Letters to the Editor — December 16, 2016

Reader: Government has failed us locally


“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”

If Alan Turing lived in Sussex County, he would be a “lock” candidate for the Board of Supervisors. Camp Barnes Road, a tiny one-half-mile of asphalt, provides insight into the “vision,” circa 2008, of our state, county and local officials.

Soon, over 1,000 new homes will nestle against this ribbon of road, asking it to serve as “beltway” access to beaches, shopping and all the notions of commerce daily life demands. Crumbling and fraying, the little road will huff and puff under the weight of traffic and only then will our elected representatives admit, alas, to the predictability of it all by events set in motion over nine years ago.

Local press, excepting the Coastal Point, schooled by the Mayor of Amity depicted in “Jaws,” will strain to find print space for a message that blemishes the aura of “beach life,” what with all the important matters demanding attention, such as happy hour specials, feel-good community events and the opening of yet another curious retail venture.

Of course, this little road is a metaphor for all that ails Sussex County when basic services are the issue: police, fire, sewer and water, roads, education, i.e. all the structure of life that only government can provide, and, regrettably, either does not, or does so to a disappointing extent.

We look to Messrs. Markell, Hocker, Gray, Vincent, Wilson, Cole, Arlett and Ms. Deaver, et. al., to ameliorate the predictable effects on daily life set in motion by their predecessors. On these points, our government has failed us: it seems a fair question to ask whether our government is content with that failure.

James and Cathy Angus


Editor’s note: Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver (D-3rd) did not run for re-election in 2016. As of January, District 3 will be represented by former Planning Commissioner Irwin G. “I.G.” Burton III.