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South Bethany makes good choice for chief

We are really big fans of community policing.

We love when members of the Ocean View Police Department talk to the Chamber of Commerce about keeping their businesses safe and secure or swing by Lord Baltimore Elementary School to make sure things are safe. We like seeing Bethany Beach police talking to people along Garfield Parkway, and Selbyville and Frankford police having conversations with residents and business owners. These are all methods of both building a stronger community through a collective partnership and maintaining a sense of vigilance from members of the area to help give the police more eyes.

These are all good things, in our opinion.

As is the recent hiring by South Bethany of Troy Crowson as police chief.

“He started here,” said South Bethany Mayor Pat Voveris, speaking on Crowson’s 26 years with the Town’s police department. “He aspired to this. We’re really thrilled that it’s working out for him.”

We are not just happy that Crowson is being given the job. We’re equally excited that he had to legitimately earn it, topping 84 other candidates from around the nation. When familiarity with a town and superior competence merge, good things typically happen. And we feel this is a good thing for South Bethany all around. And Crowson appears legitimately thankful for the opportunity.

“The people are special,” said Crowson. “It’s a tight-knit group — just good people to work for, to know.”

We congratulate the Town of South Bethany and Chief Troy Crowson on this hire.

As a reminder, next week, Oct. 24, will be the final edition before the Nov. 4 general election that we will run letters regarding candidates. Our Oct. 31 edition will include Q&A responses from the candidates so theirs will be the last words you will read before making your selections at the booth. Get those letters in fast!

Please, candidates. Tell us why you should win

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October 17, 2014

Nothing beats fall.

The leaves are changing colors, the air is cooling around us and soon I’ll be able to break out the sweaters — making me even more cuddly and beautiful than ever.

For sports fans, flags are flying through the air as NFL games try to take place between penalties, drunken students hold R-rated signs behind the announcers doing pre-game shows for college football and baseball players consistently fondle whatever body part they appear to be concerned about at any given time between pitches of playoff games.

It is indeed a wonderful time to be alive.

And then, as is so often the case, the other side of the coin flips over and you see the down side to fall, particularly this year. Yes, I’m talking election season, of course, and even though we get excited here at the paper for all the interesting stories just waiting to develop in front of us, my personal side is not always as happy.

You see, I can’t stand rhetoric. It’s a personal peeve that makes the hair on my neck stand at attention, causes me to constantly resist the urge to cover my ears and shout to the heavens and basically makes me a very grumpy Darin.

Fortunately, we do not get as much of the two-party insanity on the local level that comes with national elections. Particularly in regards to town council elections, voters tend to really put their focus on the individual candidates, as opposed to gravitating right away to an “R” or a “D” on the ballot. There are many town council members in our community, for example, who I know fairly well personally, but have no idea what their political affiliations might be — they signed up because they want to contribute to the quality of life in their towns, and they typically vote for what they think will work best.

And I think most voters appreciate that, as you don’t get the silly name-calling and political generalizations that come during elections for other levels of governmental positions. But it seems the higher up the political food chain a candidate climbs, the more strongly he or she clings to the banner of partisan politics. No longer are the arguments over which individual can do more to serve the constituents — it becomes a dialogue over which candidate’s party means to do the most harm to the helpless American people.

If you are a Republican candidate, you demean your opponent by saying he or she wants to give entitlements to everybody who doesn’t work while you, the hard-working American citizen that you are, sweat and toil for nothing more than the opportunity to take care of someone else. If you are a Democratic candidate, you dismiss your opponent by saying he or she is against homosexuals or women or sunshine.

Please stop.

But, of course, it won’t. The parties generate the revenue, so the parties control the message. If you’ve been watching any of the political ads on television recently, you know the message is not one of good will to all.

Look, I’m not naive. I know mudslinging and dirty tricks have been around much longer than I have. It’s just that we have so much more access to it today. The Romans were infamous for uneven politics and bribing poor people for their votes, but they didn’t have blogs and online message boards back then. I’m pretty sure cavemen promised a brontosaurus in every pot and a pterodactyl in every driveway, while all along subtly accusing their opponents of ignoring the coming Ice Age and discriminating against those who hadn’t moved forward to upright walking yet.

Please, put down your letter-writing crayons. That was a joke. Not a stance on the veracity of evolution.

For some reason, there has been a plethora of campaign ads during my Hulu shows featuring candidates from Illinois. I’m not going to drag their names into this (largely because I don’t want to give them more publicity by having access to my four regular readers), but the one candidate, in particular, has seized on to the scare-voters-to-death strategy employed by so many politicians today. He talks about how his oppponent wants to “raise your property taxes” and give more money to his cronies.

