Letters to the Editor

Reader speaks out on proposed development


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


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


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

Point of No Return

All of this arguing is exhausting, and silly

Point of No Return

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Point of No Return

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


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

Point of No Return

Costumes share a glimpse into the times

Point of No Return

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


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

Point of No Return

Temporary ticket for me for the Nat’s bandwagon

Point of No Return

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


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

Point of No Return

Florida Man, or Woman, never ceases to amaze

Point of No Return

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


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

Editorial: Voters to have their say in South Bethany election

The South Bethany Town Council election will be held this weekend, and voters in the town will have an important say in the immediate future of how South Bethany is governed.

All together, there are eight candidates running for four spots...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:57am

Point of No Return: Memorial Day is wonderful — thanks to many

According to statistics shared by PBS, via data they collected from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the total number of Americans killed in all U.S wars is more than 1.1 million.

That is a statistic that...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:56am

Observations: Miss Susan’s 5 Rules of Cell Phone Etiquette

I begin this column with the saying used at one time or another by famous moms throughout history: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

It seems that we have come to an era where no one can go two minutes without looking at their cell phone. Well,...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:35pm

Editorial: Historic church reflects idea of Easter resurrection

Easter is a day to celebrate, literally, a resurrection. When you couple the meaning of the day with the fact that it annually takes place in spring, Easter naturally invites feelings of “coming back to life” and a re-birth.  

Perhaps no...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:36pm

Point of No Return: Grit, experience lead Tiger to unlikely title

We strive to be better people, right?

Maybe we have different ideas of what that actually means, but all of us have an active interest in making our lives better, right? Maybe we want to improve our personal financial situations. Or focus...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:35pm

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

Letter: Homelessness advocate calls for Sussex County solutions


As many of us walk with Jesus through Holy Week this week, please remember the unsheltered in our county who carry heavy crosses of exhaustion, of stress, of rejection, of hunger, of homelessness, of the lack of resources and the...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:33pm

Letter: Calls for litter prevention continue


Are you fed up with roadside trash in Sussex County?

If you’d like to be part of the solution to this problem, go to www.sussexcountyde.gov and see the link at the bottom of the homepage titled, “Request for Litter Clean Up...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:32pm

Letter: White thanks Ocean View voters


I want to thank the Ocean View residents who came out to vote last Saturday. I appreciate the support I received and look forward to serving as the District 1 council member to the best of my ability.

I also want to thank Mr...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:31pm

Letter: Reader says it’s time to let gun-control issue go


I now know how the lead character in the movie “Ground Hog Day” must have felt. It seems every year [state] Sen. [Bryan] Townsend is going to introduce the same gun control bill and I am going to have to write a letter explaining...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:30pm

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

Civil War historical fiction: ‘Courage on Little Round Top’

Michael Shaara’s novel “The Killer Angels” about the Battle of Gettysburg features Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of the 20th Maine Regiment. It was on Little Round Top, a low-lying eminence that anchored the left of the Union defensive line at...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:16pm

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

Editorial — ‘Locals season’ starts with a flurry of events

It’s been said that “locals season” or “locals summer” begins the afternoon of Labor Day Monday.

Well, welcome to the season.

To be fair, it’s not exactly like the old days, when a vast majority of businesses shut down for the year...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:35pm

Point of No Return — Why would we ever shame people for working?

Shame is a heck of a tool.

People have been using shame to demean and dehumanize people since the dawn of time. We shame others because of their physical appearance, or because of their family situations. We shame people because they don’t...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:31pm

Letter — Akhter: Council must get plan right


It’s time for Sussex County Council to act to create a “win-win” for all, and use the new Comprehensive Plan to protect our environment and support the local economy.

The Sussex County Council, as well as the Planning &...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:23pm

Letter — Officials: Committee did violate FOIA


“Attorney General’s Office Finds No FOIA Violation” (August 31, 2018 — page 4): Wow! What a misleading headline for the article on Fenwick’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint that was filed by three council members on...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:22pm

Letter — Reader feels McCain given too much honor


Like so many Americans, I was saddened to learn of John Mc Cain’s passing. I respect him greatly for his military service and particularly his time as a POW. He obviously was an honorable man, a good soldier and exemplary citizen...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:20pm

Letter — Christopher president sets record straight


It was brought to my attention last evening (Aug. 30) that an article written and published by Coastal Point in online as well as in newsprint form contains inaccurate information which is damaging to my company’s reputation as...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:18pm

Letter — LWVSC requests more Sussex bus service

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, regarding the need for increased bus service with basic amenities, and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

In Chapter 13, “The Mobility...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:16pm