Opinion


Selbyville library looks to move to the new age

Downtown Selbyville is charming — seemingly from another time period of Main Street, USA, with brick buildings and small businesses dotting the landscape. Nestled in the heart of the town, in a historic 5,600-square-foot house, sits the...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:28pm

Point of No Return: The season of (physical) growth is upon us

The Battle of the Waistlands has begun.

Oh, it starts out innocently enough. Watching my daughter excitedly dump the contents of her trick-or-treat bag on to the living room floor after a night out begging our neighbors for candy gave me a...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:27pm

Letter: Reader: This ain’t onebody’s tell

Editor:

Our public psyche needs simplicity to render a verdict reflecting justice and fairness. Everything, and I mean everything, is capable of reduction to eloquent truism. Consider the variety of snippets that have come to define issues...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:26pm

Letter: Reader: Time for some profiles in courage

Editor:

Shortly our three Delaware Congressional representatives will be participating in the most serious deliberation in their tenure, the impeachment of the 45th president of the United States.

It will be no surprise to anyone...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:26pm

Civil War Profiles: The Civil War according to 'Gath': Back to 'Ole Virginia'!

When we last left war correspondent George Alfred Townsend, the youthful Delawarean had arrived in Washington, D.C., to recover from an illness contracted while attached to the Union army operating in Northern Virginia. “Gath,” as he later signed...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:24pm

Bethany officials make a big move with purchase

Editorial

Let’s take a minute and tip our hats to the town council and administrators of Bethany Beach.

The council voted unanimously on Oct. 18 to purchase the last large parcel of open space remaining in town for $1.4 million, thus preventing it...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:41am

Officials are trying their best to save our kids

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It’s beyond repugnant that it’s gotten to this point, but here we are. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with support from the Ocean View Police Department, Attack Addiction Delaware and the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, will be...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:37am

Cops & Goblins offers affordable, safe fun for all

Editorial

There are tons of events on the local entertainment platter this weekend, and there would appear to be something for everyone.

One we’re keeping a close eye on is the annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration, scheduled for Saturday...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:44pm

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Costumes share a glimpse into the times

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I’m going to share with you how I know deep down in my bones that I am getting old.

For starters, I say things like “deep down in my bones.” That’s kind of a big giveaway. I also make more nocturnal visits a week to relieve myself than a...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:43pm

Letters to the Editor

Bunting thankful for Wall, honor

Editor’s note: The following letter was originally sent to Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234, and was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

I want to thank you for bringing the “Healing Wall” to...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:41pm

CROP Walk an opportunity to help, have a good time

Editorial

Fall in our community means slightly less traffic on the roads, leaves changing color and each weekend being loaded with a menu of festivals and fairs to enjoy with family and friends. Just read through our Calendar of events, and you can see...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:19pm

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Temporary ticket for me for the Nat’s bandwagon

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Let’s get this out of the way from the start: I am not a fan of the Washington Nationals baseball team.

It’s not that I dislike them, necessarily. They’ve just never really registered on my radar, even though I grew up a hop, skip and a...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:17pm

The Civil War according to ‘Gath’: On the job!

Delawarean George Alfred Townsend, who used “Gath” as a penname later in life, dove into his assignment as a war correspondent for the New York World newspaper in the Virginia countryside south of Washington, D.C. In his memoir, “Campaigns of a...

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 3:01pm

Town partnership to preserve the arts is a good one

Editorial

Responding to requests from residents and the director of the Greater Millsboro Art League, the Millsboro Town Council agreed this week to pay utility costs for the Art League’s building, so staff can afford monthly rent and make repairs to the...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:00pm

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Florida Man, or Woman, never ceases to amaze

Point of No Return

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Florida Man! And, chances are, Florida Man is doing something that will make you cringe, laugh or become overwhelmed with instant nausea. And sometimes, all those things happen at once.

You’ve seen the...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:58pm

Letter: St. Ann’s Men’s Club golf outing a success

Editor:

The St. Ann’s Men’s Club Golf Committee would like to thank all the participants and the following lunch and hole sponsors and donors for their very generous contributions to our very successful charity golf outing at Salt Pond...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:56pm

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

Point of No Return: Memorial Day is wonderful — thanks to many

According to statistics shared by PBS, via data they collected from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the total number of Americans killed in all U.S wars is more than 1.1 million.