Yes. I am sure that is the goal of everyone who seeks political office. Seize your elected position — the one that can go away just as quickly the next election as it came this one — and financially strangle your constituents to the point where everyone who isn’t in your Saturday golf foursome loses their homes. That’s just good politics right there.

I love that we have a democratic society that allows us to elect the people we want who have to make our tough decisions, and I fully embrace the notion of selecting our best and brightest to lead the way. We are a nation fortunate enough to have brilliant minds scattered across our fruited plains, and we are a society built on hard work and ingenuity — deserving of having the best leadership available.

With that being said, I beg the candidates, particularly in our local elections, to focus on what they will bring to the table to best serve us. How will you make our lives better should be the message, not what you dislike about your opponent’s party.

We’re smarter than we look. We can make informed choices.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor — October 17, 2014

Carroll clears up his stance on election

Editor:

This letter is in response to a recent letter from a gentleman with a name similar to mine. I want to set the record straight. I will be voting for George Cole in this election for County Council.

The other Mr. Carroll has been a voter in this area for a very limited time and became a registered voter here long after his candidate left office.

Since I raised my children here, have had several businesses here and have lived here for over 20 years, I would like to remind the voters of some facts.

George Cole has been and remains an active member of our community. His family belongs to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, where they have been very active over the years. Mr. Cole and his family helped the Indian River Soccer Boosters create expanded athletic opportunities for girls in all Sussex County schools in the 1990’s.

He and his family supported wrestling athletes from Delaware who were training at the Olympic Development Center in Fargo, N.D. He has supported the county libraries, fire departments, EMT services and local and state police departments. There is not a single charitable or governmental endeavor that has not received support from Mr. Cole.

His opponents are supported by Wilmington groups seeking to change the relationship between our government and our voters. Sussex County voters have rejected all of these attempts through 2012. It is my sincere belief that they will continue to do so.

We enjoy the lowest real estate taxes in the region and one of the lowest in the United States. The result is the lowest foreclosure rate on the Delmarva Peninsula. Indeed, our citizens have the highest rate of home ownership (83 percent) in the state and the region. A nearby Maryland subdivision has the lowest, with 50 percent.

Our current land-use plan is a holdover from the plan that was adopted by the majority Democrat council many years ago. That plan is up for revision. The circumvention of the County’s height limits was implemented by a former Democrat-appointed county attorney and the current Democrat candidate for the 5th County Council seat.

If you want a change in land-use policy, support GOP candidates this fall. George Cole has been the voice of reason on our County Council since 1986. I proudly proclaim my support for Mr. Cole.

Finally, mistaken names have been a concern for the Carroll family since 1776. Charles Carroll, the founder of the B&O Railroad, C&O Canal, Baltimore National Pike and Ellicott Mills, among many other endeavors, signed the Declaration of Independence listing his home address so that he would not be confused with any of the hundreds of other Carrolls in the region. Things never really change.

William F. Carroll
Bethany Beach

Reader relishes ‘Quiet Resorts’

Editor:

Extending the “last call” from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and allowing alcohol consumption until 1:30 a.m. instead of midnight means an extra two or three drinks for all business venues with an alcohol permit.

This would definitely mean more drinking and then more drunks, more DUIs, more speeding, more accidents and more fights. And who will pay for more police and firemen?

This will grow, as the town grows.

We disagree with “no issue in matching the State law,” unless Ocean View wants to match Delaware’s lethal rate of drinking and accidents.

Under the proposed ordinance, “alcohol can only be served in areas designated for seating.” This would not preclude more drinking, but actually enhance it.

We agree with Councilman Olsen — it will be the end of “Quiet Resorts.” We think it may also affect property values.

Think of the lives saved by keeping what has worked very well for decades.

A. Fleischmann
Severna Park, Md.
Ocean View property owner

State officials discuss aquaculture meeting

Editor:

We would like to thank David Small, the Secretary of DNREC and staff members Dr. David Saveikis and Frank Piorko, as well as Chris Bason from the Center for Inland Bays (CIB), Dr. John Ewart from the University of Delaware, as well as members of the public and the Millville Fire Company, for attending the aquaculture meeting held Monday, Oct. 6, at the Millville Fire Hall.

Although the regulation for the aquaculture program for our inland bays mandated by Delaware legislation has already been taken through the public hearing and comment process by DNREC, we felt it appropriate to host the meeting to allow the public an opportunity to speak and be heard regarding their concerns about the proposed aquaculture sites.

