Editorial


First responders valor is deserving of awards, and more

There’s no question that, when it’s your home, your money, your child, your life being threatened by an emergency, you appreciate the efforts put into catching a criminal, putting out a fire, restarting a heart. But it’s easy to forget when it’s...

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:27pm

BeebeCAREs offers optimism for healthcare

One of the trickiest puzzles this country has been trying to solve focuses on healthcare. How can the most amount of people get the best available care without bankrupting our nation, closing hospitals and putting insurance companies at risk?...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 1:53pm

County helps as many as possible with surplus

Sussex County Council recently found itself staring at a budget surplus of $854,000 — a situation many governmental and private entities would like to find themselves in, we imagine. The good news for those of us who happen to reside in Sussex...

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:42am

Letters to the Editor: February 1, 2013

CRI denies continuing connection with Fink
Editor:

This letter is in response to a reader who took issues with Shaun Fink’s appointment with the Indian River School Board. She took umbrage to the fact that Shaun Fink used to work for...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:19am

County taking right steps in proposed hearing

Sussex County will be holding an additional hearing on the proposed expansion of the Millville Sanitary Sewer District, and we are big fans on how they are going about it.

For starters, John Ashman, the director of utility planning for the...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:18am

Referendum important, but it's up to you to vote

Voters in the Indian River School District (IRSD) will have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the booths next week regarding a major capital improvement and current expense referendum.

The referendum proposes a property tax...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:28pm

Community has the chance to shine two more times

When word came down last month that the Big League Softball World Series would be coming to Roxana this summer, the general reaction of the community was one of pride.

People were proud that the powers-that-be selected this area to be the...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:46am

Clayton more than just a movie theater around here

The idea of citizens helping fund a private corporation has typically raised eyebrows — just look at the controversy swirling around the bank and auto industry bailouts of the past few years, for instance. Those bailouts focused on the infamous...

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:40am

Selbyville woman a strong inspiration, role model

Weather permitting, Selbyville’s own Alyssa Murray is in Las Vegas right now, performing public appearances and preparing for the Miss America competition on Saturday, Jan. 12.

In addition to making a name for herself outside of Delaware...

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 3:17am

Roxana to double its world exposure this August

They must be doing something right over in Roxana.

The Executive Committee of the Little League International Board of Directors last week approved relocating the Big League Softball World Series to the Pyle Center. This will take place at...

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 6:06am

This community is always in ‘the season of giving’

Presents wrapped? Menu set? Travel itinerary locked in firmly?

There is no day during the year that surpasses the dramatic build-up of Christmas, and hopefully all of you have gotten yourselves in a position where you can just relax and...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:30am

Planners vote against Castaways project

After months of hearing arguments concerning a proposed campground and water park on Cedar Neck Road, the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted last Thursday night to recommend denial to the three applications submitted...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:16pm

We must never forget the horrors of Pearl Harbor

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese put into motion “Operation Hawaii,” which later became known as “Operation Z.” It’s been said that planning for this operation began as early as January of that year, and that the Japanese planned to attack on a...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:44am

Shop local this season, for so many reasons

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means Black Friday and the subsequent “mad dash to Christmas” is also beginning this week.

Many of you have been salting away money all year to help make Christmas as wonderful as possible for your loved ones...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:42pm

Police fighting the good fight in tough battle

Sometimes, criminal cases are solved by investigators chasing down leads or forensics teams finding that microscopic piece of evidence that can link a crime with a suspect. Well, at least, that’s what they tell us on television and in the movies...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:36am

Pets should be taken under consideration

Now that we’ve had a little time to register exactly what happened to the area last week during Hurricane Sandy, we can make a little bit more of an informed opinion.

In short, we are ecstatic. Gov. Jack Markell and his staff acted quickly...

