Letters to the Editor

Thanks from Frankford Public Library


There is nothing more encouraging, in this age of technology, than to see adults, teenagers, children and families unplugging from their electronic devices and attending an event held to celebrate reading.

On June 14, from 6...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:08am

Reader broken-hearted about IRSD students


When I read Laura Walter’s article describing the stark economic forecast for the Indian River School District and its students, I wept.

It was the image of local children in portable classrooms with less security and safety...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:07am

Thanks from Delaware Womenade


This year’s Delaware Womenade Games Day was a huge success thanks to the generosity of our guests, sponsors, donors and, last, but not least, VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View. Due to the commitment of everyone, we were able to present a...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:48am

The Griffin/McCray Family gives thanks


On behalf of the Griffin/McCray family, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following for the tremendous help and support in the untimely death of our son, Jalen S. Griffin:

Boy Scout Troop 382; Station 73/...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:47am

Reader wants to really can spam

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Federal Trade Commission and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

I have examined every email in my spam Gmail folder for the last month and attempted to “unsubscribe”...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:47am

An open letter to Sussex rising seniors

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Sussex County high school rising seniors ahead of their graduations and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Sussex County high school rising seniors: Channel your goodness,...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:45am

A thank you to Justin’s Beach House

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Justin W. Jennings Foundation regarding the Justin’s Beach House respite house in Bethany Beach. It was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.


Good afternoon. I am going...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:49am

Helping some cool cats


Cats Around Town Society is a 501c charity organization that helps reduce the over-population of homeless cats. They loan traps and can help with trapping/transporting cats to the SPCA for rabies vaccinations and sterilization....

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:49am

Success again for the Seaside Craft Show


The 15th Annual Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show was held on Saturday, June 1. Once again, this juried show presented over a hundred crafters with a wide variety of offerings on our boardwalk and bandstand, as well as on Garfield...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:47am

A letter of thanks


I would like to send a personal thank-you to all the voters who engaged in South Bethany’s election on May 25 and congratulate all the elected council members. It was a record turnout for the town and showed that its citizens are...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:28am

Reader: Bickering, grandstanding doesn’t help


In a letter to the Coastal Point on May 23, Mr. Ken Niehaus musters material reflecting his view of the Russian collusion and obstruction matter and concludes the Congressional “case should not be closed.”

Well, by golly, it...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:27am

Reader weighs in on a national discussion


On March 24, 2019, Attorney General (AG) William Barr wrote a letter to Congressional leaders and to the public stating that this was his summary of the Special Counsel’s (SC) findings.

The AG’s letter summarized to Congress...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:58am

Builder says it’s time to change permits


Well, it’s parking permit/meter season, and anti-business Bethany Beach is at it again. The house I am building on the corner of Wellington and Parkway averages 10 vehicles per day. Bethany claims when we park on the jobsite, we...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:58am

Lions Club gives thanks


Through the generosity of our guests and the donations from our supporters at the May 15 “Sassy is Back!” Fashion Show Luncheon, the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club will be awarding scholarships to a IRHS graduating senior, plus a...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:57am

Reader: We failed the children

Disclaimer: The content discussed in this [letter] are solely the views and opinions expressed as a resident and taxpayer in the IRSD. It is not indicative of the thoughts or opinions of residents within my community.

The recent failure to...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:22pm

Team Refuge offers thanks for support`


Team Refuge of Northern Worcester County Relay for Life wish to thank the following vendors and merchants for their donations. Their support and encouragement have helped us to raise funds in the ongoing battle to find a cure for...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:21pm

Reader offers Council endorsements


I take this opportunity to express my views regarding the candidates for the South Bethany Town Council. At the Candidate’s Forum on May 10, I was impressed by the stark distinction between two sets of Town Council candidates....

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:19pm

Reader does not pick ‘New Voices’ in election


On May 25, South Bethany will hold an election to fill four council seats. There are a group of individuals running for these seats under the banner of “New Voices.”

It has been my observation over the past year that these “...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:18pm

Reader says politicians failed District


There has been a plea from IRSD for reasons why the recent school board referendum has been rejected again.

We know for a fact many “no” votes were cast because of the failure of Congress to revise the current immigration...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:18pm

Outgoing council member weighs in


I am currently on the South Bethany Town Council and have chosen not to run for re-election. I feel that I can provide more transparency to the issues that have overwhelmed this town over the last two years as a citizen.


Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:17pm

Focus group on Sussex County housing needs


The new “workforce housing and affordable housing” focus group has been forming. I will attend the May 21 public forum from 6 to 8 p.m., and all are welcome. I am promoting the May 21 public forum so we can learn from a variety of...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:16pm

Reader wants a focus on health care


I’m writing in regards to the lack of focus on senior health care needs by Delaware legislators in Washington!

After a lifetime of hard work, affordable health care should be a guarantee in retirement. Instead, Congress is...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:15pm

South Bethany resident endorses incumbents


On May 25, the residents and owners of South Bethany have a clear choice in the Town Council elections — experience or new voices.

The new voices are certainly new, since they have not been heard in any town volunteer...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:15pm

Reader offers endorsements


Elections have the ability to bring out the best and worst in people. This year, there has been a plethora of mailers from four relatively unknown property owners in South Bethany who are masquerading as new voices.

To my...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:14pm

Reader calls for change after referendum


The Indian River School District referendum 2019 fails a second time. The superintendent and the entire Board of Education elected members should acknowledge the voters decision by submitting their resignations. This group is...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:13pm

Callaway endorses four for Council


Like so many other South Bethany property owners, I love our town and its residents — it’s our slice of heaven on earth! Recently, so many people have reached out to me asking about the town council election and who I am supporting...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:13pm

Former property owners offer endorsements


For over 23 years we truly enjoyed our home on South Ocean Drive in South Bethany.

