Why can’t we all just get along?

To say there is no tension building among Sussex County Council members would be like saying the Titanic sinking was not a major historical event.

Over the past few weeks, some of the discussions have become more than a little heated. A lot has to do with the make up of the council. Sitting on each end of the table are two people who probably wouldn’t agree that school buses are yellow, Sam Wilson and Joan Deaver.

Wilson, who has lived on the same land his entire life, is a diehard Republican conservative who believes in God and property rights. I don’t think he has voted against one application since he took office in January. Democrat Deaver, a liberal, is building up a strong resume of voting against most development.

There is Republican George Cole who seems to enjoy antagonizing Council President Vance Phillips. The two rarely see eye-to-eye on anything. Phillips almost always votes with Wilson, or vice-versa, in favor of applications. On the other hand, Cole is very selective, especially on applications in the Cape Region. If I had a nickel for every time Cole said “Vance” I’d almost have enough to pay for parking in Rehoboth Beach.

And Cole’s debates with “Sam, Sam, Sam” are legendary. The debates are part generation gap and part difference of opinion with a whole lot of wit added in.

Somewhere in the middle of this fracas is Mike Vincent, another Republican, who so far has not been pulled into the fray.

The funny thing is, when they get done arguing and berating one another, they usually end up laughing at the end of the meeting.

It’s still the best show in town, a lot better than any TV reality program.

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One Response to “Why can’t we all just get along?”

  1. Joan Deaver Says:

    Dear Ron,
    You wrote, “Wilson, who has lived on the same land his entire life, is a diehard Republican conservative who believes in God and property rights. I don’t think he has voted against one application since he took office in January. Democrat Deaver, a liberal, is building up a strong resume of voting against most development.”
    First, I was a life-long Republican & volunteered in Republican efforts here until I began running the Citizens for a Better Sussex, a non-partisan orginazation. But I did belong to the Eastern Sussex Democrat Club here and I registered Dem to vote for Jack Markell. Then I was asked to run for council on the Dem ticket.
    Second, I believe in God and property rights. We all have property rights and when one property is rezoned, it affects all the other property valuse and neighbors’ quality of life.
    Third, the word, Liberal does not apply to me. I come from a family business and was the organizer of the Anne Arundel Co., MD Marine Trades Association as well as the Insurance Women of Anne Arundel County, MD. However I do favor paying the Prevailing Wage to workers.
    Finally I have voted for many land use change applications and will go through all our minutes and give you the actual number. I think you’ll find that you could not accurately say, that I am “building up a strong resume of voting against most development.”

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