Letters to the Editor — October 10, 2014

Go Red for Women a huge success


Thanks to the many attendees of the 8th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon & Fashion Show, which was recently held at Baywood Greens and was our most successful to date.

We want to thank our sponsors: Beebe Healthcare, Delaware Electric Co-op, Fulton Bank, GFWC Delaware Federation of Women’s Clubs, NRG Indian River Generating Station, WSFS Bank and Zumba Fitness Instructors.

We would like to thank our speaker Mouhanad Freih, MD, who informed everyone about heart disease and women. We also want to thank the following merchants and restaurants, and individuals who so generously donated money, merchandise and gift certificates for the Silent Auction and Chinese Auction.

They are: 1776; Abbott’s Grill—Laurel; Atlantic Liquors; Mike Bacher, Realtor; Baywood Greens; Pam Coleman of Beebe Treasure Chest; Bethany Blues; Big Fish; Birdhouses by Dominic Esposito; Micha Seto of Blooming Boutique, Lewes Gifts & Treasures; Bon Worth; Boulevard Ford/Lincoln—Georgetown-Lewes; The Buttery; Cape Pharmacy; Casapulla’s South; Chick-Fil-A; David A. Tissot, CPA, CVA, CTF Partners; East Coast Garden Center; Gayle Morris; Green Turtle; Harry K/Atlantic Jewelers; Harry & David; Tiffany Hart of Mary Kay Cosmetics; Helley Hanson; Hermits Hut, Thomasville, Pa.; Hooked Seafood; Jeanine O’Donnell of State Farm Insurance; Jimmy’s Grill of Bridgeville; Deb Wilkins-Schiffer of Josephine’s Daughter; Lewes Senior Center; The Linen Outlet; Louie’s Pizza; Molly Mcauliffe; Movies At Midway; Nassau Valley Vineyards; Nicola Pizza; Ocean Grill; Angela Morris of Origami Owl; Pacific Wine & Spirits; Rehoboth Beach Country Club; Sue Petty of Something Comfortable; Summerhouse; Sandy Farrell of Twila Farrell; Tanger Outlets; Vicky Hinkle of Tastefully Simple; The Crab House; The Dental Group; Touch of Italy; Walgreens of Lewes.

We also want to thank our committee members: Henrietta Belcher-Stack, Kay Burgee, Lutie Davis, Mary Esposito, Shirl Hudak, Nancy Lawrence, Barbara Maloney, Joan Nicholls, Muriel Pfeiffer and Connie Shockley.

And we cannot forget our great models: Henrietta Belcher-Stack, Anastasia Boehm, Judith Hannan, Neepa Jani, Lisa Mc Donald, Joan Nicholls, Geri Pease, Sandy Roberts, Michael Roussell, Elaine Satorius, Connie Shockley, Ginger Snowden, Shelley Tyrrell and Antoinette Wright-Johnson.

A special thank-you to Bad Hair Day for the models’ hairstyles and makeup.

We look forward to seeing everyone again at this event on Sept. 16, 2015.

Judy Aliquo and Patricia Sandy,
Go Red for Women Event

Coastal waters being monitored well


Thank you to the University of Delaware Citizen Monitoring Program and Delaware Sea Grant for another year of quality service! While readers may not know it, local volunteers have been keeping a watchful eye on the health of our coastal waters since 1991.

These citizen scientists take water samples in their neighborhoods twice a month during the warm part of the year. The samples are then analyzed under the guidance of Program Coordinator Dr. Ed Whereat. The resulting data help scientists and resource managers identify trends and potential threats to our coastal waters so that we can use those waters safely. As a bonus to us, these volunteers have saved taxpayers more than $600,000 by donating their time!

I believe that each of us has a unique contribution to offer our community and that, through citizen involvement, we can make our back yards better. The citizen water monitors have done just that and should be recognized and thanked for doing their part. Thank you!

Bob Batky
Ocean View

Ocean View resident supports Price’s bid


I am writing in response to the radio debate held on Sept. 30 (DE 105.9 talk) between the two candidates for Sussex County Council, District 4 — George Cole and Shirley Price.

I am a newcomer to the area and must say I was very impressed with Shirley Price. She is a face I have encountered attending multiple community events — from the League of Women Voters to Cheer Senior Center and the Center for the Inland Bays. I have never met George Cole or seen him interfacing with the community.

While I am sure Mr. Cole’s 28-year service on the Council is to be applauded, I feel the time has come for new, fresh ideas. Shirley talks about transportation, environmental and senior citizen issues that resonate with me. In short, Mr. Cole speaks about the past, and Shirley speaks about the future.

A while ago, I was dealing with a drainage issue in my neighborhood. I decided to call Shirley. Within a few days, she assembled an inspection team from DNREC and the Sussex County Conservation District. This is the type of response needed from a Council member.

As a native Delawarean, Shirley is able to put her hands on the right resources to get the job done and support homeowners. Her demeanor is not patronizing but gracious in every way. I’m hoping that the voters recognize Shirley as a real gift to our community.

She has my vote on Nov. 4.