Though there were conflicting positions presented by homeowners and the state agencies represented, it is our sincere hope that everyone in attendance had an opportunity to share their viewpoints and to listen to the opinions of others.

As stated at the meeting, there will be an additional public comment process conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers in the near future to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the proposed aquaculture sites.

As always, we are available to receive comments and listen to constituent concerns. Thank you again to all who attended and voiced an opinion on this matter. We will continue to work with DNREC, CIB and the general public on this issue.

Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th)
Rep. Ron Gray (R-38th)

Reader responds to previous letter

Editor:

In Mrs. Silva’s letter (Coastal Point, Oct. 10) regarding Sussex County Council District 5 candidate Bob Wheatley, she asked two questions. One was “Has Mr. Wheatley recused himself from ruling on zoning and land deals that could have benefitted him and his colleagues business interests?” Planning & Zoning Commissioner Michael Johnson answered that question several weeks ago stating in a letter to the editor that Mr. Wheatley does indeed recuse himself whenever necessary.

As the Broker of Record for Alliance Real Estate Professionals and the holder of Mr. Wheatley’s real estate sales license, I am ultimately responsible for every transaction he does. The Realtor organization requires a high standard of ethical conduct of all licensees, and I can assure you that Bob adheres to the standard. I’m sure his opponent, Rob Arlett, who is a real estate broker at the beach, is aware of the standard, as well.

Mrs. Silva asked another question “…is it wise to promote him (Bob Wheatley) to County Council?” While I’m not sure it’s a “promotion,” we certainly do need him on County Council because of the knowledge and institutional memory from his many years of service on the planning and zoning commission, as Mrs. Silva mentioned.

Also, Bob has served the community in a variety of civic and volunteer capacities for the 30 years I have known him, which to me demonstrates real commitment. It’s rare to find that kind of knowledge, commitment and willingness to serve all in one person. It is wise indeed to send Bob Wheatley to County Council.

Rob Harman
Seaford

SCL director shares FOSCL’s work

Editor:

Oct. 19 through the 25 marks National Friends of the Library Week. The South Coastal Library is very fortunate to have the fundraising and advocacy efforts of the Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) members. If you have ever asked “What does a Friends group do?” consider the following things that the group has provided for the local community with the support of many contributors:

• Starting with basics, consider the facility. FOSCL has helped build the library twice, both in its original form and in the expanded, updated library that reopened in 2009.

• Do you like having the latest and newest titles on the shelves? FOSCL funds a “rental collection” where multiple copies of books rotate in and out, depending on demand. You never pay a fee for these.

• Do you enjoy audiobooks, when exercising, driving or just relaxing? Monthly arrivals of new titles, in both CDs and MP3s, are brought to you courtesy of FOSCL.

• When the library reopened in 2009, we found that the children literally read the shelves bare. FOSCL gave the library $25,000 to spend on children’s books, to keep our youngest patrons afloat in reading choices.

• FOSCL annually purchases and upgrades AWE computers, Early Literacy Computers for ages up to 12 years. Each PC is used over 1,000 times per year. (And the kids are learning at the same time — shhh!)

• Are the lines at the circulation desk ever too long for you? Use the new Self-Check Out machine as an “express lane.”

• Have you enjoyed the library’s events and classes? Listened to history lectures and musical concerts, arranged flowers, created jewelry, learned how to use your computer and download e-materials, traveled the world through book discussions and sampled delicious food in cooking demonstrations? FOSCL funded over $17,000 worth of events this past year alone — all provided at no cost to the community.

So if you know Friends members, please take a moment to pat them on the back and thank them for all the hard work they do throughout the year to bring the best to our community. I am extremely grateful for all they have done and continue to do to help us in the library’s mission to bring the latest and greatest to all who walk in our doors.

Susanne Keefe, Director
South Coastal Library

LBWC thankful for support with show

Editor:

The Lord Baltimore Women’s Club would like to thank all who attended our recent Fashion Show and Luncheon and the members who gave their time and talents to make it a success. We also extend a thank you to Sharon Lynn and Deloris Drewniak from Jones of New York in Lewes for providing a lovely variety of fashions for our models. We sincerely appreciate all of their support and generosity to our Club. Our attendees enjoyed and appreciated music during the Show, Played by pianist Cathy Morgan. Lastly, we thank our Club members and the following businesses in our community who generously donated items for our door prizes and raffles.

