Saturday, October 13, 2012

Do What Is Right

George Washington after being elected President only served two terms, stepped down and did not run again.  He set a two term tradition which was held until 1940 when Franklin Roosevelt attempted to be king by running for a third term and a fourth term.  God removed him from office.  It is a shame God does not remove a number of State congressmen, governors and minor state elected officials in the same way.  After World War II congress, in their odd view point of the world, established a two term limit for the President but not for themselves by passing the 22nd amendment.

One of the questions I asked the two people running for District 40 Representative was if they intended to only run for the office twice then step down - naturally the answer was a round-about no.

I am a firm believer in the Citizen/politician.  The person that serves his area by holding one or two terms then let someone else do their part.  As I have said before; Waay back when I was in school and they would have Career day I never saw anyone show up and say "I Am a Career politician" and I think you all should consider it as a vocation.  But yet you keep electing them back into office ensuring they become career politicians.

What is amazing is that the public has a low opinion of Congress, at least according to polls and Howard, but each election you return the same people back to office.  I will ignore the President at this moment as I insist this mess the United States is in is due to the actions of the congress. 

In Delaware this is so true, the only way we got rid of Biden was due to the Peter principle commonly phrased as, "politicians tend to rise to their level of incompetence" and there he is Vice President - a heart beat away from being President.  Believe it or not but I pray for President Obama to stay in good health and live until he is not reelected.

Remember for politicians to do what is right, first citizens must do what is right - don't reelect them!

The Delmar Holiday Inn Express

I recently was looking at reviews on Trip for the Delmar Holiday Inn Express.  Now usually on these review sites most people who write on them are writing negative reviews, it has too be an exceptional stay to write a positive review.  The Holiday Inn Express is no exception it has a few positive reviews and a few more negative reviews.  I assume the place is okay as my neighbor spent about three months there when she had the fire at her house and she could have gone to any motel besides the Holiday Inn.  The most damaging negative aspect of her stay she said was one night people came thru and broke into the vending machines for the money in them, otherwise she seemed positive on the place. 

The reviews are at;

The purpose of the post however is not about the reviews but that Anne Webster, the Manager at Holiday Inn Express responded to all of them.  Other motels I have looked at reviews of, do not have a response from the Motel.  So it sounds like Anne Webster is on top of her job and recognises the importance of these internet reviews.

DNREC Press Release

Delaware Conservation Districts announce
annual conservation poster contest for 2012

DOVER (Oct. 10, 2012) – The Kent, New Castle and Sussex Conservation Districts are sponsoring a conservation poster contest, with this year’s theme, “Soil to Spoon.” Posters will be judged in the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive a prize valued at $50, $25 and $15 respectively. Deadline for entries is Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

New for this year’s state level contest is the acceptance of computer-generated posters from students in grades 9-12 only. The same level of prizes will be awarded for this special category.

The annual conservation poster contest provides kindergarten through 12th grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The contest follows the annual Stewardship theme as sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts.

This year’s theme, “Soil to Spoon,” reaffirms our connection to the soil. It gets people thinking about where their food comes from and about the importance of conserving our soil resources. For more information and educational resources about the theme, please visit

Each of the conservation districts will submit their first place posters in each category for judging at the state level. State level winners will then be submitted to the national contest. Delaware had a national-winning poster in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 contests. Judging for the computer-generated posters will occur at the local level only because the national level contest does not accept computer-generated posters.

The name of the student, teacher, school and student’s grade level must be written on the back of the poster. Posters must be hand-delivered or mailed flat in time to meet the deadline to the conservation district in the county in which the student resides.

Addresses for Delaware’s conservation district offices are as follows: New Castle Conservation District, 2430 Old County Road, Newark, DE 19702; Kent Conservation District, 800 Bay Road, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901; and Sussex Conservation District, 21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4, Georgetown, DE 19947.

