Letters to the Editor — March 13, 2015

FOSCL thankful for support with sale


The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) thank all of the 35-plus volunteers who helped make the Winter 2015 Book Sale such a great success. We also thank the library staff, the community newspaper outlets and the community at large for their assistance and support. We truly appreciate the people who bundled up and braved the frigid temperatures to purchase books, CDs and DVDs and hope you are enjoying them. Without all of you, we would not have been able to raise nearly $3,000 to enhance the library’s programs and services.

Please mark your calendars for our Summer Sale, which is scheduled for Aug. 13-15. The library is continuously accepting gently used books, DVDs, and CDs for future sales during regular hours.

Thanks to all who participated!

Lora Caputo, Theo Fulton, Fran Markowski, Lois Rubinsohn and Audrey Young
FOSCL Book Sale Committee

Pointie grateful for kind efforts


I have known for years what great communities there are here. I had to rely on the kindness of strangers last Wednesday, and met some truly wonderful people. I also learned that deer can be a bit acrobatic, as one somersaulted off my windshield, shattering it.

I could not have asked for a kinder, more patient person than the lady that was behind me. She pulled over and got out of her white van. Her calmness kept me from completely losing it. I never saw the deer; it’s amazing the number of thoughts that can go through your mind in the space of a few seconds. I did not get her name, but thank you so much!

A Bethany Beach ambulance crew showed up about a minute after the accident and were wonderful — thankfully, I did not require any medical attention, but one of the guys was kind enough to sweep up the broken glass off the front seat and call the police — thank you! The police officers were wonderful; Patrolman Korenyi was greatly patient and helpful — thank you!

AAA (Thank you, Mom, for the Christmas present and your support!) was the most wonderful company ever to deal with; a tow truck was dispatched before our conversation ended. Gray’s Towing showed up about 15 minutes later (Thank you, Mike!) and took the car to Mr. Go-Glass in Berlin. Thank you, Ashley, for not minding that I called more than I needed to!

Their technician said the deer landed in the perfect place; a bit more down, and it would have wound up in my lap. It was a sobering thought, and I’m wondering if I need to thank the deer for its landing spot? I have much to be thankful for; if it wasn’t for the whole deer on the windshield thing, I would say that it was all a great experience. Thank you, and God bless!

Jane Johnson
Berlin, Md.

Reader offers opinion on offshore drilling


It is disappointing that U.S. Rep. John Carney chose to give constituents only half of the story in his guest column for the Coastal Point opposing Atlantic offshore oil and gas drilling.

He failed to mention higher-paying jobs from the petroleum industry, along with the cascade of additional jobs in many other sectors to support petroleum production, including in the hospitality industry that Rep. Carney touted as important to Delaware. Also not mentioned are the additional tax revenues that would result from this commerce. Just look to the states of Pennsylvania and North Dakota, which are benefiting from more jobs, higher wages, and greater tax revenues associated with recent expansions of oil and gas production.

Instead, Rep. Carney proposed to spend constituents’ tax dollars to incentivize energy sources which are not economically competitive. Finally, there is no mention of the opportunity to further drive down energy costs for consumers and provide a long-term energy supply for Delaware and the U.S. by continuing to expand our production of oil and gas.

Is offshore drilling risky? Sure it is, just like driving on our highways or climbing a ladder to clean the gutters on your house. Everything in life has risks, but risks can be mitigated with appropriate technology and methods. Industry and government continue to learn from past events and make improvements to automobiles, ladders, house gutters, and petroleum drilling.

Is it worth the risk? Only a truly balanced discussion can determine that — not just half the story.

J. Kent Sanderson
South Bethany

Another Pointie thankful for assistance


I just wanted to thank the anonymous person who plowed the driveway at my home in Frankford last weekend.

The depth of the snow wasn’t vast, but the expanse of my driveway is, and having after the prior storm elected (wisely) to just dig out my car and a path to and from the house, I was all too willing to let nature and time do the work for me last weekend. But, instead, I came home to a neatly plowed driveway, with no calling card from the generous soul who took it upon themselves to perform this act of kindness.

So, whoever you are, you have my thanks — not only for clearing my driveway of snow, but also for reminding me that, even though neighbors sometimes find themselves clashing, people still do nice things for each other and sometimes don’t even accept the credit for their kindness.

M. Patricia Titus