Letters to the Editor — December 2, 2016

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Dec. 2, 2016

Electoral College has a strong supporter

Editor:

Hillary appears to have won the national popular vote, assuming we have trustworthy numbers, while Donald won the Electoral College’s vote count. This discrepancy has happened only a few times before in our near-240-year history. But it raises the perennial question about why we even have an Electoral College (EC), why the same question arises every four years, or why two sitting Senators, Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) have sponsored a bill to eliminate the Electoral College once and for all.

Each of these Senators has “served” over 20 years and still don’t understand the Constitution they swore to uphold; or worse, are putting ideology over the interests of the country. But after all, we live in a democracy and Hillary won the national popular vote.

Actually, we live in a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. We also live in a Federation of Sovereign States, bonded together for the purposes of defense and trade. Each of us is a citizen of a Sovereign State, not the Federation of the United States. It is shameful that most Americans have no clue as to why the EC is part of our system of voting.

There is no such thing as a national popular vote, only the popular votes of each independent and autonomous state. There is no way to combine the popular votes of each state into a meaningful regional or national popular vote count.

No one would think to combine the popular votes of Spain, Italy, Germany and France, to determine their newly elected political representatives. These four countries are part of the European Union (EU), which is somewhat similar to our federation of states. Though they are part of a group, the EU, each country remains sovereign, and does not interfere in each other’s politics. Each of our states is every bit as sovereign as those nation-states or countries.

In these united States, the person who wins the majority of electoral votes (270 or more) becomes the new president. The EC ensures the sovereignty of each state’s votes. It also helps the less populous states compete with more populous states.

For example, Delaware, with less than a million citizens and 3 electoral votes can compete more fairly against the more populous states, like California, with 39 million citizens and 55 electoral votes, by including each senator of each state as an additional electoral vote. So California has 40 times the population of Delaware, but California’s electoral vote advantage is only 18 times Delaware’s, or less than half the population advantage.

In practical terms, it would require fewer less-populated states to counter California’s huge population advantage, through the Electoral College. The Electoral College is essential and advantageous to these United States and must be understood and defended by We the People.

It would be a fatal mistake to allow the forces of the political left to continue moving our republic towards a democracy and mob rule; and further destroy the sovereignty of our States, through miseducation and propaganda. We must reintroduce our history, culture and values to our children in our families, schools and in the media.

The federal government, teachers unions, and possibly, even State control, must be eliminated from our schools; and parents of students put back in control. Parents alone know what is best for their children, and parents alone are responsible for what their children learn.

Armand Carreau

Seaford

Reader responds to previous letter

Editor:

In response to Tony Parisi’s letter (“Reader upset with ‘Hamilton’ cast”): Deplorable is using your right to free speech to condemn the cast of “Hamilton’s” right to free speech!

Mark Ellis

Ocean View

SEDAST raises more than $3K for schools

Editor:

The artists who participated in the 22nd Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) want to thank all the tourgoers for their generous support of the Arts in the Hat raffle — 100 percent of the $3,160 proceeds will go to five art education programs in IRSD schools. This brings the total money given by SEDAST artists for art education in IRSD schools to $56,455.

Art teachers send letters requesting money from raffle ticket sales to support either special projects or to supplement general school funds for their art classes. Sussex Central High School will receive $1,200 to expand the art programs to reach more students and to add mediums for broader art experiences. Lord Baltimore Elementary will receive $442 to be used toward restarting experiences in fired clay projects. Phillip C. Showell Elementary will receive $500 for sketch/writing journals for fifth-grade students. John M. Clayton Elementary will receive $575 to purchase sketch books for second-grade students. Long Neck Elementary will receive $443 to help replenish depleted art supplies.

Thanks to Coastal Point, Wave, Cape Gazette, Delaware Beach Life, Southern Delaware Tourism, Coastal Style and Bethany Beach/Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce for press releases, articles, inclusion in newsletters and other forms of press support of SEDAST 2016.

Special thanks to our local business sponsors of SEDAST 2016 for their generous support: The Ellen Rice Gallery, The Artful Bean, Gallery One, Ocean Vayu Yoga and Jayne’s Reliable.

We look forward to working with all of you in 2017 for the 23rd Annual SEDAST.

Pat Frey, Coordinator

SEDAST 2016

Reader wants to see real change at IRSD

Editor:

I read with disbelief the article that appeared in the Nov. 25 Coastal Point titled “IRSD too trusting of Miller.” The audit suggests that 27 percent of payment transactions were either questionably spent, inappropriately spent or incorrectly processed.

Yes, the School Board is at fault as well for not having a formal policy or procedure for their financial processes; but the inappropriate spending conducted by Mr. Miller as the CFO is certainly of his own doing and he needs to be held accountable. He was placed on a sudden leave of absence in April, and later retired from the district.

It truly mystifies me how Mr. Miller got hired in the first place when he conducted business the same way while he was affiliated with Brandywine School District and had served “community service.” Did no one in IRSD do a background check on Mr. Miller?

My question is, will the state’s Attorney General hold Mr. Miller accountable for his actions and require him to pay the misappropriated funds or prosecute him for theft?

From my point of view, unless he is held accountable and repays what is owed (and keep in mind they only went back five years in the audit), I will never vote “Yes” for a referendum for more funding for the school district. It sounds like going forward the school district will have its finances in order, and until I can see there is good stewardship of taxpayers’ dollars, I will never vote for a tax increase.

Linda Smith

Ocean View

Fundraiser a hit, thanks to many

Editor:

The sisters of the Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority send our heartfelt thanks to all who made our Nov. 3, 2016, Dine-and-Donate fundraiser a great success!

We are so grateful to Cottage Café for hosting the event and for generously donating a portion of the evening’s proceedings to our Chapter. Thanks also to the many family, friends and community members who came out to dine and buy raffle tickets, all in support of our efforts to serve our local community.

Your generous support allows Preceptor Omega to fund college scholarships for local students, to provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals for needy children and their families, as well as provide financial assistance for those in need throughout the year. Know how deeply we appreciate your generosity and support.

Jill Taylor, President

Preceptor Omega Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi