Letters to the Editor


Delaware to be the rural slum center of the east

There are many newspaper articles these days which conjecture on what is best for Delaware to control developmental sprawl. Some are downright lies.

Most of them pretend...

Friday, May 25, 2007 - 6:55am

Alternate power group reaches out to Hocker

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to state Rep. Gerald Hocker and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

We are requesting you as chair of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee, that oversight hearings be held...

Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 3:55pm

Chaining dogs a major cause of dog bites


The week of May 20 through May 26 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. It’s a good occasion to reflect on the many dogs in our community who are forced to live out their entire lives at the end of a short chain.

Drive down...

Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 3:55pm

Rotary Club thankful for Fat Tuna’s help


The members of the Southern Sussex Rotary Club would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Fat Tuna Grill for hosting our Annual Awards Ceremony on April 26, 2007. We are grateful to have had such a nice atmosphere for...

Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 3:53pm

Referendum changes hurt petitions


The Town Council of Bethany Beach is about to consider, perhaps as early as May 18, a proposal to make fully useless the referendum provisions of the Town Charter. The only possible explanation for this action is the success of...

Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 3:53pm

Delaware Audubon comments on alternative power

Editor’s note: The following statement from the Delaware Audubon Society to the Public Service Commission regarding long-term contracts from Delmarva Power and Light was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

Delaware Audubon...

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 12:28pm

SDHS Jam organizers issue thanks


A big thanks goes out to all those who attended and supported the Musicians Scholarship Award Jam held Sunday, April 27, at Seacrets. With as much talent as these high school students have, the Ocean City area can look forward to...

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 12:27pm

Thanks for nurses during National Nurses Week


On the occasion of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, I’d like to take the opportunity to publicly thank and recognize our Delaware Hospice nurses, who serve our patients each day with commitment and compassion.

It takes a...

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 12:24pm

State treasurer ‘disappointed’ in Delmarva Power stance

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Gary Stockbridge, president of Delmarva Power, and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

Responsible planning for Delaware’s major infrastructure decisions that will so greatly...

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 12:23pm

Reader urges relief for Route 26, before Memorial Day


Please remove the telephone pole on southeast corner of intersection of Central Avenue and Route 26 in Ocean View. Once removed, open a right turns only on the east and northern route to Central, with yellow yield or right-turn-...

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 12:22pm

Coastal Hospice fundraiser a success


I would like to thank all the volunteers who have helped with the Hospice Geranium Flower Sale on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ocean City. Without them I could not have made our Ocean City...

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 12:20pm

Bennett says Millville needs police now


Millville needs its own police department. A few weeks ago, one of the local newspapers printed an article entitled “In Dire Need of More Protection,” which talked about area towns with and without police departments.

As a...

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 12:19pm

Hocker issues thanks for Jamboree support


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people involved in making the 25th Annual Springtime Jamboree the success that it was. This annual event evolved from the need to raise funds to support our local...

Friday, May 11, 2007 - 12:16pm


‘Lucy’ stirs up emotions for reader

On the front page of The News Journal of April 20, 2007, there was an article entitled “Lucy Travels Spark Controversy.” No wonder!

The truth about “Lucy” is one of distortion and...

Friday, May 4, 2007 - 7:46am


Abortion ban has deeper meaning

The judicial decision of the Supreme Court on the issue of partial birth abortion needs to be considered from every angle.

First of all, it is not an infringement on women’s rights. It...

Friday, April 27, 2007 - 9:42am


Thomas gives state of town’s finances

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the citizens of Ocean View and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

On April 3, the Annual Operating Budget was passed by the...

Friday, April 13, 2007 - 8:28am


Nippes wants an educated voting public

I have spent a great deal of time campaigning in many of the communities that make up the Town of Ocean View. It has been an enlightening experience to listen to the positive and...

Friday, April 6, 2007 - 9:27am


Reader asks for support of Del Tech program
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to “fellow Delaware Tech graduates” and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

You can often find me in the pages of your favorite...

Friday, March 30, 2007 - 10:30am


Nippes declares Ocean View candidacy

I am taking this opportunity to announce my candidacy for councilman representing District 1 in Ocean View. [Voting in] this election for District 1 is open to all registered voters in...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm


Bethany tax increases might be only choice

As the Bethany Beach town treasurer, and a councilman, my duties include chairing the Budget and Finance Committee. At our Feb. 23 meeting, the committee undertook the task of...

Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 7:00pm


Alpha Alpha thanks the community for support

The Alpha Alpha sorority would like to thank the local community and businesses for their support of our Annual Valentine Dance that was held on Feb. 2 at the Quillen’s Point VFW...

Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Letters - February 23, 2007

Legislators need to step up on power issues

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to “Delaware decision makers” and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

While the public has largely made up its mind that...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Letters - January 26, 2007

We must return God to our conversations

When I was a young man, the phrase “…For God and Country” was a part of our growing up lessons we learned from school and from our parents. It was the proper way to direct your life and...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Project VILLAGE grateful for gifts to families


On behalf of the children and families of Project VILLAGE, Indian River School District, I wish to extend heartfelt thanks to Mary, Mother of Peace Catholic Church; the Back Bay Strummers; and Mountaire Farms of Delmarva for their...

Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:11am

Minimum wage hikes cause problems


Once again, the government will increase the price of hiring an employee by raising the minimum wage. For any produce, as prices go up, demand goes down. How are fewer jobs going to help the low-skilled worker?

Raising the...

Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:10am

Hospice volunteers a shining light for all of us


Delaware Hospice benefits year-round from hundreds of individuals throughout the state of Delaware who give of themselves and their precious time. Their service means so much to all of us, as well as to our patients and families....

Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:10am

Reader: Say no to coal and yes to wind

Editor’s note: The following letter was address to public service commissioners and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

Please provide the community clean and sustainable power sources, which do not pose the serious and known...

Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:09am

Families Connected grateful for all the help


Families Connected would like to thank the local media for covering our Spirit of Christmas adopt family drive and holiday event. Because of your support, our agency was able to attract many sponsors to help support needy families...

Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:07am

Incident in Ocean City creates questions


After reading coverage of the Ocean City Police Department’s recent traffic stop involving Delaware State Representative John Atkins, I feel compelled to offer a few observations on this incident and others I have personally...

Friday, January 5, 2007 - 9:14am

Writer encourages wind power be considered

Editor’s note: The following open letter was addressed to the citizens of Sussex County and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

I am writing to you to ask that you consider the benefits of wind power and support it as our...

Friday, January 5, 2007 - 9:13am

SCOLDM takes tough stance against growth


Grrrrrreeeeen Acres is the place for me…

Faaaaarrrrrm livin’ is the…

No, wait a minute, that’s backward.

Goodbye Green Acres, just gim’me that city life.

Coming to a town near you! (Laurel, Del.). Now...

Friday, January 5, 2007 - 9:13am

Fire company is doing terrific things


Most of us, most of the time, live in blissful ignorance of what a small, well-trained effective and dedicated group of neighbors and friends are doing for us — night and day, good weather and bad. As we go about our daily lives,...

Friday, January 5, 2007 - 9:12am

Letters: December 29, 2006

Say no to Bridlewood, please, planners

It is no secret that developers have been “pushing the envelope” in Sussex County when it comes to seeing how many residences they could get approval for on any given piece of property,...

Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7:00pm

Letters - December 22, 2007

New power plans still a danger

In response to the ads by NRG promoting a coal-gasification plant, I would like to present the other side.

What they fail to point out is that we would still be extracting coal, causing...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Letters: December 15, 2006

Wind farm is actually a boondoggle

This is in response to the article entitled “State May See Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm” in the Dec. 1, 2006, edition of Coastal Point and two letters in the Nov. 29, 2006, edition of...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm

Letters - December 8, 2006

Growth is causing slate of problems for reader

I would like to express my concern for the unmanaged growth which is coming to Piney Neck Road in Dagsboro.

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission met last night...

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm

Letters — Dec. 1, 2006

Clash in Delmarva continues over singer

Georgetown’s Community Thanksgiving Worship on Nov. 22 was boycotted by half of the eight churches which had planned to participate. Their grievance was that the rector of the host...

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Letters - November 24, 2006

Hearn and Truitt can lead Dagsboro

Citizens of Dagsboro, it’s that time again, to cast our vote for two new candidates for Town Council. The date is Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dagsboro Fire Hall.


Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Letters - November 17, 2006

Reader: Better buffers needed now

In May 2005 DNREC proposed buffer regulations for new residential developments to help protect and improve the long-term quality of Delaware’s Inland Bays. This proposal was the result of...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Letters - November 10, 2006

Benefits and earnings changing for NARFE

This year, the fall is an important time for federal retirees. The was an announcement that the Cost Of Living Adjustment, COLA, for Civil Service Retirement System and Social Security...

Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Letters: October 27, 2006

Democrats need to vote their party in election

Voters have an important decision to make on Nov. 7. That decision is whether they want Democrats to gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives. This year, voting for...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Letter: October 20, 2006

Hocker responds to previous letter-writer

A letter to the editor recently appeared in your paper which contained so many misleading statements and inaccuracies and regarding my action in the State House of Representatives...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Letters: October 13, 2006

Religion not the issue — singling one out is

Rational discourse about the role of religion in our society cannot take place when the words of George Washington to a Jewish synagogue about the nation’s commitment to religious...

Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm

Letters: October 6, 2006

Reader thinks letter-writer doesn’t get it

Last week’s letter from Thomas M. Keeley III serves to prove what many of the minority religious population of this area have known for a while: Some people just don’t get it.


Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 8:00pm

Letters: September 29, 2006

Letter-writer responds to other letter

I am responding to Mary K. Ryan’s letter under “Not opposed to religion, it’s to favoring one” in the September 22 Coastal Point.

Mary K. grossly misinterpreted my letter if she...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Letters: September 22, 2006

Not opposed to religion, it’s to favoring one

Thomas M. Keeley III is energetic in his support for Christian prayer in schools. Contrary to what he claims, it is not that I, along with others, are arguing for the removal of...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Letters: September 15, 2006

Trodden resigns over Olmstead mayorship

Three weeks ago, my former fellow Planning Commissioner, Dave Evans, wrote to you announcing his resignation in protest of the process used to enact new architectural guidelines for...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Letters: September 8, 2006

Representative takes issues with comments

In the Aug. 25 edition of [another local paper], there was an article on the front page announcing that Kirk Pope, a Sussex County deputy sheriff, had announced his intention to run...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Letters to the Editor - Sept. 1, 2006

Fenwick guards are ‘golden’ in nation

The United States Lifesaving Association National Championships were recently held in Huntington Beach, Calif., featuring the best lifeguards and athletes from across the country. Los...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Letters - August 25, 2006

Communities to be applauded for voices

This August, Townsend Acres and the Town of South Bethany honorably spoke out against the sprawling growth that degrades our quality of life.

Residents of Townsend Acres came...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm