Opinion


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

Letters to the Editor

Reader speaks out on proposed development

Editor:

We’re used to this old news: “New Development planned; stand by for lost forests, wildlife displacement, increased pollution, burying of historic treasures, increased flooding risks...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:21pm

Millsboro swap is good for the Town, residents

Editorial

Millsboro Town Council voted earlier this week to build a new, two-story town hall at what Town officials are calling The Gateway — downtown, beside the existing police department office. 

In what is basically a swap, the existing police...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:27am

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

Letters to the Editor

Reader: Plea to my fellow sportsmen

Editor:

Since September I have had the privilege to hunt some awesome public lands locally. The State of Delaware owns and maintains thousands of acres of land open to the public for hunting and...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:21am

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All of this arguing is exhausting, and silly

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Water is wet.

And, with that seemingly innocuous statement, I have just ticked off half of our...

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 5:43pm

Civil War Profiles

The Civil War according to ‘Gath’: White House Plantation

When we last left George Alfred Townsend, the reporter for the New York World traveled by ship to Fort Monroe at Old Point Comfort, Va. From there, he moved on toward his next...

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 5:37pm

State reps offer public meeting on wind farm

Well, this proposed wind farm off the coast of Fenwick Island has certainly generated some emotions.

A July Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) and Danish company Orsted shows that Orsted...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:26am

Point of No Return: Winter visited a little early. Now, leave. Now

Fall is a cruel temptress.

She comes in at the end of each summer with the promise of wide-open streets at the beach, changing colors in our natural splendor, community events galore and the satisfying, comforting taste of sweater-weather...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:25am

Letter: Reader offers offshore wind farms solution

Editor:

Several offshore wind farm projects that will stretch from Rehoboth Beach to Ocean City, Md., will soon be a reality unless citizens and legislators take action now.

Orsted Wind Power (Denmark) has been granted one of...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:11am

Letter: Paris agreement on mind of reader

Editor:

Remember that first picture — “Earth Rise” of our beautiful world? Breathtaking and glorious! And now, with an estimated 30 years left to make worldwide adjustments, time is running out to save this special and wonderful planet. Do...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:10am

Letter: Read Aloud grateful for support with event

Editor:

We would like to express our thanks to everyone who made the Wine and Dine event to benefit Read Aloud Delaware held at Victoria’s restaurant on Nov. 7 a success.

The management and staff at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel and...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:09am

Letter: Fenwick residents against project

Editor:

As physicians and concerned residents of Fenwick Island, we are opposed to allowing the onshore transmission facility for the Skipjack wind farm to be located in Fenwick Island State Park. There are numerous concerns regarding the...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:08am

Selbyville library looks to move to the new age

Downtown Selbyville is charming — seemingly from another time period of Main Street, USA, with brick buildings and small businesses dotting the landscape. Nestled in the heart of the town, in a historic 5,600-square-foot house, sits the...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:28pm

Point of No Return: The season of (physical) growth is upon us

The Battle of the Waistlands has begun.

Oh, it starts out innocently enough. Watching my daughter excitedly dump the contents of her trick-or-treat bag on to the living room floor after a night out begging our neighbors for candy gave me a...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:27pm

Letter: Reader: This ain’t onebody’s tell

Editor:

Our public psyche needs simplicity to render a verdict reflecting justice and fairness. Everything, and I mean everything, is capable of reduction to eloquent truism. Consider the variety of snippets that have come to define issues...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:26pm

Letter: Reader: Time for some profiles in courage

Editor:

Shortly our three Delaware Congressional representatives will be participating in the most serious deliberation in their tenure, the impeachment of the 45th president of the United States.

It will be no surprise to anyone...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:26pm

Civil War Profiles: The Civil War according to 'Gath': Back to 'Ole Virginia'!

When we last left war correspondent George Alfred Townsend, the youthful Delawarean had arrived in Washington, D.C., to recover from an illness contracted while attached to the Union army operating in Northern Virginia. “Gath,” as he later signed...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:24pm

Bethany officials make a big move with purchase

Editorial

Let’s take a minute and tip our hats to the town council and administrators of Bethany Beach.

The council voted unanimously on Oct. 18 to purchase the last large parcel of open space remaining in town for $1.4 million, thus preventing it...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:41am

Officials are trying their best to save our kids

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It’s beyond repugnant that it’s gotten to this point, but here we are. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with support from the Ocean View Police Department, Attack Addiction Delaware and the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, will be...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:37am

Cops & Goblins offers affordable, safe fun for all

Editorial

There are tons of events on the local entertainment platter this weekend, and there would appear to be something for everyone.

One we’re keeping a close eye on is the annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration, scheduled for Saturday...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:44pm

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Costumes share a glimpse into the times

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I’m going to share with you how I know deep down in my bones that I am getting old.

For starters, I say things like “deep down in my bones.” That’s kind of a big giveaway. I also make more nocturnal visits a week to relieve myself than a...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:43pm

Letters to the Editor

Bunting thankful for Wall, honor

Editor’s note: The following letter was originally sent to Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234, and was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

I want to thank you for bringing the “Healing Wall” to...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:41pm

CROP Walk an opportunity to help, have a good time

Editorial

Fall in our community means slightly less traffic on the roads, leaves changing color and each weekend being loaded with a menu of festivals and fairs to enjoy with family and friends. Just read through our Calendar of events, and you can see...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:19pm

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Temporary ticket for me for the Nat’s bandwagon

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Let’s get this out of the way from the start: I am not a fan of the Washington Nationals baseball team.

It’s not that I dislike them, necessarily. They’ve just never really registered on my radar, even though I grew up a hop, skip and a...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:17pm

The Civil War according to ‘Gath’: On the job!

Delawarean George Alfred Townsend, who used “Gath” as a penname later in life, dove into his assignment as a war correspondent for the New York World newspaper in the Virginia countryside south of Washington, D.C. In his memoir, “Campaigns of a...

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 3:01pm

Town partnership to preserve the arts is a good one

Editorial

Responding to requests from residents and the director of the Greater Millsboro Art League, the Millsboro Town Council agreed this week to pay utility costs for the Art League’s building, so staff can afford monthly rent and make repairs to the...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:00pm

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Florida Man, or Woman, never ceases to amaze

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Florida Man! And, chances are, Florida Man is doing something that will make you cringe, laugh or become overwhelmed with instant nausea. And sometimes, all those things happen at once.

You’ve seen the...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:58pm

Letter: St. Ann’s Men’s Club golf outing a success

Editor:

The St. Ann’s Men’s Club Golf Committee would like to thank all the participants and the following lunch and hole sponsors and donors for their very generous contributions to our very successful charity golf outing at Salt Pond...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:56pm