Letters to the Editor — December 6, 2013

Baull tells voters what he is all about


My name is Brian Baull, and I am a candidate for one of three open seats on the Dagsboro Town Council. I wanted to take a moment to tell the people of Dagsboro about me.

I am a native Sussex Countian, and for the past seven years my family and I have been proud to call Dagsboro our home. I am currently the president of the Indian River High School Band Boosters organization, and I am also a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware State Chapter of the March of Dimes. My wife, Amy, and I have been married for 26 years and have two children: B.J., 18, and Ella, 13.

This is my first foray into the political arena, and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead if elected to the Dagsboro Town Council. I applaud the other four candidates who are also running, for their willingness to step forward and help shape the future of our town. I ask for your support on Saturday, Dec. 7. Voting will take place at the Dagsboro Fire Hall from 1 to 5 p.m. Please exercise your right to vote.

Brian K. Baull

Reader takes exception to Haden ruling


After reading with interest the Coastal Point’s lengthy coverage of the Bethany Beach trial board hearing on the case against Lt. Richard Haden, I have some thoughts as a retired police captain with 35 years’ experience from New Jersey.

I have made over 3,000 arrests, many during nine years on a warrant squad. Some criminals resist being arrested, and limited force must be used to protect the officer and make the arrest.

It was extremely surprising the administration of the BBPD would call in the Attorney General’s Office for such a minor incident involving a convicted felon who told Lt. Haden that he knew where he lived and threatened his wife and family.

I can tell you, if a criminal had threatened my wife and family, severe consequences would be considered.

Report writing in police work is subject to review by supervision. At times, changes are made and mistakes are corrected. In this case, instead of corrections being made, charges were concocted. Then we have a rookie officer with very little experience testifying against a veteran police lieutenant. I question, was this officer ordered to testify?

It appears to me a vendetta was in place for some reason, against Lt. Haden. It looks like they were looking for a reason to suspend this fine veteran officer. He was acquitted in Superior Court of Assault in the Third Degree.

I live next door to Rick Haden and his wife and family. They are upstanding members of our community. I think the citizens of Bethany Beach should insist Lt. Haden be reinstated.

Daniel M. McNulty