Letters to the Editor — Aug. 18, 2017

Food pantry thankful for support of many


Thank you, Coastal Point, for listing our ministry in your Continuing Events column each week. This information is beneficial to those who may hit a bump in the road and for those on fixed incomes. We welcome their calls and truly appreciate Coastal Point’s involvement.

During our nine-month season, we served 819 families, plus six families who were in emergency during the summer. Several huge food drives came in — one from Coldwell Banker and another from the U.S. Postal Service. We wish to take this opportunity to thank all of those who participated in these food drives and the many, many others who collected for our benefit throughout the year.

A “special thanks” to our dedicated volunteers who keep the pantry operational. In November, we will celebrate our 25th anniversary of supporting the less fortunate in lower southeast Sussex. We can always use a few more helpers who are able to lift. If you have a few hours to spare, call me for more details at (302) 436-4118.

We look forward to the start of our second quarter-century and ask that you be in prayer for our continued success.

Dottie Campbell, Coordinator
Community Food Pantry

Reader blames federal troops for war


Yes, President Lincoln did disapprove of slavery, and rightly so.

But, let’s look beyond what we think we know: In the 1840s, the mindset of the D.C. Swamp was to concentrate on their “Manifest Destiny” obsession and to send Zachary Taylor into Texas to pick a war with Mexico in order to grab Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California and the other territories; this to complete the God-given ownership of everything from Atlantic to Pacific. Oregon would be gotten from British interests.

Do we still wonder now why U.S. President Lincoln could not tolerate letting the South become its own stand-alone entity plus lose the South’s huge economy?

The Southern Illustrated News commented that it was said that Britain would not offer aid to the Confederacy because of fear of Northern invasion of Canada.

But let’s look at some Lincoln quotes. In his first inaugural address he plainly declared “the lawless invasion by armed force of the soil of any State or Territory, no matter under what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes.” In the same address, “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the union and is not either to save or destroy slavery.”

During the Mexican War he was quoted, “Any people anywhere being inclined and have the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better … may revolutionize and make their own so much of the territory as they inhabit.”

Then “What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save this Union.” Also “I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is a physical difference between the two, which, in my judgement, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality.”

Slavery was evil, but this was not main reason that the South attempted to leave the oppressive U. S. government.

Britain’s most powerful newspaper, the Times, said of the Emancipation Proclamation “where he has no power Lincoln will set the negroes free; where he has power he will consider them as slaves. Little Delaware with her 2,000 slaves shall still be protected in her tyranny. This is even more contemptible than wicked … considers himself a sort of American Pope.”

A few weeks before the Civil War:

Let’s look again at the proposed (and Lincoln approved) Corwin Amendment which stated “No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service (slaves) by the Laws of said State.” A. Lincoln’s comment: “I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.”

Even this offer did not deter the South’s quest for independence!

Still think slavery was it? Check the real history!

President Lincoln’s war cost him his own assassination and over 620,000 soldiers’ lives plus unfathomable civilian suffering but it was not just to free the slaves; please read on. The Confederate States wanted nothing from the U. S government and intended no harm or political intrusion; just peaceful co-existence as independent states.

No federal troops = no war!

Richard Jamison Sr.
Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 2068

Reader supports Trump, admires vision


I am responding to Valerie Reeves’ letter in the Aug. 11 Coastal Point. I believe that she has simply regurgitated the DemoNcratic Party and the liberal media’s talking points that grossly misrepresent President Trump’s actions. “They” still have trouble accepting that we have a president that is actually doing, or at least trying to do, what those that voted for him want him to do!

Sorry (ha), but there are many of us that approve and support what he is attempting to accomplish! Does he have a “hardness” to his presentations? Yes! But he has not been educated to be two-faced, like most of those in Washington in both parties. I am thankful that he is our president, especially after what many of us believe was a disastrous and poor performance of his predecessor!

Thomas M. Keeley III
Ocean View

Counter: Trump pushing us to war


Is Trump’s belligerent rhetoric pushing us toward war? War would make a lot of wealthy people much wealthier, but at fierce cost to our country and the world.

This quote from Aristotle, though written more than 2,300 years ago, speaks, I believe, to our current situation:

“Many even of those who desire to form aristocratical governments make a mistake, not only in giving too much power to the rich, but in attempting to overreach the people. There comes a time when out of a false good there arises a true evil, since the encroachments of the rich are more destructive to the constitution than those of the people.”