For more information, please contact Michelle Jacobs at 302-739-9135 or email

DNREC Press Release

Waterfowl hunting split seasons on the calendar for fall and winter

DOVER (Oct. 12, 2012) – The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds migratory game bird hunters to become familiar with the rules and dates for this year’s waterfowling split seasons.

This year’s split-season dates for hunting migratory ducks are:

· Friday, Oct. 26 – Wednesday, Nov. 7

· Monday, Nov. 19 – Thursday, Nov. 29

· Thursday, Dec. 13 – Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013

 The daily limit of six ducks (excluding mergansers and coots) may include, in any combination, up to: four mallards, including no more than two hen mallards; one black duck; two pintail; one canvasback, three wood ducks; two redheads; two scaup, six teal; six shovelers; six gadwall; six wigeon; six goldeneye; six ring-necked ducks; six bufflehead; six ruddy ducks; one mottled duck; one fulvous whistling-duck; four scoters; six eiders; six long-tailed ducks. The possession limit is two times the daily limit. The season on harlequin ducks remains closed.

Goose and brant seasons* are as follows:

· Canada Geese including white-fronted geese: split seasons Monday, Nov. 19 – Thursday, Nov. 29, and Thursday, Dec. 13 – Saturday, Jan. 26; daily bag limit two; possession limit four

· Brant: Saturday, Dec. 1 – Saturday, Jan. 26; daily bag limit two; possession limit four

· Snow geese: Monday, Oct. 1 – Saturday, Jan. 26; daily bag limit 25, no possession limit; including Ross’ geese

*Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge open Monday, Wednesday and Friday with permission of refuge manager.

 The 2013 Snow Goose Conservation Order runs Jan. 28 through April 13, with no bag or possession limits. During the Conservation Order (CO) unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used to harvest snow geese. In addition, shooting hours have been extended to ½ hour after sunset. Hunters who wish to participate in the CO must register for a free annual permit, available by visiting after Jan. 1, 2013. Participants will be required to re-visit this website after the CO has closed to report their harvest to the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Season dates for coots and mergansers are the same as for ducks, with a daily bag limit of 15 and possession limit of 30 for coots, and a daily bag limit of five and a possession limit of 10 for mergansers.

In order to hunt, Delaware residents ages 16 through 64 are required to purchase a Delaware hunting license; a Delaware junior license is required for ages 13 through 15. Delaware hunting licenses are sold online, at the licensing office in DNREC’s Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and by license agents statewide. To find the participating agent nearest you, or to purchase a license online, visit For additional information on Delaware hunting licenses, call 302-739-9918.
Hunters age 16 and older who take resident or migratory waterfowl – including Canada geese – are required to purchase a Delaware Duck Stamp, available for purchase online or from Delaware license agents, and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp, available for purchase online and at U.S. Post Offices.
Delaware migratory bird hunters also must obtain a HIP number as required under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Harvest Information Program. The toll-free number to call for a HIP number is 1-855-335-4868 (1-855-DELHUNT), or go online at This number is available free of charge.
To obtain a HIP number, hunters will be asked to provide their name and address, and answer a few ques­tions about their previous year’s hunting effort and success with migratory birds, including ducks, geese, doves, woodcock, rails, snipe and coots.
 For more information about migratory game bird hunting, the 2012-2013 Migratory Game Bird Season Summary is available online at 2012-2013 Waterfowl Season Summary.
For more information on hunting in Delaware, hunters should also consult the 2012-2013 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, along with state wildlife area maps if they plan to hunt on wildlife areas. Copies of the guide are available at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk, at license agents statewide, and online at

Friday, October 12, 2012


The District 40 State House Representative Race

As we in District 40 know Biff Lee, after 22 years, has decided not to run for the position of Representative this year.  He has thrown his support behind Tim Dukes, a Republican.  Ben Lowe is running as the Democrat choice having beat out Ray Adkins in a primary.