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:47am

Have your voice heard by casting a ballot

There’s little doubt that Tuesday, Nov. 6, will be a day of note across this nation. Emotions have been high on the Presidential race, obviously, as well as all the other national seats up for grabs. In Delaware, there is a struggle between the...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:24am

Are you that guy? Aggressive drivers need a timeout

We’ve all seen someone who does it. Many of us know someone who does it. And at least some of us are the people who do it. Aggressive driving. It’s a term that hasn’t been in the common vernacular that long, even if the behaviors it encompasses...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 2:59pm

Castaways project generating public input

Are you one of those people who just love to get into arguments with your friends and neighbors? Want to know how to get one started in this area pretty quickly?

Mention the proposed Castaways Bethany project. That should do it for you....

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 3:09pm

The Way Home offers help, savings for the State

Those who pay attention to prison numbers know that recidivism rates are high — the state’s Department of Correction, in fact, has a recidivism rate of 21 percent. That means that more than one in five released inmates ultimately return to prison...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:22pm

Junior firefighter's death a blow to the community

The Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company lost one of its own last week, when 17-year-old junior firefighter Justin Townsend was killed in a single-car accident while responding to a brush fire.

“The brave men and women who served with him in...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:27am

Election season nears and a local needs a hand

There are two points we have consistently hit on in this space over the years — voting in local and national elections is important if you care about how things are being run, and this community consistently rises to the top to help out a...

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:01am

Triathalon Dualthlon could be a major boon to area

This weekend will see the unveiling of the first Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlan, and its presence in the community should not be ignored.

For starters, it will be hard to ignore because the bike and run portions of the...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:59pm

Democracy is alive and well in Sussex Couny

For those who love celebrating the freedoms of democracy in this nation, there were plenty examples of it in action over the past week.

Locally, the people of Bethany Beach voted on a referendum concerning the Town borrowing money for a...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:39pm

The future is still right ahead of you, IR seniors

The 2012-2013 school year got off to a rough start for many local students. The first day of school was followed by a memorial service for a would-be senior girl who passed away a few days before school began, and many of them attended the...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 3:10pm

Labor Day weekend offers unique opportunities

There are always plenty of things to do in our community, particularly in the summer season.

From the beach to our fabulous local restaurants and shops, right down to your favorite little quirky newspaper, there are any number of ways you...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 4:32pm

Subity's departure from Chamber leaves a void

The community will be losing a familiar face soon, following the resignation of Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carrie Subity.

Subity submitted her letter of resignation on Monday, and cited personal reasons for...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:38am

The Coastal Point mourns the loss of one of its own

If you didn’t notice already, there is a black box commemorating the death of Jeffrey Seyfert on the flag of our front page this week.

Jeff had been in charge of the delivery of our paper since the first one was published on Feb. 6, 2004...

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:44am

Senior League Softball World Series takes stage

We have a lot to be proud of in this community — especially in terms of having so much to showcase for visitors when they come to the beach every summer.

There is the ocean, and all that comes with it. The inland bays and inlet, where...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 3:26pm

Beebe discusses new facilities, Route 17 parcel

Beebe Medical Center CEO Jeffrey Fried and Beebe Director of External Affairs Alex Sydnor spoke to Sussex County Council members this week about Beebe’s plans to expand services in Georgetown and Millsboro.

Sydnor told Council that they...

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 8:21am

Open government becoming more realistic

For those of you who desire more transparency in government, particularly locally, two seperate decisions in the past week are making that much more possible.

On Friday, July 13, the Delaware Attorney General’s Office released an opinion...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 3:27am

Ocean View considers family ties in hiring

The Town of Ocean View, while also busying themselves with the little task of hiring a new town manager, also recently held a first reading on an ordinance amending the personnel policy relating to nepotism.

In the proposed ordinance, the...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 8:13am

Letters to the Editor -- June 29, 2012

Reader: Hearing a ‘kangaroo court’
Editor:

You had to be at the hearing to hear the testimony of witnesses and evidence to know that the decision by the Sussex County Board of Personnel had observers shaking their heads at the total...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 8:04am

Enjoy the day but practice some caution

There’s really no arguing how significant a holiday Independence Day is every year for this community.