We were investment owners that rented, but we enjoyed many weeks at our home and established great neighborly relationships along the way. I...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:12pm

Reader offers views on referendum


Try as I might I could not find myself in the Coastal Point last week. I read carefully every single word about the defeat of the school referendum and there was not one trace of my humble views.

Did it lose because it would...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:10pm

Reader: SB election a referendum on Town’s progress


The upcoming election in South Bethany should be a referendum on the Town’s progress. On one side are four candidates with great experience and accomplishments. On the other side there are four candidates who have attacked the...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:44am

Former mayor endorses South Bethany challengers


Many years ago, I had the privilege of serving as the mayor of South Bethany.

Our population was less, homes were smaller, traffic congestion was not as much an issue and life seemed simpler at “The Best Little Beach in...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:44am

South Bethany incumbents, Oliver, get more support


The upcoming South Bethany Council election has generated considerable interest, and rightly so, because substantial issues impacting the future of the town are involved.

The incumbent team of Frank Weisgerber, Carol...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:43am

Reader thankful for Bethany ambulance crews after health issue


On Friday, April 26, I was playing tennis at the Sea Colony Tennis Center when I suddenly collapsed. Two of the other players are doctors, and they immediately tended to my needs. They quickly determined that my vital signs were...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:42am

Reader: Dog owners should consider others


I would like to address the issue of dog owners who feel the need to treat their dogs like “humans.” I’ve witnessed over and over again dogs being placed in shopping carriages by their owners at numerous area stores. These are the...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:41am

Save the Internet Act gets local support


I am writing to you because I want to protect our open Internet. Two years ago, the FCC under Ajit Pai repealed the net neutrality protections that make the Internet an open and free platform to connect and exchange ideas. If we...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:40am

Incumbents, Oliver get more support in South Bethany


Spring has arrived. Flowers and South Bethany Town Council campaign signs are popping up everywhere. There are four council seats up for grabs and eight candidates running. It is encouraging to see this level of interest in serving...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:39am

Reader urges public to comment on county development regs


Do you care about Open Space in Sussex County?

On May 14, 2019, the County Council will hold a critical public hearing on a proposed amendment to the current Cluster Development regulations. It would make it mandatory — not...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:38am

Reader says proposed gun laws won’t make state safer


My last letter attempted to address the poorly written “assault weapon” ban, Bill No. 68, which is coming up for discussion soon. In conjunction with that bill, two other bills affecting gun-owner rights in Delaware are due for...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:38am

Oliver gets endorsement in SB election


As noted in the Coastal Point pages, the upcoming May 25 election in South Bethany is an important event. I am writing to encourage voters to favorably consider Dick Oliver for a position on the town council.

Dick is a...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:36am

Fenwick committee grateful for cleanup support


Thank you for your help in publicizing the 4th Annual Earth Day Cleanup in the Town of Fenwick Island. On April 20, a blustery, rainy morning, over 40 community members gathered in our Town Hall to enjoy delicious breakfast...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:35am

Reader urges South Bethany voters to elect new council


As an owner since 1973, I have great concern about our government.

This council has not been transparent, informative or fiscally responsible, and has not led our town to greener pastures.

Last year, I saw a very...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:33am

FOP encourages people to honor police on May 15


Peace Officers Memorial Day is held annually in the United States on May 15 in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. Since the year 1791, over 20,000 law enforcement personnel have made...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:31am

VFW auxiliary thankful for support


On behalf of all members of the Mason Dixon VFW Auxiliary 7234, I want to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations to our fundraiser on April 7th with Bryan Clark.  Over $9000.00 was raised for...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:22am

Reader responds to previous letter


I was going to let this go, but after re-reading a very smug and self-gratified Letter to the Editor on gun control, I feel compelled to write. 

Instead of just bashing those who want a safer Delaware, country and world, it...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:21am

Reader voices concerns about litter


It is encouraging to see the recent editorials regarding the ongoing issue of litter in our state. 

I, too, am saddened and extremely disturbed to see the amount of trash and debris on our local roads, highways, fields, and...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:20am

Readers offer support to SB candidates


We wholeheartedly support Frank Weisgerger, Carol Stevenson, Jerry Masiello and Dick Oliver for Town Council. They are dedicated, thorough, and fair-minded. They work diligently as Chairs of their assigned council committees. We...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:19am

Government must take lead with litter


The recent surge in letters regarding the litter problem here in Sussex county make it clear that this is an issue of concern for our residents. While the Sussex county government may not be legally required to offer clean up...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:19am

Reader puts support behind District


I agree with the concept of limited government/lower taxes with one exception — our schools. Not supporting improving our schools seems counter-productive.

On May 7 we need to support our students and teachers by funding...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:18am

Writer discusses Sussex homeless problem


We desperately need a “Sussex County Vehicular and Workforce Safe Sleeping Parking Lot” for our hundreds of employed car dwellers.

Thank you, Council President Vincent, for responding to my comments at the last Sussex County...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:17am

Resident offers umbrella safety tips


OK, I have flying beach-umbrella phobia — ask my Fenwick Island posse. Over the last several decades of enjoying the beach, I have been hit three times (not seriously hurt), several close calls to being hit, and witnessed many...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:16am

South Bethany resident picks challengers


The South Bethany town election on May 25 will be especially important for the welfare of our community, currently and for the foreseeable future.

In my view, the traditional,low-key culture of the South Bethany community...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:15am