Editorial


It's time to start thinking about helping kids

We may not want to admit it just yet, but summer as we know it will soon be wrapping up, and children in the area will soon be returning to their classrooms.

And while we live in a community that can generally be referred to as wealthy,...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:30am

Tornado just another element of surprise for us

Again, our balloon of security has been a bit punctured.

Hurricane watches and warnings? We’re old pros at those. Nor’easters? When is there not a nor’easter brewing somewhere that we keep a collective eye on, especially as the fall...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:26am

Editorial — We ask Fenwick to keep working on sidewalks

Pedestrian and bicyclist safety are major concerns for all our coastal towns. As well they should be.

From Ocean City through Lewes, a near-constant item of news is a pedestrian or bicyclist being struck by a vehicle. There is no...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:20am

Scammers now come at people from every direction

Most of us have received the emails from Nigerian royalty promising to make us millionaries if we send a “small” amount of money their way. Or the free gift cards we can all get through our emails if we just sign up for a trial period of Product...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:29pm

Editorial: Murray left behind a proud legacy for all of Delmarva

When word began to filter through our newsroom on Tuesday that longtime News Journal environmental reporter Molly Murray had died, one would have thought that we had lost a co-worker of our own.

Murray diligently covered the environment...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:47am

Editorial — Vogel, council made the right call in budget deal

The Town of Ocean View has been looking at ways to step up their security on the second floor of the Wallace A. Melson municipal building, located on Central Avenue.

Last month, the Ocean View Town Council decided to seek bids to make the...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:10pm

Editorial — Addiction, problems at jails, are connected entities

Gov. John Carney signed a $4.1 billion budget for the 2018 fiscal year on Sunday night, and while people will no doubt scrutinize, argue and complain about nearly every line item approved, there were two elements that received extra attention...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:09am

Editorial — Enjoy the beach — but take time to know the rules

The Fenwick Island Town Council recently approved a first reading of a law that would limit oversized umbrellas and tents on the beach, following in the footsteps of Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach — who both approved similar measures earlier...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:25pm

Editorial — Let’s keep good memories from summer season

Well, it’s summer.

Honestly, “summer” really kicks off around here Memorial Day weekend, but the sun and the calendar are now in agreement over the switch of the seasons, and kids from our surrounding areas are out of school. So it is now...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:38am

Editorial — Multi-pronged efforts have Millsboro on the rise

Here comes Millsboro.

The town has seen community leaders and business owners attempt to revitalize downtown and other areas of Millsboro for years by attracting new businesses and tourists. The Chamber of Commerce has jumped in, trying to...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:09am

Deal or no deal, our environment must be protected

When President Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, reactions were fast and furious across the board.

Trump’s rationale was that it was a bad deal for the United States, and...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:09am

Editorial — Police taking major steps to save lives at every turn

It’s often said that growth is the worst thing to ever happen to this community.

The positives and negatives of the area’s astounding growth can be debated for decades (and have been), but we feel there is a much-worse threat to the...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:00am

Editorial — Remembrance should be on our minds this weekend

Memorial Day has a certain mystique around this community, and it should. Summer is when we shine, and it is the time of the year we should be enjoying all around us and welcoming others to share in our “wealth.”

But there is a much-larger...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:50am

Editorial — Sussex County showing financial independence

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson, along with Finance Director Gina Jennings, presented Sussex County Council this week with its proposed $143.8 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

That is a figure that can cause one to choke a...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:54am

Five young skateboarders offer a lesson

It doesn’t necessarily sound like the biggest news of the week, but there is great hope in what took place at the last Frankford Town Council meeting.

Five local boys, skateboards in hand, showed up at the council meeting and asked that...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:50am

Letters to the Editor — May 12, 2017

Relay for Life is a celebration of hope

Editor:

Hope is a word we use every day. We hope for a better life, better family relationships and more peace and civility in our world. These are just three hopeful wants of many. My hope...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:48am

Community is more than the place you call home

As summer approaches, it’s easy to focus on the everyday irritations: the traffic, the guy who sits too close on the beach, the person who brings 20 items to the express lane. But the area has had ample evidence of late to remind us that living...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:43am

Editorial — Donation to OVHS helps keep the past alive

Our community truly treasures its past.

