Opinion

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

Editorial — Smart growth is leading the way for Millsboro

A recent annexation of a 3-acre lot that is targeted to be the future site of a hotel and restaurant shows once again that the Town of Millsboro is intent on controlled growth.

Why would we call it “controlled,” you might ask?

This...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:52pm

Point of No Return — Miss Helen now has stories to tell all her friends

 

So, this is not your typical summer shark story.

There is no ominous background music building to a near-thunderous crescendo as a shark the size of a small apartment building closes in on an unsuspecting swimmer. And this won’t...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:50pm

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

Bennett puts her support behind Carper

Editor:

On Sept. 6, Sen. Tom Carper will face a challenger in the Democratic primary election. We have learned the hard way that such primaries should always be taken seriously in Delaware, and voter turnout is critical.

As a...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:42pm

Drew supports Arlett for U.S. Senate

Editor:

Having been a part of the political process at all levels for many years, I have seen some really good candidates, and I think Rob Arlett is the candidate to represent all of us in the U.S. Senate.

My views are based on...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:39pm

Reader asks: Town regulation unfair?

Editor:

This is a true story about my journey to have a deck installed on the back of my house. It starts with a meeting with a landscape company, requesting information on a paver patio that is routinely used in my neighborhood. Not happy...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:37pm

Reader responds to previous column

Editor:

I read this article [Guest column: “Representative candidate says health is wealth,” by Meghan Kelly, July 20, 2018, issue] with disbelief, it seems that the author and candidate for the Delaware House of Representatives 38th...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:34pm

Editorial — Frankford officials make tough, but right, call

It might not be the most-popular decision in the world, but Frankford officials are taking an important, and critical, step in trying to keep the Town’s finances from devolving into a horrible situation.

Members of the Frankford Town...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:39pm

Point of No Return — World Series is about more than just the games

The Senior League Softball World Series.

It’s basically become something that’s just ingrained in our community now, right? For 15 years, the people from District 3 and Lower Sussex Little League — your friends, co-workers and neighbors,...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:36pm

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

Letter — Reader stresses import of offshore wind

Editor:

Thank you for the excellent article on offshore wind possibilities in Delaware.

Staff writer Laura Walter did a great job of covering “the waterfront” on this issue (“Wind power reality: People learn as government decides,”...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:28pm

Letter — Cottage tour a hit, thanks to many

Editor:

Neither rain, heat, humidity, mud nor trash trucks stopped our loyal tour attendees from enjoying the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour! As chair of the tour, it is my pleasure to offer my most sincere appreciation and...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:26pm

Letter: Reader responds to previous letter

Editor:

I recently read the article by Perry Mitchell entitled “How America appeased Russia in 2018” and was reminded of the old prison joke in which the prisoners would tell a joke by referring to a number since they had all heard the...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:23pm

Editorial: Softball world is coming full-bore to Roxana

The eyes of the softball world will soon be upon us. 

Ten teams from around this spinning globe, including a District III representative from right up the road in Georgetown, will descend upon Roxana for the Senior League Softball World...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:52am

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

Point of No Return: Being the odd man out of a conversation is no fun

Have you ever been in close proximity to two people having a conversation in a language with which you are unfamiliar, and felt like there’s a good possibility that not only are you the subject of what they are discussing, but you’re also not...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:51am

Letter — Reader: Ballot box has been compromised

Editor:

Russian President Putin clearly stated that he preferred Donald Trump to be elected president of the U.S.A. Is it acceptable for President Donald Trump to believe the president of Russia more so than his own U.S. “intelligence...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 3:51pm

Civil War Profiles: The Civil War in Selma, Ala.

As discussed in the previous article (Coastal Point, July 20, 2018), the birth of the Confederacy took place in Montgomery, Ala., in 1861. Four years later, one of the final nails in its coffin was hammered home in the not-too-distant town of...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 3:17pm

Editorial: No place seems safe from opioid epidemic

We are not immune.

We live in a location that can be considered a virtual paradise. An ocean and beautifully-maintained beaches dot our eastern perimeter, and we pepper in stunning inland bays and waterways throughout our region. Fertile...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:08pm

Point of No Return: Are kids today lazier than before, or busier?

“Get off my lawn, you miserable kids.”

Buckle up, boys and girls. I’m turning down the volume on my “Murder, She Wrote” marathon, adjusting my Hubble-strength reading glasses and easing my aching bones into my “grumble seat” — the chair in...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:07pm

Guest Column: Representative candidate says health is wealth

My name is Meghan Kelly, Esq. I am a candidate for the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 race in the 38th District. I am running, in part, because I have a desire to draft laws to create better health care for Delawareans, and I want to...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:01pm

Mitchell: How America appeased Russia in 2018

President Donald Trump’s comments and actions in Brussels and Helsinki recently have seriously weakened the most important security alliance the United States ever had.

