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Delawareans face an extremely difficult choice in the November 2000 election when Bill Roth faces a stiff challenge for the U.S. Senate seat he has held for 30 years from two-term Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper.
Both men have accomplished a great deal in their respective positions and both will likely serve the state well. But we can only elect one of them this fall (no, we can't replace our other U.S. Senator, Joe Biden, with Carper).
The two biggest issues likely to surface in this campaign both involve Roth. We desperately need Roth to continue the fight against our burdensome federal tax system and the Internal Revenue Service, but Roth will be 85 by the end of this term.
Roth has also built a power base that has proven to be a great boon to Delawareans, whereas Gov. Carper would be starting from scratch.
While Roth's age is of great concern to us, we believe his dogged battle against the IRS and our tax system and the respect he has in the U.S. Senate will better serve us for the next 6 years.
Whoever wins, it's nice to know we'll have someone to vote FOR instead of just having someone to vote AGAINST in this race.
You can voice your opinion on this race in the Sussex County Online Forum.Related Links
Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper and farmers will celebrate a milestone in the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Program on Wednesday, July 19, 2000.
The program will celebrate the permanent preservation of 35,000 acres of farmland in the state. That amounts to about 3 percent of Delaware's total land area. Another 100,000 acres are safeguarded in agricultural preservation districts for at least the next 10 years.
The state has spent more than $55 million to preserve the 135,000 acres, with about 35 percent of the total acreage in the program in Sussex County.
More information on the program is available on the lands preservation program web page.
The Delaware Red Cross is seeking volunteers for its Disaster Action Team when natural disasters like hurricanes, floods and fires strike.
The organization offers numerous training classes for the program including Damage Assessment, Mass Care, Shelter Operations, Emergency Assistance to Families, and the Art of Helping.
The courses continue from August through December.
More information on the Red Cross, its volunteer programs, the complete Disaster Action Team training schedule, and an online volunteer registration form, are available on the Delaware Red Cross web site.
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More information on Pfisteria Piscicida is available on the North Carolina State University Aquatic Botany Lab web site.
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