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It's always a matter of timing

You want to know what stinks? I’ll tell you what stinks: Vice President Dick Cheney shoots a lawyer, and it happens over a weekend. That’s what stinks.

Letters - February 17, 2006

Helping our neighbors is truly a noble thing
Editor’s note: The following letter was received in response to a letter that appeared in the Feb. 10 issue of the Coastal Point.

A different Super Bowl look

Wow. The Rolling Stones have certainly gotten old.

Letters - February 10, 2006

Property owner hopes for vote against ordinance
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Bethany Beach Town Council and forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication in advance of the scheduled Feb. 10 hearing on zoning issues in the town.

Beaches need fed help now

Once again, our community awaited word on whether or not we would be obtaining money for beach replenishment from the president’s proposed budget. Once again, the door slammed in our collective face.

Pols and pols often a team

According to the latest polls, approximately 42 percent of the nation believes the president is doing a good job. Various favorability ratings go along the same vein, while other polls show the public’s confidence in his leadership skills rates a little higher. A figure on pollingreport.com shows that approximately 40 percent of the population approves of Judge Alito’s appointment and ...

Letters - February 3, 2006

Senator defends Pratt’s motives, involvement
Editor:

A few weeks ago a public hearing was held in Bethany Beach by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to discuss and take comments on proposed changes to regulations concerning a building line intended to protect the coastal dune system along the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

EDITORIAL: Town incomes tough to call

Town budgets are interesting. No, really, they are.

We are all very intent on where the money goes — police, infrastructure, miscellaneous projects, etc. Towns must juggle the priorities of these things when deciding their budgets because, let’s face it, the money going out is dependant on the money coming in to the town.

Fingering out life's problems

In my perfect world, wars will be fought by having leaders face-off in one-on-one fights to the death in steel cage matches on pay-per-view television, and schools across the world would be thought of as safe havens for our students to learn without fear of violence or oppression.

Letters - January 27, 2006

County council violates voting principle
Editor:

State Sen. Thurman Adams Jr. of Bridgeville and the Sussex County Council will not allow eastern Sussex people to have fair representation.

Frustration understandable

Former Bethany Beach Planning Commission Chairman Phil Boesch exemplified the frustrations of many local planners last Saturday when he resigned his position partly because he felt town officials disregarded the findings or opinions of his commission.

Letters - January 20, 2006

Legislature should strengthen gun control
Editor:

I hope the Delaware legislature will not consider making it easier for good people to do bad things by making it easier to get a permit to carry handguns.

EDITORIAL: More troopers a strong start

If there’s one thing we can all agree with, it’s that Sussex County Council has been consistent in its belief that the county sheriff’s office should not be a “true” law enforcement operation.

Keep an eye on ... everything

There are certainly plenty of things to fear in this world.

A day for all to truly embrace

Most of the nation celebrates the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, and it is a day none of us should stand by and let pass without at least thinking of the man’s efforts.

This is some Sirius cabbage

It’s recently become painfully obvious to me that I’m in the wrong business.

Letters - January 13, 2006

Community gathered for church in need
Editor:

As most of you know our church, Community Lutheran in Omar, was robbed in early December. We had collected coins in a jar for a new sign out front. We want to thank the Delaware State Police for their quick response and the local newspapers for running our story.

EDITORIAL: Warts and all, the system is ours

Let’s face some facts. The judicial system of this country might indeed be the best and most fair one in the history of civilization, but it is also undeniably flawed.

New Christmas present a blast

It’s human nature, I suppose. Many of us hold this burning desire in our souls to dive into the pool of personal nostalgia and revisit moments in our past through either fond or particularly hurtful memories. We do it by retelling old stories, flipping through yellowed photographs in a musty shoebox or simply closing our eyes and mentally taking a stroll down memory lane.

EDITORIAL: Point turns 100 ... well, kind of

Dear readers,

We not only close out 2005 with this edition of the Coastal Point, we also celebrate our 100th issue. This is an important milestone for us.

Taking one last look at 2005

It was the best of times ... nah.

Call me Ishmael ... nah.

Letters - December 30, 2005

One wish for the new year from reader
Editor:

One wish I have for the new year is to see an end to the clear-cutting of the remaining forests in Sussex County.

Traditions are tough to forget

Traditionally, this is a season of tradition.

We collectively share some of these traditions, such as singing carols, admiring a giant Santa Claus hat on top of the totem pole in Bethany Beach or just watching those time-tested television classics that somehow still fill us with a sense of warmth every year. We send cards, hang up the cards we receive and swallow aspirin by the handful.

Letters: December 25, 2005

TTF shortfall is a trust misplaced
Editor:

Two legislative members of the state’s Joint Bond Bill Committee apparently felt the need to offer some “insight” regarding the $211 million shortfall in the state’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) to readers of newspapers around the state.

EDITORIAL: Point gets in the holiday spirit

In honor of the holidays, we offer a southeastern Sussex County rendition of a Christmas classic:

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me a seagull in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me two turtle shells and a seagull in a pear tree.

Letters: December 2, 2005

Dollar dilemma needs to be examined
Editor:

We are now being told Delaware is contemplating the sale or lease Interstate 95 and State Route 1 to private investors, perhaps even foreign ones? Why?

EDITORIAL: Plenty on tap in area

The season is now upon us. Fine, maybe it isn’t THE season for this community, but this coming weekend gives all of us the opportunity to jump headfirst into the holiday season.

Happy Holidays? Get lost

Thanksgiving is behind us and the biggest holiday season of them all is now in full swing. There will be family and company parties, get-togethers with friends, charitable fundraisers and town celebrations. Santa will be hosting one-on-one meetings upon his lap, hams will be glazed and sweet voices will be singing religious and festive songs. Ah, ‘tis the season.

Phooey.

EDITORIAL: Turnaround is too short

Individuals running for a seat on the Dagsboro Town Council had their candidacies officially recognized Monday evening for the town election on Saturday, Dec. 3. That gives them 12 days to convince voters to select them to govern the town.

That doesn’t seem like a lot of time.

A small moment to give thanks

Life moves fast. That statement’s probably right up there with water is wet, Mark Hardt is loud and Dr. Phil always takes the woman’s side, but it’s a stone-cold fact.

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