Letters to the Editor — March 3, 2016
Reader says Delaware should be a safe haven
The Civil Rights Team of the Progressive Democrats of Sussex County urges Gov. Carney and our state legislators to take the necessary legislative and executive action so that Delaware is a safe haven for all residents, including those who work, go to school, raise families and pay taxes here, but for any one of a number of reasons have no formal documents.
• No one in Delaware should have to choose between seeking shelter from an abusive spouse and getting sent to a federal prison.
• No one in Delaware should be forced to choose between asking for help for a sick child and being forcibly required to leave that child.
• No one in Delaware should worry that a minor moving violation on the way to work might result in never arriving there.
• No child in Delaware should have to worry that a parent will not be there for her when she returns home from school.
• No Delaware health care provider should be forced to either violate the professional dictates of confidentiality or refuse to comply with some ill-thought-out federal dictate.
• No one in Delaware should be afraid to cooperate with local law enforcement for fear that he or she will be reported to ICE and be incarcerated for months or longer while awaiting a hearing for possible deportation.
Becoming a place of sanctuary is not only the humane thing to do for some of the most vulnerable people residing within our state, it also affirms the importance of leaving local law enforcement decisions to our cities and towns.
A bill recently introduced in Maryland is aptly titled the “Trust Act” because it ensures that immigrants continue to trust their local police. This, too, should be our goal here in Delaware.
Delaware must stand in solidarity and support of sanctuary and safe-haven efforts with our neighbors in towns, cities and counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.
Of course there is a need for federal immigration policies, including the current practice of prioritizing, reporting and deportation of persons convicted of serious criminal behavior. But Delaware must refuse to march in lockstep with the vindictive procedures threatened by the Trump Administration.
Our elected leaders on local, county and state levels must not be bullied or coerced by the unconstitutional threat that funds will be withheld if it acts sensibly and humanely.
Delaware is proud of being the first state to sign the U.S. Constitution. The men who signed that document 230 years ago took a risk. If there is a risk today in declaring where we stand, it is a risk worth taking. Silence in the face of injustice is not an option.
Our State’s motto is “liberty and independence.” What better way to show these qualities than by providing freedom from fear for all residents and by showing independence from oppressive dictates of a misguided federal government?
Joanne Cabry, Chair
Carrie Bennett, Joanne Cabry, Judy
Catterton, Joan Loewenstein, Iona Smith Nze, Anne Pikolas, Carolyn Quinn, Peter Schott, Deb Schultz, Keith Underwood and Eric West
Members of the Civil Rights Team
Progressive Democrats of Sussex County
Keeley shares letter for DelDOT
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Delaware Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.
On Monday, Feb. 20, my wife and I were driving in Rehoboth Beach north on Route 1 while some kind of roadwork was being done on the southbound lanes. Needless to say, traffic was considerably backed up because at least two of the southbound lanes were shut down. I also counted at least nine DelDOT trucks on the scene, which seemed an outrageous number to me. And four or five of those vehicles were very, very big trucks!
We all know that road repairs have to be done so as to insure that the roads remain serviceable and safe, as well as to prolong their functionality. However, after observing what I did on the 20th, I have a number of questions concerning how and why this road repair is accomplish. My questions are as follows:
(1) Since a sizeable amount of the work on Route 26 was done at night, why is this type of roadwork not done at night, when there is less traffic?
(2) Are nine DelDOT trucks really necessary to do these repairs?
(3) Other contractors perform maintenance on and or adjacent to our roads without causing such disruptions and without such equipment overkill, so why can’t DelDOT? And,
(4) Wouldn’t doing these repairs at night eliminate an awful lot of inconvenience and exhaust fumes?
I would appreciate your considering my questions and responding to accordingly.
Thomas M. Keeley III
Reader wants more love, less hate
I rarely exercise the privilege of sending letters to a publication, but this last year has left such a hole in my heart that I felt I had to share my New Year’s resolution with my community.
After a year of a hateful political campaign, police killings (both to and by), millions of dying and trudging refugees, people dying from drug overdoses; I was heart-worn. What, as an individual, could I do?
After searching my inner self, I decided the most overt thing I could do was to reach out to family, friends and community — make a phone call to a distant cousin, take a casserole to a sick friend, play more games with my grandchildren, massage my husband’s feet, give a compliment, volunteer for Meals on Wheels. In other words, “Love the one you’re with” or nearby. Give love, hugs, time — yourself.