The U. S. Senate voted 97-2 to support NATO and, in spite of that vote...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:58pm

Reader offers thoughts on safety in Bethany

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the mayor, town manager and council members of Bethany Beach and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Last year, I came to one of the public meetings and expressed my concerns...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:51pm

Letter: Reader responds to previous letter

Editor:

In response to Bill Clemens: Sir, your letter a few weeks ago was an embarrassment and deceptive especially to those that believe everything they read and do absolutely no research on their own.

The gun control debate has...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:46pm

Civil War Profiles: The Civil War in Montgomery, Ala.

The crowd standing below the capitol building portico in Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 18, 1861, listened as Jefferson Davis spoke: “I enter upon the duties of the office to which I have been chosen with the hope that the beginning of our career as a...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:24pm

Editorial: Election season could get interesting here

Well, it’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting election season. The national struggle for political power will garner much of the attention across these fruited plains, but things here in Sussex County are looking to get interesting, as...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:31pm

Point of No Return: It’s a true test if you might drop your spouse

It wouldn’t be completely unfathomable to overhear a spouse suggest that he or she “carries” the other spouse in their marriage, right? I mean, from time to time, we all feel like we’re the ones doing more than our fair share at work, in...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:30pm

Letter: Chamber thankful for support with event

Editor:

On behalf of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Town of Selbyville and Chamber team, I would like to thank everyone who supported the 61st Annual Old Timer’s Day to make it a memorable occasion....

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:26pm

Letter: Mentor program a hit to one educator

Editor:

For the last two years, I have had the pleasure of mentoring a student at the Lord Baltimore Elementary School. I am a retired educator. I was a school administrator and was ultimately a senior administrator with responsibility for...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:25pm

Letter: Elling suggests pledge to the constitution

Editor:

“I pledge an oath of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Our Constitutional freedoms of voting,...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:25pm

Letter: Town of Fenwick Bonfire grateful to sponsors

Editor:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many Fenwick Island businesses who supported our Town of Fenwick Bonfire. The proceeds of the Bonfire will help send Fenwick Island Beach Patrol guards who qualified to the...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:24pm

Letter: Reader cites forefather on partisan politics

Editor:

As a general conversational rule, we don’t talk about politics. It’s a good rule if you want to avoid unwinnable arguments. People are entitled to their own opinions. However, I want to make an exception to the rule here, because...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:23pm

Letter: Reader adds voice to Barnhill discussion

Editor:

I am not a resident of Ocean View, but I shop at many of the businesses along Route 26, as I prefer to shop locally at every opportunity.

I have recently become aware of the proposed Barnhill Animal Preserve and have some...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:22pm

Letter: Reader asks: Where is our leaders’ outrage?

Editor:

I was moved to tears by the video of Angelica Gonzalez-Garcia from Guatemala being reunited with her 8-year-old daughter after a 55-day separation! Tears, hugs, kisses. But the child does not speak. She seems traumatized. (https://...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:21pm

Letter: Reader believes the wall is the answer

Editor:

It is time for the United States Senate to build the wall to keep the American people safe. Nobody knows how many illegals are here in the United States. We do know a lot of the illegals that were locked were released by President...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:20pm

Letter: Reader hopes OV keeps eye on project

Editor:

Maria Counts’ story on the water runoff and sediment discharge problems at the Archut construction site at Rte. 26 and Woodland Ave. was very informative. There was no excuse for starting construction of the retail building before...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:20pm

Editorial: Veteran event steps across political lines

 

Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, who is also throwing his hat into the U.S. Senatorial ring, is hosting a free veterans town hHall-style event at the Selbyville fire hall on Tuesday, July 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Along with...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:12pm

Point of No Return: Another shooting — and this hit close to home

Last week, Coastal Point journalists wrote stories about the upcoming holiday celebrations in the community, a profile about the newest member of the South Bethany Town Council and coverage of an Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:11pm

Guest Column: New Rehoboth Beach outfall means healthier inland bays

On Friday, June 15, officials and members of the community gathered to cut the ribbon and celebrate the completion of the City of Rehoboth Beach’s ocean outfall project. A win for the Inland Bays, this outfall will prevent over 17,000 pounds of...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:08pm

Letter: Reader takes issue with County decisions

Editor:

Sussex County apparently considers it to be the manifest destiny of the Swann Trust to sell its last land adjacent to Swan Cove West LLC, and the Planning & Zoning Commission and the County Council are doing their level best to...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:06pm

Letter: Davies: Auditing qualifications matter

Editor:

Qualifications and experience matter when electing Delaware’s next State Auditor. The State Auditor is responsible for state government auditing and investigating. This requires experience, skills, professional knowledge and...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:06pm

Letter: Reader offers idea to lessen strife

Editor:

I would like to share with you a “quick fix” to the problem of the political divide engulfing this country, if not the world...

Rewrite the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the addition of two words: “prohibits discrimination...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:05pm