Nancy Cabrera-Santos
Ocean View

Reader believes Price is the right choice


I strongly support election of Shirley Price to be District 4’s representative to the Sussex County Council. I have had the privilege of knowing Ms. Price in her service to the county as a member of the Delaware House of Representatives, in her highly knowledgeable ethical work as a Realtor and as an extremely conscientious volunteer with many local organizations.

Shirley has been and will continue to be a tireless advocate for the needs of all residents of our district, including land-use planning, protection of waterways, stimulating business opportunities and maintaining low property taxes. It is time for a new voice on the County Council. Shirley will not limit her service to periodic attendance at meetings of the County Council. Rather, District 4 voters can count on her being actively engaged on a daily basis throughout the community on the many diverse issues that impact the county’s character and year-round economy.

Because she is focused on assuring that the complex current and future needs of our growing county are addressed ethically, as well as intelligently, Shirley Price will lead the effort to improve financial reporting by all County officers and senior employees to lessen potential and actual conflicts of interest. Clearly, Shirley Price is the best choice to represent District 4.

William H. Carroll
Bethany Beach

Reader questions aquaculture plan


Residents along Little Assawoman Bay and Beach Cove turned out some 200 strong Monday night to pose questions to DNREC and other state officials and to voice their strong concerns about the oyster farming program set to begin shortly in the inland bays.

I represent residents who will be impacted by industrial-level fishing close to their homes and whose use of our pier and the bay itself will be severely limited. Several weeks ago, we and our neighbors detailed these and other problems — navigation hazards, sights, sounds, smells, shellfish viability, sustainability, questionable economic benefits and related issues — to DNREC Secretary David Small. We have provided numerous recommendations to mitigate the program’s effects and hope to work with all the parties involved to find common ground.

But most important, I want to speak out on behalf of all people who use and love these bays.

In 1872, the United States became the first nation to set aside national parks for public enjoyment. Last year the First State became the last state to be included in the National Park System, although it still has no national park.

But Delaware does have state parks, including two here that encompass the inland bays. Little Assawoman Bay is the western edge of Fenwick Island State Park, and Indian River and Rehoboth bays are part of Delaware Seashore State Park, the state’s most popular park.

Just as the beaches in these parks have been set aside for everyone’s enjoyment, so should the bays across Route 1. These tranquil bays also deserve our protection, so that they can be treasured by all Americans — like a national park or the state parks that they already are.

In the country’s early days, our waterfronts were filled with messy, dirty, loud industrial uses. Only late in the last century did people realize how they were wasting a precious public resource and begin turning their rivers and bays from inappropriate private uses to public uses — for all to enjoy. We can learn from this past and not go down that road again.

Just recently, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior not to allow oyster farming in an estuary of California’s Point Reyes National Seashore — because it interfered with the park’s purpose as a serene wilderness reserve.

That Secretary has reached out to protect a precious waterway. Now we ask our own Secretary of DNREC, and our legislators and other state officials, to do the same. We ask them to preserve our bays so that all Delawareans and all visitors can enjoy them undisturbed long into the future.

These bays are a national treasure that deserves our protection. We need to save them, but let’s not destroy our bays in order to save them.

Diane Maddex, President
Water’s Edge Condominium Association

St. Ann’s golf outing a great success


The St. Ann’s Men’s Club would like to thank all the participants and following sponsors and donors for their generous contributions to our recent very successful charity golf outing at the Salt Pond. The Men’s Club will use the profits to continue and add to its charitable work. Last year, the Men’s Club was able to provide over $4,000 in revenue assistance to many worthy recipients.

Our contributors are: Allison Stine Real Estate, Armand’s, Banks Liquors, Bay Club, Bayville Package Store, Beach Plum/George Cole, Beam Insurance/State Farm, Bethany Bay Golf, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Blues, Bethany Diner, Bethany Florist, Bethany Massage, Bethany Wines & Liquors, Bill Cannon’s Garage, Blue Crab, Bob Cairo-Tidewater Physical Therapy, Café on 26, Cottage Café, County Bank, Countryside Café, Crabcake Factory, Cripple Creek Golf, Dirty Harry’s, D’Ortone’s Restaurant, DiFebo’s, E.S. Gregory Assoc., Fat Tuna, Fenwick Crab, Fisher’s Popcorn-Fenwick, Float-ors, Food Lion, Fox’s Pizza & Restaurant, Frog House, Gerry Buckley, Giant Food, Golden Scissors, Harpoon Hanna’s, Harris Teeter, Hudson’s General Store, Hazard Heating, Heather’s Home Works, HMS Insurance, Kia Motors, Ken’s Pizza, Loftus Wealth Strategies, Lois James-DDS, Long Neck Diner, Lobster Shanty, Mancini’s, Mango’s, Mickey’s Crab House, Millers Creek, Mac’s Catering, Melson’s Funeral Services, Miken Builders, Ocean View Diner, Off the Hook, Oceanova, Papa John’s, Parcells Funeral Services, Parkway restaurant, Pizza Palace, Penquin Diner, Perucci’s, Rooster’s Nest, Ruddo’s Golf, Rep. Ronald Gray, Rick Solloway/Raymond James, Sabor restaurant, Salt Pond Golf, Seaside Country Store, Scott & Schuman, Sen. Gerald Hocker, Shillelagh Travel, Superior Screen, Susan Weidman Esq, Tom Difibaugh, Treasure Island, Turquoise restaurant, UPS Store, Wingert Group/Magnolia’s and World Gym.

