Opinion


Board of Education election is critical for future

Editorial

On the heels of a succesful referendum (in the eyes of those with the District), the Indian River School District’s Board of Education has four seats up for election this May.

Included in that math is one seat for District 2 (northern...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:25pm

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Tresler was truly a modern-day Thomas Edison

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In a world full of heroes, perhaps none shined as brightly as Larry Tresler.

Hello? Anybody?

Well, maybe it’s just me that feels this way. Tresler, who passed away last week at the all-too-young age of 74, was considered a pioneer...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:24pm

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

Letters to the Editor

Reader has concerns over wind farm

Editor:

Ørsted currently has two proposals on the table that will affect Delmarva residents:

(1) The Skipjack project, an offshore wind farm spanning the Delmarva coast.

(2) A non-...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:04pm

Sussex County in need of new family court building

Editorial

There is an effort underway to build a new $80 million-Family Court for Sussex County in Georgetown.

The present 31,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1998, with the hope that it would serve the county for 100 years. But a 98-...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:28pm

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Let’s focus on what we actually do agree on first

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You know what’s easy? Starting an argument, that’s what.

I could tell you that I’m kind of a professional in instigating conflict, and I truly am, but that could give the impression that irritating someone to the point of an argument is...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:27pm

Letters to the Editor

Shop local, do business local

Editor:

This week we had a great experience with getting a small tile job accomplished in our kitchen. Using the Coastal Point Directory of Services, on Tuesday I called and left messages with six folks...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:25pm

Night to Shine is a night to embrace love, service

Editorial

There is so much to digest when pondering Ocean View Church of Christ’s recent Night to Shine event.

We can start with the beautiful acts of kindness displayed by so many others in the community, putting out their best efforts to give...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:23pm

My personal retirement plan has a few complications

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So, I was standing there with my retirement advisor the other day, when it hit me like a bolt of lightning: I might need to start considering a different plan.

Well, let me go back a little bit so we can then go forward with this notion....

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:23pm

Letters to the Editor

Reader speaks out against windfarm

Editor:

As a longtime resident of Fenwick Island, I’ve paid close attention to the rhetoric on both sides of the windfarm debate and, separately, Ørsted’s proposal to build an electricity...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:21pm

Determination and a just cause can go a long way

We are big fans of hope. And we also admire determination and focus. When you combine hope with determination and focus, well, you can pretty much accomplish anything.

Local restaurateur Al Casapulla embodies this concept, not only with...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:40pm

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Local journalism still matters, today more than ever

When I was a kid, I walked to school, uphill, both ways, in a driving snowstorm (regardless of the season, mind you), while dodging katana-wielding ninjas and regularly having to overcome quicksand and two brothers down the road who were...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:39pm

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

Fire & Ice brought fun, business to winter season

Editorial

January can be somewhat difficult around here.

Though we generally have mild winters, it’s still cold out and it turns dark before many of us leave work for the day. If you’re young and single, there isn’t a whole lot of nightlife in the...

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 11:21am

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Bryant was complicated, but his legacy could be good

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Let’s get this out of the way: I have never been a fan of Kobe Bryant.

When he first came into the NBA in 1996, I felt like he was contrived — a young man with far too much ego for so few accomplishments, and who almost oddly copied the...

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 11:20am

Letters to the Editor

Referendum is critical to community’s future

Editor:

All of us are aware that south Sussex County has been growing rapidly and thousands of new homes are in the process of being built. This rapid growth has taken place without...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:23am

‘Fire & Ice’ spreading out into new towns this weekend

Editorial

Prepare for fire and ice. Actually, let’s do that again. Prepare for “Fire & Ice!”

The popular Fire & Ice Festival, now in its third year, returns this weekend to provide a little winter entertainment, and it is branching out to...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:49am

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Raining cats and dogs? Try, ‘It’s snowing iguanas’

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As a kid, I kind of struggled with the general concept of non-literal expressions.

You know — someone would opine that it was “raining cats and dogs” outside, and I would immediately rush to the nearest window to catch a glimpse of beagles...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:47am

Letters to the Editor

Reader finds issue with wind-farm deal

Editor:

I read the January 17, 2020 Letters to the Editor section of the Coastal Point with great interest. The letters were very good and strong about the proposed Wind Farm “deal” in Fenwick...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:43am

Monday is a day of service — for others and ourselves

On Monday, Jan. 20, millions of people across this nation will celebrate the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We honor and remember him largely because he worked toward inclusion, not exclusion, and had a clear desire to unite, and...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:54pm

Point of No Return: Ol’ Copper might be gone, but the legend remains

I kind of miss Ol’ Copper. Especially when you consider his replacement, “Skanky Possum.” You know, now that I think about it, maybe I should go back and start this thing off at the beginning.

<Insert cool flashback music here>

...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:52pm

Letter: Reader wants officials held accountable

Editor:

The ardent on both sides of the windfarm debate routinely cite asymmetrical precedent to advance half-truths as absolute. The assertions of Joy Weber, Ørsted’s development manager of the Skipjack wind project, are no different....

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:51pm

Letter: Route 113 project in Millsboro a success

Editor:

Transportation projects are often sources of frustration for motorists and normally only get noticed if something goes wrong, but a recently completed bridge project in Millsboro deserves acknowledgement for its success.

On...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:50pm

Letter: Reader wants mass effort of kindness

Editor:

I can no longer sit back and be horrified at the behaviors and words of some of our leaders and fellow citizens. I have to do something! What can I do as a 61-year-old retired teacher and grandmother? After reading the NYT article...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:49pm

Letter: Rosner: No public trust is root of problem

Editor:

The first axiom of ecosystem stability is simple: organisms that cooperate with each other will survive, even thrive, in an evolutionary arc.

