beach Town Council is listening to the land owners. It is fiscally responsible. It is responding appropriately. It apologizes when necessary. What more can one ask? If change is needed, there will be candidates. Harry, it ain’t broke. Rest in peace.

Lois F. Lipsett
Bethany Beach

Hate laws need to be put into action

In 2003, the latest year for which the FBI released statistics, there were 9,100 reported hate crime victims in the United States, of which 52 percent were victimized due to race. Victims of religious and sexual orientation bias tied for second place at 16 percent. Of course, hate crimes are notoriously underreported, especially by gay people, many of whom are closeted and do not trust law enforcement.

The FBI defines hate crimes as those motivated by bias against race, religion, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation — and investigates all of those categories except sexual orientation. There is no federal hate crime law covering sexual orientation, which would give the feds jurisdiction to investigate. Keep statistics? Yes. Investigate? No.

The Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act, a federal hate crime bill covering sexual orientation, languishes in our far-right Congress. Is this the compassionate conservatism we were promised? And the state hate crime laws that do exist are simply inadequate.

As one whose life has twice been threatened, and who has been verbally gay-bashed more times than I could remember, I say there can be no reason why my life and welfare are not as worthy of safeguarding as is that of other minorities.

Douglas Marshall-Steele

Progress on the way on alternate roads

Regarding the letter by Charles Crovo in the July 29th edition, I have good news!

I have received “conditional use” status to open a professional office building on the West Avenue/Kent Avenue loop. I’m a pediatrician.

I was worried that traffic on Route 26 was too hectic for cars transporting sick children. There will be plenty of room for other physicians and professionals. Coffee is bound to follow.

Paula Nadig, MD, FAAP
Rehoboth Beach

Support the ‘sprawl prevention act’

Allen Ide’s letter to the editor in the July 15 issue of the Coastal Point was excellent and informative. We would like to add a few observations from a little different perspective.

The raping of the land in Delaware continues. In the July 9 issue of the Washington Post, an article tells why southern Delaware is losing its land, its comfortable atmosphere, its character and its quality of life.

The answer is money. The article cites how developers have discovered that Delaware government is a pushover without adequate regulations, which other states have to protect the environment and the surroundings in which their citizens live.

Then, where other states demand impact fees for road building and resurfacing, larger schools brought on by increased population, open space, etc. Delaware officials tell developers to go ahead and do what they wish. “That’s not the way things are done in Delaware,” referring to impact fees. Meanwhile, the Indian River bridge and Route 26 improvements are on hold because of the lack of state money.

Right now, just look at the land along Club House Road behind Food Lion. Beautiful 100-year-old trees are being clear cut because it is easier and cheaper to clear cut than take time to save trees, which would make any living area more attractive.

I urge everyone to drive out and watch the monster machines at work. Tears will come to your eyes as you watch thousands of trees destroyed, along with thousands of bird nests, fox dens, rabbits, squirrels and sanctuary for deer and their offspring wipe out. For what? More money and another cardboard jungle to pollute the land.

It was truly sad to watch a deer stand in the middle of the road the other day looking both ways trying to decide whether to run in toward a farmer’s field or try to find shelter among the trees which are still standing … the trees which have served as “home” for its lifetime.

The deer that live there now have no place to go as their last sanctuary is being destroyed.

Compare the difference in developments. Bethany Forest is the most beautiful development in the entire area. Trees are left standing, lawns are groomed, houses are beautiful.

Other new developments are barren, with no plant life in their sterile surroundings.

What can be done? Not much at this point … at least not as long as the people in government leadership continue to prosper along with the developers with this crime of greed.

Citizens can do two things: One, put pressure on zoning officials to stop sucking up to corporate greed and put limitations on this destruction which is destroying the very atmosphere that people have come to Delaware to enjoy. Two, ask our representatives to support Rep. Robert J. Valihura’s and Sen. David P. Sokola’s House Bill 280, which will support Gov. Minner’s Liveable Delaware initiative to stop present sprawl and the continued raping of the land.

Gary and Ann Scott