Now I have spoken to both candidates to try and make an informed decision as to which one I will vote for.  Neither represents all my ideals but as you get older you settle for less.  In the past I have posted a question and answer with each candidate so people in Delmar could get an ideal who they would like to vote for.  However after the last Delmar election in which only forty people voted it would be a waste of my time to do anything like that as Delmar people just have a strong apathy about who governs their lives.   Let me say I currently lean toward Ben Lowe to vote for with some strong reservations.  I still consider both candidates to be LGOB (Laurel Good Old Boys) altho neither lives in the Town of Laurel but do have Laurel Mailing addresses.       

They both have fairly opposing campaign strategies.  Tim Duke is very open, has a website, answers his email, answers questions from the newspapers, is a public figure and sits on a number of boards, he has a well known group of people on his campaign team, and seems to use technology much more than Ben Lowe.  However for a district that is mostly country, at times the technology makes him too polished looking and you have the idea he is already a professional politician.

Ben Lowe seems to refuse to answer any surveys from the newspapers, only has a facebook page which doesn't offer much position statements, but he does answer his phone calls and will talk to you and answer your questions. 

What this means to me is there is a black and white trail as to the stand Tim Duke plans to take if elected.  If he is elected you have something to throw back in his face if he doesn't stick with his published plan.  Ben Lowe has very little in black and white and other than my phone conversation which he could easily say in the future that I misunderstood him it would be hard to tell him if he is elected and follows a different course of action that he lied.  Ben Lowes approach must work for him however as he beat Ray Adkins in the Democrat Primary. 

Delmar P&Z October 25

Sad Jason

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What's With Martha Raddatz?

I have been trying to follow the debates - if you can call them debates - Biden just seem to constantly be interrupting and speaking out of turn.  What the hell kind of moderator is Martha Raddatz of ABC News - she should be able to control this.  It is like she is trying to conduct an interview with Biden instead of moderating a debate.  It is of course one strategy in a "debate"  to interrupt your opponent so the attention is directed back to yourself and your opponent never gets to speak an uninterrupted flow of thoughts, but that is what Raddatz is suppose to prevent.

Campaign Signs and Private Property

On private-property laws and campaign signs
With the campaign season upon us and the general elections fast approaching, candidates’ campaign signs are popping up everywhere – some of them overnight, like red-, white- and blue-colored mushrooms. There is one little bit of legal information about these blights to Delaware’s landscape that I am sure that the average Delawarean doesn't know about.
I am sure that most property owners know that although you own your property, the state of Delaware/DelDOT has a certain amount of right of way on your property; however, did you know that although that right of way was intended for state/DelDOT vehicles and equipment, under current Delaware state law, a political campaign is allowed to utilize the state’s right of way on your property to place campaign signs without seeking out your permission?
In my humble opinion, not only is this unethical, it's tantamount to slapping a bumper sticker on your neighbor’s car with out their permission and than using the defense that because your neighbor is still paying a car payment, the bank owns the car, so, you have the right to do it.
Aside from the lack of ethics in using this right of way intended for state/DelDOT vehicles and equipment to place campaign signs without the property owners’ permission, the property owner who encounters a political sign they didn't grant permission for has little to no legal recourse. As I was informed this even by a current state senator who is seeking re-election and whose name I will not mention in this letter, “30 days out from the election, you can be arrested for touching campaign signs.”
Now, let me ask you, dear reader, would you consider it OK to walk though a parking lot just slapping political bumper stickers on strangers’ cars?
If not, why would you think it OK to place a campaign sign on someone's property with out first getting permission from the owner, state’s right of way or not?
This is yet another way that our state's government is chipping away at the sovereignty of the property owner. If a law is being used for a purpose that is unethical and wrong, it’s time to change the law. I urge everyone who reads this letter to contact your representatives in state legislature and the candidates who are running for state legislature in your district and ask them to work on changing these laws. If a candidate wants to put a campaign sign on your property, they should ask your permission to do so, period!
Ricky Shehorn

Picked up from the letter to tyhe Editor, Delaware News.

10 11 12 - A Wedding Day

While downtown Salisbury this morning I noticed a number of couples (couple as in a man and a woman) coming from the courthouse in wedding garb.  I was told yesterday the thing was to be married at 9 AM today so the numbers would 9 10 11 12.  No doubt the numbers will also be popular lottery numbers. Whatever day you do "It" congratulations on making a commitment and assuming responsibility for being an adult.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday

James W. Calloway Co. B 50 Pa Inf  May 27, 1843 Apr 27, 1916Hasting Cemetery, Hastings Street, Salisbury Maryland
James Washington Calloway was the son of Elihu and Sallie Ellis Calloway.  He married in 1866 to Julia Jane Hastings.  He also served in Co H 9th Delaware.  In 1890 he requested a pension for his service as he was an invalid.

Monday, October 08, 2012

The October 2012 Police Commission Meeting

I attended a very short Delmar Police Commission tonight.  As you know most of the "real" business is handled in executive session out of the prying eyes of the "public" - actually I was the only one in the public tonight so the Delmar apathy continues.   I was pleased to see Commissioner Mike Grubb has been appointed to the Police commission for a two year term.  As you know the Commission is made up of the two Mayors and a third Delaware Councilperson  or Maryland Commissioner.  Every two years that third person swaps out with a Maryland or Delaware Councilperson. 

Like I said there was not much talked about tonight - the Police apparently have got bokoo money from a drug seizure that they will have to share with some other agencies. 

Chestnut Manor (800 Chestnut Street, Maryland side of town of course) has had problems and the Police are working with them to correct those problems.  Mayor Anderton continued to try to turn Delmar into a police state by suggesting cameras be installed in that area to monitor activity.

I asked about the property next to town hall that at the last police commission meeting the police were going to look at confiscating the property if the drug activity didn't cease.  Much like the LeCates Building the only thing that happened was a letter was sent out and the tenant moved. 

Delmarva Counseling Center, 28 East State Street, Delmar, MD, 21875 a drug treatment center is looking at opening an office on Bi-State Blvd in Delmar, Delaware.   I inquired if there had been any negative aspects of their operation (arrests violent etc) and police Chief Saylor said there had not been any.

National Fire Prevention Week - This Week

Fire Prevention Week kicks off on October 7th.  This year the theme is making sure residents  "Have Two Ways Out."
In conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association, this year's theme focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
The following tips for planning your family's escape.
* Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
* Choose a meeting place outside your home, preferably in front.
* Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
* Have an adult sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
* Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator.
To learn more, visit
Having two ways out is always logical and this fire prevention theme applies to your home but I have never understood by Delmar Planning and Zoning always insist that developments only have one way in or out.  It would seem to me if a catastrophe happened and it blocked that one way out great harm could come to the residents.  Well Bunky Luffman can probably explain it.

The Clerk Of the Peace - Sussex County Delaware Race

In just a few short weeks we will be voting again.  One of those elected position in the Nov 6th general election is the office of Clerk of the Peace for Sussex County.  The Clerk of the Peace is one of a number of elected positions referred to in Delaware as a row office, it along with the Sheriff, Recorder of Deeds, and the Register of Wills are offices that provide services such as issuing marriage licenses recording legal papers and performing court related duties.  Each row office is managed by an elected official.  The current Clerk of the Peace is George Parish.  He is retiring.  He has made his position clear that he feels marriage is between a man and a woman (Good for Him) but in Sussex county with the large number of gays, LGBTs, etc that is an unpopular position. 

Those that are running for this office are;

John Brady, a  Democrat (at least this year), and by far over-qualified for this position.  At least I think he is running I have seen no campaign signs stuck in the roadside for him in the Delmar area.  He does live in Lewes so maybe he does not know Delmar exists.