Accent Jewelry; Carolina Street; Fenwick Float-ors; Al Casapulla’s Subs, Steaks and Pizza; Charlie’s Bayside Restaurant; Food Lion; All about U Salon; China Express; Fox’s Pizza Den; Aquacare; Clayton Theater; Gallery One; Armand’s Pizza by the Sea; Clear Space Theatre; Giant Foods; BJ’s Wholesale Club; Country Wicker; Gypsy Teal Home & Body; Baja Beach House Grill; Crazy LadyZ; Harris Teeter; Beachview Health Associates; Creative Concepts; Harry & David; Bethany Beach Books; Curves and FRED; Hocker’s; Bethany Diner; Sandra Dean; House Pets; Bethany Fine Arts Gallery; Dickens Parlour Theatre; Hudson’s General Store; Bethany Florist; DiFebo’s; Japanesque; Big Fish Grill; Eco-Bay Kayak Adventures; Jayne’s Reliable; Bluecoast Seafood Grill; Ellen Rice Gallery; Jeff’s Greenhouse; CVS; ERevolution Ventures Inc.; Jimmy’s Kitchen; Calico Tree Boutique; Fat Tuna Grill; Jones of New York; Kitty’s Ltd.; Ocean View Family Restaurant; The Cafe on 26; Kool Bean Bistro; Oceanova Spa; The Cottage Café; La Mirage Spa & Salon; Patti’s Hallmark; Dr. Robert Parsons; Lady Fenwick; Perucci’s Classic Italian Restaurant; The Frog House Family Restaurant; LBWC Members; Pitter Patter; The Spice & Tea Exchange; Dollie Lewis; Possum Point Players; Tidewater Physical Therapy; Lord’s Landscaping; Rooster’s Nest; Touch of Italy; Mac’s Catering; Salon on Central; Treasure Island; Made by Hand; Sea Level Designs; Turquoise Restaurant & Bar; Matt’s Fish Camp; Sea Needles; Twining’s Lobster Shanty; McCabe’s Gourmet Market; Seaquels; Walgreen’s; Miller’s Creek; Sedona; Warren’s Station; Millsboro Pizza Palace; Somerhouse; West Fenwick Car Wash; Millville Pet Stop; Southern Exposure; Wild About Birds; Nage Bistro & Wine Bar; Surf’s Edge Deli & Pizzeria; World Gym; NorthEast Seafood Kitchen; The Birch Tree Café; Zahav (Philadelphia).

A very special thank-you to the Coastal Point for their publishing, not once but twice, the LBWC’s advertisement, which really inspired non-members to purchase tickets. Without your assistance, we would not have sold all of the tickets.

Dottie Worthington
LBWC Publicity Expeditor

Reader not a fan of aquaculture plan

Editor:

Thank you for the excellent article you published last week about the meeting on Oct 11 to discuss the new regulations concerning aquaculture in the Inland Bays.

My husband and I have enjoyed living year-round for over 30 years in a house that backs onto Beach Cove, a small secluded bay off of the Indian River. This small cove is tidal and only navigable by most boats for several hours before and after high tides. Otherwise, it is too shallow to maneuver motor boats or sailboats — only canoes and kayaks will not go aground, as we and our children have found out the hard way. Fishing is good in what we call “the cut,” which is the narrow bottleneck to the Indian River. Small boats anchor there at high tide and a flounder dinner is the hoped-for result!

In our early years here, we enjoyed watching the peninsula across from us being farmed, some years for corn and others for soybeans. Later, that land was slated for development, but an intervening recession led its owners to sell it to the State for what is now the Fresh Pond park, which is lovely. We have watched commercial crabbers at work in our cove for years and considered them part of living right on the water. We crab, too, and have occasionally enjoyed raking for clams.

However, the proposed 24 acres of oyster farming (aquaculture) directly across from us presents different problems. The proposed area is one that has always been used for waterskiing and small boat adventuring. We’ve watched generations of waterskiers wobble to their feet in the far south part of the cove, where there is little other boat traffic so that it’s a safe playpen for young boaters and skiers. Often, they’ve set up slalom courses there. We’ve loved seeing young sailors aboard their sunfish or windsurfers learn their ropes where they can fall without worrying about being run over by larger motor craft.

Oyster farms need constant attention. The crates containing the young oysters must be turned often, stirring up sediment. To turn them, large boats are needed, with heavy chains. Our cove has only one entrance and egress, and it is narrow. All our recreational boating will have to take a back seat to this commercial enterprise, as the big oyster boats maneuver through our little “cut.” Having just a few 20-foot corridors to navigate through the oyster areas will endanger our young boaters.

