Sussex Snapshots -- Dec. 26, 2002
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that your presents didn't blow away in all that wind and rain.
And now let us turn our thoughts to weightier measures (even weightier than our scale readings after all those Christmas cookies) ...
It's time for Sussex County Online's "First Ever New Year's Resolutions We'd Like to See." We all know New Year's resolutions last about as long as a Christmas tree that hasn't been watered since Dec. 10. Still, we thought it would be fun to ponder ways in which we'd like to see some of Sussex' public figures "improve themselves" this year.
Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?
- Sussex County Council member George Cole:
George really needs to work on his self-esteem, you know? Poor guy just seems to have a problem saying what he really thinks. Of course, we realize it's hard to hold your head up when you can't even get a Planning and Zoning Commission member from your district.
- To: Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips:
Our suggestion for a New Year's resolution, at the start of Vance's second term on the council: The ability to keep his campaign promise, made in all those commercials this fall when he so eloquently described the county's slower pace and natural beauty, to preserve the quality of life in Sussex County. That means ALL of Sussex County, including the BEACHES.
- To Sussex County Council member Dale Dukes:
We'd like to see Dale find a development he doesn't like. Oh, that's right -- he made that resolution last year. Well, like we said, resolutions aren't really meant to be kept, are they?
- To Rep.-elects Gerald Hocker, John Atkins and Joe Booth:
Whatever courage it took for you three to step up to the plate and run for your spots in the state House of Representatives, we hope you keep it. You're gonna need it up there in Dover, guys.
- To Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and DelDOT Secretary Nathan Hayward:
The ability to resist building the Golden Gate Bridge over the Indian River Inlet. We don't need a fancy bridge for a landmark, guys -- Mother Nature's done a pretty good job making the inlet one of the most scenic vistas in Delaware. Please don't ruin it.
- To Sussex County Council member Lynn Rogers:
Lynn's such a somber guy, we'd really like to see him smile more. And what could be more fun than a reunion gig with his ex-wife, Cher. (Are we the only ones who think there's a possibility Sonny Bono didn''t really die on a ski slope -- he just moved to Milton and and joined the fire company?)
- To the Fenwick Island Town Council:
We'd like to suggest the council heed the advice from that '70s tune immortalized by Kenny Rogers: "You gotta know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away ... know when to run."
All kidding aside, we'd like to wish everyone a very happy new year. And we'd like to leave you with a few quotations from "America: A Patriotic Primer," by Lynne Cheney.
It's a children's book, really, -- in our case it was a Christmas gift to our daughter from her very wise grandparents. We'd like to suggest that everyone -- particularly our elected officials -- get a copy and read it. Don't forget that one person can make a difference.
"I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this declaration and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory."
July 3, 1776
Letter to wife Abigail,p>
"We choose to go to the moon ... and do all the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills."
John F. Kennedy
Sept. 12, 1962
Rice University speech
"The noblest question in the world is, 'What good may I do in it?' "
1737 Poor Richard's Almanac
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