Michael Lawton
Ocean View

Rymer will be missed by many in Fenwick


Fenwick Island has suffered a heartbreaking loss with the passing of long-time resident John Rymer. John cared deeply about Fenwick Island and was passionate about University of Maryland athletics. John contributed often to the Coastal Point. His letters were well-written, thoughtful and on point. John always had a positive attitude and gave of himself cheerfully. Fenwick Islanders will miss him terribly, and our hearts and prayers go out to his dear wife, Vicki, and sons David and William.

Julie Lee
Fenwick Island

Reader blames park service for mare’s death


The subject of my letter is the demise of Chama Wingapo, the 7-year-old mare who died due to the consumption of dog food. This tragedy is due to the federal park service’s lax rules. Having been to Assateague Island National Seashore, the Maryland portion of said seashore is a dump, the rangers have a lackadaisical attitude, and the bathrooms are the pits!

If the National Park Service was serious, they would ban dogs from the park; no dogs, no dead horses.

As for the campers that own dogs — go online, find a reputable kennel and put Fido there, and let the rest of us enjoy nature without annoying people and their dirty, noisy curs!

Ralph Nerbel

Resident upset with signs in town


South Bethany is a small, intimate residential town that is but a mile long, yet vacationers come from all over to enjoy our amenities and quality of life. This season, however, their outdoor experience, and mine as a property owner, has been punctuated by street signs erected across town suggesting there is a battle waging against outsourcing our police function.

I don’t know who put up these signs, but whoever you are, this is not who South Bethany is. Instilling fear and compromised safety is not the way to debate this topic. Come forward, and get your voice heard at a town council meeting that offers ample opportunity for community input.

While the topic of outsourcing is reasonable to entertain, regardless of the fierce loyalty the community has for our police officers, it is not a current town council agenda item. Should it be considered, in a town where escalating costs and services of all kinds threaten to exceed our budget, perhaps yes, but this debate has yet to occur, and for partisan views on this topic to suggest there is controversy and contention in our town over this topic is plain wrong.

The Town has tried over the past few years to develop a plan to improve its police building facilities, only to be stymied by a price tag that made this plan untenable; instead, a modest renovation within the structure is taking place. Yes, a disappointment, for some, but in a Town that prides itself in being fiscally responsible with a modest budget, a prudent move.

Over the past few years, the Town has added police staff and increased pay and benefits, but members of the police department have taken legal action that says, not enough. The Town just released a message to property owners that reiterates what was said at its last Town Council meeting: “…we investigated the matter with our own attorney, and we have found the demands to be without merit.”

So, yes, police-related issues are top of mind, but there’s a time and place for debate. Don’t litter the streets with fear-frothing messages that do not reflect accurately what is going on or tarnish our community spirit.

Sharon Polansky
South Bethany

Civic club has full schedule ahead


The Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach held its transitional meeting/luncheon at the end of June at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

The 2017-2019 Board members include: B.J. Hildebrand, president; Kay Houston, vice-president; Annlyn Ayres, treasurer; and Linda Carey, secretary. The outgoing board was thanked for their service to the club. All committee chairs presented their proposals for the coming term.

Some of the exciting programs and events for the remaining 2017 calendar year:

• Sept. 14 — Beebe Renovations/Expansion, presented by Judy Aliquot, Medical Foundation.

• Oct. 12 — History of the First Ladies, Martha & Beyond, by Dr. Robert Gudalunas.

• Nov. 9 — Annual Fashion Show/Luncheon at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

• Dec. 14 — Holiday Luncheon at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

This year, the WCCBB will once again present donations to the Town of Bethany Beach, the Bethany Beach fire and ambulance departments, the South Coastal Library, the Millville ambulance department and multiple other area worthy causes and organizations, amounting to over $8,100.

Since its inception in 1925, the WCCBB has supported local and charitable endeavors in the area.

Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at the South Coastal Library. Meetings begin at 9:30 for refreshments and social time, followed promptly at 10:00 with program and club business. All are welcome. If interested in information on the women’s club, visit our website: www.WCCBB.org or contact Andrea Gowetski, membership chair, at (302) 541-4751.

Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach