Letters to the Editor — May 30, 2014

Organizer thankful for NDP supporters

Editor:

I would like to extend my thank-you to all of those who participated in the National Day of Prayer (NDP) service at St. Mathews By-The-Sea (SMBTS) United Methodist Church (UMC). We had a good turnout of those who wanted to pray for our nation and hear the prayers of our community leaders.

The service opened with all of us reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Scott Dailey, the Sussex County Recorder of Deeds. A real wow was the singing (a capella) of our national anthem by Colin James, the SMBTS director of music. Ruth Sheaffer, the president of SMBTS United Methodist Women, read the National Day of Prayer Proclamation signed by Gov. Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn.

I particularly want to thank the following, who prayed for various areas of influence of our country: Rep. Ron Gray, our 38th District representative, prayed for the government sector; Rev. Jim Penuel, pastor, Bayside Chapel, prayed for our religious area; Merle Dimeler, former U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, prayed for our military; Nicole Theis, founder and president, Delaware Strong Families, prayed for our families; JoAnn Strawser, a retired school secretary, prayed for our education system; Susan Lyons, publisher of the Coastal Point, prayed for our media; Kristie Maravalli, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, prayed for our businesses; and Cindy Green, Sussex County Register of Wills, prayed for our farmers.

We closed with thanks, special recognition and prayers for our first-responders, who live in harm’s way every day.

Once again, thanks so much to all of you for making this day of prayer such a special way to recognize God for the many gifts He has provided our nation and to ask his guidance and blessings on the future of our people and our country.

Even though every day should be a day of prayer for our nation, please mark your calendar for the first Thursday of each year for the NDP, and we hope to see you next year, Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Philip M. Drew, NDP Coordinator
SMBTS UMC

LWV president calls for better behavior

Editor:

Public displays of disrespect for groups of citizens on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender undermine the foundation of our democracy. The fact that each citizen’s vote carries the same weight rests on the assumption that all people are valued equally; thus, respect for all citizens is inherent in the democratic process itself. When disrespect defiles the halls of our county government, the very essence of democracy is at risk.

The tenor of discussions at recent Sussex County Council meetings — particularly in regard to the NAACP — not only corrodes the principle of respect, but it also intensifies a divisive atmosphere that impedes unified efforts to deal with pressing local issues.

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County calls on the Sussex County Council to restore civility in the council chamber, to uphold our trust in democracy and to safeguard a democratic process that relies on respectful rational discourse.

Jane Lord, President

League of Women Voters of Sussex CountyOrganizer thankful for NDP supporters

Editor:

I would like to extend my thank-you to all of those who participated in the National Day of Prayer (NDP) service at St. Mathews By-The-Sea (SMBTS) United Methodist Church (UMC). We had a good turnout of those who wanted to pray for our nation and hear the prayers of our community leaders.

The service opened with all of us reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Scott Dailey, the Sussex County Recorder of Deeds. A real wow was the singing (a capella) of our national anthem by Colin James, the SMBTS director of music. Ruth Sheaffer, the president of SMBTS United Methodist Women, read the National Day of Prayer Proclamation signed by Gov. Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn.

I particularly want to thank the following, who prayed for various areas of influence of our country: Rep. Ron Gray, our 38th District representative, prayed for the government sector; Rev. Jim Penuel, pastor, Bayside Chapel, prayed for our religious area; Merle Dimeler, former U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, prayed for our military; Nicole Theis, founder and president, Delaware Strong Families, prayed for our families; JoAnn Strawser, a retired school secretary, prayed for our education system; Susan Lyons, publisher of the Coastal Point, prayed for our media; Kristie Maravalli, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, prayed for our businesses; and Cindy Green, Sussex County Register of Wills, prayed for our farmers.

We closed with thanks, special recognition and prayers for our first-responders, who live in harm’s way every day.

Once again, thanks so much to all of you for making this day of prayer such a special way to recognize God for the many gifts He has provided our nation and to ask his guidance and blessings on the future of our people and our country.

Even though every day should be a day of prayer for our nation, please mark your calendar for the first Thursday of each year for the NDP, and we hope to see you next year, Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Philip M. Drew, NDP Coordinator
SMBTS UMC

LWV president calls for better behavior

Editor:

Public displays of disrespect for groups of citizens on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender undermine the foundation of our democracy. The fact that each citizen’s vote carries the same weight rests on the assumption that all people are valued equally; thus, respect for all citizens is inherent in the democratic process itself. When disrespect defiles the halls of our county government, the very essence of democracy is at risk.

The tenor of discussions at recent Sussex County Council meetings — particularly in regard to the NAACP — not only corrodes the principle of respect, but it also intensifies a divisive atmosphere that impedes unified efforts to deal with pressing local issues.

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County calls on the Sussex County Council to restore civility in the council chamber, to uphold our trust in democracy and to safeguard a democratic process that relies on respectful rational discourse.

Jane Lord, President
League of Women Voters of Sussex County