If it wasn’t apparent to us before through the stories of our publisher and lifelong local Susan Lyons, it became perfectly evident to us while putting together the series of books we have done on...

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:32am

Editorial — Presentation illustrates Freeman Stage’s growth

Sussex County Council received its annual presentation from the powers that be at The Freeman Stage at Bayside last week — and, once again, we are reminded of just how far this effort has come over the years.

“If you can believe it, this...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:58am

Editorial — Burton penalty is not appropriate for his crime

Nicole Bennett was a 35-year-old Millsboro woman who worked at Bay Shore Babies and SPLASH in Gumboro during the summer of 2012. She had a husband and three daughters, their ages ranging from 11 years to 15 months old. She was living a life that...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:09am

Editorial — Water grants can’t be cut without replacement

The president’s proposed 2018 federal budget, as it stands today, would eliminate all USDA water and wastewater loan and grant programs — slashing $498 million from federal spending. And that sounds great on the surface. We all would like to see...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:42am

Editorial — School board taps Steele for tough challenge

The Indian River Board of Education appointed Mark Steele as the District’s full-time superintendent at their regular board meeting on Monday, March 27.

Steele, who was named acting superintendent in January after Susan Bunting left to...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:21am

Editorial — Crime in area forces us to take extra care

It’s not a difficult leap to equate a rise in home and car burglaries with the massive uptick in opioid use and abuse in the community over recent years. People become addicted, they want more drugs after they have exhausted their own resources...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:20am

Prisons must be a top priority for the state

The recent violent and deadly riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, and the subsequent mass exodus of correctional officers from that facility, brings to light a topic that finds itself in and out of the Delaware news cycle...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8:51am

Editorial — St. Ann’s, USO working to help our troops

The Parish of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach is on a month-long mission to stock USO Delaware with items for our brave men and women serving overseas .

For their March drive, they are requesting individually-packaged Slim Jims...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:50am

Ocean View stays the course with Curran

The filing deadline for the mayoral position in Ocean View has come and gone, and incumbent Mayor Walter Curran was the only one to throw his hat into the ring.

We’ve heard two predominant theories on why people don’t apply to run for...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:10am

Editorial — Community again shines in Night to Shine event

As an NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow makes for a fantastic humanitarian.

We joke about Tebow’s quarterbacking prowess, obviously, as anybody with the ability to make it into that league and experience any kind of success is obviously far...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:56am

Editorial — Increase in tourism benefits entire community

Delaware Gov. John Carney and Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski recently celebrated a newly-completed study of Delaware’s tourism data from 2015.

According to the figures, 8.5 million visitors came to the state in 2015, compared to...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 9:39am

Steele the right person to steer IRSD for now

Susan Bunting has now officially been confirmed as the new Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, leaving behind a little bit of work to do in the Indian River School District.

There is an upcoming referendum — a reboot of a...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 9:14am

Town must juggle employees, fair tax rates

The Ocean View Town Council recently held a special workshop to review and discuss a compensation survery that was completed at the end of 2016.

The survey revealed that Town employees make “on average 10 percent less than market midpoint...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:28am

Lottery winner not local, but still a good story

There’s always a sense of curiosity when someone hits a big lottery drawing — particularly when that winning ticket was purchased close to home.

Is it someone I know? Is it someone local? Is it someone who doesn’t need/deserve the money...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 9:08am

A very big ‘thank you’ to all who have supported us

This past 12 months has been busy here at the Coastal Point.

We’ve expanded our news coverage, published two books on the histories of local towns, grown our bridal publication and incorporated our newspaper into our growing mobile app,...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 9:11am

Let’s remember our brave defenders this holiday

The buying is done (hopefully).

As is the wrapping (hopefully).

You’ve traveled to where you are going and you’re all ready to just kick back and enjoy the holiday (hopefully).

Yes, Christmas is now upon us, and Chanukah is...

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 9:19am

Deaver left an impression on county, council

Joan Deaver did indeed have a voice before she joined Sussex County Council in 2008 — but she gained a much larger platform for her words the day she took office.

