Monthly Archives: April 2017

Passing of Jake Kreshtool April 11th. Service April 21.

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Jake in December 12, 2012, at a Delaware Audubon Society award event.

Jake Kreshtool passed on April 11th at the age of 98. I just found about this via a call from a relative. Jake was my mentor in environmental activism and other aspects of life. So much to be said about him… labor lawyer, civil liberties activist, naval officer (WW2 vet), longtime head of Delaware Citizens for Clean Air, Democratic candidate for Governor of Delaware, filed the first-ever citizens suit under the Clean Air Act…..

Jake was the dean of Delaware environmentalists and probably the last standing member of the group, the generation, that lead the fight for the Delaware Coastal Zone Act.  He was a longtime supporter of Green Delaware, member of our Steering Committee, generator of creative ideas for getting the message across…..

Jake once ended a speech at the Delaware Nature Society–not my favorite organization–with this, said loudly:  “NEVER BE REASONABLE.”  He knew what he was talking about.

The last time I talked to Jake, a few months ago, he’d bought a bicycle and was considering buying a car.

I’ll write more about Jake when I can get my thoughts and emotions together.

“services will be 12:30 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017 in the Chapel at the Jewish Community Cemetery, 401 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Shiva will be observed approximately 2:30 pm, Friday, April 21 at Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth Synagogue, 4412 Washington Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802.”

Below is the obit published in the Wilmington News Journal this morning, April 20, 2017: Continue reading

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Small’s tenure at DNREC filled with ‘cynical disregard’

This commentary on recently retired DNREC Secretary David Small appeared on April 6, 2017 in the Delaware State News.  Please post your own thoughts on Dave Small, and what should be expected from his successor, Shawn Garvin.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Small’s tenure at DNREC filled with ‘cynical disregard’

The March 26 profile of former DNREC official Dave Small [“From reporter to environmental chief”] presented one side. Small has had an impact on Delaware, as does any DNREC secretary, and it makes sense to try to understand what that has been. I was involved with Small from an environmental advocacy perspective since the early 1990s. Continue reading

Green Delaware ACTION ALERT: support Rep. Kowalko’s tax bills

The Markell administration supposedly left Delaware with a “structural” budget deficit approaching $400 million/year.  This does not seem surprising because Markell was essentially a Republican, and Republicans leave behind big deficits due to their habits of reducing taxes on those well able to pay them, while engineering big giveaways to the over-priviledged.

Governor John Carney has proposed a combination of spending cuts, and tax increases.  The income tax increases are even across the board.  Rep. John Kowalko has proposed–various times over the years, actually–to establish two new tax brackets for higher-income residents:

  • Those making more than $125,000 would pay 7.1 percent instead of 6.6 percent.
  • Those making more than $250,000 would pay 7.85 percent instead of 6.6 percent.

Right now the tax brackets top out at 6.6 percent at $60,000.)  Flat tax rates are inherently regressive. Continue reading

Delaware’s new/old leadership: Attack on Coastal Zone promised

Gov. Carney promises attack on the Delaware Coastal Zone Act

Nine years ago two people were contending for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Delaware.  (Then, as since, it was presumed that the Republican candidate would not be competitive, such that the Democratic nomination likely meant the governorship.)  The two Democratic contenders were John Carney, a long-time party warhorse, and Jack Markell, state Treasurer but essentially an interloper in Delaware’s closed politics.

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