Finally, I’m sorry that the CIB and DNREC put together a task force of stakeholders without ever considering including us, the people that live on and use the inland bays on an everyday basis. While “public meetings” were held — in Lewes — for actions that would be affecting Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach, somehow the farming interests were contacted but not us, the boaters, swimmers and homeowners (taxpayers).

While I understand that it would have been difficult to mail each of us, a poster or two at our local supermarkets and bait shops would have alerted enough of us to involve the rest of us. After all, there were only eight members of the public present at the last “public hearing” in Lewes. Over 200 very interested parties showed up to challenge the wisdom of the farming locations at the Millville Fire Hall.

We’ve supported and still do support our excellent local politicians. We have a carved wooden golden eagle that we won at the very first auction for the CIB overlooking the bay from our deck, like a masthead. Our back yard is filled with native plants from the plant sale at James Farm, which sale was extensively advertised by signage along the roads, as well as in large ads in the local papers.

We want the best for our Cove, but this 24-plus-acre farm is not the best use. We urge Sen. Hocker and Rep. Gray to work with DNREC and the Beach Cove “stakeholders” to remove Beach Cove from the list of reproved sites for aquaculture. An industrial fishing operation has no place in a residential community.

Talbot B. ‘Tolly’ Lewin
Bethany Beach

VFW very grateful for community support

Editor:

On behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 in Ocean View, I would like to thank everyone in the community who supported all our fundraisers this year. The Sunday Breakfast, Chicken Shack, Bar Bingo, Friday Night Family Dinners and our Special Functions were well-attended.

Through your patronage at our functions and your donations at our charity events, we were able to offer assistance to several local veterans in need, to donate money to various veteran organizations and to contribute to our local community.

Some examples are: helping a World War II veteran to have heat this winter, contributions to Operations SEAS the Day, Wounded Warrior Foundation, VFW National Home for Children, Operation Uplink, Fisher House at Dover AFB, Wreaths Across America, Home of the Brave (men and ladies), Del Tech Veteran College Fund, Cancer research, alzheimer research, muscular dystrophy association, local Volunteer Fire Companies, Boy Scouts, student scholarships, Indian River High School Band, etc.

In addition, your donations help fund our community outreach programs, such as conducting ceremonies to honor veterans, conducting funeral and memorial services for our veterans, providing flags and flag poles for local cemeteries, ladies auxiliary-hosted holiday parties for children in the community, etc.

Please continue to support us through the winter, as those in need do not take a holiday. I would like to pass on the thanks I have received from all those you have helped. Thank you for your generous support.

Fulton Loppatto, Commander
VFW 7234

NARFE president calls for more support

Editor:

NARFE is currently experiencing a membership problem. Members are leaving, and potential members are staying away, many with the knowledge that NARFE will lobby for them whether they join or not.

That is a fact, but the problem is that our effectiveness as a lobbying entity relies on our numbers. When legislators see our declining membership, they assume that the current and retired federal employees aren’t that concerned about what is going on in Congress.

Do we really not care that cuts in current employees’ salaries and benefits have suffered serious cuts over the past three years? Do we really think that cuts to retirees’ benefits are not just over the horizon?

At the recent Dover Chapter meeting, Rep. John Carney told us that he was concerned that members from both sides of the aisle look at cuts to federal employee/retiree benefits are easy sources of budget cuts.

Are we so relaxed that we can’t see the handwriting on the wall? We have our Delaware Congressman telling us that it is looming for the coming sessions. Do we really want to sit back and see if he is correct? Don’t trust your hard earned benefits to George or to the whims of Congress. Help us speak with the loudest voice that we can muster. We all need to work on this. For more information, contact me at NARFEDE@Comcast.net.

Walt Berwick, President
Delaware Federation of NARFE Chapters

Reader puts support behind Fuller’s bid

Editor:

Greg Fuller is a man of personal integrity and service. During his term as Recorder of Wills from 2008 to 2010 he reduced the overall budget of the office of Register of the Wills. Also, he spent many hours crisscrossing Sussex County to meet with folks in planning their wills, and he developed a handbook on making one’s will, which he distributed freely.

Greg Fuller has a deep interest in serving his community, as one can see from all of his activities. He is on the board of the Boys & Girls Club in Georgetown and also fundraises for the club; he serves as a volunteer with the Ellendale Fire Department; he is a mentor at Woodbridge Middle School and a coordinator of the 100-men reading program serving children; and he’s active in his church.

Greg Fuller continues to prove his commitment to Sussex County. I hope you will join me and vote for him on Nov. 4.

Kit Zak
Lewes