The Fourth of July is the ultimate in summer experiences, and we consider ourselves the ultimate place to be during the summer....

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 8:03am

Two painful losses shake our community

It was a dark couple days for our picturesque community.

Two young women were murdered within a few days of each other, and though they don’t appear to be connected in an way, shape or form, it was still sobering.

These things just...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:29pm

Frankford offering great service to residents

Sometimes we lose sight of what government is supposed to be doing for the people. Or, to put a fine point to it, sometimes government loses sight of what government is supposed to be doing for the people.

Governments are established to...

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:36am

Now is the right time to prepare for hurricanes

Those of us who were here last year remember watching Hurricane Irene climb the coast and appear to head right to us. The weather broadcasters were predicting several different routes Irene might take as it traveled north, and all of them...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:52am

Memorial Day not the same without the Legion

There are certain events and circumstances that take place in our community over the course of any given year that we just hate to get involved in, for various reasons. One of the touchiest, and least palatable reasons, is the “he-said, she-said...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 3:26pm

Despite extended recession, County looks good

Times have been tough in recent years — not just here, but everywhere. Real estate has taken a hit, the job market has been strained and people are owing more on college loans than ever before.

We have all read or seen stories on rising...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:42am

Selbyville law may not be the right answer

Selbyville’s new bar and restaurant law, which states that alcohol may not be served after 11:30 p.m., is one bourne out of both a need to protect the town’s citizens and to re-establish the reputation of the town in general.

There have...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:32pm

Bike tour demonstrates Quiet Resorts’ appeal

The annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, which was held on April 21 this year, has increasingly demonstrated its ability to both offer an option to locals looking for something to do outdoors on a spring weekend and to bring people from outside the...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:07am

This weekend starts the busy season

Ladies and gentlemen, the season is soon upon us.

Anyone with a spectacular Coastal Point calendar (still have some in stock!) can tell you that Memorial Day weekend is only a few short weeks away. And while that used to be the unofficial...

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 8:12am

County police coverage a difficult issue

Once again, the roles of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office have dominated headlines around the area.

The proposed HB 290 would make the law perfectly clear in Delaware that county sheriffs and their deputies would not have arrest...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:09am

County recognizes, appreciates libraries

This week has been dubbed “Sussex County Library Week,” and Sussex County Council spent some time at their meeting on Tuesday celebrating the work of the 14 public libraries that call Sussex home.

According to county officials, more than 1...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 4:52am

Combined effort could actually save lives

The Indian River School District (IRSD) and Joshua M. Freeman Foundation will host a special program on Monday, April 16, aimed at parents to discuss bullying and teen suicide prevention. The program, called “The Choice is Yours,” will be held at...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 8:10am

Republican event in Roxana a good idea

This is a smart idea.

It’s no secret that our little corner of Delaware is a bit of a conservative bastion. The beach towns house many of the affluent fiscal conservatives who often support the Republican party, and the inland towns...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:48am

Selbyville locks down funds for new wells

The Town of Selbyville has been discussing water issues in the town for quite some time. From run-off to wastewater to water bills to the quality of the town’s drinking water, Selbyville officials have been dealing with water in some shape or...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:02am

No election in Ocean View this year, but why?

It’s probably not surprising to anyone who regularly reads our paper to see that Ocean View is the subject of our editorial this week. After all, the town has seen discord between council members, staff, residents and, yes, newspaper reporters...

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 6:19am

Bunting will leave reputation, strong legacy

State Sen. George H. Bunting Jr. (D-Bethany Beach) announced his retirement on the floor of the state Senate on Tuesday, March 13. Bunting has served as senator for the 20th District since 1996, and prior to that was a state representative from...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

Lady Indians left it all on the court this year

There’s really only so much athletes can control when in the heat of battle, particularly in a sport like basketball. They can control their energy. They can control their effort. They can play good defense. What they can’t always control is...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:30am