Opinion


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

Guest Column: Troopers offer safety tips for a safe school year

The Delaware State Police would like to offer safety guidelines for a great beginning to this new and exciting school year. With the start of school in the next few weeks, thousands of Delaware’s precious children will ride a school bus every day...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:17pm

Editorial — A reminder to get out and do your summer thing

Well, here we are.

The dog days of summer are transforming themselves into the days of back-to-school shopping and prepping for one last Labor Day push around the area. Families are getting in that last vacation before school starts — if...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:37pm

Point of No Return — There is a stench coming from Camden Yards

 

As the calendar flips toward the end of another summer season, and the scent of pumpkin spice and back-to-school supplies fill the air, a nation’s sporting eye turns to football. 

But, first, can we take a moment to sit back and...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:34pm

Letter — Reader has concerns with candidate

Editor:

[Sussex County] Councilman Rob Arlett is a candidate in the Sept. 6 primary seeking the Republican nomination for United States Senate. Mr. Arlett is indeed a good man, as is his honorable opponent Gene Truono.

But goodness...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:28pm

Letter — Reader has concerns over new road

Editor:

This is in objection to making a new road accessing West Avenue to accommodate 38 new homes being built, called Canal Ridge.

The trees have been planted in our community and have provided immeasurable benefits. Trees provide...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:22pm

Letter — Cabry endorses Davies for State Auditor

Editor:

Kathleen Davies is the only candidate with the professional training and experience to be Delaware’s next state auditor. As a Certified Government Auditor with 25 years of experience in government auditing, no one is better...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:14pm

Letter — Dorfmans offer choices for council seats

Editor:

The coming election in Bethany Beach is, as always, an important one. The Town Council has been an effective and resourceful one for quite a few years. There have been years when there were no elections. That reflected the fact...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:12pm

Letter — Reader puts support behind Arlett

Editor:

Sens. Tom Carper of Delaware and Benjamin Cardin of Maryland have both been in the senate for 20 years or more.

Tom Carper says he is standing up to President Trump. We don’t need anyone in office that will stand against the...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:07pm

Letter — Resident weighs in on motel issue

Editor:

Imagine you had a motel in your beautiful beach town that was as old as the town itself, but had become an outdated, in-need-of-work, embarrassment. Now, imagine that an investor came in with a plan to replace that motel with a...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:05pm

Civil War historical fiction: ‘The Killer Angels’

 

 

Many people are familiar with the antebellum novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly,” written by abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. This story is credited with shining a light on the harsh conditions of enslaved...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:04pm

Editorial — Council debating, studying density calculations

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: County council is grappling with density issues and the protection of wetlands.

Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton introduced an ordinance at the Council’s Aug. 14 regular meeting that is related...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:09pm

Point of No Return: Numbers do not lie — a major milestone looms

In respect to my horrendous skills at all things mathematics, let’s just go ahead and round the number to 350.

In about 350 days, or 8,400 hours, or 504,000 minutes, I will become 50 years old. One half of one full century. To put that in...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:03pm

Connor praises event in Dagsboro

Editor:

The inaugural National Night Out event in Dagsboro on Aug. 7 was an outstanding display of how a small town can come together for the benefit of the community. It not only achieved the main goal of highlighting what each of the...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:57pm

Reader clarifies: Not American money

Editor:

Repeating a lie does not make it true.

Contrary to what the writer of a [letter-to-the-editor] published in Delaware Online (Aug. 6, 2018) states, the money released to Iran after it signed the Iran Nuclear Deal was not...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:55pm

Lee weighs in on hotel height discussion

Editor:

All property owners in Fenwick Island should be aware that the Town is allowing the owners of the Sands Motel to place mechanical equipment on the roof of the planned new hotel up to 6 feet above the 32-foot height limit. Hence,...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:51pm

Reader responds to previous column

Editor:

I have read again another guest column by Ms. Kelly regarding, this time, the freedom of political speech associated with the recent celebration of Fenwick Island’s 65th birthday.

Let me start by saying that I have no...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:50pm

Annual bazaar a hit, thanks to many

Editor:

The Parish of St. Ann provided a wonderful shopping experience for its parishioners, community and visitors during their 38th Annual Bazaar.

It was a fabulous and successful event this year! More than 3,000 attendees lined...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:45pm

Walsh urges vote for council incumbents

Editor:

As a former town councilman and mayor of Bethany Beach, I am pleased to offer my endorsement to Lew Kilmer, Rosemary Hardiman and Bruce Frye for re-election to the Town Council.

I have known and worked with all three of them...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:43pm