Letters to the Editor — July 31, 2015

Bethany parade a hit, thanks to many
Praise has rolled in for the 2015 edition of our Bethany Beach July 4th parade.
The parade committee wants to thank the many involved, including Julie Malewski (events director/media coordinator), Greg Mavraganis (Firecracker 5K Run/3K Walk), Police Chief Mike Redmon, Capt. Darin Cathell and all the local, state and seasonal police, Chief Brian Martin of the fire department, Bill Bowden (fire police), Doug Scott (EMS), Karen Lett of the Ladies Auxiliary, Brett Warner and his public works crew, the Christian Church Conference Center, St. Ann’s Catholic Church; Lord’s Landscaping, G&E/Hocker’s and Complete Tree Care for trucks; Magnum Electronics for radios, the Frog House Restaurant, Steen’s for umbrellas and Walgreens for bottled water.
We all look forward to an even better parade for 2016.
Bruce Frye, Chairman
Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade

Volunteer firefighters get thanks
On behalf of the owners and renters, the Edgewater House Council thanks the members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Millville Volunteer Fire Company, Roxana Volunteer Fire Company, Frankford Volunteer Fire Company and all additional responders for reacting quickly and efficiently to the false alarm on July 3, 2015. We feel very grateful to live in this community.
The Edgewater House Council

Once again, Tour a major success
As chair of the 24th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, it is my pleasure to offer my most sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone responsible for helping to make this year’s tour an outstanding success. This annual tour is held in support of the South Coastal Library & Cultural Center in Bethany Beach.
Special thanks go out to the exceptional committee members: Ann Boteler, Carrie Boyden, Carol Brigleb, Barbara Carlson, Thea Chandross, Faith Denault, Sharon Dillon, Jen Edmonston, Dick Fox, Joan Gordon, David Green, Meaghan Green, Lindy Griffith, Joe Healy, Carol Kopay, Charlie Kopay, Linda Kulin, Linda Manning, Judy Marcucilli, Lois McNamara, Dick Oliver, Janet Parham, Donna Philpitt, Eileen Quigley, Maureen Rayborn, Karen Taylor, Marylou Tietz and Barbara Turner. These men and women have worked hundreds of hours throughout the year in the coordination, preparation and execution of the tour.
Also, this event would not happen without the dedicated 450-plus volunteers who annually return to us, serving as hostess coordinators, hostesses, ticket sellers, traffic coordinators, parkers, advertising sales and raffle sales. Thanks to all!
We are indebted to the 10 homeowners who loaned us their homes for the two days of the tour. We thank Linda and Ed Feulner, Stephanie and John Harmon, Debbie and Paul Klinedinst, Pam and Bill Oetgen, Ceci and David Parker, Bonnie and Ward Richards, Deborah Elias-Smith and Les Smith, Helen and Ron Stevens, Judy and Tony Teoli, and Margie and Nicholas Viggiano. We thank you for your graciousness in sharing your home!
The Adopt-a-House program was a great success again this year, and thanks go to the following local organizations for their support in providing coordinators and hostesses in the homes: the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, the Barefoot Gardeners of Fenwick Island, Bay Forest Homeowners, Bethany Lakes Book Club, Cripple Creek Ladies Club, Gardeners By the Sea, Lord Baltimore Women’s Club, Salt Pond Women’s Club, Shore Democrats, South Bethany Women’s Club, Villages of Southampton HOA, Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach, the Women’s Council of Realtors and the Women’s Golf Association at Bear Trap Dunes. In addition, we have many other hosts and hostesses who volunteered outside of these organizations, and to you we send many thanks.
Our raffle was terrific, and for that we thank the six restaurants who donated gift cards: Magnolia’s Seafood Bar & Grill, Mancini’s, Matt’s Fish Camp, Off the Hook, The Parkway restaurant and Sedona. We also owe gratitude to the five local artists who donated wonderful pieces of art for the raffle: Aubrè Duncan, Tara Funk Grim, Laura Hickman, Jeanne Mueller and Cheryl Wisbrock. Thanks to each of you for your support!
Without the many advertisers in our booklet, the tote bag sponsors and the many generous donors who made financial contributions, the tour would not be so successful, and to them we offer our sincere thanks. To the Beebe Medical Center, who has provided the tour with booties for many years, you have our sincere thanks and appreciation. We hope we can count on your support in 2016!
To the Towns of Bethany Beach, Ocean View and Millville, we thank you for your cooperation in coordinating the parking logistics for our tour participants. We appreciate your help! We also thank Onix Z LLC, Onix Group LLC and Salt Pond Plaza LLC for the use of the parking lot to stage our buses and the Jolly Trolley for transporting our tour attendees.
Thank you to the seven businesses that allow us to sell tickets in their establishments: Bethany Beach Books, Browseabout Books, Carolina Street, Japanesque, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Rooster’s Nest and Sea Needles.
Special thanks go to our local newspapers, the Coastal Point and the Wave, and to the publications Coastal Style, Delaware Beach Life and Delaware Today, for giving us advance coverage of this event. Your support over the years has helped us tremendously.
Finally, thanks to all of you who attended the 24th Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. We hope that you enjoyed all of the homes, and we look forward to hosting you at next year’s tour.
Mark your calendars for the celebration of the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28, 2016. Be sure to make your reservations early!
For updated tour information, visit our website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com and like us on Facebook.
Again, thanks to all of you for your continued support of the South Coastal Library and Cultural Center.
Kathy Green, Chair
2015 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

