Editorial

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.

EDITORIAL: Perfect time for Millville

It’s been said that the past 50 years in United States history has contained more epic changes than any other time the world has ever seen. We have seen man walk on the moon, civil rights been fought for and legally won, computers change the face of communications and business and had the tag of “Superpower” slapped solely on ourselves.

EDITORIAL: Don't let disasters go away

We are a society of instant gratification. To that end, we are also a society of instant empathy.

When trouble arrives, we rally. We draw inspiration from one another and unite in common cause. Be it terrorist attacks or natural disasters, the very nature of humanity pours out of us as we attempt to help out those in need.

Then ... many of us often move on.

EDITORIAL: South Bethany gets the nod

When an election results in 84 percent of the vote going to one side, it’s safe to consider it an official blow-out. When the election results in residents of a small town giving their overwhelming approval for the town to spend up to $970,000 to build a new police station and town hall, the blow-out is almost a surprise.

But that’s what recently happened in South Bethany.

Rejoice for the good fight

We just love when people fight the good fight.

Agree or disagree with their position, there’s just something we at the Coastal Point admire when a group of individuals band together for a cause. It’s especially satisfying when they get their way.

EDITORIAL: Let's learn from tragedy

Hardly any good can come from the havoc wreaked along the Gulf shore by Hurricane Katrina. However, if anything positive does spring forth from this tragedy, let’s hope it’s an added level of vigilance and preparation for others vulnerable to storms. This area is no exception.

EDITORIAL: Jazz Funeral a True Blast

With Labor Day weekend comes Labor Day tradition, and there might be no greater spectacle in this community throughout the course of the year than the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral.

EDITORIAL: Council did the right thing

Grab hold of something steady. The Coastal Point is about to praise Sussex County Council.

EDITORIAL: The drug problem is here

For many living close to the beach, drug arrests are simply those little items in the police wraps in the community newspaper concerning anonymous people doing incomprehensible things.

EDITORIAL: Let's be the world's hosts

In an often defeatist and cynical world, it’s been said that no one person can change the world. The rationale behind the sentiment is that no matter how altruistic one’s intentions might be, it is impossible to change the perception or beliefs of a planet based on the work of one person.

Well, let’s see how much a community can do in a pinch.

EDITORIAL: It seems that all is well

That silence you can’t hear is coming from Bethany Beach.

With the deadline having come and gone for three open town council seats, the town is preparing once again to hunker down for another election. Only this time around, there won’t be one.

EDITORIAL: Roads are more dangerous

The entire community has been buzzing about the hit-and-run incident on Route 26 last Friday night involving a young man from Belarus, who was struck by a car while riding his bike along Route 26.

Letters: July 15, 2005

Route 26 needs help now with traffic
Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), directed to vehicular traffic planning, and to the Bethany Beach town manager’s office. It was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

EDITORIAL: Still state's punching bag

Road projects in this area have been put on hold. Yes, work to be done on Routes 54 and 26, as well as Clayton Avenue in Frankford, will be pushed back due to financial considerations.

EDITORIAL: Let's have our voters vote

At it’s most fundamental level, a democracy is simply a form of government that calls for a voting process when new legislation is adopted. In effect, a democracy runs under the simple notion that each person is a vote, plain and simple, with no regards to individual wealth, race, creed, gender or religion.

One person, one vote.

Celebrate actual freedom

We all hear the bemoaning of the trivialization of holidays in modern culture. Christmas is now about shopping and gifts, Thanksgiving about the stresses of travel and food preparation and Memorial Day is about a day off work and an excuse to eat watermelon at a picnic for the first time of the year.

EDITORIAL: School Board vote a must

You could say local schools are getting a lot of attention right now.

From budget situations with the new Sussex Central High School, to layoffs at the schools to the outstanding achievements of students and school-run organizations, local schools have been receiving a lot of inches in area newspapers — some good, some bad.

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