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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 responding well to nature

It’s been said that a wise man knows his limitations. While not quite ready to claim any discernible level of wisdom, I will say that I am well aware of many of my own limitations.

For instance, I am a giant wuss.

Letters - March 3, 2006

Failed leadership on the IRSD School Board
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At last, a little comfort for Whites

My father is a man who finds satisfaction through the joys of repetition. Specifically, he seems to gather solace through repeating the same quotes over and over again — either to stress the significance of his message to the recipient, or to just strengthen his belief in the words he regurgitates.

Letters - February 24, 2006

Representative says health care needs help
Editor:

There are few issues facing our state as pressing or serious as affordable health care. Fortunately, most people in our state are covered by health insurance plans provided by their employers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Keep an eye on ... everything

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

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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