That is a statistic that...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:56am

Observations: Miss Susan’s 5 Rules of Cell Phone Etiquette

I begin this column with the saying used at one time or another by famous moms throughout history: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

It seems that we have come to an era where no one can go two minutes without looking at their cell phone. Well,...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:35pm

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

Point of No Return: Grit, experience lead Tiger to unlikely title

We strive to be better people, right?

Maybe we have different ideas of what that actually means, but all of us have an active interest in making our lives better, right? Maybe we want to improve our personal financial situations. Or focus...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:35pm

Guest Column: No gunboat diplomacy in the 21st century

Where is gunboat diplomacy when you need it? Recently, the Venezuela crisis afforded Russia another opportunity to strengthen its grip on the country. To that end, Russia has dispatched its military (99 military officers) and its equipment,...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:34pm

Letter: Homelessness advocate calls for Sussex County solutions

Editor:

As many of us walk with Jesus through Holy Week this week, please remember the unsheltered in our county who carry heavy crosses of exhaustion, of stress, of rejection, of hunger, of homelessness, of the lack of resources and the...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:33pm

Letter: Calls for litter prevention continue

Editor:

Are you fed up with roadside trash in Sussex County?

If you’d like to be part of the solution to this problem, go to www.sussexcountyde.gov and see the link at the bottom of the homepage titled, “Request for Litter Clean Up...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:32pm

Letter: White thanks Ocean View voters

Editor:

I want to thank the Ocean View residents who came out to vote last Saturday. I appreciate the support I received and look forward to serving as the District 1 council member to the best of my ability.

I also want to thank Mr...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:31pm

Letter: Reader says it’s time to let gun-control issue go

Editor:

I now know how the lead character in the movie “Ground Hog Day” must have felt. It seems every year [state] Sen. [Bryan] Townsend is going to introduce the same gun control bill and I am going to have to write a letter explaining...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:30pm

Women of the Civil War: A narrative

The record of our nation’s bloody conflict in the mid-19th century is replete with studies about the accomplishments of Union and Confederate commanders and officials, as well as the soldiers and civilians who served their respective causes. The...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:15pm

Expert care during childbirth saves mothers' lives

Expert care during childbirth saves mothers’ lives

Having a baby should be a joyous experience. However, complications can arise. Between 2 and 5 of every 100 women who give birth in the United States will experience a postpartum...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:59am

Pickleball Points: It’s tournament day — let’s play!

I thought some of you folks might like to learn a little more about pickleball tournaments. The weather is finally cooperating along the Delaware and Maryland beaches, and the winds have subsided somewhat. Pickleball is in the air.

Many of...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:16am

Civil War historical fiction: ‘Courage on Little Round Top’

Michael Shaara’s novel “The Killer Angels” about the Battle of Gettysburg features Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of the 20th Maine Regiment. It was on Little Round Top, a low-lying eminence that anchored the left of the Union defensive line at...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:16pm

Movement is medicine

Ah, September! That wonderful time of year when we get our small beautiful town back from the tourists, the heat calms down, the trees start to turn beautiful colors — and school starts! Accccckkkkkk! Back-to-school shopping, school supplies,...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 3:18pm

Editorial — ‘Locals season’ starts with a flurry of events

It’s been said that “locals season” or “locals summer” begins the afternoon of Labor Day Monday.

Well, welcome to the season.

To be fair, it’s not exactly like the old days, when a vast majority of businesses shut down for the year...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:35pm

Point of No Return — Why would we ever shame people for working?

Shame is a heck of a tool.

People have been using shame to demean and dehumanize people since the dawn of time. We shame others because of their physical appearance, or because of their family situations. We shame people because they don’t...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:31pm

Letter — Akhter: Council must get plan right

Editor:

It’s time for Sussex County Council to act to create a “win-win” for all, and use the new Comprehensive Plan to protect our environment and support the local economy.

