Editorial

Editorial — Local heroin problem is all of our problem

On Thursday, Jan. 11, there were seven reported heroin overdoses in Sussex County in a six-hour period.

They were not isolated in one “drug den” or neighborhood, mind you. They were taking place in Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville and Ocean View, according to Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw of the Ocean View Police Department.

Editorial — Decisions can leave a generational impact

Many people along the coasts were disturbed when it was announced that there was a revision to the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program, which will lead to increased oil and gas drilling in parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and Gulf of Mexico.

Editorial: DMV continues to improve its service game

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a bit of an anomoly.

Editorial — We thank you all for your support in 2017

Dear readers and advertisers,

Let us start with offering our most sincere “Thank you” to each and every one of you. Without the support of our advertisers, we would not be able to put out this free paper every week. Without our readers, we’d have no need to put out this paper every week.

Help is around us if you need it this holiday

The holidays can bring joy, togetherness and peace. It is a time to treasure our families, bond with our friends and co-workers, and reflect on all that is good.

Unless they aren’t.

Editorial — Citizens must be involved for process to work

Voting is powerful.

A vote does not have color or gender or religion or economic status tied to it, but it does have strength. A single vote can tip an election, send a message or simply give personal satisfaction that one’s voice is being heard.

Editorial — Area is showing itself to have big shoulders

It wasn’t that long ago when local business owners and Chambers of Commerce would meet to figure out how to create “shoulder seasons” in the fall and spring.

Editorial — Collaborative effort is a positive for future

We have long sung the praises of Delaware Tech Community College (Del Tech) because of their initiative in starting a career-path program focused on the aviation industry, since the Delaware Coastal Airport is in such proximity, and it seemed like a common-sense approach to higher education.

Idenitfy the jobs. Train students to perform those jobs. It just makes sense.

Editorial — Small businesses get holiday spotlight, too

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday — a marketing effort created by a major company, to benefit small businesses. Well, and itself, obviously.

Editorial — Thanksgiving for Thousands is a shining light

It’s not just about the beach, hunting and chicken in Sussex County.

Editorial — Sentence raises more questions than answers

Former Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) Treasurer Justin Oakley was recently sentenced to six months in jail for stealing nearly $200,000 from the company. Oakley was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,181.88, which he reportedly did immediately following sentencing on Friday, Nov. 3.

County, Discover combine to help whole region

Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson dropped a little bombshell for those in attendance at the Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Editorial — Ordinance needs to be discussed thoroughly

Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett is pushing an ordinance related to right-to-work legislation for the county, and it could be put in front of council at its Oct. 31 meeting.

The ordinance would intend to “provide that no employee covered by the National Labor Relations Act be required to join or pay dues to a union, or refrain from joining a union, as a condition of employment.”

Editorial — It will take a community to fight the heroin problem

Like nearly every corner of America, we have been hit hard by the heroin epidemic.

Young, old, wealthy, poor, male, female, black or white — heroin has come for every demographic we have, and left a trail of tears, broken hearts, crime and death in its wake. So, how do we combat it?

Editorial — Frankford makes tough call — now needs a solution

On Wednesday, the Town of Frankford announced via their Facebook page that they would not be going through with a proposal from Dagsboro Police Chief Clifford Toomey that would consolidate two separate police agencies under the supervision of Toomey.

Editorial — Opportunity at hand to recycle hard-to-recycle goods

As our calendars turn to October, and our wardrobes begin to take on a more autumnal flair, we often have to make some subtle changes around the house.

Editorial — James Farm, CIB set to put future plans into action

The James Farm Ecological Preserve is one of the community’s special treasures.

Editorial — Frankford, Dagsboro discussing creative solution

The Town of Frankford has been relying on Delaware State Police coverage since the resignation of former police chief Mark Hudson in July. Even before Hudson’s departure, there were some concerns that there simply wasn’t enough police coverage in the town, particularly with the area-wide rise in heroin-related crimes.

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey may have found a solution.

Editorial — The season is over. Now starts the best season yet

It’s here.

What has been affectionately coined as “Locals’ Summer,” kicked off Monday afternoon, and people from around the community crawled out of their coccoons, hit the beach and visited local shops and restaurants again after the unofficial end of summer that is marked by Labor Day weekend.

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.

Tornado just another element of surprise for us

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

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.

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 X. Or “urgent” emails from banks urging us to sign in on the website they provided a link to in order to keep your assets from being frozen.

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.

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.

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 that are particularly worth noting.

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 this year.

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 official.

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 create new events that will keep Millsboro hopping, such as this year’s planned July 4 celebrations.

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