Opinion


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

Letter: Keeley responds to previous letters

Editor:

I am writing in response to a number of letters in the June 29 Coastal Point. 

First, Lloyd Elling’s seemingly gross misinterpretations of the Second Amendment; the NRA and President Trump’s actions are viewed as...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:04pm

Letter: Candidate discusses title companies’ issues

Editor:

My name is Meghan Kelly. I am an attorney running for the House of Representatives in the 38th District, which includes Frankford, Selbyville, Ocean View, Bethany Beach and parts of Dagsboro.

One of the reasons why I am...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:03pm

Letter: Steele weighs in on previous letters

Editor:

This letter is to answer three letters published June 29.

First, to Mr. Ewing: Your comments about President Trump and the crying little girl on the cover of Time magazine is flat-out wrong. That little girl was crying...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:02pm

Civil War Profiles: The Civil War in Jacksonville, Fla.

The adage “War is hell!” is applicable to Jacksonville, Fla., where divided loyalties led to violence during the mid-19th century. Compatible in peacetime, a regionally and racially diverse population proved volatile when hostilities began...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 1:58pm

Editorial: Holiday should be about making great memories

If you are looking to make memories this Fourth of July, you’re at the right place.

Between multiple fireworks shows in close proximity, parades, beaches, trails, inland bays and great food, this community is unparalleled in providing...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

Point of No Return: Enjoy everything that is good this Independence Day

The Fourth of July appears to be a red-white-and-blue oasis in the midst of a vast desert landscape of division and vitriol. 

We’re allowed — encouraged, even — to set aside our political and sociological strifes and join together on this...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

Guest Column: Hardiman: Why we celebrate Independence Day on July 4

Every year we celebrate America’s birthday on July 4, with parades, cookouts, parties, ballgames and fireworks.

That’s what John Adams predicted would happen way back in 1776, in a letter to his wife, Abigail, that future generations of...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:28pm

Letter: Elling calls on all to stand up

Editor:

Time magazine will present a front-page photo of President Donald Trump staring down a crying immigrant child. 

A child being taken from her mother who is asking for asylum from the horrors of her native country. She wants...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:44pm

Letter: Reader believes political strife will end

Editor:

What we are seeing is history repeating itself… left vs. right… conservatives vs. liberals… yin vs. yang.

It will run its course; political power will shift, and life will go on. I strongly urge Americans to turn off the 24/...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:42pm

Letter: Reader calls for term limits on the Hill

Editor:

Term limits. Congress is broken. Sen. Tom Carper is an example of a “no vote” senator and is well trained by Schumer — 42 years in government is far too long. It’s time for action. It is a time for Republicans to take very...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:42pm

Letter: Reader asks: Has America lost its soul?

Editor:

When A.G. Sessions smiled while quoting scripture to justify President Trump’s new border policy, he should have quoted Matthew 12:35:

“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:41pm

Letter: Reader calls for people to vote, support AARP

Editor:

As an AARP Delaware volunteer, I’m proud of its long history of non-partisan voter education. AARP does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. They do, however, focus on issues that are...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:40pm

Feeling off-kilter? It could be hormonal

Out of all the systems of the human body, the hormone-producing glands of the endocrine system may be the least understood.

Patients don’t head to their doctor’s office complaining that their adrenal gland isn’t doing its job or because...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:13pm

The Civil War in Gettysburg, Pa.

This coming week we celebrate the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War’s deadliest and most renowned battle. My innumerable visits over the years have formed an enduring admiration for those who fought there, as well as...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:04pm

Beebe continuing to plan for future with projects

The rapidly-changing landscape of the healthcare industry has created a need for changes in every avenue, from insurance to care to the very way that hospitals and doctor offices operate and conduct their business.

With a keen eye on the...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:09pm

It’s past time we really start listening to each other

If the leaves fall and the oceans rise, where does the elephant on the moon find the light to the heavens?

Yeah, I’m just kidding. That didn’t make any sense to me, either.

But there isn’t a whole lot around modern society that does...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:09pm

Letter: Reader: Fireworks can cause real damage

Editor:

If Delaware State Police follow their practice of the past several years, this week or next they will send out a press release warning citizens about the illegality of using — or even possessing — fireworks in the state of Delaware...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:07pm

Letter: Artisans’ Fair produces record scholarships

Editor:

AARP’s Chapter 5226 wants to thank all of the supporters and many volunteers who participated in this most successful event. The proceeds will help support the $9,500 in scholarships given to Indian River High School and Delaware...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:06pm

Letter: Reader argues for grace period

Editor:

Parking meters before high season are killing sales to us locals!

Last month, on Thursday, May 17, parking meters had just gone into effect in downtown Bethany. In pouring rain, mine was the only car parked in the circle on...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:06pm

Letter: Reader praises Rickards auto repair

Editor:

I just returned from picking up my car from Rickards. We recently settled in our new home in Ocean View and I had a “mishap” backing out of the garage. I asked a new friend for suggestions of where to take my new car to, and she...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:05pm

Civil War Profiles: The Civil War in Hanover, Pa.

The citizens of Hanover, Pa., were elated when Union cavalry rode into town the morning of June 30, 1863. The sight of Brig. Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick’s 4,000-man 3rd Cavalry Division relieved their concern about the proximity of Gen. Robert E...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 3:02pm

Letter: Reader questions wisdom of preserve

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 serious...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 4:07pm

Editorial: Millsboro police trying out a new program

Recognizing what they considered to be a void in their service to the community, the Millsboro Police Department has begun a new program that they hope will better help their citizens.

Chief Brian Calloway said that he realized his...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:12pm

Point of No Return: When life gives you lemons, get a permit for a stand

There are few things that scream out “Americana” more than the classic lemonade stand.  Except adults ruining things. That’s pretty “Americana,” as well.

But let’s start with the lemonade stand. In a nation that wears its capitalistic...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:11pm

Guest Column: It’s time we recognize Alzheimer’s a public health crisis

Alzheimer’s disease has developed into an insidious public health crisis. Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers.

According to the Alzheimer’s...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:10pm