Letters to the Editor — February 19, 2016

Reader says Dems embrace socialism


I have found that while watching the Democrats debate that I am reminded of those during the earliest of the Russian conversion to communism led by the socialists. Those debates were between the Mensheviks and the Bolsheviks, two factions of the Russian Socialist Party. Members of both groups were advocating a communist socialist ideology as the form of government to be forced upon their citizens.

Presently, Bernie represents the Bolsheviks, who did not believe the Mensheviks were radical enough, while Hillary represents the Mensheviks, who were more inclined to questionable legal means leading to a revolution. The message to the American public seems to be that Bernie wants revolution now, while Hillary wants it more slowly.

Isn’t the Mensheviks/Bolsheviks message the same socialist ideological theme that Hillary and Bernie and a majority of Democrats are making to the base of their party for the 2016 presidential election? Free everything associated with the equal distribution of wealth, only if you give me the political power to do so.

However, throughout world history, where the state owns or controls much and the individual little, these false promises of altruism that revolve around consuming more than one produces are failing and plunging the inflicted societies into financial and citizenry chaos.

History has told us where such a set of beliefs leads: A complete rejection of economic and personal freedoms, the bedrock of the U.S. Constitution; and the need for an authoritarian government to successfully implement. That is the history of these revolutionary regimes throughout the 20th century that have always lead to tyranny and remain in such places as Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela.

All socialist/progressives advocate a false utopia that mankind can live without working and without personal responsibility because the government will provide. These deceptive promises of socialism claimed by the Progressives, that they can create a personal Utopia through wealth redistribution, has never worked, and its absurdity is foreboding of national ruin.

It has been unfortunate, but one can never underestimate a country’s inability to imagine its own destruction fostered by its political elite through their selfish quest for power with means that are morally unjustifiable, but best serve their desired outcomes.

Instead of economics determining politics, politics to determine economics has now become the message to the Democrat base as encouraged by their two presidential candidates as they pander for political influence. They foster the idea that all morality and all truth being comprehended within their ideology.

One can ignore the reality of such a destructive message within a constitutional republic as ours, but one cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality; thus, I am asking “real Democrats”: Why do you allow such a murderous ideology that was the scourge of the 20th century to be converted into the modern ideology of the Democrat Party in the 21st century? It is a death wish, for all. America has no ideology, as we are it.

Richard Spencer

Public hearing set on filling wetland


I recently prepared a letter to the editor (Coastal Point, published Jan. 29, 2016) requesting that the Bethany Beach citizenry oppose a permit application by Mr. Walcek to both DNREC and the Army Corps of Engineers that requested permission to fill 1.91 acres of wetlands, located adjacent to the Bethany Beach Loop Canal, referred to as the Mews of Bethany. The ultimate purpose of his filling the wetlands is to accommodate the construction of six multi-family buildings.

This issue has created a large public outcry in opposition to filling these precious wetlands. The sentiment was further characterized by the DNREC Coastal Programs administrator, who said that “the opposition group is probably the largest, best-organized and -informed group she has ever dealt with and that they have all sent exactly the right kind of letters to the Corps.”

Also, kudos to the Bethany Beach Town Council and the Bethany Beach Landowners Association, who wrote letters supporting our position on this matter.

The next step in the process is a scheduled public hearing to be conducted by DNREC: … “Pursuant to 15 CFR 930 and 7 Del. C. Chapter 60, the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control will conduct a public hearing on Friday, March 4, 2016, commencing at 6 p.m. at the South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach, DE 19930.

“The purpose of the hearing is to solicit the views of interested parties in regards to the Federal Consistency Determination and the 401 Water Quality Certification application filed by Mr. Stanley Walcek, for the proposed development “Mews of Bethany” (Tax Parcels #1-34-13.19-62, 63, 64, and 65) to construct six (6) multi-family residential units with associated infrastructure, impacting 1.92 acres of federally regulated non-tidal wetlands on Route 26 approximately 1,330 feet west of Route 1 in Bethany Beach, Sussex County, DE.

“Mitigation is proposed on parcel 1-34-11.00-197.01, adjacent to Roxana Road, approximately 1,000 feet South of Route 26, Ocean View, Sussex County, DE. The application and supporting documents may be inspected at the office of the DNREC, Division of Water, Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section, and/or the office of the DNREC Coastal Management Program. For additional information, or for an appointment to inspect these documents, please call (302) 739-9943 or (302) 739-9283.

“Public comments may be presented at the public hearing either orally or in written form. Persons who want to pre-register to speak at the public hearing and those who want to submit written public comments should send such preregistration and comments to: Robert P. Haynes, Esq.; Office of the Secretary; 89 Kings Highway; Dover, DE 19901; Robert.haynes@state.de.us.”

Please attend this public hearing on March 4, presenting your comments on this matter (as specified above), requesting that the permit to fill and destroy the wetlands described in the building permit application be denied.

Note: Oral or written commentary is not a condition of attendance — you being there makes a statement.

Thanks for your support.

Jack Walsh
Bethany Beach