Editorial


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

Pop Warner shows appreciation

Editor:

As the current president of Lower Sussex Indians Football & Cheer, I would like to say how grateful we are for all the work that previous board members and volunteers have done in the past and for bringing the organization back...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:05pm

A response to March 21 editorial on Dagsboro

Editor:

Yes, things are moving forward in Dagsboro! I think I can speak for the members of the Dagsboro Business Alliance (DBA) when I say, thank you for the positive response to Dagsboro’s ever-growing community.

What else is new...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:04pm

Retired teacher supports referendum

Editor:

I am writing to extend my support for the Indian River School District referendum. As a retired special-education teacher and special-education coordinator from another state, I have an awareness of the impact on all students when...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:03pm

Readers on the anti-litter bandwagon

Editor:

We were very pleased by the letter from Dave Moeller (in the March 22, 2019, Coastal Point) regarding the litter problem in Delaware. He nailed it!

When we were traveling to Ocean View from our previous home in Maryland in...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:02pm

A reader calls for clarity

Editor:

Now more than ever, newspaper editors and their staff must check their facts prior to publishing articles.

In the most recent issue of the Coastal Point, it was reported that at a recent Town Council meeting a resident of...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:02pm

Council hearing new ideas on county homelessness

The topic of homelessness in Sussex County has generated more and more attention over recent years, and, though it hasn’t reached the “epidemic” levels of some areas in the country, it is a serious issue in the county that isn’t going away...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:25am

Unexplainable conclusion to unexplainable story

One of the joys of a nation like ours, in a time like today’s, is that we all have an opinion, and we all have access to a technological platform to share said opinion.

One of the drawbacks, of course, is... see above.

Comment...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:24am

A town council candidate weighs in

Editor:

I am a candidate for the Ocean View Town Council and want to highlight briefly the topics of budgeting, land use and Town identity.

At its April 9 meeting, the Town Council is scheduled to approve Draft 3 of the FY2020...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:53am

As Blockbuster goes, so goes the nation?

Editor:

Thank you for your [column] “Blockbuster fading away.” This inspired a reverie of lost days of Jiffy Pop stovetop and talking to the people you were with instead of texting others while offering only cursory acknowledgement of...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:53am

Responding to Lorraine Gloede’s letter

Editor:

I am writing in response to Lorraine Gloede’s letter on Senate Bill 22, the National Popular Vote Bill. I attended the League of Women Voters’ event in Georgetown where a panel of three discussed the bill then pending in the...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:52am

A response to Mr. Moeller’s letter

Editor:

Mr. Moeller’s letter regarding a serious problem in Delaware with litter hit home with this resident. Words cannot adequately express my feelings on this issue. It is disgusting, frustrating, disturbing and irresponsible to see...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:51am

Reader urges: Vote yes for the referendum

Editor:

Fans of “Games of Thrones” will know that “Winter is Coming” was a key phrase in the series up until last season. Well, now “Winter is Here”! The key concern in the Indian River School District is “Overcrowding is Coming.”  Well,...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:50am

Need to allow early voting

Editor:

As a Delawarean attending college in D.C. for the last 3.5 years, voting has not always been easy. Unfortunately, the same can be said for the thousands of Delawareans in colleges across the state and country. That’s because...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:49am

Reader thinks it’s time to share the care

Editor:

I am writing in support of S.B. 27, the “Share the Care Act,” now under consideration by Delaware’s legislators.

My 94-year-old father was an active, robust family man. When various health conditions got the best of him,...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:48am

A real talk about the word ‘fake’

Editor:

Are we living in a “fake” world?

President Donald Trump’s leadership in the life of the U.S.A. has been defined by one word in nearly every avenue of our lives... “fake.” Daily news sources are fake news reports? Our local...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:47am

Grise Memorial Scholarship to be granted to local student

The Preceptor Omega Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Chapter this spring will be granting the 23rd Howard D. Grise Memorial Scholarship to a qualified high school graduate. Candidates must reside in the Indian River High School attendance area and...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:01am

Don’t look now, but Dagsboro is starting to boom

Dagsboro appears to be a town on an economic upswing.

Businesses including Porto, Dagsboro Days and Jayne’s Reliable have joined the Clayton Theatre as stalwarts of the downtown area, and other new small businesses appear to be making a...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:43pm

And then there was one. Blockbuster fading away

Things come. Things go. 

That’s kind of the nature of a modern-day world that has experienced unprecedented technological advancements and a connected global economy that inspires inovation from all corners of the Earth. Capitalism expands...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:42pm

Candidate ready for Ocean View election

Editor:

At the latest Ocean View council meeting, it was announced that there will be a town-wide election (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Saturday, April 13, for the next District 1 member. There will also be a candidates’ night on Wednesday, March...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:39pm

Appreciation of a guest column

Editor:

We applaud your decision to publish [the guest column written by Jeannie Bennett Fleming of Concerned Parishioners]. As concerned Catholics, we know that this issue desperately needs all the light and action that can be devoted to...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:38pm

A letter on litter levels

Editor:

This letter is in regards to a plague which affects virtually the entire state of Delaware. Almost no area or roadway escapes the ongoing severe litter problem we have in this state. Our roadways and parks look like we are mired in...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:37pm

Examining the referendum

Editor:

The IRSD has scheduled another capital expense funding referendum for May 7. Please allow me to share some of my thoughts about our school district.

First, the district has no control over whether they provide an education...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:37pm

Reader says the people have spoken on referendum

Editor:

On Feb. 8 the Indian River School District held a referendum to raise property taxes, and the people voted and the results (no tax increase) — the people have spoken.

The response from IRSD: We did not hear you, so let’s...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:30pm

Reader asks Collins: Why are you bringing back the ‘Blue Route’?

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to state Rep. Rich Collins and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

I was deeply concerned to hear of your planned resolution to the House of Representatives to study the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:28pm

Local police rightfully recognized for their efforts

When discussing what makes our community such an attractive place to live, the answers one might hear most frequently center on the beach, inland bays, low taxes, good schools and public safety.

HomeSnacks.net analyzed crime statistics...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:55pm

The rise and fall of some celebrities is deserved

Raise your hand if you thought “Full House” and “Desperate Housewives” would make their way into the national headlines this week.

Granted, our unnatural and unhealthy obsession with all things celebrity does force questionable items into...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:54pm

Summer feels a little closer with Freeman release

This is not a community that requires a lot of raw data to determine if it is the summer season or not.

Weather aside, one can look at any of our roads and know right away if it’s summer. Or visit a local restaurant. Or walk along one of...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:35pm

I thought I had been yelled at by the very best

I am not a man who possesses many skills.

The changing of a lightbulb has been my crowning achievement in terms of home-improvement efforts, and that did not come without a torrent of obscenities, a plethora of broken lightbulbs and what...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:31pm

The sex-abuse crisis and ordinary lay-Catholics

Toward the end of February 2019, Pope Francis met in Rome with about 124 church leaders, focusing on the sex-abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. The purpose of this long-awaited summit was to provide a teaching moment to the hierarchy that...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:00am

Business Professionals of America providing futures for young leaders

Have you ever wanted to get involved in an organization that would help you with your leadership skills? If you answered yes, then Business Professionals of America is for you! They offer scholarships, experience and many amazing opportunities....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:58am