Weather, politics, holidays and a life well-lived

This has been a week of rain, shine, snow, wind and hail. In other words, it’s been just another wacky spring week in our lovely oasis by the shore.

Mitchell: The looming crisis of a dirty bomb trumps privacy

The FBI investigation into the San Bernardino terrorism incident needed Apple’s help in unlocking a work phone belonging to Syed Rizwan and his wife, who killed 14 people last December.

It feels like a good weekend to have a Jamboree

We are in that little “lull” time of our calendar.

An early Easter has left a little gap before the craziness of summer hits, and even in a year where the holiday does fall a little later, this is still a period of many people collectively catching their breaths before the mayhem descends. Add in a schizophrenic spring as far as weather goes, and it results in a bit of a slow time.

Entertainment is at an all-time high here now

The cherry blossoms are blooming, flowers are budding all around us and the golf courses are filling up around us — yes, spring is in the air, and you can feel the energy and excitement all around us.

The best of intentions can lead us to hot water

Do you remember those old deals you would come across in magazines? Come on, you know the ones. You’d glue a penny to a paper card and, in return, you would receive 719 albums delivered to your home.

County BoA listened to opposition, acted on it

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment (BoA) this week denied an application from the Bethany Beach Police Department for a special-use exception to operate a shooting range on a piece of Town property in unincorporated Frankford.

Editorial: Feds are finally getting around to drug problem

There has been a lot of talk about the shortcomings of our federal govenment in terms of acting on issues that effect the day-to-to-day lives of Americans. A lot of that talk has come from the bald gentleman below this editorial.

It’s time to celebrate a holiday built for all of us

Growing up in my home, there were three absolutes if you were a young male:

Working-class authoritarianism rears its ugly head

Mitchell: Trump didn’t create environment, but he’s unleashing it

What we are seeing in the Trump crowds and his voting support is the manifestation of “working-class authoritarianism.” I don’t mean all of his support, but a good amount of it.

National Nutrition Month: Savor the flavor of eating right

March is here, which means that it is National Nutrition Month!

According to the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is an education campaign that was created to focus on the importance of making healthy, informed decisions and developing sound eating habits, as well as creating healthy physical activity routines.

The shoulder season is now in all our sights

Flowers are beginning to dot our area landscape again, the honking of geese has begun to be replaced by the chirping of songbirds and our clocks spring ahead an hour this weekend. Yes, one and all, it would appear that spring is starting to make its way back to our little oasis by the sea.

Understanding the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) has generated a lot of interest. The DGA are used to develop federal food, nutrition, and health policies and programs, as well as education materials for schools, colleges, businesses, community groups, media and the food industry.

New program builds teamwork and confidence

The impressive lists of awards and even-longer list of honors students tells us that the Indian River School Dsitrict does a very admirable job in teaching our children what they are expected to be taught.

But we all know there is more to school than the basics of arithmetic and English.

Another election cycle. Another disappointment

There has come a time in every recent presidential election when I’ve started to get a real feel for the candidates and their takes on the most important issues facing our nation today and it all becomes clear.

Women and heart disease: Make steps to decrease risk

“Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus,” a best-selling book several years ago, clearly convinced women that emotionally they differed from men. Unfortunately, despite American Heart Association’s increased awareness campaign for women, 46 percent of women still don’t know their relationship to heart disease.

Overcrowded schools becoming a real problem

Anyone navigating our local roads in the “offseason” can tell that there are simply more cars on the road than before.

New developments we have seen pop up on the local landscape largely means there are more second-home owners than before, but it also translates into more year-round residents. More year-round residents means more students in our schools.

All jobs come with challenges, some dangers

There has been a lot of talk about raising the minimum wage, and probably even more conversation about not raising the minimum wage.

Guest Column: IBF aims to address climate change, reduce pollution

I’m here to tell you that our planet is in trouble; and our watershed is in trouble.

But I’m also here to say that each of us can have a positive impact.

Why do I make these statements?

Artillery park is more than just another display

The Fort Miles Historical Association, in conjunction with Delaware State Parks, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for an artillery park on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the historic section of the park.

What’s missing from our paradise? Well, jobs

So, a friend brought something up to me the other day that I’ve never really stopped to consider before.

Scalia’s death and the 2016 presidential election

Like a bolt of lightning, Justice Antonin Scalia’ death shocked the nation. His death left a vacancy on the Supreme Court and, at the same time, it immediately became an issue in the 2016 election. At least they could have waited 48 hours, to respect his passing.

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