What can we do about nefarious attempts to undermine our democracy? How can we counter cyber attacks intended to skew the facts, sow dissension, and polarize voters? Only an unprecedented turnout at the polls on Election Day, November 6, will demonstrate to the world that we will not succumb to underhanded attempts to destroy confidence in our democratic elections.
Here in Sussex County, we can stand up and demonstrate our commitment to government by the people by taking time to find out who the candidates are and where they stand on issues that affect our everyday lives.
Even as the votes we cast will influence the direction that the US Congress takes on critical issues such as health care, international trade, environmental protection, immigration, and social policy, our choices of candidates on the state and county levels will directly impact our quality of life. To make our votes really count, we need to know how each candidate is likely to vote on basic issues such as water quality, land use, economic development, road improvements, gun violence, funding for education, drug use and abuse, and managing the budget.
Voters can find and compare the candidates’ views on key issues on the nonpartisan VOTE411.org site. Government by the people can only happen if we the people actually participate. The League of Women Voters urges everyone to consider the issues at stake, to ask questions and insist on honest answers, and to stand up to be counted on Election Day.
Martha Redmond, President
League of Women Voters of Sussex County
On behalf of CAMP Rehoboth and the Women’s FEST team, we say “THANK YOU” to all who attended the Reunion Tour Concert on Friday September 21. The performers were overwhelmed by the welcome they received, and both the size and the warmth of the sold-out crowd. They were also thrilled by the crowd rushing to thank them after the show and purchase their music CDs.
A special thanks goes to Epworth United Methodist Church for hosting this CAMP Rehoboth event and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen.
Finally—and critically importantly—a big shout out to all our sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor, Olivia Travel; Karen Gustafson, Realtor for Keller Williams, Move2Rehoboth.com; Jenn Harpel, Morgan Stanley; the estate of Georgette Krenkel, in her memory; Kate McQueen; KPG Global, LLC of Lewes, DE; and Kathy Bostedo and Jo Picone. Special thanks, as well, to the Delaware Division of the Arts for their generous support.
Nancy Hewish, CAMP Rehoboth Women’s FEST Committee
I write this letter in support of Don Allan, candidate for State Representative, 36th District. Don is a second-generation carpenter from a family of blue collar workers, a husband, and a father. He understands firsthand how hard it is for working families to make ends meet today. Some parents work several jobs and still struggle to provide for their families, much less save for the future or plan for their children’s futures.
Don understands the struggles of Delaware’s seniors, some of whom choose between food and medicine, healthcare and utility bills. Seniors who have worked hard their whole lives should live their golden years in comfort and dignity.
To protect Delaware’s families, Don wants to level the playing field. For example, he supports additional personal income tax (PIT) brackets for wealthier Delawareans. Currently, Delaware has six PIT brackets, but all Delawareans making $60,000 per year or more pay the same rate. That is morally unacceptable and financially foolish, denying the state a steady long-term revenue source.
Don will fight to protect Delaware’s seniors—ensuring that vital programs are not cut and are expanded. He will also stand up for the protection and expansion of Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Don will also fight to protect the hard-earned rights of Delaware’s LGBT citizens, whom he supports fully and vocally.
Another issue about which Don is passionate is clean drinking water. He realizes that this is a public health crisis affecting many Delawareans, especially in Sussex County. We must address the crisis now.
I urge readers to learn about Don Allan and then join me in supporting him.
Eric Morrison, Newark, DE
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