Judy Morgan was well prepared for the questions and gave a good presentation.  High speed fiber optic is going to become a standard and desired installation in all households in the coming years.  For some folks it is already a mandatory essential, but not yet for all of us.  Think Big is a business.  It needs a group of people in any one place to voice their desire for installation for Think Big to put up the cash needed to make installations.  Single users, those in remote locations and areas where there is little demand are not likely to get installations quickly, while those who live where a large cluster of demand is present will get fiber optic services far sooner.

We should be influencing our friends and neighbors to sign up with Think Big so that the momentum of demand grows in Kent County.  We all stand to benefit from this increased connectivity.  Likely, we can’t imagine what it will do for us right now.  Those of us who dream about the rapid changes which will happen in the near future likely can only envision a tiny part of what the fast Internet will allow us to do.  Let’s keep up the pressure to make these changes as widespread as we can.  I envision this sort of growth will be beneficial to the rural nature of Kent County.

 

Dr. Wayne Benjamin speaks about HOMEPORTS

On March 8, 2018, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

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For many of our aging population there is a desire to age at home.  Many don’t have much alternative financially and still others truly choose to go it alone in spite of many possible benefits of more community based retirement housing.  We tend to want to be free until the very end of our lives, but many folks simply live well beyond their ability to care decently for themselves. They make bad errors, they become ill, they get injured and have no one to assist them, etc. The list of aging problems is long and well understood by all of us.

Homeports is here to assist us many services offered by volunteers and by vetted professionals.  The reasonable annual cost of $350 is mostly affordable and several memberships are awarded annually for full or partial discounts based on need and income.  Even if you don’t yet need any Homeport service, you can contribute the $350 membership and take it off as a charitable deduction.  That would be an excellent first step and be very welcomed.  You can volunteer to drive or assist someone even if you are not a member.  You can help someone who will appreciate your assistance.  That’s a big reward all by itself.

Thank you Dr. Benjamin for the time you spent with us to explain Homeports and for the time you spend yourself in volunteering to serve in those who need you as members of Homeports.

 

 

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Janet Christensen-Lewis and Elizabeth Watson were outstanding speakers who have the interests of all the citizens of Kent County in mind.  They are professional, compassionate and experienced.  I don’t think we hit on any part of this topic that they were not well versed in.  Someday, there may be an additional bridge across the Bay, but with good preparation and strong citizen cooperation, this bridge has a good chance of being built further South where some counties have voiced a desire for the kind of economic development it will undoubtedly bring.  If you want urbanization and loss of the rural lifestyle, highways as busy as the Western Shore and all the services those require, then a bridge fits your style.  If you love it here because you were simply born here, or if you chose this place above all others because you like it as it is, then NO BRIDGE in Kent County may be a theme you better get used to hearing and working with.  Change will come, but slow change and smart change can be handled.  This is not an issue where you ought to make up your mind until you understand the consequences.

Kent CBG hosted this large gathering of concerned citizens in a peaceful and thoughtful discussion of where we stand in the planning stages of where and when a new bridge might be built from the Western Shore to the Eastern Shore.  It might be right on top of Kent County, but may be built much further South or possibly, not built at all.  It is too soon to say, but it is definitely the right time to become engaged and informed.  There is room for discussion and room for varied opinions.  One must say that change is pretty much inevitable, but with diligent and smart efforts, the changes that come to Kent County will have desirable effects and not bad outcomes.

We can have growth of opportunities for working people while keeping the rural and peaceful nature of the area preserved.  Such preservation may impact some folks in a way that is not as beneficial as possible, so we need to listen and do the right things to mitigate such negative effects.  Many folks emigrate here for the rural character of the region and not for the rapid growth nearby Delaware provides.  Those people may reap benefits from the status quo and not from major growth.  We seek decisions made in the reasonable, middle ground.  We don’t want to destroy our small paradise for the sake of mass congestion by cars travelling to Atlantic Ocean resorts.  We don’t want to destroy good and smart growth of jobs and affordable housing for those still in the workforce that such a bridge might help with speedier commuting to work and for many other reasons that were mentioned at the meeting.

 

 
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