Editorial

EDITORIAL: Watchful eye is really needed

It seems that public utilities are in the public eye quite a bit these days.

If it’s not the installation and cost of sewer or water services, it’s the increased rates for Delmarva Power customers. If we’re not discussing road condiditions, we’re talking about road improvements.

Add the Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) to the mix.

Roth deserves this county job

Say what you wil about Sussex County Council — and we’ve said a lot in this space —, there is no disputing that the administrative side of the county has run as smooth as it does anywhere. Credit Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels and his staff for that efficiency.

Officials take right course

In a democracy, citizens vote in their political leaders to vote on their behalf. The leaders study issues, take input from their constituents and make decisions based on what they feel is in the best interest of the people they represent.

Beware of pizza purchases

You know those little pizza kits groups sell to raise money for different organizations throughout the area? They’re cool, right? The pizza tastes pretty good, the kids in the house love watching the pizza come to life in front of their eyes and you get that instant warm feeling inside from helping someone out.

It’s a good deal all around.

EDITORIAL: Community enjoying a roll

It was the best of times. It was the ...

No, it’s been the best of times for this community as of late.

EDITORIAL: Get out and have some fun

Here it is. The last weekend before Memorial Day.

For many of us who work in the area, this is the last refuge of peace before we dive headlong into a summer of long days at work and ... well, another long day beginning the very next morning. That’s how it is, how it’s been and how we all hope it continues to be in the future.

By the people, for the people

There are those instances where the democratic process works out just fine. Take the past week in this area, for instance.

Value in embracing diversity

Civil-rights activist and Navy sonar technician Lanier Phillips reminded students in Selbyville recently about the struggles of African-Americans to receive equal treatment in this country during its turbulent past and even today. Phillips’ story was so inspiring to the students that they invited him to come visit and talk to them.

Elections spring into the limelight

The changing of the seasons is full upon us, and with that change brings warmer weather, loads of pollen and a few intriguing local elections.

Another cash-grab for the county

In the latest of obvious money-motivated decisions, Sussex County Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a bonus-density-for-cash program — a cluster-oriented program that allows for up to four units an acre on AR-1 lands, provided the developer pays a fee between $15,000 and $20,000.

New season, new faces in area

As March leaves us through the back door, April comes sauntering in through the front — armed with a bouquet of flowers and a smile of optimism.

EDITORIAL: New season, new faces in area

As March leaves us through the back door, April comes sauntering in through the front — armed with a bouquet of flowers and a smile of optimism.

Beebe purchase a reason to smile

Though the ultimate purpose and design of the facilities are still in doubt, news that Beebe Medical Center recently purchased a 10-acre parcel in Clarksville is still plenty of cause for celebration and optimism.

EDITORIAL: Election season slow to start

The elections for the Indian River School District School Board and some local town councils are beginning to take form, and the 2006 election season promises to be full of at least some level of intrigue. But some of the most prominent positions up for election later this year have seen little to no action up to this point.

Not the time now to change plans

The bids for the job have been presented and the financing decided. It would seem that all is a “go” for the new Ocean View police station.

Well, maybe.

Energy prices are a quick hit

If there’s one topic that’s been getting attention throughout the state lately, it’s the announcement by Delmarva Power that it is planning to implement a 59 percent increase in rates this May. We’re only going to add to that conversation today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bethany should maintain

Like many coastal towns, Bethany Beach appears to be stuck in the midst of an aesthetic identity crisis.

There's hope for beaches

As word began circulating throughout the community earlier this week regarding $3 million in federal money heading this way for the Bethany Beach and South Bethany beach projects, a collective joy and optimism washed over local residents and officials.

A healthy beach around here means a healthy community.

EDITORIAL: Look inside before outside

Due to the financial shortfall recently by the Delaware Department of Transportaiton (DelDOT), talk has turned to the state possibly taking real estate transfer tax funds from Sussex County to ease the burden. That, in turn, could lead to the state eventually taking those funds from the municipalities.

Not good.

EDITORIAL: Conference is a can't-miss

Opinions on the current and future condition of Sussex County range from a relaxed comfort level to a near-hysterical rage of “the sky is falling down.” The latter opinion is that there has been to much development, not enough invested in the infrastructure and a blatant disregard for the environment and future job market.

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