Guest Columns


Preserving your mobility preserves your health

Have you ever gone looking for something and then realized it’s staring you right in the face? I remember my mother used to say, “If it got any closer, it would bite you in the nose.” Well, that kind of thinking really applies here.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:00pm

Can Biden weather the storm?

Vice President Joseph Biden is under attack for his support of busing during the 1970s, but he says that he only opposed busing by the Department of Education. The Department of Education was only established in 1979 and could not have a role in...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:51pm

The dog days of summer

For me, these are the dog days of summer.

Literally.

I am dog-free by choice. But, for the first two weeks of July, I have been dog-sitting for Georgie, my daughter’s Havanese.

Every year, my son-in-law’s family rents a...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:51pm

Farewell, extraneous beach-house stuff

Marie Kondo, the patron saint of decluttering, says that you should get rid of anything that does not bring you joy. If that were true, there wouldn’t be a single pot or pan in my house.

But, when you have a beach house or a near-the-beach...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:50pm

Under-the-radar initiative could result in higher gasoline prices

An announcement made just before Christmas last year went unnoticed by most Delawareans, but it could be leading to higher costs for motorists.

On Dec. 18, Delaware officials announced the state was joining the Transportation & Climate...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:49am

Barbara Slavin and Carter McCabe pose in front of the Woodhouseum.

Coastal Towns History Corner

Why a Woodhouse?

Before electricity, running water and central heat, life on the Delaware coast was hard. Winters were exceedingly cold, with the ground freezing in late October and not thawing until May. To stay alive, a family needed wood and lots of it.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:59am

Column: Tips for gardening safety

The best time of the year is right around the corner as the weather continues to warm up in Sussex County.

While there are many activities that come with the warm weather, it’s important to consider that jumping into too much, too quickly...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:38am

Neighboring towns, state police come to South Bethany’s aid

Over the past three years, concerns regarding the South Bethany Police Department have been debated at town council meetings, scrutinized by many and reported in the Coastal Point. Former mayors and town councils have wrestled with the issues....

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:33pm

Repurposing driftwood along the Delaware coastline

No doubt about it: the inspiration for Gary Crowl’s art was Wah Wah Teh Go Nay Ga Bo. That’s the American Indian name for George Morrison, a 20th-century American landscape painter and sculptor, who became well known for his driftwood collage...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:32am

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

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

A shot in the arm for skilled training

One of the goals that we at SEDAC, Sussex Economic Development Action Committee, have emphasized over the years has been job opportunities for those who graduate from our high schools. We see these jobs as a real opportunity to keep our young...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:11am

Sen. Hocker

Proposed voting changes invite fraud

As a state, Delaware faces many challenges, and we have our share of problems. Our system of voting isn’t one of them.

Despite that fact, Democrats in Dover are looking to exercise their complete control of our government to force through...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:09pm

Pickleball Points: The big line, pickleball lines and tennis lines

The biggest line in sport is “I would have won, if…”

And then there are pickleball lines.

Remember — if the ball hits any part of the line, it is good. I discovered that some of you believe if the ball hits the outer half of the...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:38am

Many factors must be weighed in selecting doubles partners

Although there is singles in pickleball, we almost always play doubles, and with various partners. But when tournaments come around, we probably should be more selective in who we pair up with.

It is not like you can read the Coastal Point...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:43am

The sex-abuse crisis and ordinary lay-Catholics

Toward the end of February 2019, Pope Francis met in Rome with about 124 church leaders, focusing on the sex-abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. The purpose of this long-awaited summit was to provide a teaching moment to the hierarchy that...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:00am

Business Professionals of America providing futures for young leaders

Have you ever wanted to get involved in an organization that would help you with your leadership skills? If you answered yes, then Business Professionals of America is for you! They offer scholarships, experience and many amazing opportunities....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:58am

Domestic gag rule blocks Planned Parenthood from participating in Title X program

The Trump Administration, despite massive opposition, has published their most recent dangerous attack on reproductive healthcare — the Domestic Gag Rule. The Domestic Gag Rule is an extremely harmful policy that threatens the healthcare of...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:59am

Now is the time to invest in Delaware’s future

During these times of tumultuous policy debates and discussions, people often resort to abandoning facts and distorting truths to incite fear. They then use that fear to garner support for their arguments.

Unfortunately, a prime target of...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:56am

Cheaper prescription drugs: A road map

Prescription drugs currently make up 17 percent of total health care costs in the United States. With the cost of prescription drugs steadily increasing at a faster rate than other health care functions, this percentage is guaranteed to grow. The...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:41pm

Show the right kind of support from the stands

Families and supporters of high school athletes here in Delaware, this message is for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves your student-athlete, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:46am

Six questions about smoking and your heart

The damage tobacco inflicts on a smoker’s heart and blood vessels tends to be invisible. But Beebe Healthcare heart surgeon Dr. M.L. Ray Kuretu, MD, has seen its effects in the plaque-clogged arteries of patients in the operating room.