Long a protector of Sussex County’s environment, Deaver was one of those “...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:20am

Editorial – Botanic Gardens an example of determination

Ground was officially broken for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek on Thursday, Dec. 1.

For those of you unaware of just how significant this project really is, consider that Delaware First Lady Carla Markell serves as chair of...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:16am

It’s shopping season — think locally this year

As we hit the time of the year when we fill our credit card balances to the point when we can spend the rest of the year trying to pay them back down, we find it the perfect time to remind our readers to think local for many of their buying needs...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:01am

It’s shopping season — think locally this year

As we hit the time of the year when we fill our credit card balances to the point when we can spend the rest of the year trying to pay them back down, we find it the perfect time to remind our readers to think local for many of their buying needs...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 7:59am

Editorial – Thank you to all those who have supported us

Dear readers and advertisers,

It’s hard to know even where to start. Your support over the years has both blown us away, and allowed us to grow our staff exponentially. We have been able to increase our coverage and tackle new efforts,...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 7:43am

Editorial – November offers some of the best we have

There would be no need for polling to determine that fall is the season of choice for many people who live in this community.

To be fair, it is early fall that claims the most adoration — the weather is still warm, you can go to the beach...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 9:00am

Editorial – Recent burglaries should remind us to use care

The Ocean View Police Department (OVPD) reached out to us late last week to offer a bit of a public safety warning to residents, and we are happy they did.

According to OVPD, there was a rash of burglaries in early November, including 10...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 9:41am

Editorial – Cops & Goblins a true highlight of fall season

The fall has truly turned into the season of great local events.

From arts and crafts festivals to trail runs to haunted libraries to pumpkins flying through the air at astronomical speeds, every weekend is a paradise for people in the...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:06am

New Harim hatchery could be a big positive

Allen Harim announced on Monday that they will be building a $22 million state-of-the-art hatchery near Dagsboro, with an egg-set capacity of 2.5 million eggs per week. That, it would appear, is a lot of eggs.

The new 70,000-square-foot...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:30am

Editorial – LWVSC putting in effort, time for community

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County (LWVSC) rocks.

There. We said it. A local organization, comprising volunteers throughout our community, flat-out rocks. Let us explain.

We have spoken in our office about how the LWVSC has...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 9:25am

Editorial – Fall is the season to clear out some clutter

Though the term “spring cleaning” has been widely known for ages, this community has also embraced the notion of the “fall dump.”

After a busy summer season when many of us are too busy to keep up with the demands of the day-to-day life,...

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:50am

Bethany heroes deserve a community’s praise

Bethany Beach Public Works employee Sean Ely was on the beach on Monday, Oct. 3, when he was reportedly flagged down by a woman in need of immediate help.

Very immediate help.

She alerted Ely that her 11-year-old son was stuck in...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:41am

Editorial – Stockings and pumpkins hit Millville Saturday

Fall is a pretty special time in these parts.

The hubbub of the frantic summer season is behind us, the roads feel a bit more wide open and the changing leaves perform their typical brilliant autumnal show. And to top it off, there are...

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:19am

Editorial – Latest IRSD referendum born from area growth

Latest IRSD referendum born from area growth

This is one that comes at no surprise, whatsoever.

The Indian River School District (IRSD) recently announced they will be hosting a current-expense referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:50am

Boro Bash is an all-day affair of, well, everything

Ladies and gentlemen, the Boro Bash is upon us.

Yes, the uniquely-Millsboro event that is Boro Bash will be taking place this Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Millsboro Little League Park. The festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. and roll...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 9:58am

Let’s thank our wounded veterans this week

Get out on the next clear night and enjoy one of our amazing sunsets. Or, on the flip side, wake up early and head to the beach to catch a sunrise that is guaranteed to steal your breath.

These things can make us feel extremely fortunate...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 10:27am

Editorial – Safety, safety, safety with school buses

Schools around the area will be opening over the next few weeks, and the Delaware State Police (DSP) recently shared some advice for students, parents and bus drivers on how to take precautions in regards to safety.

According to DSP,...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:58am