Editorial


Anthony Sessa, a.k.a. ‘Mister Softee,’ hands out a cone-full of happiness, and nostalgia.

I’ve got a soft spot for Mister Softee

I turned the corner onto my street and heard the music from more than 40 years ago, yet it was so familiar.

“Ding-a-ding-a-ding-a-ding.”

“Mister Softee?” I said to myself, in a kind of incredulous whisper.

Indeed, it was, and...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:45pm

It is up to all of us to maximize our road safety

We sound like a broken record on this topic, but we’re just going to keep hammering on it, like it or not.

Bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists of this area need to do a better job of practicing safety. To be clear, this is not only a...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:43pm

Some people still earn their way to stardom

A video recently went viral that showed a teenage girl picking a gallon of ice cream out of a grocery store refrigerator, removing the lid, licking the ice cream and then putting it back in the refrigerator.

I really can’t stress this...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:42pm

Reader covers beach overcrowding

Editor:

Your article about South Bethany being unable to accommodate the growing number of people biking to the beach raises a key point, which is there are just too many people seeking a limited amount of beachfront space.

Yes, our...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:52pm

Reader considers bikes ordinance

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the town councils of Bethany Beach and South Bethany, and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

 

Recommend you both consider an ordnance granting bicycles the right-of-...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:52pm

Sad ending hits home for this entire community

Our community shed a collective tear this past weekend.

Though the odds seemingly got longer every day that Bethany Beach resident Linda Bravo would be recovered safely, there was still that little pang of optimism that she would be found...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:00pm

We’ve always been divided. It’s our thing

Independence.

That’s what we’re all celebrating together this week. Independence from tyranny. Independence in our ability to practice our respective faiths. Independence in thought and speech. 

 It doesn’t matter if you agree with...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:58pm

The rookie veteran in the newsroom

You’d think a woman who’s been in the newspaper business all her life wouldn’t get excited about covering a new beat, or introducing herself to town managers and police chiefs, mayors and county commissioners.

But journalists, I have found...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:54pm

The police are trying — now it’s up to the rest of us

While there can be some debate as to whether “summer” starts around here Memorial Day weekend or with the summer solstice, but there is one milestone on the calendar that really can’t be argued — July 4th is the height of the season, and it just...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:47pm

Mobile devices can be a pain in the neck

The science backs it up — young people are getting hornier by the day.

It would seem that this is as good a time as any to point out that I occasionally find myself typing things that deserve a little bit more explanation than I offered...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:45pm

Millville proposal is intriguing, and professional

Now this is an interesting concept.

The Millville Planning & Zoning Commission heard a proposal last week regarding plans for a car wash that would be located on the south side of Route 26, between the Dollar General store and the...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:05am

AARP gives thanks

Editor:

For a dozen years, the Scholarship Committee of the South Coastal Delaware AARP Chapter #5226 has given scholarships to graduating seniors at Indian River High School. It also has given scholarships to adult students at Delaware...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:46am

Old Timer’s Day returns to Selbyville this Saturday

One of the community’s longest-running and treasured events returns to Selbyville this weekend, as the 62nd edition of the Old Timer’s Day festival takes place on Saturday, June 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The traditional car competition...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:30pm

Frankford taking a major step in water service

Officials in Frankford are making a tough decision — and we agree with them.

Following decades of struggling to run its own water system for 350 homes in town, Frankford Town Council will purse having a private company take over the Town’s...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:40am

Coin-snatching and pole-sitting to infamy

I was, at one point in life, an avid coin-snatcher.

No, I didn’t rob children of their quarters at the arcade, nor did I break into the machines at the local laundromat. I never “made off” with my classmates’ UNICEF collection the day...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:39am

A letter of thanks

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

This weekend provides plenty of action locally

Now that the craziness of Memorial Day weekend is behind us, the beach community can move ahead with a newer tradition for the shore — the Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this weekend.

The show,...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:45pm

Another summer, another list of resolutions

There comes a time when each man must draw a line in the sand, puff out his chest and really take a stand on something, even if it might not be the most popular opinion for him to have.  

Yeah, I got nothing. I just wanted to suck you into...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:44pm

Editorial: Voters to have their say in South Bethany election

The South Bethany Town Council election will be held this weekend, and voters in the town will have an important say in the immediate future of how South Bethany is governed.

All together, there are eight candidates running for four spots...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:57am

Election should show where S.B. voters truly stand

Next weekend will bring a new chapter to this community’s story of 2019 — Memorial Day weekend, and the summer season that follows in its wake.

It will also bring something of import to the residents and property owners of South Bethany:...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:46am

Losing someone never really does get easy

We lose people in life.

That sounds overly simplistic, and it is. Obviously, we lose people in varying ways, to varying degrees. As kids, we lose our friends when their families move somewhere else, or they go to a different school at some...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:45am

Referendum failure leaves problems unsolved

On Tuesday, more than 9,000 voters turned out to have their voices heard in the Indian River School District’s second try at a referendum to fund construction of a sorely needed new Sussex Central High School and additional classrooms at other...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:36pm

Reader: SB election a referendum on Town’s progress

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Plenty of excitement now at Frankford Public Library

There have been a lot of changes over at the Frankford Public Library recently.

In fact, one could say there has really been one seismic change at the library, in that it encapsulates just about every part of the library’s operations....

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:47am

Lunacy runs pretty rampant at my house

My child is a lunatic.

Now, “lunatic” can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Does it mean that she’s stark-raving mad, and a threat to public safety? Does it mean she’s a playful goofball, oblivious to all social...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:46am

VFW auxiliary thankful for support

Editor: 

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor: 

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

Editor: 

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Editor:

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

Local cancer survivor keeps fighting

Editor:

Spring showers bring May flowers, Mother’s Day, Springfest and Relay for Life. We are beach people and want warm and sunny weather. When we don’t get it, we become disappointed.

In another situation, cancer patients, cancer...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:14am

This is our opportunity to show support for children

Editor:

One of the ingredients that made America great is its educational system. Every child has a right to good education; that’s why our school system guarantees education through high school to all America’s children. It is the...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:06am

Corrections

In last week’s Coastal Point, we attributed South Bethany Mayor Timothy Saxton as saying there are two new rates, $1.01 or $1.07, based on a household using more or less than 250 gallons per year. It should have read that, “The $1.01 and $1.07 is...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:39am