Letters: February 4, 2005

Minority Leadership Alliance grateful for community


The annual basketball fund-raiser sponsored by the Minority Leadership Alliance of the Indian River School District was held on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Sussex Central High School.

We would like to thank the 2001 and 2003 Sussex Central Henlopen Conference Championship teams for taking time out of their very busy schedules and giving of their time to participate in this year’s event. They include Leroy Mann, Andrew Weatherly, Orlando Farrow, Terron Hall, Josh Ward, Shaunell Roach, AJ Neal, Jamil Young, Frank Harris and Charles Laws. Special thanks to the team of the 80’s — Doug Reed, Tim Slade (for his continuous dedication and organizing the basketball game), Dave Pritchett, Deron Pritchett, Willie Reynolds, Donald Polk and Brian Polk.

Thanks to the Sussex Central Middle School 2004-2005 Boy’s Basketball Team — Bryan Tindley, Jermaine Harmon, Deronta’ Moore, Malcolm Keys, Andre Dickerson, DJ Long, Zeno Williams, Clifford Paynter, Randy Brittingham, Paul Reed, Sean Hopkins, Kervey Riley, James Barnes, Jordan Jones, Brian Taylor, and Debra Hagans stepping up to the challenge as coach for Greg Hockman and Bill Matalavage.

Thanks also to the Selbyville Middle School 2004-2005 Boy’s Team members — Mike Feddiman, O’Brian Handy, Daniel Johnson, Zack Kmetz, Jamar Manuel, Tyree Oliver, Isaiah Phillips, Danny Predeoux, Andrew Townsend, Montre Andrews, Jeremiah Farlow, Deshawn Godwin, Vontre Pettyjohn and Keion Sturgis, as well as coaches Sam O’Shields and Chad Hall.

A special thanks to Bradley Layfield, athletic director, for donating refreshments and proceeds from the concession sales. Tay Brown and Kim Hall, who operated the time clock and volunteered to work at the concession stand as well as Brian Scott and Zach Mitchell. Custodian Harold Short, Sr. and students Harold Short, Jr. and Tyler Wright, who volunteered and worked effortlessly to help clean the gym and sweep the floors along with the MLA committee members.

As always, two thumbs up for the dedicated MLA committee members for your constant hard work and working together as team players — Charles Hitchens, Colleen Thayer, Elva Allen, Margaret Hopkins, Bettie Harmon, Vickie Pendleton and Alan Hudson.

Proceeds from the game will go towards student scholarships at Sussex Central High School, Indian River High School and the upcoming Minority Youth Recognition Luncheon.

The amount raised this year was $900. We appreciate the generosity of all the people who donated and helped to make this year’s fund-raiser a success.

Diaz Bonville
Committee Member

A letter to the state regarding elections

Editor’s Note: The following letter was addressed to all honorable members of the Delaware General Assembly, and forwarded to the Coastal Point.

Dear state senators and representatives:

We live in the Midway area of Sussex County, near Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. Some 60 percent or more of Sussex County’s registered voters live east of US 113 too, however none of us have adequate representation on the Sussex County Council, so we are asking for your help.

All of Sussex County is run by the five people who sit on Sussex County Council. They determine what to tax us and they authorize how much of their portion of the state’s transfer tax will go to help finance the towns. They hire all county department heads and they appoint the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commissioners. In short, they run the show.

Council elections are not open to countywide voting, nor is there a Sussex County Executive who is elected by the people. With no meaningful countywide elections and with the district lines drawn by the council to isolate the voters who live on the coast, we must urgently petition the state legislature to amend whatever law is applicable in granting us our rights to participate in our government in a significant way.

If indeed the law does prohibit our voting countywide in council elections, we ask that you help sponsor and pass an amendment that allows countywide voting for county council.

It is also worth noting that during the last state legislative session, Sen. Gary Simpson introduced SB 117 to add two at-large members to Sussex County Council. It was a good idea and may have given us better representation on the council, so we would support it as an alternative.

We would appreciate your help in this matter.

Bill & Joan Deaver