Letters to the Editor — January 22, 2016
Elling responds to Hattier letter
Editor’s note: The following letter is a response to a letter-to-the-editor from Donald Hattier that appeared in the Jan. 8 edition of the Coastal Point.
Donald, do you really believe that the diversity of humanity is not a strength of the U.S.A.? Are you suggesting that Native Americans, African Americans, European Americans, Asian Americans and Latin Americans are not diverse? I am 99 percent European American with ancestors from 17 countries of Europe and 1 percent African American. Am I diverse? Absolutely! How many countries of Europe did your ancestors come from? How diverse is your ethnicity?
“We are Americans or we are not.” I am a U.S. citizen by birth, as you are. If I see myself as a World Citizen, am I no longer a U.S. citizen? Of course not. I can be a citizen to multiple countries if they accept my application and still be a U.S. citizen. If you are stating that certain religions are not acceptable, you are certainly placing a large heel print on “Freedom of Religion.”
Yes, the U.S.A. is “trillions in debt.” You very well know that our nation’s debt is dominated by military expenditures. We are still paying interest on World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and now ISIS, to name a few. War is expensive! Perhaps, a National War Tax should be implemented each time our military is sent into conflicts. War is this nation’s greatest expenditure and cause of debt.
The “powerful” tell us what we are going to do with our taxes? The powerful are the elected representatives you and I voted for. I am confident that we voted for different representatives. I am satisfied with my choices.
If you are referring to the “federal Senate and House of Representatives,” I agree with you. If you are referring to our State of Delaware elected officials, I am satisfied with my choices. If you are talking about our Sussex County elected officials, I may agree with you. If you are talking about Ocean View, Millville, Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Frankford, Millsboro and Georgetown, I may agree with you. If you are talking about the IRSD, I may agree with you.
Who was the IRSD Board of Education member who did not want any more children from Mexico and Central America in our school district? You are that person. Did you cheer and celebrate the IRHS varsity soccer team winning the state championship?
You know that the majority of the team members were immigrants or sons of immigrants from Mexico and Central America? Do you want to void that award as “your” team had too many “immigrants” and they spoke two languages? I loved how our team played the world’s game. I love the increasing diversity growing within our school district.
Were your German ancestors seeking safety or a better life before they arrived in “America”? Yes, your mother left Germany to marry your father. My German ancestors were definitely seeking safety and a better life.
The doors of your home are closed to the Syrian refuges, and mine are open.
Lloyd E. Elling
Bethany homeowners against development
We own two homes that are within the town of Bethany Beach and will be directly affected by the proposed Stanley Walcek development of the Mews of Bethany. We live at 614 6th Street and also own 647 Tingle Avenue. 647 Tingle is on the east side of the canal and 647 6th Street is on the west side of the canal, and both are very close to the proposed Mews of Bethany, aka Stanley Walcek development.
By back-filling the wetlands, as proposed by Stanley Walcek, that would raise the elevation of that 2 acres, thus forcing any rising tide waters into the canal system, instead of being absorbed by the wetlands. This would result in higher flood waters and higher high tides in our yards/bulkheads and everyone in the Indian River flood basin, Salt Pond and Bethany Loop Canal. This past weekend, Jan. 9-10, 2016, the canal was 2 inches over my bulkhead at 614 6th Street, without a major event.
The proposed wetlands reclamation, four miles away, is absolutely ridiculous. It will not do anything for the surrounding area that this development will impact. The Town of Bethany Beach is constantly at risk of flooding, and this will only make that worse.
This proposed development has been repeatedly turned down by the Town of Bethany Beach, because it would adversely affect all residents who are within the flood plain west of Route 1, north of Route 26 and south of Fred Hudson highway, as well as the downtown area of Bethany Beach.
The runoff from the impervious area created by this development will now be added to the canal system, creating more of a flooding and high tide issue.
Flooding on Tingle Avenue, Evans Avenue, and 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th streets now occurs several times a year and is usually caused by nor’easters. Permitting the development of the Mews of Bethany in the flood plain will just make this problem more severe.
This development is a significant size, and the effect on the homes on all of the above-mentioned streets will be dramatic. At least a third or so of the homes in this area are not up on pilings. Please don’t make this flooding problem worse.
We request that the applicant, Stanley Wakcek, conduct an environmental impact study based on all alterations, past and proposed, to the wetlands on the proposed Mews of Bethany site. We would request that the study address how the proposed Mews of Bethany will meet the Inland Bays Control Strategy and identify all cumulative impacts.
