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The holiday of holidays is now fully upon us all

With all due apologies to Clement Clarke Moore ...

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a computer was stirring, not even Bob’s mouse;

The papers were sent to the printer with care, in hopes that our editor would lose no more hair;

The ad reps were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of revenues danced in their heads;

Did you really think you would hit the lottery?

I succumbed.

Like many of you out there, I broke down under the illusion of $636 million and bought my way into the Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday night — knowing in my mind that winning was a near-statistical impossibility, but feeling in my heart that I was going to be the one dancing with a big check in front of television cameras.

Letters to the Editor — December 20, 2013

Reader responds to previous letter

Editor:

Joanne Cabry, Progressive Democrats of Sussex County chair, called out the Republican legislators in Sussex County for requesting a moratorium on stormwater management regulations. She cites flooding by Sandy, the worse storm to hit the mid-East Coast in years, as support for the regulations.

The countdown is now officially on — shop local!

Well, the clock is officially winding down on Christmas.

Fly me to the ... well, Mars. Yeah, fly me there

As an individual who carries a sharp tongue and very little comprehension of what is and what isn’t acceptable to say to others, I have been told to go to various places throughout my lifetime.

It takes a village sometimes to keep us all safe

In the weeks, months and years following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a word being offered by many in national leadership was “vigilant.”

Remember those away from family this year

Well, Thanksgiving unofficially kicked off the month of overeating, overbuying, overworrying and oversaturation of the holiday season. The next four weeks is a hectic sprint, as parties, shopping, planning and swallowing handfuls of Tums at a time consume every moment of our lives that aren’t otherwise spent on work, family or, well, trying to get a handle on personal hygiene.

Letters to the Editor — December 6, 2013

Baull tells voters what he is all about

Editor:

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.

It’s time to take stock and truly be thankful

Do me a favor, and hold off on the Christmas carols and Hanukkah traditions for a minute. Just take a deep breath and put the shopping list in a drawer, and relax on all thoughts on how you are going to get Aunt Mildred here from her nursing home in Mississippi in time for Christmas.

Guest Column: A flight into the past: Inactivation of the 135th Air Commando Squadron

It was early on Sept. 27, 2013 — 5:30 a.m., to be exact — when I dragged myself from bed and a rather sleepless night to meet up with my friend of almost 50 years and present golfing partner Steve Mitchell, for a trip into our past.

Letters to the Editor — November 29, 2013

Hocker thanks panel, residents for event

Editor:

Rep. Ron Gray (38th District) and I would like to thank the 168 residents that came out to our Storm Preparedness/Evacuation Meeting held last night, Nov. 19, at the Roxana Fire Department. This meeting was made a success by Rep. Gray’s invited panel and his organization of time.

IRHS soccer team fills community with pride

The Indian River High School soccer team truly made a community proud with their 3-0 victory over top-ranked St. Elizabeth’s last Saturday to claim a state championship.

’Tis the season for ... Wait. It’s already here?

How did this happen already?

It seems like yesterday I was trying to pull (transparent) hair from the top of my head to make everything come together in time for Christmas, and now I look at my calendar and Thanksgiving is next week? Did I sleep through spring? What happened to summer? Does Black Friday really take place in a matter of days? Will I ever stop asking questions?

Letters to the Editor — November 22, 2013

IRHS soccer team worthy of praise

Editor:

Congratulations to the IRHS soccer team DIAA State Champions!

Peer hearing the latest chapter in police case

A Delaware Council on Police Training trial board this week unanimously found Bethany Beach Police Lt. Richard Haden guilty of five of the six charges filed against him in reference to a March 3 incident with his handling of a drunk-driving suspect.

The blame game must have some rules to it

So, I was flipping channels on the television the other night, hoping I would find underwater dwarf wrestling or somebody playing a pan flute while juggling plates, and I settled on yet another drama that I catch from time to time, but have never developed an emotional attachment for or against.

It can’t hurt to go that extra step for veterans this year

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to see a friend of mine who was injured while serving his country in Afghanistan. He was fortunate enough to have survived his injuries and safely returned home.

I wish I could say that he was my only friend who has had to serve overseas, my only friend who was injured, but that’s not the case.

IRHS band keeping busy on every front

It’s been a busy couple of months for the Indian River High School Marching Band, and the month of November shows no sign of lettting up!

Letters to the Editor — November 8, 2013

Reader an admirer of photographer’s work

Editor:

I have been meaning to write this letter to the editor since I met your wonderful photographer, R. Chris Clark, this past summer at the Boardwalk Craft Fair.

Letters to the Editor — November 1, 2013

Selbyville Friends thankful for support

Editor:

On behalf of the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library, we would like to thank those who attended and supported our first Author Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24. The evening was a great success thanks to our speaker, Richard Carter from the Delaware Heritage Commission, and a fabulous dinner catered by Sedona restaurant.

Sometimes, good intentions alone can’t prosper

When word came down earlier this week that the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary would be officially closing on Dec. 1, there were a few cautious comments about this not being the first time over the past several months we have heard this. However, after talking to the organization’s president, we are convinced this is truly the end of the Safe Haven effort.

Sports are great, but there’s a lot I still miss

A few weeks ago I was going to type out a column on this being the greatest time of the year for sports fans — college and professional football in full swing, the baseball playoffs underway, hockey back on the ice and the NBA getting ready to tip off, etc.

Area readies for Route 26 improvements to start

Visitors and locals alike have complained about traffic congestion and potentially dangerous conditions on Route 26 for years, particularly as the area’s summer and year-round populations have continued to increase. Now, we’re on the horizon of a project that could help alleviate some of those problems, but it brings with it some issues of its own.

Reaching out to my readers in a time of need

I had a pretty clever column planned out this week, on the smorgasbord of sports entertainment available to us fanatics this time of year, but I was greeted with news Wednesday morning that kind of threw things into disarray for me.

Letters to the Editor — October 18, 2013

Reader not a major fan of Bike Week

Editor:

Tom Geibs’ letter “Visitor wants area to be more user-friendly” on Oct. 4 evokes my response:

Letters to the Editor — October 11, 2013

Beebe thankful for support with event

Editor:

The 2012 Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary Children’s Fun Fest, held at Winswept Stables, was a fantastic and special event for everyone who attended this enjoyable “day at the farm.”

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