Reader: Beware the perils of peace
The Middle East is and has always been a seemingly mysterious and faraway land for most Americans, even though we have been commercially involved with them since our very early years.
We were originally at war with the Muslims instigated over free navigation of the seas and their pirating in the late 1700s, where Tripoli and Leathernecks entered the Marine vocabulary. With these adversaries, others warned Jefferson that money and fear were the only two conditions that could be used as a basis for negotiations.
Following modern-day world involvement with the Middle East that began in 1908 with the first major oil find by the British in Iran (then Persia), we now find ourselves to have negotiated a recent nuclear agreement with them that seems to offer only money without a condition they would fear.
What has changed over the two centuries? Only our fear of martial conflict it seems. How can we survive as a nation in a world where war seems endless and is endless, if we fear such?
The driving force of Western civilization, and the U.S. in particular, has been the concept of individual and economic freedom. That combination may be the most influential intellectual force the world has known and led to the U.S. becoming a worldwide economic and military power.
The wisdom of history suggests that we must extract the past lessons that apply to today’s role of a superpower. Ignoring the patterns of history is a false choice and is to risk repeating the mistakes that have toppled other nations.
Another historian notes that we are living in an “a historical age — an era when too many people are willing to invest in a dangerous delusion that science, technology and the information superhighway make us immune to history.”
For thousands of years, wars among nations and societies have left a deep imprint upon the social life and culture of those involved. War is not something desired but something that seems inevitable. As Durant informed us some time ago, war is one of the constants of history, with only 268 years out of the last 3,421 years being free of it.
An important implication is whether the U.S. will experience the same ultimate fate as the major democracies and superpowers of the past. It is not inconceivable, as internal and external forces can be equally dangerous as freedom is not a universal value.
Maybe Thucydides was correct in his analysis that, “…peace is an armistice in a war that is continually going on…”; and, just maybe, peace truly is far too complex for humanity to attain. It certainly has been during my lifetime that includes much of the 20th century, the bloodiest century of all.
It may not be politically correct; but it must be said that if we fear war, then we risk the fate of our nation! That is the unspoken national alternative that every political body must accept from past history for as long as Mankind survives.
And, that is what lies as the general discontent by our citizens with the nuclear treaty, that it was negotiated because of our fear for an enemy that calls for our destruction. Our citizens fear that money will not buy a lasting peace, and that a nuclear Iran is now guaranteed. History supports their fear!
As a lasting bit of advice from the ages to all of us is to not take lightly the perils of peace, “...that our enemies will go as far as our hesitation.” That has been our history and it has not served the world or us well.
Lt. Col. Richard Spencer, USAF Ret.