His website (which is by far the best of the three but he has run for office before so maybe he keeps a permanent website and just changes the position he is currently running for and his party affiliation)  says;
John F. Brady, is a Delaware politician and attorney who ran for State Insurance Commissioner in the 2008 election cycle. Brady grew up in Wilmington and attended Salesianum School. He went on to the University of Delaware, and graduated from the University of Richmond for undergraduate and then to Widener Law School. He is admitted to the Bar in Delaware and New Jersey and serves as the town Prosecutor in Dewey Beach, Delaware.
Brady Served as a Deputy Attorney General for the state of Delaware, as a legislative attorney, taught courses at Widener Law, held offices in County Government, practiced privately as an attorney and volunteered for charitable causes. Brady gave some of those things up in the summer of 2008 to run for statewide office. Brady opened an office in Lewes, Delaware, where he still practices law. Brady was elected Sussex County Recorder of Deed. In 2011 when he left office as Recorder of Deeds, Brady was appointed by Governor Jack Markell to serve on the Delaware State Board of Plumbing, Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning for a three year term as a public member. Brady frequently appears on WGMD-FM, Rehoboth Beach, a local talk station, as an on-air attorney fielding law questions from callers, as well as on WGMD's Friday evening sports show with hosts Bill Colley and Bill Baker. He has a state-wide reputation for solid, in-depth expertise in Delaware law, as well as a passion for professional sports. In March of 2012, John filed for the office of Sussex County Clerk of The Peace in the November, 2012 General Election.

Brooks Madison Witzke, a Republican who is 22 years old, lives in Laurel so I assume he is part of or wants to be part of the "Laurel Good Old Boys" (LGOB - not to be confused with LGBT or GLBT)  network.  His background is listed as;
Education:Successfully completed two years of Criminal Justice school at the Delaware Techinal and Community College.Brooks has also attended training classes pertaining to the field of public safety.
Work Experience:Worked formerly as a law enforcement officer; specifically has an animal cruelty officer. Now currently works has a public safety officer in Dover, De.

David Eisenhour, a Libertarian candidate, 38 years old and lives in Lewes.  Libertarians candidates are know for screwing up their campaigns one way or another.  Usually just lack experience for the job, but Clerk of the Peace seems to be a position that is not based on experience - just marry two people ( at least currently in Delaware they still have to be two humans - who know what the future will hold - Gov. Markell is always open to suggestions) So David's background is;
Education:Graduate Cape Henlopen High School, Self taught all aspects of my career.
Work Experience:Store Manager of Retail Store (4 Years), Network / IT Administrator (8 Years), CADD Earthwork Model Building (4 Years), Contract Administration (7 Years).
Community Involvement:Chairman Sussex County Libertarian Party, * As I have 5 Children most of my community involvement circulated around them and as such will not going to be mentioned.

Now he has a  and a

I thought for once a Libertarian had his act togather but no David has decided to also run for Delaware Insurance Commissioner - another person who can't make up their mind as to what they want in life.

I will give him points for the cutest campaign sign of the candidates with his "I Do" slogan.

So there you have it; one over-qualified person, one under-qualified person and one person who doesn't know what he wants to be in life - good luck voting this year people. 

Eleanor Mulligan, The DAR and the LDGS

The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society (LDGS) at it's September 26th meeting had M/S Eleanor Mulligan, a member of the Samuel Chase Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, speak on the DAR Library resources in Washington, DC. An excellent and informative talk.  The DAR has over 3,000 chapters and 180,000 members.  Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., it is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.  Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.

Biographies, Histories, Genealogies, manuscripts, etc over 150,000 volumes are at the DAR Library in Washington, DC.  Plus the Library has a file collection of an estimated 300,000 folders. These files are a mixture of documentation submitted with the DAR applications, subsequent donations by DAR members, and items donated by the public. Among the type of records included in these files are Bible records, family studies, and research notes covering the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries

Non-members pay $6 to visit and use the library.

Search the on-line catalog of information from the DAR at this link below;

Quarterly Police Commission Meeting Tonight

The Delmar Delaware and Delmar Maryland Quarterly Police Commission will be held at 6:30 PM at Town Hall tonight.