DNREC and the public need to be given the opportunity to fully evaluate both the true impact of the applicant’s previous wetland filling activity at the site, and the alternative portions of the applicant’s property that may be available for development without the destruction of wetlands.
The proposed back-filling of the wetlands on the Stanley Walcek property, Mews of Bethany, is a very bad idea for the community and the adverse environment impact.
We strongly oppose the development of the Mews of Bethany and also request a public hearing.
Matthew B. and S. Carter Kirks
Bethany resident frustrated with Town
Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and Gov. Jack Markell, in an attempt to “alert Bethany Beach property owners who also own recreational vehicles and/or boats of the overreach by their local government.” A copy was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.
Saturday morning, Jan. 2, 2016, I received a violation notice from the Town of Bethany Beach of Ordinance 231-3 through 231-5, which refers to the parking of recreation vehicles.
I believe that the code/ordinance is in violation of the Bethany Beach Charter, Chapter 4, Section 42.22, which states, “[Town] may adopt and enforce such ordinances regulating traffic on streets, alleys, avenues and public ways within the town as are not inconsistent with the motor vehicle laws of the State of Delaware.”
Ordinance 231-3 through 231-5 warns that the Town, by creating its own definition of abandonment, is entitled to remove a privately-owned vehicle from privately-owned property.
My vehicle was purchased, and is titled, tagged and insured in the State of Delaware, is in good working automotive condition and frequently used as a primary source of transportation. I owned my property and motorhome years before the ordinance was adopted, and the vehicle neither impedes traffic or interferes with visibility of any intersection.
According to the Delaware Motor Vehicle Code, Title 21, Chapter 44, Section 4401, my motorhome absolutely does not fit the description of an abandoned vehicle. Thus, the Bethany ordinance is in conflict with the Delaware Code and in violation of the Bethany Beach Charter and Delaware State Law.
It violates my rights under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, i.e. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated…”
The ordinance illegally threatens seizure of my motorhome under the false declaration that it is abandoned, which makes me one very angry tax-paying property owner. That is why I am notifying our state elected officials and requesting their assistance.
All Bethany Beach property owners should rise up against this tyranny of governmental abuse of our rights and freedoms as citizens under the Constitution of the United States and the State of Delaware.
Thomas P. Lennon
Reader: Fight abortions, not guns
In response to Joanne Cabry in the Jan. 8, 2016, edition:
First, I find it hypocritical that as a Democrat you are using the “children being shot” phrase when in fact the majority of Democrats are in favor of abortion. Don’t cry “Save the children” unless you are willing to save them all.
Back to the subject at hand; the majority of shootings are committed by criminals, not the mentally ill, not law-abiding citizens that exercise their Second Amendment rights, but criminals. If a person is intent on causing bodily harm or to kill another person, they will find a way.
Saturday, Jan. 2, a Dagsboro resident was beaten and robbed in his home. No gun involved. More people are beaten by hand or by an object than are shot annually. In today’s news, a young lady was strangled in Italy, another place with strict gun laws. Criminals do not obey the law. Why do Democrats have a problem with that concept? Nearly 80 percent of criminals get their guns illegally. New laws and regulations are not going to stop them.
The problem is not guns, nor amount of ammunition one can hold. The problem is our violent society and those that have no respect for life or the life of others. You want to cut down on violence and murder, prosecute to the fullest extent those that commit violent crimes. Most are given a very light sentence, if sentenced at all, and put back into society so they can continue with their violent ways. A slap on the wrist and minimal jail time does not hinder the criminal.
Another phrase Democrats like to use but cannot explain is “gun-show loophole.” There is no gun-show loophole. It’s a show, not a sales event. Have you ever been to a gun show? Usually, after you have decided what you want to purchase, you are directed to your local FFL dealer and the gun is delivered there and the background check is done. If there is a loophole, the Democrats cannot explain what it is. Believe me, I’ve asked many people, and they could not answer that question.
Do you watch TV or go to the movies? Are you not alarmed at the constant violence they portray? The way they glorify murder and mayhem? Did you know that the average American child will view over 200,000 acts of violence before they are 18 years old? Why not confront and harass the TV and movie producers who glorify all of this? This does not include the violent video games that many spend more hours playing than sleeping.
Did you know that more people are killed annually by drunk driving, texting and obesity than gunshot? Banning high-capacity magazines will not fix the ills of society. It is a society problem, not a gun problem. More time and effort needs to go into our youth and the mentally ill, not passing more laws that affect only the law-abiding citizen.
You’re concerned about the children, stop aborting them. Over 300,000 children are aborted every year. I don’t hear you complaining about that.