Letters to the Editor — May 5, 2017

River Soccer thanks Springtime Jamboree and community­­


The River Soccer Club would like to thank the Hocker Family for their generous support through the Springtime Jamboree.

An evening full of music, comedy, and fun was performed on April 28 and 29 at Indian River High School.

This year, the River Soccer Club was the beneficiary.

We want to thank our amazing community for their support with the purchase of ads and by attending the show.

River Soccer Club is a non-profit that provides many soccer programs on a year round basis for kids 4-19 years old.

The club operates without any financial assistance from the County or State. Through the incredible support from this community and folks like Gerald Hocker and his family, we are able to continue our programs and maintain our beautiful complex on Gum Road.

Come by any Saturday morning and see the hundreds of kids participating.

Volunteers are always welcome — so many ways to give.

Help us make a difference in a child’s life by continuing to support the River Soccer Club.

Rebecca Mais, President

River Soccer Club

Reader thanks man, gives kudos to community in general


Our community is something special. Today I went out for a bike ride — nothing unusual about that. I was not part of the Ocean to Beach ride — not that I haven’t been or won’t be in some future year — but this year my resources are set on another long ride. I am planning a trip from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.

So today’s ride was more a matter of need rather than sport. I needed to exchange some equipment with Mediacom in Dagsboro. Somehow, along the way, my wallet, which was in the pack on the bike, decided to drop out. Someone found it — he was described as an older gentleman — who turned it in to the Ocean View police.

As someone who can be reasonably labeled an older gentleman, or at least just older, I wish I knew his name so I could thank him. While I can’t thank him by name, I want him to know if his eyes cross this page, what he did is much appreciated.

Ken McLaughlin, the chief in Ocean View, recognized the address as one of his neighbors’ and brought it home to me. While we had already canceled the cards in it and begun the process of replacing other stuff, having it back was wonderful.

Hats off to our community — particularly the unidentified older gentleman, but also to our police. Small-town police forces often don’t get the respect they deserve. My experience is most are good, but ours is great!

Marty Lampner

Ocean View

Women’s club searching for membership


On April 26, the Lord Baltimore Women’s Club held one of their two most important fundraisers, a “Going to a Garden Party” Tea. It was held at the Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro. There were various wonderful prizes for the auction and a 50/50.

The proceeds from this affair will be placed into our scholarship fund. We were so fortunate to have some of our new members in attendance.

We still have vacancies in our membership rolls, so once again we are seeking energetic women who would love to be part of a fantastic club. Our sole purpose is charitable work within our area, so if you are between the age of 21 and beyond, please contact [me] at lordbaltimorewc@gmail.com.

We meet the third Monday of the month from September to June. Our meeting starts at 11 a.m., with a guest speaker, then lunch. Our meetings are held at the Cripple Creek Country Club.

Hoping to see more new faces.

Barbara Sunderlin, President

Lord Baltimore Women’s Club

Reader has questions about marijuana legalization


Here comes the sell. There was a front-page article in the News Journal today, April 24, with information supplied by a state-funded organization. Kind of like the government lobbying itself. Is the government and those advocating legalizing pot ready for all the associated costs from another drug which will have similar costs to alcohol use/abuse?

There are some questions I have about the bill legalizing the “recreational use” of marijuana. How does the government propose to test for those using marijuana (pot) while driving? Has a new test been developed besides a blood test? How will it be sold and who will control the handling of” licenses”? Where will it be grown and can I grow my own? What happens to those who are pulled over having used medical marijuana?

The one cost that government may not have included is the cost of those who use marijuana as a gateway drug, one that leads to use of other drugs such as methamphetamine, heroin, LSD and others. What are these costs?

I am sure there is no conclusive research on this subject. There is evidence on both sides. Whose side will win depends on the tax dollars seen in the eyes of those wishing to fill the state’s deficit. Do they believe the tax revenue will outperform the cost in dollars in enforcement, as well as all the associated costs to society in other areas?

How do you reconcile that pot is still illegal under federal jurisdiction? There will be no federal (our tax money) dollars for funding enforcement or areas related. How is revenue generated from tickets and related activities for enforcement, etc., reported to the federal government? Can it be? Is it perhaps just another government slush fund?

Voting to further erode the morality of society for the hope of raising more tax revenue, or other issues, is a dark deed. So, if you decide to support this step, be fully aware and prepared for the consequences.

We can only pray that this is not one of the bills worked in the wee hours of the last day under dark of night when most people will not show up in opposition to watch.

As an aside, there is already a medical use of marijuana permitted in Delaware. Is this added use only an easy way to plug the deficit?

John Poe


Reader vents concerns over representative’s lack of communication


We had some problems collecting information from Social Security. We had to send some verifying information to Germany, and a clerk refused to sign the papers. We finally corrected the matter by visiting the Lewes office again and getting a better-informed clerk.

The real problem was that we wrote to Lisa Blunt Rochester our federal representative. We contacted her office five times (emails and a letter) and never even got a reply after four months. What can you say about a representative that ignores the citizens that she is suppose to represent?

Guy Fisher


Reader offers evidence of the corruption of our democracy


As our desire and need for global dominance increases, the extent to get more wealth by any means necessary also increases. The fabric of our society has become a cesspool of avarice and arrogance that interferes with the ability of our elected officials to govern fairly. They have become self- serving bureaucrats that put self- interest over their constituents.

I looked at other industrialized democracies to see where we (the U.S.) stand; we are no longer the standard-bearer of the free world. We have globalized corruption so much that it has become the normal way to conduct business. Corporations’ ability to support political candidates and office holders has given us the best Congress money can buy; made possible by the Citizens United ruling, while giving us the least effective and least productive ever!

The regulatory lines so blurred that those agencies can’t effectively enforce proper codes of conduct to ensure safe standards.

Wells Fargo, for instance, creating false accounts to bolster their bottom line and awarding bonuses based on bogus earnings. Legislators voting against the people’s will and lying about the source of the dark money they receive. The fossil fuel industry and the electric utilities contribute heavily to Republicans serving in Congress.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Democrats were given over $14 million and the Republicans a staggering $87 million. Lobbying dollars from oil and gas totaled $119 million and from electric utilities $114 million. The largest amounts going to Republican leadership, Speaker of the House, committee chairmen and ranking committee members. The top contributors include Koch Industries, Chevron and Ariel.

They have created a climate in which making money supersedes common sense and what’s best for the climate and the people. With #45’s latest executive order, valuable public lands will be sold to the highest bidder and developed.

However, we can and should: Pray, Persist, Prepare, Pledge, Plan, Petition and Promote Democracy — Anytime-Anywhere-Anyhow. Integrity and moral courage is needed to expose these immoral and illegal practices (conflict of interest and emoluments).

Valerie Reeves

Ocean View

Reader thanks officer and towing company


On Saturday, April 15, my husband and I were driving from Dagsboro to Salisbury for our anniversary dinner when our car started to act up. We turned around and made it to the light on 113 and Nine Foot Road, where she died.

A couple of friends stopped, but no luck. The tow truck number I had in my phone had no answering machine, and we didn’t know what to do. Fortunately, an off-duty Dewey Beach police officer on his way home stopped and assisted with traffic and offered to call a tow service.

Just then, a tow-truck driver on his way home pulled up behind us. He and the police officer spoke, and we got hooked up and towed home. Thanks again to that special Dewey Beach police officer and MAG Towing.

Kathy and Bill Akers


CROP Walk officials urges readers to donate and participate


Join your community in participating in the 2017 Southeast Sussex Hunger CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Hunger) Walk. This is the 27th year for this walk, and each year it gets better. It is sponsored by Church World Service, and many of our local churches are involved.

We will meet at the bandstand on May 7 at 2 p.m., with entertainment for all, walkers and non-walkers. The money raised goes to give a hand up to people all over the world, and 25 percent of what we raise stays in the community for local food banks. Last year, we raised $20,000 and contributed $5,000 to area food banks.

To get more information, go to southeastsussexhungerwalk.org and donate or register to walk, or contact Rose Mary Hendrix at (302) 537-9417 or rm.hendrix@mchsi.com.

If each person who reads this letter would donate, it could make this the best year ever. Any amount helps, because putting our efforts together will allow wells to be built, children to get an education, farmers to get seeds, families to have food and shelter, and individuals to start small businesses.

One of the side benefits is to know you are making a difference, and just probably changing a life and bringing a smile to someone you don’t even know.

Join us at the bandstand for entertainment and then to walk or cheer the walkers on. The walk is about two miles, and we gather for hotdogs at the end. I hope to see you there. It always feels good to be around so many caring people.

Rose Mary Hendrix, coordinator


Lions Club thanks Delaware residents


Many hands make light work. And thanks to the many hands at work in Delaware, a lot of people in the Dominican Republic see better today.

We are Bethany Beach residents who are part of an eye mission team based at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah, Ga. For four years, we have dispensed eye health care to the people of San Pedro de Macoris, a city of 180,000 on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic.

We have just returned from our latest trip, and we distributed more glasses than ever. All of the 500 pairs of prescription glasses came from Delaware.

The Many Hands team starts with Lions Clubs all over the state, who collect boxes filled with donated glasses. That includes a box at our summer church, St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach. The glasses were then taken to Delaware corrections institutions, where they were cleaned and their prescriptions determined — a huge undertaking coordinated by the Delaware Lions Sight Team.

In the past three years, we have carried nearly 10,000 pairs of prescription glasses from Delaware to an Episcopal health clinic in San Pedro de Macoris, where our team has evaluated and addressed the visual needs of several thousand townspeople.

Thanks to the people of Delaware, we found a new use for old glasses and provided the magic of improved sight. Some people are actually seeing clearly for the first time in their lives. Our team saw this exciting reaction firsthand. But you, Delaware, and the glasses you donated have made it possible.

Haydee and Jim Toedtman

Bethany Beach