Letters to the Editor — April 14, 2017

Responders getting social organization

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to active and retired emergency-services workers and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Several members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 16, (Bethany Beach/Ocean View) are in the process of starting a local social organization called the Lower Slower Guns & Hoses. The intent of this organization is to foster better and mutual interaction between the various police and fire agencies in the “Lower Slower” area.

With this in mind, we are asking for your consideration and cooperation where you could be an integral part of this organization. We know there already exists an organization specifically for the area firefighters, as does another for the local police. They operate strictly in that area, either for the police or for the firefighters. No organization exists which would include both. So we are starting one.

Please attend our next meeting, scheduled for the fourth Saturday of April (the 22nd of April) at noon, at the Eagles, located on Route 26 in Millville. It is a yellow building just east of Route 17, on the north side. At this meeting you can ask any questions that are needful and decide if you want to participate

All active and retired firefighters, police officers, EMTs and associated agencies are welcome. This is a non-profit social organization that will foster better interaction in and between our departments and communities. Thank you.

Wally Brown

Ocean View

LWV: Safeguard our elections


A movement afoot in the U.S. Congress would terminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the only federal entity devoted exclusively to improving the administration of American elections. Given lingering controversies surrounding our elections, abolishing this bi-partisan agency makes no sense.

The EAC works to improve our nation’s election systems by offering assistance to states on a voluntary, non-regulatory basis. Forty-seven states depend on the agency’s oversight of the federal voting system certification program, which sets standards for maintaining and upgrading voting machines across the country. Local election officials also rely on the EAC to provide best practices on voting and election administration, including accessibility to the polls for more than 37 million voters with disabilities.

While questions about the accuracy and conduct of elections discourage voter turnout, the EAC bolsters confidence in elections by providing state and local officials with tools to safeguard the system. Unfortunately, this positive, uncontroversial, bipartisan agency draws little attention and could be dismantled without much notice or objection.

Passage of the Election Commission Assistance Termination Act would be both irrational and irresponsible. We need to hold our members of Congress accountable.

Jane Lord, President

League of Women Voters of Sussex County

Troops get a boost from home

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Coastal Point readers and sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Thank you, Coastal Point readers, for your continued support of our troops. The response by the community to our semi-annual collection for “Items for the Troops” was very generous!

Thank you, Father Klevence and St. Ann’s, for your continued prayerful support of our military and the use of Delaney Hall.

Know that the generosity of the Sussex County community will make a difference in the lives of our men and women in uniform. Thank you.

Rosemary Wlaschin

Items for the Troops

USO Delaware

Physical therapist writes on Parkinson’s


I wanted to take a moment to offer some information about my experience with patients affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD) and how physical therapy treatment can help. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder, and it is expected that levels of function will change in some way over the years.

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF.org), PD affects approximately 1 million Americans; however, this should be considered a conservative estimate, as many cases go undiagnosed. Symptoms can vary in severity and are rather gradual in onset. Difficulty with initiating walking, hesitation or “stuttering” when turning around, and less variability in facial expressions are just a few of the typical movement disorders.

One standardized test to determine a “true” diagnosis of Parkinson’s has not been established, rather a variety of testing may be ordered by your physician to further rule out other conditions.

With a large influx of patients with PD coming to see me, all affected in various ways and in varying levels of severity, I sought out additional education to provide the best care for my patients. I completed the “LSVT BIG” certification, which provided me with a comprehensive overview of PD and other Parkinsonian-like disorders, such as multiple sclerosis (MS). This training allows me to carry out a specific protocol with patients that has been researched and proven to provide maximum gain of function.

My ultimate goal is to ensure each and every patient with PD has a good understanding of what it is they can do to slow the progression and continue to preserve their function, whatever level that may be. At our West Fenwick clinic, my colleagues and I pride ourselves in providing comprehensive and customized care tailored to each patient’s individual needs, extending across all ages and abilities. Please feel free to call our office for additional information.

Christy Weber, DPT

Dynamic Physical Therapy