The recent proposal to combine an offshore industrial wind complex, nature center...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:48pm

Letter: Reader believes DNREC is selling out

Editor:

The Ørsted Skipjack Wind Farm deal at Fenwick Island State Park is financially shortsighted. For placement of 10 wind turbines off our coast, Delaware will get $18 million in questionable improvements to Fenwick Island State Park...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:48pm

Letter: Steele responds to previous letter

Editor:

Mr. Wolfe responds to my letter saying that I was “demonstrably wrong” on a few points. Apparently, there were a lot, because he said he would “discuss the worst of them.”

I stated that we are in the second lowest decade,...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:47pm

Letter: Swann Cove HOA concerned with project

Editor:

I attended the recent Planning & Zoning hearing in Georgetown regarding the proposed Old Mill Landing development as part of the Friends of the Dirickson Creek group.

When it was finally time (I had been sitting quiet...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:46pm

Town-hall meetings provide accessibility for many

Editorial

In a time when the divide between government and the citizenry appears to be as pronounced as any era in most of our lifetimes, the good old-fashioned town hall meeting appears to be making a comeback. And that’s a good thing. 

We’ve seen...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:52pm

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The time has come for the Ravens to dominate

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We live, we learn. That’s how life’s supposed to work, right? We start out with “clean chalkboards” in our brains, not really understanding anything at all and only processing the basic needs we need to survive as humans — eating, sleeping,...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:51pm

Letters to the Editor

Reader wants to see charity at home

Editor:

Over a hundred years ago, the world gave rise to individuals who amassed unfathomable wealth. The names of Carnegie, Rockefeller, Ford and others came to personify philanthropy intended...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:47pm

What key issue will community face in 2020?

Editorial

As we look forward to what 2020 might bring our local community, we thought about a few key issues that could shape the year: the ongoing opioid epidemic; population and building growth; economic opportunities for young people; schools bursting...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:04am

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Another year, another round of resolutions

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Well, it’s that time of the year again.

We pull down our 2019 Coastal Point calendars and swap them out for the new 2020 version, filled with stunning photos of the aesthetic beauty that surrounds us here in our little slice of Heaven....

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:02am

Letters to the Editor

Reader offers thoughts on wind farm, solar

Editor:

I would like to respond to the letters of support for the wind farm and solar panel supporters. I do not support the wind farm — not for the reasons others have stated. It has to do...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 9:59am

We have a resolution for our entire community

As we exit one year and prepare to begin another, it’s a good time for all of us to assess where we are — as individuals, businesses, organizations and as a community in general.

At the Point, we are resolving to step up our game in...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:24pm

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Taking a walk back through all of 2019

A wise man, while reflecting on the happenings in our community over the course of 2019, might stroke his chin, stare off into seemingly another dimension and pontificate over how life’s ups and downs contribute to the entirety of the collective...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:23pm

Letters to the Editor

Reader upset with previous letter in Point

Editor:

I was a bit surprised and maybe even a somewhat disappointed that a Letter to the Editor printed this week was a total political bashing of the president of the U.S.A. and...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:20pm

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

Letters to the Editor

Readers weigh in on proposed wind farm

Editor:

We had to write after seeing the letter about saving the world for our grandchildren. We believe many have lost sight of the main issue. The list on negatives for the project is very...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:23am

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The Positivity Express makes one more stop

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Up is down. Black is white. Hot is cold. If one person believes something to be true, well, rest assured, someone else is going to pipe in with a contrarian opinion. It might be genuine. It might be an attempt to...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:20am

Enjoy the holidays, but make happy memories

Editorial

They say that there is no time like the holidays. 

It is a time for spiritual and religious celebration, as well as a time to embrace family and loved ones. We carefully select gifts for those we love,...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:17am

A word of advice: Shop local this holiday season

Editorial

Holidays have you running like you have 20 seconds to finish a 40-minute activity? Unsure how and when you are going to get all that shopping done, and you are most certainly not looking forward to dealing with mall parking or crossing your...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:32am

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Another visit with the Positivity Express

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We are continuing with our efforts in this space to keep the proverbial blinders on regarding the nastiness and division in the world around us, and instead focus on a significant reality of living as human beings — most people are good at heart...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:28am

Letters to the Editor

Readers want police coverage near home

Editor:

When my wife and I purchased our home two years ago in a new Ryan Homes community of 43 home sites on Ogre Drive (between Muddy Neck Road and Velta Drive) in Ocean View, we thought we...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:25am

We all must remember the actions of Dec. 7, 1941

Editorial

Dec. 7, 1941 — “A date which will live in infamy.”

Those iconic words from then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt not only captured the gravity of the situation that took place 78 years ago, but accurately predicted its impact on the nation...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:31am

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Part I of our escape into a happy place

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Man, there is plenty of negativity to be found around this world, isn’t there?

Political strife, potential turmoil with NATO members, the constant war between the “haves” and “have-nots,” debates over Nativity sets on public and private...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:30am

Letters to the Editor

Reader says plans increase risks

Editor:

As currently proposed, the Old Mill Landing development will directly worsen the risks for pollution and flooding of the Dirickson Creek.

Dirickson Creek is already listed as “impaired...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:28am

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

This holiday season, we are thankful for all of you

Editorial

For nearly 16 years, the Coastal Point has been covering the news of this community and helping our small businesses market themselves with the public. And, for nearly 16 years, you have read our stories and frequented our small businesses. ...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:31pm

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It is now the season to be truly thankful

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We do an excellent job in this nation of always reaching for more than we currently have. We strive to do better in our jobs, to improve on how we raise our kids, to eat better, live longer and to imagine, invent and innovate.

It is what...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:27pm