Mary Rapone Belcher

Cecil Whig - - & - OBIT­U­ARY POL­ICY

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 (­ful­friends. us) or the Na­tional Kid­ney Foun­da­tion, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 (www. kid­ 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. parsell­fu­ner­al­

— 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

All three can­di­dates op­should go to re­build­ing pose dis­trict ger­ry­man­der­roads and bridges rather ing and the bal­loon­ing fedthan to bol­ster­ing mass eral deficit. They all want tran­sit. to see a stronger econ­omy Har­ris com­plained that for the Eastern Shore, manda­tory fed­eral pros­e­cure bor­ders and hold grams, es­pe­cially food gov­ern­ment more ac­countstamps and the Af­ford­able able. How to achieve these Care Act “crowd out ev­ery­goals pro­duced a con­sisthing else, in­clud­ing roads tently civil dis­cus­sion, and and bridges.” even some agree­ment. Werner agreed that fed

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

Calling im­mi­gra­tion a how Pres­i­dent Dwight “com­plex is­sue,” Werner, Eisen­hower’s high­way proan at­tor­ney who lives in gram “re­ally helped.” Har­ford County but works Werner be­lieves rais­ing in Wash­ing­ton, D. C., said the gas tax would in­crease that de­port­ing “il­le­gal funds for im­prov­ing mass aliens is not about be­ing tran­sit. Cit­ing his own da­ianti- im­mi­gra­tion.” ly com­mute from Bel Air

“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

“We need to look first at the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal sys­the fault in our own sys­tem. Joseph Wil­liam Mctem. I think we should be Har­ris answered by citQuaide, 86, of Lewes, DE, able to let peo­ple cross ing the Supreme Court’s passed away at home on bor­ders the way we cross Cit­i­zens United rul­ing, Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 29, 2016. state bor­ders,” he said. which con­cluded that conHe was “We should work with the trib­ut­ing to cam­paigns is born Sept. com­mu­nity ... work with an a form of free speech. He 2, 1930, in em­ployee- based visa pro­fa­vors treat­ing unions like Philadel­gram to bring 11,000 un­cor­po­ra­tions “if we’re gophia, PA, doc­u­mented im­mi­grants ing to talk about lim­it­ing son of the into the open.” spend­ing.” late, JoMean­while, Har­ris supWerner dis­sented from seph Wil­ports eco­nomic sanc­tions his op­po­nent’s po­si­tion liam Sr. against a coun­try that will though. and Mary not ac­cept a crim­i­nal alien “Giant cor­po­ra­tions Anna be­cause he or she can’t be should not be able to give (Wag­man) McQuaide. de­tained in the U. S. in­d­e­fito po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns,

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

For many years he made ibly im­por­tant” tem­po­rary volve­ment,” he said. his love of pho­tog­ra­phy into visa work­ers are to the Two of the ques­tions his own busi­ness, tak­ing Eastern Shore econ­omy. from the au­di­ence had to wed­ding pic­tures for hunCan­di­dates were also do with get­ting the econ­odreds of cou­ples. Joe was an asked how they would promy mov­ing and solv­ing the ac­tive mem­ber of the Tele­pose to pay for the coun­na­tional debt sit­u­a­tion. phone Pioneers of Amer­ica, try’s ne­glected in­fras­truc“Stop ger­ry­man­der­ing the Lewes Rotary, the Sus­ture. ( con­gres­sional) dis­tricts sex County Pro­fes­sional Beers’ re­sponse was and get big money out of Pho­tog­ra­phers of Delaware short and to the point. pol­i­tics,” Werner replied. Club and he was a past PresSpend­ing should be repri“As long as you keep elec­ti­dent of the United Way of ori­tized and al­lo­cated to ing ex­treme right, or exSus­sex County. the U. S. to pay for roads treme left can­di­dates, for

Joe loved to rem­i­nisce, and bridges. that mat­ter, ( noth­ing will es­pe­cially about work­ing “We shouldn’t send mon­get done) ... You have to for the Tele­phone Com­pany ey overseas ... The fed­eral vote for peo­ple who know and va­ca­tions to Alaska and gov­ern­ment needs to stop how to work well to­gether.”across­theU.S.with­Betty.sub­si­diz­ing­bigin­dus­try,” He en­joyed his trips to he said. Werner com­pli­mented the “cof­fee shop” (Arby’s) Har­ris also fa­vors re­former Repub­li­can U. S. where he would en­joy a cup pri­or­i­tiz­ing spend­ing and Rep. Wayne Gilchrest beof tea and tell sto­ries twice a han­dling in­fra­struc­ture is­cause “he reached across day with his friends. He was sues at the state level, “and the aisle.” Sun,

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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.



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