Thank you.

Dick Malone and the Golf Committee
St. Ann’s Men’s Club

Fenwick reader supports Christopher


What is the difference between Robert T. Lee and Jeffrey Christopher?

While Robert T. Lee was hand-picked by the current members of the Grand Old Party, our current sheriff, Jeffrey Christopher, was elected by the people.

Mr. Lee stated that he will abide by County Council’s wishes; Sheriff Christopher stated many times that he will keep his oath to the American Constitution and to Delaware’s Constitution in order to serve and protect the people of Sussex County.

As the day of election is fast approaching, ask yourself: Do I want to elect a sheriff who will protect my rights against an ever-growing government control? Or should I be subject to the wishes of a county council that has blocked every effort of this and previous sheriffs to represent and protect the people of Sussex County?

While many “rumors” have been circulated regarding Sheriff Christopher, most are fabrications started by folks who are fearful of the ability of “We the people” to govern ourselves.

They are fearful because, once a person has a little power, they seem to always want more. County Council is a classic example.

Please think carefully when you vote on Nov. 4.

“We the people” deserve an American sheriff.

Sandy McKinley
Fenwick Island

Fuller gets support for Register of Wills


When Greg Fuller served as Register of Wills from 2008 to 2010, he developed a Helpful Tip program. Greg didn’t wait for people to come to his office for help. He took this program to the people. He met with groups at Cheer Centers and other senior facilities throughout Sussex County and talked about the importance of having a will. He explained what his office could do for people.

The Helpful Tip Program he created is a reflection of Greg Fuller’s energy, work ethic and dedication to serve. He served us well in the past, and we are confident he will serve us well as the next Register of Wills for Sussex County.

We will be voting for Greg Fuller for Register of Wills on Nov. 4.

Diana and Tom O’Hagan

Reader: ‘Be careful what you wish for’


I did a cursory check of some recent bills that have been proposed and will return to the legislature in January. A few of these should make us think about the representatives and senators we send to the state house next year:

• HB 289 — Gross Receipts Tax increase (hidden sales tax);

• HB 264 — Income tax increase (approximate 16.8 percent increase on incomes over $60,000);

• HB 288 — Establishment of a satellite TV tax;

• SB 59 — Net-zero energy use (requires homes to be built with no offsite energy);

• SB 234 — Sales tax/recycling (this is a state sales tax);

• SB 119 — Required 25 percent alternative energy (this will vastly increase electric bills).

Time and time again, on radio programs or in public meetings, Rich Collins, Sussex County candidate for the 41st Representative District, explained the ways that we are increasingly ruled by regulators (agency bureaucrats), not legislators. Mr. Collins, also director of the Positive Group Alliance (www.Positivegrowthalliance.org) has spent hours studying legislation and the workings of Legislative Hall. It could be instructive to check out PGA’s website before voting this fall.

Michael Maharrey, director of the Tenth Amendment Center, explains in his book “Our Last Hope” how the federal government enforces thousands of regulations through departments, bureaus and agencies. “It mandates everything from toilet tank size to the kind of light bulbs Americans use.” This flood of central planning has trickled down to the states. “The IRS tax code alone fills more than 7,500 pages or 24 megabytes; the TSA gropes travelers; OSHA mandates the width between ladder rungs and a USDA edict considers batter-coated frozen French fries as ‘fresh vegetables.’”

In Delaware, DNREC is the largest state agency.

How do you stop a train?

Annette Silva

Fenwick resident talks aquaculture

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to state Sen. Gerald Hocker after a community meeting about the impact of new commercial aquaculture regulations and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Unfortunately, you did not see my hand raised. I was in the back row. My perspective is much more farsighted than the other residents this evening. They only offered reasons not to move forward, but no viable alternatives.


(1) We have lost one third of our wetlands in Delaware during the past 200 years.

(2) Delaware’s waters are considerably more polluted than that of most other states.

(3) Our Sussex population is forecasted to rise by 57 percent by the year 2040.

(4) We are unable to re-establish marine eel grass to thwart further erosion.

(5) Oysters foster eel grass growth.

People are concerned about our property values. If/when our water becomes more polluted, and if/when wave action from storms and rising seas erodes away our buffer zones, our properties will be worthless. Nobody of economic stability will want to move here.

We are at a sobering juncture. Doing oyster aquaculture, standing on the learnings of our neighboring states, is the right thing to do. In the long view, we cannot afford not to. There will be compromises.

Picture this in the not too distant future: families taking their young children out for a cruise on their boat... “And see these floating oyster nurseries... and see the eel grass growing around them… This is helping clean the water and protect our wetlands from storms so that when you have children, they can enjoy a day just like today.”

Thanks from this homeowner to the legislatures, to CIB and to DNREC for taking the unpopular, longer visionary view.

Anna von Lindenberg
Dirickson Creek
Fenwick Island