Letters to the Editor — Feb. 9, 2018

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Feb. 9, 2018

Bethany resident opposes liquor license


As a longtime fulltime resident of Bethany Beach, I totally agree with the concerned residents who oppose the acquisition of the liquor license by Ropewalk restaurant on Garfield Parkway.

My family has come to Bethany for 30 years. My children and grandchildren love the quaint town with the family atmosphere.

This establishment is so opposite to everything that Bethany is.

Parking is difficult already during the summer season. I think there is a better location for a 325-seat restaurant, and that would be out on Route 1, where a larger property could accommodate the large number of people and their cars.

I hope that this will continue to be a family community, and I urge those who oppose the location of this facility to attend the meeting in Georgetown on Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

Karen Meyer

Bethany Beach

Editor’s note: The above-referenced public hearing is on Tuesday, Feb. 13, (not Feb. 15), at 5 p.m., before the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner, for a liquor license application including patio. While it will take place in the Sussex County Administration Building in Georgetown, it is not a hearing before Sussex County or Bethany Beach officials. The only request being considered at this hearing is the application for the liquor license. For more information, see “Neighbors oppose Ropewalk liquor license application” on page 1.

MLK Celebration organizers offer thanks


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Organization, Sussex County, would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to all churches, faith traditions, clergy, media personnel, city offices, political representatives, community organizations, corporations, local businesses and individuals for your support of a very successful 26th Annual Commemorative Weekend Celebration.

Together, we honored and paid tribute to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a parade in Lewes, Del., a banquet at the Cheer Center in Georgetown, a souvenir booklet and a worship service at Long Neck United Methodist Church, Millsboro, Del.

As we continue our efforts to make Dr. King’s Dream and our vision a reality, we solicit your prayers and your support to help us achieve our mission. Our theme for 2018: “Speak Up! Let Us Not Be Silent About Things That Matter.”

Thank you and God bless.

Janie Miller, Chairperson

Public Relations Committee

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Organization, Sussex County

Reader: Trump ignored climate cause of disasters


President Trump opened his State of the Union address by acknowledging the heroic first-responders who came to the aid of victims in the floods that devastated Houston and the wildfires that engulfed California. Isn’t it a pity he failed to mention why these natural disasters were so deadly and costly: Climate change?

Natural disasters in 2017 produced record-shattering damage totaling nearly $400 billion. In fact, 17 separate events cost the U.S. more than a billion dollars each. The severe weather behind these disasters has worsened over the years because of rising temperatures. Scientists caution that the incidence and severity of future flooding events will increase unless serious mitigation efforts are put rapidly into place.

Despite the president’s omission, it’s obvious that the state of our union is closely linked to the state of our climate. I am encouraged to see that Republicans and Democrats in Congress understand the risks our nation faces from a failure to act. The bipartisan congressional climate caucus is now up to 68 members. Only when Congress introduces and passes bipartisan climate legislation will the state of our union be undeniably stronger.

Ted Spickler


SEDAC reports on active year, year to come


2017 has been an active year for the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee known as SEDAC. We began a campaign to re-examine our role in economic development in Sussex County. Part of that re-examination was our attempt to inform the people of Sussex County what SEDAC actually does to promote economic development.

Towards that end we offered three opinion editorials dealing with the availability of our members to assist the County, municipalities and private entrepreneurs in their efforts to bring jobs to Sussex County, the need for our educational system to re-direct their programs to provide job training for those who do not wish to attend college, wages that are in line with those in other areas of our state and county, the need for affordable housing in all areas of Sussex County and the need for government regulations to be reviewed for effectiveness and necessity.

We visited with Sheldon Hudson, town manager of Millsboro, to hear the good things going on there and to offer our assistance with mayor and council’s efforts to grow Millsboro.

We have involved ourselves in a number of issues that bring jobs and positive economic growth to Sussex County. We supported the efforts of the Overbrook Shopping Center to provide a new and exciting retail experience in Sussex County. We have supported the state’s efforts to bring oyster farming to Sussex County.

We have supported the efforts of the University of Delaware to bring more jobs through renewable energy programs to the First County. We stood up as a group and as individuals when the State attempted to cut tourism dollars to the second largest economic development engine in our great county.

We continue to work with Punkin’ Chunkin’ to strive to save this Sussex County tradition. We heard from Horsey Construction about the difficulty of finding qualified truck drivers for its business, as well as other companies with the same needs, and we put Horsey together with Delaware Tech, where an outstanding program is available and where the actual need of truck-driver trainees can be improved.

We have been active in assisting the County in the development of a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan. We have urged the County Council to reject the snake-oil proposal known as right-to-work and instead to focus on the real needs of our county, which include appropriate infrastructure, a well-trained work force, excellent schools, widely available broadband, regulations that are clear, consistent and timely, affordable housing available throughout the county and sites that are ready for development.

To their credit, the County has begun to work on those issues.

We believe that 2018 could be a good year. We will meet with the superintendents of the Sussex County school districts in an attempt to support their present job training efforts. We will continue to encourage job growth throughout Sussex County with a special interest in Western Sussex.

We will continue to monitor the development of the new Comprehensive Land Use Plan to assure that it supports the job growth we so vitally need if we are to retain our young people and give them the same opportunities that exist in Delaware and elsewhere in this Country. The land-use plan cannot be an obstacle to growth but a supportive tool to enhance appropriate job opportunities.

Since 1735, when the first Conaway, Patience, settled here, we in Sussex County have been patient, but now it is time for a change, and Sussex County must be supported and assisted as we grow toward an even brighter future. To learn more about SEDAC, please visit our website at sedac-de.org.

Joe Conaway, Chairperson

Sussex Economic Development
Action Committee