Guest Columns

Bloom Energy falls short of benchmarks

Guest Column

Bloom Energy is, yet again, under the microscope and facing intense scrutiny for its lack of providing tangible results for Delaware and Delawareans. News articles published recently have brought the question of whether taxpayer funds are...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:06pm

Passing referendum is critical now, and for future

The Indian River School District is holding a major capital referendum on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Passage of this referendum is absolutely critical to the future of our district. Overcrowding in the northern end of the district is reaching a...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:37pm

Pickleball Points

Ending the decade on a high point! Happy New Year!Ending the decade on a high point! Happy New Year!

I have no idea how many pickleball players are living along our Delaware and Maryland pickleball coast. I can tell you — a great many. Swarms! And they are buying swarms of pickleball products.

A smaller tennis shoe company decided to test...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 11:57am

Pickleball Points

Stanley Stanpenzack is alive!

The recent ratings clinic conducted in Ocean City, Md., by Gold Medalist Darryl Noble and his wife, Cathy, was well-received and professionally administered. Darryl is my kind of guy. There were no fancy introductions — he and his wife each took...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:30am

Civil War Profiles

The Civil War according to ‘Gath’: Placed under arrest!

New York World reporter George Alfred “Gath” Townsend survived exposure to live combat on the Virginia Peninsula, and traveled unescorted 20 miles to the rear to send to his home office copies of Richmond newspapers he had acquired. While passing...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:18am

Action needed by all to begin reforms

Guest Column

So, here we are again — another controversy over another piece of legislation passed on the last day of Delaware’s legislative session.

This time it’s a bill dealing with a Kent County lodging tax, a proposal that was approved by both...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:25am

Pickleball Points: Anticipation and the Mona Lisa of pickleball

Have you ever been to the Louvre in Paris to see Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa? People will stand and view it in admiration for long periods of time. She simply captivates you. It is as if she is saying “Life shouldn’t be all pickleball.” She...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:15am

That knee pain could be your meniscus

Didn’t the summer seem to fly by? I hope you’ve had a great summer and you’ve kept busy enjoying all the special wonders that make Delmarva such a special place. I hope you had a healthy one, too, and that the fall season will be good for you,...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:50am

Research shows no benefit of Aspirin: Should people stop taking it?

Two recent studies, published back to back in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, showed that the use of aspirin for primary prevention may not be beneficial for healthy elderly people.

The studies also found that there is...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:33am

Rotator Cuff Injuries Have A Big Impact

Rotator cuff injuries are no laughing matter. They’re a big source of discomfort and they can have a big impact on your mobility. Did you know that rotator cuff injuries are the biggest and most common cause of shoulder pain? Well, they are and...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:16am

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps heal patients following radiation

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been found to promote more rapid healing of many types of wounds. From diabetic foot ulcers to jaws damaged by radiation therapy, hyperbaric chambers are becoming more in demand and more regularly used for treatment...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:35am

Pickleball Points: Fundamentally, it is all about the fundamentals

If you watched the recent five-hour Wimbledon finals, you might especially appreciate this week’s article.

Few people could physically withstand an exchange of friendly ground strokes with Djokovic or Federer for five minutes, let alone...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:17am

Sussex County is transforming technical education with a renewed focus on careers

Tabitha Harris has known for years that she wants to work as an auto technician. So she came to Sussex Technical High School, where for three years she studied in our auto tech program and earned top-level certifications.

Over the last...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:05am

Preserving your mobility preserves your health

Have you ever gone looking for something and then realized it’s staring you right in the face? I remember my mother used to say, “If it got any closer, it would bite you in the nose.” Well, that kind of thinking really applies here.


Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:00pm

Can Biden weather the storm?

Vice President Joseph Biden is under attack for his support of busing during the 1970s, but he says that he only opposed busing by the Department of Education. The Department of Education was only established in 1979 and could not have a role in...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:51pm

The dog days of summer

For me, these are the dog days of summer.


I am dog-free by choice. But, for the first two weeks of July, I have been dog-sitting for Georgie, my daughter’s Havanese.

Every year, my son-in-law’s family rents a...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:51pm

Farewell, extraneous beach-house stuff

Marie Kondo, the patron saint of decluttering, says that you should get rid of anything that does not bring you joy. If that were true, there wouldn’t be a single pot or pan in my house.

But, when you have a beach house or a near-the-beach...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:50pm

Under-the-radar initiative could result in higher gasoline prices

An announcement made just before Christmas last year went unnoticed by most Delawareans, but it could be leading to higher costs for motorists.

On Dec. 18, Delaware officials announced the state was joining the Transportation & Climate...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:49am

Barbara Slavin and Carter McCabe pose in front of the Woodhouseum.

Coastal Towns History Corner

Why a Woodhouse?

Before electricity, running water and central heat, life on the Delaware coast was hard. Winters were exceedingly cold, with the ground freezing in late October and not thawing until May. To stay alive, a family needed wood and lots of it.


Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:59am

Column: Tips for gardening safety

The best time of the year is right around the corner as the weather continues to warm up in Sussex County.

While there are many activities that come with the warm weather, it’s important to consider that jumping into too much, too quickly...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:38am

Neighboring towns, state police come to South Bethany’s aid

Over the past three years, concerns regarding the South Bethany Police Department have been debated at town council meetings, scrutinized by many and reported in the Coastal Point. Former mayors and town councils have wrestled with the issues....

