Editorial

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.

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.

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 community: heroin and other opioids.

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 meaning of the day, and we ask all of you to take a few moments and remember.

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.

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 the Town consider a place where people could ride their skateboards without interference or incurring wrath.

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 in this little paradise by the shore is an experience notable not for its few flaws but for its strengths as a true community.

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.

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 many in this community happily live — work, family, church.

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 the government become a little more thrifty with its spending.

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.

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 and they move on to taking things from other people to satisfy their addictions.

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 consistently over the years.

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 .

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.

Editorial — Community again shines in Night to Shine event

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

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.

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.

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 levels, which leave them vulnerable to being hired away by the compeitition,” said Charles Hendricks, of Hendricks & Associates.

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