Mary Rapone Belcher
Mary Rapone Belcher, 59, of Elkton, MD, peacefully passed away on Friday, October 28, 2016. Born in Wilmington on July 8, 1957. Mary was employed as a lease processor with Siemens.
She was predeceased by her father, Robert Rapone Sr.; and her brother, Paul L. Rapone, who passed away on April 2, 2016.
Mary will be dearly missed by her husband, Gene; her mother, Genevieve (Pajerowski) Rapone; her siblings: Robert Rapone Jr. and wife, Carol; Christine Rapone; and Peter Rapone and wife, Catherine; her nephews and nieces, Nicholas, Caitlin, Rachel and Peter “PJ” Rapone.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek, on Friday, November 4, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., with funeral services immediately following.
Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary may be made to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Dr., Wilmington, DE 19804 (www.faithfulfriends. us) or the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 (www. kidney.org). also an avid fisherman.
Joe was known by his family for engineering things. He always had a great idea on how to fix something or make it work better. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be dearly missed.
In addition to his parents, Joe is preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Betty McQuaide, in 2004. He is survived by his children: Joseph William McQuaide III and his wife, Elaine, of Elkton, MD; Mary Murabito and her husband, Neal, of Lewes, DE; Martin McQuaide and his girlfriend, Fay Parsons, of Lewes, DE; and Emily McQuaide of Lewes, DE; his grandchildren: Reverend Joseph William McQuaide IV, Jeremy McQuaide, Adam Murabito, Sara McQuaide, Laura Ward, Samantha McQuaide, Erica McQuaide, Brianna McQuaide, and Kris LeGates; two great grandchildren; his brother, Jim McQuaide and his wife Pat, of Elkton, MD; and his companion of 10 years, Nancy Smith, of PA.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, November 4, 11 a.m. at St. Georges Chapel, 20271 Beaver Dam Road, Harbeson, DE 19951, where friends may visit beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow the services with military honors at St. Georges Cemetery.
The family would like to express special thank you to the CNA’s who took wonderful care of Joe for the past six months: Dee, Vontae, Susan, Jennifer and Sherral. Their loving care is greatly appreciated. They also are grateful to the care provided by Delaware Hospice, especially his nurse, Donna.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s name to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.
Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes, DE.
Please visit Joe’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at www. parsellfuneralhomes.com.
— Candidates for Maryland’s First Congressional District, in stark contrast to the country’s presidential candidates, conducted a civil debate at Chesapeake College on Sunday.
Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, 59; Democrat Joe Werner, 56; and Libertarian Matt Beers, 25, shared their policy positions without rancor at a First Congressional District Candidate Forum sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Kent County, Queen Anne’s County and the Mid-Shore ( Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties).
The candidates shared a small stage and a cramped table in Cadbury Theater on the Wye Mills campus. About 25 people attended the program, which featured opening and closwe don’t do it by increasing ing statements, and Q& As the gas tax.” Corporations from the league and audishould repatriate their ence. money and more money
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The first question asked eral spending should be what proposals each would reprioritized, but differed support to address the isfrom Harris and Beers sue of the millions of unabout how to do that. documented residents “Infrastructure creates living in the United States jobs and improves the today. economy,” he said, citing
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“Undocumented immito Washington, D. C., Wergrants who commit illegal ner said that mass transit acts? Yes, I’d send them “gets people off the roads out,” he said, noting he and ( lessens the) pollution would also like to see a caused by sitting in trafpolicy that allows children fic.” to petition for their undocIn the most forceful reumented parents to stay buttal of the forum, Harin the country. “I’m sure ris shot back, “The idea is there are a lot of farmers nonsense that increasing (on the Eastern Shore) government spending” will hiring people who are unsolve the problem. Raisdocumented. When we ing taxes, which he said had a good economy in the Democrats always want to 1920s, we wanted undocudo, won’t solve traffic probmented workers.” lems, he said.
Beers, a Navy veteran Candidates were then from Elkton, said the sysasked what steps they tem as a whole needed to would support to reduce be assessed. the influence of money on
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Joe graduated from Elknitely. because they’re not a perton High School, Class of “The U. S. is a country son,” he said. “We should 1947. He met and married governed by the rule of take corporate and ( pothe love of his life, Bettina law,” he said. “The problitical action committee) Walls, in 1952. A day after lem is when ( an immimoney out of politics ... bethey were married, Joe left grant’s) first act is to break cause you end up with an home to proudly serve the law.” oligarchy.” his country in the United Harris also supports creBeers agreed with WerStates Army during the Koating a new class of imminer. rean War with the 101st Airgrants who would not be “The Federal Election borne. Following the war, eligible for most social serCommission overly burhe worked for the telephone vices, but whose children dens grassroots efforts. company as a chief switchcould qualify for citizenThe current regulations man. ship. He cited how “incredare hurting political in
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The debt can be handled, Werner said, by figuring out “how to curtail entitlement programs ... and the refugee situation. We’re acting like drunken sailors. We should be looking at better trade deals with China.”
While Harris said he agreed with Werner’s position, he noted that it differed from the Democratic Party line.
“Werner has it right. Gerrymandering is a big problem,” Harris said. “Unfortunately, his party has it wrong.”
Harris believes an independent commission should determine district boundaries.
“My district shouldn’t stretch from Ocean City to ... Taneytown,” he noted.
Harris is in favor of cutting taxes.
“When you increase taxes, you lower economic output,” he said, noting he wants to cut entitlement programs, but wants to target Social Security and Medicare reforms among a younger population.
Beers said was the way to get the economy moving is to reassess the game as it’s played.
“Reform the tax code, bring overseas capital home and get the federal government out of the way,” without reneging on prior commitments to seniors, he said.
How to deal with the conflicts in the Middle East was another audience question.
“We need to stop bombing seven different countries,” Beers replied. “Stop arming rebels, stop trying to topple regimes.”
He would stop U.S. military involvement overseas, including closing all military bases.
Tracing unrest in the Middle East to the arbitrary carving up of the Ottoman Empire, Werner said, “We’re acting unrealistically.”
He said that bad leaders were replaced with worse, resulting in rebellion against those governments.
“We should help refugees over there. We should help Jordan more,” he said, because it’s a good ally. “Some countries should be divided up; the Kurds need a country of their own.”
Harris believes “our foreign policy has been an unmitigated disaster.” He would rather see the U.S. train its allies and help provide needed equipment, especially to halt Russian aggression in Iraq’s power vacuum.
Werner agreed that American foreign policy over the last decade has been a mess.
“We should never have been in Iraq to begin with,” he said. “Bush put in a puppet. I’m Polish; you’ve got to stand up to a bully.”
Beers added, “We’re not the policeman of the world.”
On the question of what to do about climate change, Werner said that global warming is real, and that the federal government “should stop subsidizing big oil ... and use it to sup- port renewable energy.”
“The free market,” Beers said, “is the best way for a country to manage its resources. The government shouldn’t be involved in choosing energy for us.”
“Mr. Beers hit the nail on the head,” Harris responded. “We have neglected the strategic use of energy to stabilize the world.”
The candidates were asked if they would repeal or revise the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Harris said that the Act was “poorly conceived,” but there are some aspects of the law he would preserve, namely, coverage for preexisting conditions, those under age 26 being able to stay on their parents’ policy, and removing the lifetime cap for treatment.
“The rest of the scheme doesn’t work,” he said. “It’s great if you’re on Medicaid. If you’re not, the system doesn’t work. It has to be redesigned.”
Werner agreed that Obamacare has “not been perfect,” and changes need to come. He thinks that overall costs could be decreased in by reining in pharmaceutical costs.
Citing his own experience as a veteran receiving care, Beers added briefly that government health care is not that great. He said that insurance and pharmaceutical companies benefit most from Obamacare.
“We need to go back to church hospitals, get government out of the way and improve competition,” he said.
A third Bay Bridge was one of the last questions the candidates faced. Werner said he’d like to see a tunnel “right here.” Beers wants the “community to solve” the issue and keep the feds out of the decision.
Harris wants to see third Chesapeake Bay crossing issue solved at the state level. He said that a Baltimore crossing “would do to Kent County what happened to Queen Anne’s County.” He thinks the solution is to increase the capacity at the current Bay Bridge crossing.
In their closing remarks, Beers said he wants to get people involved in the system again.
“We need to look at candidates based on their capabilities” rather than big money support,” he said.
Werner agreed with Beers.
“We need to get big money out of politics, stop gerrymandering and employ free market ideas,” he said. “There should be three (political) parties. Like the Bernie Sanders movement. That’s what it’s all about.”
Harris concluded the forum by saying he favors term limits, but that it’s an honor to serve the First District.
“I’m going to defend the agriculture and tourism industries on the Shore,” and fight to keep the Shore’s economy “strong and growing,” he said, adding that “everyone wants to save the Bay, but they want to have a say in how it’s done.”
Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, Democrat Joe Werner and Libertarian Matt Beers explain their policy positions at a First Congressional District Candidate Forum sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Kent County, Queen Anne’s County and the Mid-Shore (Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties) at Chesapeake College on Sunday.