Editorial


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

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

Community embraces our magnificent environment

South Bethany has been celebrating Earth Day since about 2013, through various programs and efforts. This year, Town officials cut the ceremonial ribbons on more outdoor exercise equipment and a third outdoor Little Free Library.

“South...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:26am

Reaching out is easier than ever, but... better?

“U c that game”

“Crazy”

“Right?”

That was an actual conversation I had with a friend last weekend. There were no text messages sent between us for almost 19 hours before that one came to my phone, and no other new ones for...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:25am

Phillips: Time to remove obstacles for voters

Editor:

When the 150th General Assembly convened last January, it went to work on a slate of bipartisan proposals to reform Delaware’s elections system. These efforts caught the attention of Sen. Gerald Hocker, who recently wrote a fiery...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:18am

Phillips: Time to remove obstacles for voters

Editor:

When the 150th General Assembly convened last January, it went to work on a slate of bipartisan proposals to reform Delaware’s elections system. These efforts caught the attention of Sen. Gerald Hocker, who recently wrote a fiery...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:18am

Editorial: Historic church reflects idea of Easter resurrection

Easter is a day to celebrate, literally, a resurrection. When you couple the meaning of the day with the fact that it annually takes place in spring, Easter naturally invites feelings of “coming back to life” and a re-birth.  

Perhaps no...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:36pm

Jamboree is approaching, and for a great cause

The annual Springtime Jamboree, presented by the Hocker family to both entertain the community and raise money for a specific local cause, will be presented for the 37th time May 3-4.

For starters, the Jamboree is a fun time, filled with...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:40pm

Spring has finally sprung. Now get out and enjoy it

According to a 2018 study conducted by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), a Project Play partner that provides custom data on youth participation to the Aspen Institute, 56.5 percent of American children ages 6 to 12...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:38pm

A shot in the arm for skilled training

One of the goals that we at SEDAC, Sussex Economic Development Action Committee, have emphasized over the years has been job opportunities for those who graduate from our high schools. We see these jobs as a real opportunity to keep our young...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:11am

Littering solutions

Editor:

In response to the recent letters by Mr. Moeller and Mr. Rine on this subject [littering], all the ideas are excellent.

Practical approaches need to be taken, such as meeting with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:09am

St. Joseph’s Day thanks

Editor:

The Ninth Annual St. Joseph’s Day Italian Festival on March 30, sponsored by the Ocean City Lodge of the Sons & Daughters of Italy and St. Luke’s/St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, was another big success and our best-attended to...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:09am

To Sussex County officials

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Sussex County officials and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

My name is Jim Martin, and your own county comp plan and every expert I talk to are saying we desperately need...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:08am

A lenten season reflection

Editor:

As we move through the Lenten season towards the celebration of Easter, a most poignant inwardly reflective time for Christians, we should as Americans also take a moment to reflect upon the soul of our nation. Yes, soul.

...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:06am

We’re now officially in egg-hunting season

Those happy bursts of daffodils and forsythia can only mean one thing: Spring has finally arrived, and with it, a bumper crop of Easter egg hunts and related activities. We have gathered them up into one festive basket — so get the kids, grab...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:34pm

Easter, spring activities get rolling this weekend

It appears as if the rumors might be true, after all. There will, in fact, be a spring season this year.

Schizophrenic weather aside, there has been a bit of a warming of the air recently, and the spring sports season is now upon us, from...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:19pm

New legislation in EU increases safety — kind of

You had to know this one was coming.

Between the GPS devices in our cars and mobile-device apps showing our “estimated times of arrival” as we drive, and speed limits on some roads popping up as well on those screens, it was easy to...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:18pm

Sen. Hocker

Proposed voting changes invite fraud

As a state, Delaware faces many challenges, and we have our share of problems. Our system of voting isn’t one of them.

Despite that fact, Democrats in Dover are looking to exercise their complete control of our government to force through...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:09pm

Candidate thankful for Ocean View Candidates’ Night

Editor:

I thank the Town of Ocean View and its Board of Elections for making the Candidates’ Night on March 27 at Town Hall a successful event. Thanks also to the residents who took the time to attend and ask thoughtful questions.

...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:07pm

Sorority thankful for dine-and-donate support

Editor:

The Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority would like to extend our heartfelt, grateful thanks to the owners, management and staff of Fins Ale House & Raw Bar in Bethany Beach for supporting our community service...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:06pm

Reader stands up for Old Hickory on the $20

Editor:

Maryland’s Elijah Cummings recently reintroduced a bill to replace President Andrew Jackson’s portrait on the $20 bill with the face of another icon of freedom, Harriet Tubman. Unfortunately, in this period of political correctness...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:05pm