Letters to the Editor — August 19, 2016

Reader takes issue with previous letter


According to his letter named “Working families under attack,” printed Aug. 5, it appears that Bill McCauly has a problem with American diversity, starting with the statement that, “Diversity means an America that is less white and less Christian.” McCauly continues in this sarcastic revelation by stating, “...and this is good? Really?”

At this point, we must follow McCauly as the strutting minstrel takes us on an journey through America’s history, where according to him, “some white guys, and Christians as well... rebelled against foreign tyranny” including, “red-clad British veterans and Hessian mercenaries who, unlike our own, were equipped and trained with the bayonet!”

OK, well, let’s just stop right there for a minute folks and dig a little into our real U.S. military history of successful engagement using American diversity. At the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, over 150 blacks served among 3,000 Americans.

Some of the free African-Americans who served with distinction were Brazilla Lew, Salem Poor (who is considered an American War hero and is featured on the 1975 U.S. Revolutionary War stamp) and Peter Salem (my favorite), who shot British Marine’s Maj. John Pitcarn while Pitcarn was ordering his men to attack the defending Americans. Pitcarn was one of 1,500 British killed at Bunker Hill. The Americans retreated only after running out of ammunition.

Stepping forward in time, let’s highlight the amazing achievements of other diverse early Americans. The most decisive and one-sided victory in the War of 1812 was the Battle of New Orleans. The fighting force was named “The Sons of Freedom” by Gen. Andrew Jackson (later President Jackson). They were made up of a classic diversity of American heroes: 62 Choctaw warriors, pirate Jean Lafitte’s Baratarians, Tennessee riflemen and the Louisiana militia, which included 464 free people of color, most of which were Creole soldiers.

The Americans won, even though they were grossly outnumbered — 4,732 Americans to 14,450 British. The results were 285 British soldiers killed, 1,265 wounded and 484 captured, while the Americans only sustained 13 dead and 30 wounded. The British never attempted to retake America again.

Now, I could go on and on about the achievements of this diverse and creative population of Americans, from nuclear breakthroughs to space exploration, or from the Tuskegee airmen to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, all of whom are leading us to achievements in science and the arts, but that would be beside the real point.

The real point is these are our children, our American children who grow up and make us proud. Just sit back and watch tonight’s Olympics in Rio as the gold, silver and bronze medal winners try their hearts out to please us with their efforts as they expect nothing in return but to be accepted. They are the US in the U.S.A.

Keith Conway

Vienna, Va.

Auction gets plenty of support


On behalf of the KINfolk Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and, most importantly, the children that we serve, KINfolk would like to thank the Sussex Community for generously supporting our 11th Annual Wine Tasting & Art Auction held at The Cordrey Center in Millsboro on July 20, 2016. Together we raised over $16,000.

We could not have had such a magnificent event without the support of our local artists, restaurants and merchants who donated to our live and silent auctions and to the over 200 people who came to enjoy the evening and support KINfolk!

A very special thanks to our sponsors: Jane Brady, Grotto Pizza, Berkshire-Hathaway Home Services/Gallo Realty, Holt Paper, Holland Jewelers, Jeanine O’Donnell/State Farm, Made You Look, George Bunting Jr., Jack Lingo Realtors, Colliers Trim Shop, Erin Martin—Re/Max and Penn-Del Lock.

We also appreciate the generosity of our local restaurants for donating a delicious selection of finger foods: 1776 Steakhouse, Bethany Blues, The Cultured Pearl, Jakes Seafood, Big Fish Market, Edible Arrangements, Frank & Louie’s Italian Specialties, Go Fish, JD Shuckers Seafood & Raw Bar, Mariachi’s, Summer House, Fractured Prune, Dos Locos, The Greene Turtle and Bob Evans.

And a really big thanks to Teller Wines for the fabulous wine selection they provided again this year! And to our in-kind donations from: Delmarva Broadcasting, East Coast Garden Center, Wm. H. Brady Inc., Lower Delaware Autism Foundation, Children’s Beach House, Community Bank of Delaware, Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Acme, Food Fresh and Food Lion.

KINfolk would also like to thank all of the fabulous volunteers for their commitment to helping us achieve a successful event, including our wonderful auctioneer, Dave Wilson, and our celebrity pourers: Kevin Fleming, Marvin and Becky Carney, Joe Kirk and Tony Mongello. (A job well done.)

Community support of KINfolk’s Laptop Lending Program for hospitalized and homebound children will ensure we can continue putting laptops on the laps and smiles on the faces of deserving children. KINfolk provides a means of communication with friends, family, clergy and teachers — the very people who love and support them, at a time when they need it most. In our 17 years of helping these sick children to stay connected, KINfolk has served over 85,000 sick children in 32 states around the country.

Kathy McNamara, event chair, and the KINfolk kids want to say “Thanks” for your support and in making this event such a great success.


Alzheimer’s run a hit, thanks to many


Sunday, Aug. 7, the second annual Athletes to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk, presented by Loftus Wealth Strategies, broke records set in the inaugural year for participants, volunteers and donation. Dozens of volunteers were in place. Spectators lined the streets in downtown of Bethany Beach.

More than 750 runners started with the sound of the gun at 7:30 a.m. The first finisher crossed the line about 17 minutes later, on the iconic boardwalk. All of these folks were raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter.

What a day it was! We hoped to raise $25,000, beating last year’s gift of $18,000, for treatment, research and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, and early indicators show we are right on track!

Our sponsors are our invaluable partners. Thank you to: Anne Powell Group at Keller Williams, Baja Beach House Grill, Beebe Healthcare, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, Coastal Point, County Bank, Creative Resource Group, Crowley Associates Realty Inc., D3 Corp., DJ Padraig, Dr. David Williams, Focus Multisports, G&E and Hocker’s, Heather’s Home Works, Todd & Candace Hickman Family, Home and Hearth Caregivers, Home Instead Senior Care, Law Offices of Scott & Shuman, Law Offices of Susan Pittard Weidman, Long & Foster Real Estate, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, ResortQuest Real Estate, The Rookery, Studio 26 Salon & Spa and Wilgus Associates.

Thank you to the more than 100 volunteers for the gift of time. Thanks to all of the runners and walkers, especially the members of the fundraising teams, including the standout teams of Studio 26, which raised $3,200, and Team Pappy (Brighid Loftus & Ian Schaubach), which raised $3,400. Finally, sincere thanks to my staff, Michelle Gates and Sue Bosley, and the Town of Bethany Beach. I want to thank each and every person for helping to support this important charity.

Save the date for next year: Aug. 6, 2017.

Michael Loftus

Athletes to End Alzheimer’s