Letters to the Editor — February 6, 2015

Organizer offers thanks for Christmas parade support


On behalf of the Dagsboro Christmas Parade Committee, I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who played a part in the return of the Dagsboro Christmas Parade on Dec. 11, after a 20-plus-year hiatus!

Our committee members — Town Manager Stacy Long, Police Chief Floyd Toomey, Brian and Melissa Townsend with the Dagsboro fire company, and Amy Simmons of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce — spent several months organizing and planning the parade.

Special thanks to Bob Flowers from the Dagsboro Town Maintenance Department, the Dagsboro Police Department, Dagsboro fire company, fire police and all other participating fire police who helped with traffic control on the parade route.

One of the main reasons we were able to put together the parade was the support of our three parade sponsors — special thank-yous go to Jayne’s Reliable, Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper and Mediacom for leading the way and providing financial support of the parade. Thanks, as well, to all other businesses who made donations to support the parade’s return.

And the biggest thank-you goes to everyone who participated in the parade, and those who came out on a cold December night to enjoy the parade’s return. And here’s the good news: We won’t have to wait 20 years for the next parade! We’ll begin work in the near future on the 2015 Dagsboro Christmas Parade. Keep checking the Town of Dagsboro’s Facebook page for parade details as we put them together.

Brian Baull, Chairman
Dagsboro Christmas Parade Committee

Reader urges schools to embrace sex-ed curriculum


The Coastal Point noted in their headline (Jan. 30 issue) that “The IRSD Board of Education approves sex-ed curriculum.” Staff reporter Laura Walter obviously took extensive notes from the final meeting on the subject and wrote an excellent article.

The Rev. Michael Smith said, “We on both sides of the issues have well-meaning … morals.” Don Peterson also addressed Board Member Shaun Fink, who recently said that his church was damaged and that he had received threats, due to his conservative opinions on the issue. “You and I have not agreed on the issues. … Let me say that we stand with you in support of your right to speak freely without threat of violence. We condemn these actions,” Pederson said. John Rieley supported “Fink’s efforts in the process, calling it a moral decision.”

Sussex Central junior Bryce Molnar said in a previous meeting, “The idea that someone can be in a position of power and discriminate against a group as large as that of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and asexual community is outrageous. … It not only makes the school a dangerous place for a student of the orientation to be in, but also puts that student to shame. Whatever your beliefs may be, your intentions good or bad, if they interfere with the equality amongst students, then they should not be those which influence the educational process.” I agree with Bryce Molnar.

Let’s take a look at the words of IRSD Board of Education member Mr. Shaun Fink in this process. He stated that homosexual behavior is an “abomination.” What does an “abomination” mean? The King James Version: Leviticus 20:13: “If a man lies with a man as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death, their blood is upon them.” Abomination” conjures up images of things that which should not exist on the face of the earth.” I fully believe that it is a hate word.

The NALT [Not All Like That] Christians Project wrote, “In practice, Christians and others do not follow the dictates of the Old Testament. If they did, polygamy would be legal, and things like tattoos, wearing mixed fabrics, eating pork and seeding lawns with a variety of grasses would be forbidden.

“If Christians followed the dictates of the Old Testament, then today, if the parents of a new bride could not, upon her husband’s request, prove that she was a virgin, that bride would have to be stoned to death. Christians would also have to stone to death any Christian guilty of adultery. And the Christian day of worship would be Saturday, not Sunday.”

I find religion exhausting, and my freedom allows me to push it aside, study it and to be loving and supportive to my gay family members and friends. My advice to students, educators and administrators is to embrace the new sex-ed curriculum and use critical thinking skills on everything you read and hear in every school subject and in every letter to the editor.

Lloyd E. Elling
Ocean View

Resident asks for delay on Fenwick freeboard action

(Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to members of the Fenwick Island Town Council and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.)

I add my name to the growing list of residents concerned and disappointed over your actions. Please defer or table any further action on building height standards, requirements or limitations.

There are no FEMA requirements for change. An update to the ordinance may, but is not required to, include the FEMA freeboard space recommendation. Additional changes are not time-sensitive. If you are arbitrarily adding an 18-inch free board requirement or any other change, as a reason to raise roof heights, this important issue should be addressed by our voters.

There are issues which sometimes divide our small community. No issue elicits such a visceral community reaction as the building height code. Notwithstanding the statutory requirement, the lack of transparency by council and town management surrounding recent council actions is destroying the fabric of our community. If your purpose and goal is to avoid the people’s decision, please state that, so we can know we have no voice.

Allow residents’ input by withholding action until this summer. If you need another constituent vote to gauge whether sentiment has changed since our last vote, you have the option and time to do so. Please do not allow the perception of council members’ personal gain to split our community.

Willes Lee
Fenwick Island