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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.

Point of No Return – Plenty of crazy action going on with big game

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will square off in Sunday’s Super Bowl in Houston to decide who reigns supreme in the world of the National Football League for the 2016-17 season.

Guest Column – Campaign promises meet real-world reality

We are a nation of immigrants. The inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty says it most succinctly: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” That inscription has welcomed many to our shores. The Declaration of Independence established our core values and gave our country a moral vision to guide us.

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.

Yes, there are some topics that are off-limits

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Letters to the Editor — January 20, 2016

IRSD sends letter to fire company

Editor’s note: At its special meeting on Jan. 18, the Indian River Board of Education voted 9-0-1 (Board Member Leolga Wright abstaining) to send the following letter to the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. It was also sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Lottery winner not local, but still a good story

There’s always a sense of curiosity when someone hits a big lottery drawing — particularly when that winning ticket was purchased close to home.

Is it someone I know? Is it someone local? Is it someone who doesn’t need/deserve the money?

Guest Column – Some foreign policy problems are awaiting Trump

Critical to United States foreign policy will be issues that Russia and China pose for the new incoming Trump administration. Russia, recently, has deployed 225,000 troops, military equipment and missiles to the enclave of Kaliningrad, between Lithuania and Poland, which the U. S. has characterized as “destabilizing.”

Is there anything at all that we can agree on?

Judging by the responses by people on my social media feeds Tuesday night, President Barack Obama’s “farewell” speech that evening was either, (a) a reminder that Obama and his family have been wonderful representatives of all that is good in the world, and champions of hope for the future, or, (b) Obama is a foreign-born agent of terrorists who has been diseasing our nation from the inside since the day the doctor smacked his backside.

Guest Column – ACE director talks homelessness in 2017 Delaware

Every day in Southern Delaware, I work in the trenches and on the front lines of poverty, fear, homelessness, loneliness, isolation, addiction and mental illness.

Letters to the Editor — January 13, 2016

Reader wants to see changes in IRSD

Editor:

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated a new Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos. What does she know about the public education system? The question has been raised “if she has ever stepped inside a public school.”

Let's take a look at some non-resolutions

The new year is like a clean slate, right?

Except when it isn’t.

Letters to the Editor — January 6, 2016

Readers believe Perry unfit to lead Energy

Editor:

President-elect Donald Trump wants former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be America’s next Secretary of Energy. If confirmed, he will oversee our nation’s nuclear arsenal. Those duties include making sure the nuclear stockpile is secure from outside threats and ready for use.

Point of No Return – A year of highs and a year of lows. Once again

In a lot of ways, 2016 was kind of for the birds.

Yes, we lost some talented musicians and actors, but doesn’t that happen every year? Going back five years to 2011, for example, we saw the deaths of Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Falk, Jane Russell, Amy Winehouse, Cliff Robertson, Bubba Smith and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. That doesn’t even include Col. Potter from M*A*S*H (aka, Harry Morgan) or James Arness.

Letters to the Editor — December 30, 2016

Readers overwhelmed with gravel

Editor:

My husband and I live on Blackwater Road in Frankford. We have lived here since 2007. We enjoy our home, our neighborhood and the beauty of Sussex County. Life is good. We believe in being positive and usually look forward to improvements in our area.

Let’s remember our brave defenders this holiday

The buying is done (hopefully).

As is the wrapping (hopefully).

You’ve traveled to where you are going and you’re all ready to just kick back and enjoy the holiday (hopefully).

Yes, Christmas is now upon us, and Chanukah is starting the very same day. It is officially safe to say we have arrived at the holidays.

Letters to the Editor — December 23, 2016

Dagsboro parade a hit, thanks to many

Editor:

On behalf of the Dagsboro Christmas Parade Committee, I would like to take a few moments to thank the following people and businesses for their support of the third annual Town of Dagsboro Christmas Parade:

Deaver left an impression on county, council

Joan Deaver did indeed have a voice before she joined Sussex County Council in 2008 — but she gained a much larger platform for her words the day she took office.

A really good gift is thought-out and personalized

Life is a quest.

It is a quest for knowledge. A quest for love. A quest for material possessions. And a quest for the perfect bottle of wine to share with your cat.

Guest Column –Development challenges all progress in Inland Bays

The 35 square miles of Delaware’s Inland Bays make up a treasure all of us want to see thrive. As a new “State of the Bays” report from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays documents, there are encouraging signs that water quality in the bays is improving, and the report shows people from many corners are successfully reducing nutrient inputs in the bays’ watershed.

Letters to the Editor — December 16, 2016

Reader: Government has failed us locally

Editor:

“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”

Guest Column – Development challenges all progress in Inland Bays

The 35 square miles of Delaware’s Inland Bays make up a treasure all of us want to see thrive. As a new “State of the Bays” report from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays documents, there are encouraging signs that water quality in the bays is improving, and the report shows people from many corners are successfully reducing nutrient inputs in the bays’ watershed.

Editorial – Botanic Gardens an example of determination

Ground was officially broken for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Pearl Harbor a day every American should know

It was 75 years ago on Dec. 7 when 353 aircraft flying under the flag of Imperial Japan launched an attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Letters to the Editor — December 9, 2016

Reader: We are all responsible to kids

Editor:

I feel compelled once again to speak to an issue that this school district is wrestling with and that is the recent referendum on education.

It’s shopping season — think locally this year

As we hit the time of the year when we fill our credit card balances to the point when we can spend the rest of the year trying to pay them back down, we find it the perfect time to remind our readers to think local for many of their buying needs.

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