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’Tis the season, right?

The season of joy. The season of ugly sweaters and hot chocolate. The season of feel-good music, traditional holiday specials on the television and carolers coming to the door. The season of begging your credit card company for a higher limit and feeling like a worthless bag of dog poo because you can’t wrap a big red ribbon on a new luxury car in your driveway for your perfect wife while your perfect kids behave like little angels sharing the moment like a nauseating cadre of...

Guest Column: Beebe respiratory therapist offers tips for COPD patients

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. “Progressive” means the disease gets worse over time.

COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and other symptoms.

State champs offer lessons in resiliency, heart

After seven games had been played in their 2015 season, the Indian River High School boys soccer team had two wins. After their last game had been played, they had themselves a state championship.

Guest Column: The Thanksgiving transition

Yeah, that’s right — transition, not tradition.

Fear strikes home, and the problem must end

When shots were fired and bombs exploded in Paris last Friday, the world shook.

Oxford has officially lost its sense of purpose

I’m a bit of a word nerd.

I say that not because I find myself getting wedgies at the water fountain while I’m conjugating verbs, but because I find myself getting a little excited every year when the major dictionaries announce the new words they will be including in their listings. English is a language that began as a conglomeration of others, and has constantly evolved over time to reflect the world in which we live.

Local police departments reach out to citizens

You know, we’re pretty fortunate around here.

Put aside the fact that we live near the beach, have low taxes, can get to numerous major cities with an easy drive and have the roads to ourselves for about eight months a year. That’s all great stuff, to be certain.

Think local this year, for all of our sakes

Starbucks cups aside, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas already.

A year of fear. A year of joy. A year of learning

Monday, Nov. 9, marks one year of me being a father. In a related subject, it will also be my daughter’s first birthday.

Psychiatric hospital a step in right direction

Deficiencies in mental health care have been pointed to as a significant problem, both locally and nationally.

Botanical Gardens has ambitious plans, great planners

On Sunday, Oct. 17, I got to stand in the presence of greatness. No, it wasn’t Joe Flacco, Adam Levine or Hugh Jackman. I had the opportunity to meet Piet Oudolf.

Guest Column: Dissolved oxygen one of many pollution factors

Water quality in the Inland Bays (IB) has dramatically deteriorated over recent years as development and other land disturbing activities have taken place, and pollutants have accumulated. Unfortunately, some of the waters in the IB are polluted, and others can be vastly improved.

Protecting our natural treasures is a must

For an area that is as popular with vacationers as ours is, we still manage to have our fair share of hidden treasures.

What’s in a name, you ask? Well, a lot

Well, we’re certainly deep into election season now, aren’t we?

Fall’s arrival shouldn’t lessen precautions

Yes, Christmas decorations are already beginning to pop up all around us, but before then, there’s Thanksgiving to worry about. And, before then, there’s Halloween.

Appreciation a better tool than litigation

We focus a lot on the negatives in life.

I’m not judging. I certainly do it myself far more than I should. Instead of taking a deep breath and appreciating all the good that envelops my life, I often focus on the bad, or the things I want to be in my life, but in fact, are not.

Team effort during storm helped us all out

Well, that was a bit of weather we had last week, huh?

Guest Column: Combatting climate change, growing economy

A new power plant we celebrated in Dover this past week represents more progress toward a vital goal for Delaware’s future — powering our state with cleaner, more efficient energy. Calpine’s Garrison Energy Center combines gas and steam turbines to produce up to 50 percent more electricity and less air pollution than a traditional plant.

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