To...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:41am

Beware of veterans’ charity scams and wasteful spending

There’s some bad news and some good news to report. First, the bad news: According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there was a long list of veteran charity scams that operated under names that sounded legitimate but cheated good-hearted,...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:15pm

Beginning the new year fresh — starting with the kitchen

The Netflix show “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo is widely popular right now and has hundreds of people thanking their clothes and reorganizing their drawers.

While an organized home may be a happy home for us, there are other ways to...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 1:10pm

Proposed state bills designed to shame and intimidate women

The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Delaware firmly opposes “The Pain Capable Unborn Child Act” (HB52/SB21) and “The Woman’s Ultrasound Right to Know Act” (HB53/SB19).

“Abortion restrictions that are written by politicians, not doctors...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:15am

What’s with those ships moored off of Bethany?

I am the fellow who normally writes pickleball articles, but this story has nothing to do with pickleball and everything to do with curiosity. I thought folks who live here might like to know about those giant ships that were anchored off of...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:10am

Guest Column — State boards critical to good governance — get involved

On Nov. 28, I attended my last meeting of the Cash Management Policy Board in my capacity as state treasurer. At the end of the two-hour meeting, Chairman John Flynn reflected on his 38 years of serving on the Board: “Compared to the previous 34...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:52pm

Growing up in the digital age

From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have faced challenges growing up.

In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways. The...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:05pm

Guest Column — Coons: We can beat pancreatic cancer if we work together

Pancreatic cancer is a cruel disease that not only impacts an individual, but also his or her whole family, and sometimes even an entire community. If you’re reading this, you already know that, though, because the fight against cancer is one...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:39pm

Guest Column CIB: Sewers spell success for Sussex County

In Sussex County, more than 29,000 septic systems have been switched to central sewerage over the last 30 years — a change that will improve the long-term health of the county’s waterways.

It’s no secret that the population in Sussex...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:53pm

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

Guest Column — Kelly: Chilling free speech is not cool

 

 

My name is Meghan Kelly. I am an attorney running for the House of Representatives in the 38th District’s Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, election.

As I candidate for a state position, I have witnessed people in positions of...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:45pm

Guest Column — Expanding access to high-speed Internet will aid economic opportunity

Applying for a job, or recruiting talented employees for your business. Taking a college course. Reading a book. Helping your kids with math homework.

More and more, these are tasks that Delawareans are completing online  —  to further...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 4:31pm

Guest Column: Austin was shining light in water-quality fight

My name is Meghan Kelly, Esquire. I am the Democrat candidate for the House of Representatives in the 38th District’s Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, election.

My platform includes, but is not limited to, working toward:

• preserving and...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:51am

Trooper Irina Celpan mingles with some international students at a picnic at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach earlier this summer.

DSP trooper bridges communication gap with foreign students

Trooper Irina Celpan graduated from the Delaware State Police Training Academy in February of this year and has swiftly put her language skills to use. She is newly assigned to Troop 4 in Georgetown and is fluent in Russian and Romanian, in...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:01pm

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

Civil War Profiles: The Civil War in Wilmington, N.C.

When the newly formed Confederacy provoked a fight with the North by attacking Fort Sumter, S.C., in April 1861, both sides were aware that the South lacked the manufacturing capacity to sustain a war. Knowing the Rebels would have to rely on...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:50pm

Fear not. There are plenty healthy snacks for the beach or pool

Summer and swimming make many of us hungry. The aromas from the boardwalk shops or concession stand can stimulate your appetite. Although it is fun and convenient to buy food at the beach or pool, it can be expensive. With some planning, you can...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:44pm

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

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

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

Pet Corner: A camping adventure for Reba

Hi, everyone. Remember me? Yes, I know it’s been quite a while.

A lot has happened with me the last couple of years, and every time I get back to writing, life happens again. Then I fall out of the habit of writing. Then, I’ll get some...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:10pm

Pickleball Points: Pickleball knees, crocodiles and 600 elephants

My readers should know that my knee problems are not related to pickleball. I was already beginning to have problems in officer training school after years of pounding on tennis courts.

While you folks have been enjoying summer along our...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:44pm

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

Evidence-based screening can find cancer before it spreads

Doctors who treat lung cancer want to catch the disease in its earliest stages, before patients even start showing symptoms.

That’s because symptoms — such as a cough that does not go away, weight loss or chest pain that is worse with deep...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:27pm

Treatment of diverticulitis involves multiple specialties

Your mouth is the first part of the journey from food to usable energy, and the colon is the last stop. On the way out, the colon wrings out the last water from your food.

The wall of the colon is filled with muscles to help move food...

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 5:43pm

Guest Column: Pathways program needs changes to help students get training

The Sussex County Economic Action Committee (SEDAC) is all about economic development and all the things that we can do to bring jobs and opportunities to the people of Sussex County.

One of the activities that we initiated with the help...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:21pm