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:33pm

Repurposing driftwood along the Delaware coastline

No doubt about it: the inspiration for Gary Crowl’s art was Wah Wah Teh Go Nay Ga Bo. That’s the American Indian name for George Morrison, a 20th-century American landscape painter and sculptor, who became well known for his driftwood collage...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:32am

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

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

A shot in the arm for skilled training

One of the goals that we at SEDAC, Sussex Economic Development Action Committee, have emphasized over the years has been job opportunities for those who graduate from our high schools. We see these jobs as a real opportunity to keep our young...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:11am

Sen. Hocker

Proposed voting changes invite fraud

As a state, Delaware faces many challenges, and we have our share of problems. Our system of voting isn’t one of them.

Despite that fact, Democrats in Dover are looking to exercise their complete control of our government to force through...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:09pm

Pickleball Points: The big line, pickleball lines and tennis lines

The biggest line in sport is “I would have won, if…”

And then there are pickleball lines.

Remember — if the ball hits any part of the line, it is good. I discovered that some of you believe if the ball hits the outer half of the...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:38am

Many factors must be weighed in selecting doubles partners

Although there is singles in pickleball, we almost always play doubles, and with various partners. But when tournaments come around, we probably should be more selective in who we pair up with.

It is not like you can read the Coastal Point...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:43am

The sex-abuse crisis and ordinary lay-Catholics

Toward the end of February 2019, Pope Francis met in Rome with about 124 church leaders, focusing on the sex-abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. The purpose of this long-awaited summit was to provide a teaching moment to the hierarchy that...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:00am

Business Professionals of America providing futures for young leaders

Have you ever wanted to get involved in an organization that would help you with your leadership skills? If you answered yes, then Business Professionals of America is for you! They offer scholarships, experience and many amazing opportunities....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:58am

Domestic gag rule blocks Planned Parenthood from participating in Title X program

The Trump Administration, despite massive opposition, has published their most recent dangerous attack on reproductive healthcare — the Domestic Gag Rule. The Domestic Gag Rule is an extremely harmful policy that threatens the healthcare of...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:59am

Now is the time to invest in Delaware’s future

During these times of tumultuous policy debates and discussions, people often resort to abandoning facts and distorting truths to incite fear. They then use that fear to garner support for their arguments.

Unfortunately, a prime target of...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:56am

Cheaper prescription drugs: A road map

Prescription drugs currently make up 17 percent of total health care costs in the United States. With the cost of prescription drugs steadily increasing at a faster rate than other health care functions, this percentage is guaranteed to grow. The...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:41pm

Show the right kind of support from the stands

Families and supporters of high school athletes here in Delaware, this message is for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves your student-athlete, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:46am

Six questions about smoking and your heart

The damage tobacco inflicts on a smoker’s heart and blood vessels tends to be invisible. But Beebe Healthcare heart surgeon Dr. M.L. Ray Kuretu, MD, has seen its effects in the plaque-clogged arteries of patients in the operating room.


Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:41am

Beware of veterans’ charity scams and wasteful spending

There’s some bad news and some good news to report. First, the bad news: According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there was a long list of veteran charity scams that operated under names that sounded legitimate but cheated good-hearted,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:15pm

Beginning the new year fresh — starting with the kitchen

The Netflix show “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo is widely popular right now and has hundreds of people thanking their clothes and reorganizing their drawers.

While an organized home may be a happy home for us, there are other ways to...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:10pm

Proposed state bills designed to shame and intimidate women

The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Delaware firmly opposes “The Pain Capable Unborn Child Act” (HB52/SB21) and “The Woman’s Ultrasound Right to Know Act” (HB53/SB19).

“Abortion restrictions that are written by politicians, not doctors...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:15am

What’s with those ships moored off of Bethany?

I am the fellow who normally writes pickleball articles, but this story has nothing to do with pickleball and everything to do with curiosity. I thought folks who live here might like to know about those giant ships that were anchored off of...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:10am

Guest Column — State boards critical to good governance — get involved

On Nov. 28, I attended my last meeting of the Cash Management Policy Board in my capacity as state treasurer. At the end of the two-hour meeting, Chairman John Flynn reflected on his 38 years of serving on the Board: “Compared to the previous 34...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:52pm

Growing up in the digital age

From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have faced challenges growing up.

In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways. The...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:05pm

Guest Column — Coons: We can beat pancreatic cancer if we work together

Pancreatic cancer is a cruel disease that not only impacts an individual, but also his or her whole family, and sometimes even an entire community. If you’re reading this, you already know that, though, because the fight against cancer is one...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:39pm

Guest Column CIB: Sewers spell success for Sussex County

In Sussex County, more than 29,000 septic systems have been switched to central sewerage over the last 30 years — a change that will improve the long-term health of the county’s waterways.

It’s no secret that the population in Sussex...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:53pm

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

Guest Column — Kelly: Chilling free speech is not cool



My name is Meghan Kelly. I am an attorney running for the House of Representatives in the 38th District’s Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, election.

As I candidate for a state position, I have witnessed people in positions of...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:45pm

Guest Column — Expanding access to high-speed Internet will aid economic opportunity

Applying for a job, or recruiting talented employees for your business. Taking a college course. Reading a book. Helping your kids with math homework.

More and more, these are tasks that Delawareans are completing online  —  to further...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:31pm

Guest Column: Austin was shining light in water-quality fight

My name is Meghan Kelly, Esquire. I am the Democrat candidate for the House of Representatives in the 38th District’s Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, election.

My platform includes, but is not limited to, working toward:

• preserving and...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:51am

Trooper Irina Celpan mingles with some international students at a picnic at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach earlier this summer.

DSP trooper bridges communication gap with foreign students

Trooper Irina Celpan graduated from the Delaware State Police Training Academy in February of this year and has swiftly put her language skills to use. She is newly assigned to Troop 4 in Georgetown and is fluent in Russian and Romanian, in...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:01pm