The Sussex County Council, as well as the Planning &...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:23pm

Letter — Officials: Committee did violate FOIA

Editor:

“Attorney General’s Office Finds No FOIA Violation” (August 31, 2018 — page 4): Wow! What a misleading headline for the article on Fenwick’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint that was filed by three council members on...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:22pm

Letter — Reader feels McCain given too much honor

Editor:

Like so many Americans, I was saddened to learn of John Mc Cain’s passing. I respect him greatly for his military service and particularly his time as a POW. He obviously was an honorable man, a good soldier and exemplary citizen...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:20pm

Letter — Christopher president sets record straight

Editor:

It was brought to my attention last evening (Aug. 30) that an article written and published by Coastal Point in online as well as in newsprint form contains inaccurate information which is damaging to my company’s reputation as...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:18pm

Letter — LWVSC requests more Sussex bus service

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, regarding the need for increased bus service with basic amenities, and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

In Chapter 13, “The Mobility...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:16pm

Letter — DDSC picnic a hit, thanks to many

Editor:

This year’s 32nd annual Labor Day picnic at the John West Park in Ocean View hosted by Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens (DDSC) drew a new record of 125 attendees from all of Delmarva and beyond.

On behalf of the members of the...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:11pm

Civil War Profiles — Civil War historical fiction: ‘Cold Mountain’

During the siege of Petersburg, Va., in 1864, the Union army attempted to blast a hole in the formidable line of entrenchments protecting the Confederate defenders from attack. Pennsylvania coal miners now serving in the military dug a tunnel...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:45pm

Point of No Return — We need to put more focus on our local elections

Mirroring much of the rest of the nation, ours is a community divided. We are split on politics, gun control, the distribution of wealth, abortion, religion, the sanctity of Confederate statues, the legitimacy of modern labor unions, school...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:40pm

Letter — Denault gains support in election

Editor:

We, the voters of Bethany Beach, have an opportunity to add to our Town Council a new and outstanding councilwoman, Faith Denault.

With four seats to be filled, the three incumbents (Bruce Frye, Rosemary Hardiman and Lew...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:36pm

Letter — Sirkis gets support of Bethany resident

Editor:

I have known Jim Sirkis for more than six years as neighbor and friend. During that time, he has always been absolutely honest, helpful, friendly, responsible, humorous and exceedingly intelligent.

Jim is a retired...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:17pm

Letter — Reader pushes for cleaner Sussex County

Editor:

The poor condition of Delaware’s waters has been known for decades. The facts are simple to understand, however difficult to accept. We cannot eat the fish and crabs from our waters. We get sick from swimming in our waters. Ninety...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:15pm

Letter — Reader endorses Parish for council

Editor:

I have owned property in Sussex County for over 40 years and have maintained a close interest in County politics and government. It’s my opinion that District 4 has been very well represented on County Council by Councilman George...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:11pm

Letter — Farrar endorses Denault in Bethany

Editor:

Having held the position of Bethany Beach entertainment director for 13 years, I have a special inside perspective on how our Town operates. With that experience in mind, I’m excited to endorse Faith Denault for Bethany Beach Town...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:10pm

Letter — Denault gets support from tour chair

Editor:

It is my honor to support Faith Denault for a seat on the Bethany Beach Town Council. I believe that Faith has a deep love and respect for the town of Bethany Beach, and she has been an active volunteer in Bethany for 18 years....

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:05pm

Letter — Resident supports Hardiman in election

Editor:

I am endorsing Rosemary Hardiman in the upcoming Bethany Beach Town Council election. Two years ago, I wrote to the Coastal Point in support of first-run candidate Rosemary Hardiman for Bethany town council. Today, I write again in...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 5:02pm

Letter — Reader talks Old Mill Bridge Landing parcel

 

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to DNREC Secretary Garvin, regarding the Old Mill Bridge Landing parcel, and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

I am a full-time resident of Southeastern Sussex County...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 4:59pm

Civil War historical fiction: 'The Red Badge of Courage'

Having been born six years after the end of the Civil War, aspiring young author Stephen Crane learned firsthand about “combat” on the football field, rather the battlefields of the bloody conflict between North and South. Yet, reading the...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 4:36pm