Editorial — Millsboro continues on its upward path

Date Published: 
Feb. 23, 2018

Keep your eyes on Millsboro.

The business climate of the town has appeared to be on the upswing in recent times, judging by the arrival of new businesses (both downtown and on the highway) and a wave of optimism pushed forth by Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. And now more help has come to the town’s economy in the form of a new director of operations at the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce.

Carlene Roche was brought in to help the Chamber and, in turn, the greater Millsboro area, grow economically. She plans on attacking that challenge with energy and enthusiasm, and she already sees plenty of momentum in town.

“The new businesses that are coming to town... One or two new businesses a week are joining the Chamber,” she said. “It’s really nice, because Millsboro is experiencing so much growth, so we, by default, are experiencing so much growth.”

Geographically, Millsboro is in prime position. Route 113 offers high numbers of drive-by traffic, which attracts national stores, restaurants and other businesses in need of walk-in traffic, and downtown is part of the path of travel for people heading up and down Route 24 to get to various locations.

Once traffic and parking concerns can be alleviated downtown, Millsboro could be the next town to take that “Berlin, Md,.” or “Milton” jump into quaint success.

Millsboro keeps on chugging, and we like what we see.

Point of No Return — There is no one answer. But we have to talk

Date Published: 
Feb. 23, 2018

The 1893 world fair in Chicago (officially known as the “World’s Columbian Exposition”) was organized as a celebration to recognize the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus discovering the New World. While the world’s eyes were on Chicago, Dr. Henry Howard Holmes — known as H.H. Holmes — was busy murdering people in his “World’s Fair Hotel” a few miles away.

Holmes was eventually executed for his crimes, at the age of 34, and confessed to 27 murders during his trial. Later reports suggest he might have killed as many as 200 people, as folks had a tendency to “disappear” after coming into contact with Holmes.

A few thoughts on Holmes...

• He did not use a high-capacity magazine in a military-style rifle to murder his victims;

• He did not play a lot of “Call of Duty” or listen to rap music during his youth;

• He was not a Millenial that demanded a participation trophy, nor a safe place;

• He took the final breath from people when he had no right to do so.

On July 26, 1764, four Lenape American Indians entered a schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pa., and shot and killed the schoolmaster, Enoch Brown, and killed nine or 10 students (reports vary), according to This has become known as Pontiac’s Rebellion school massacre.

• Again, no AR-15.

• No violent video games or provocative music.

• No signs of entitlement.

• More innocents having their final breaths stolen away by someone who had no right.

On May 18, 1927, Bath, Mich., school treasurer Andrew Kehoe killed his wife and destroyed his home and farm, and then blew up the Bath Consolidated School by detonating dynamite in the basement of the school. He killed 45 people, including himself, and injured at least 58 more. Most of his victims were children, according to numerous online sources. In review:

• No military-style rifle;

• No video games or rap music;

• Not a Millenial;

• Stole the breath of innocents.

I offer these very-different examples of killings because they prove nothing. Or, they prove everything. Or, maybe, they prove some things, but not others. I guess, at their core, they prove that there’s no clear answer as to why or how people have gone, or continue to go, on murderous rampages that both wound our collective heart and drive further division between us as a species.

What makes it all the worse is the absolute certainty we carry around as individuals as to the root causes of heinous acts against humanity. We say that we must eliminate all guns. Or all guns of a certain type. Or limit magazine capacities. Or fix mental health care. Or make parents spank their kids. Or ban television and music and video games. Or put God back into school.

Or. Or. Or. Or. Or.

When someone offers a differing opinion, we talk louder or respond IN CAPS BECAUSE IT MAKES US SOUND MORE SERIOUS OR SOMETHING. Nobody listens. Nobody opens up their minds. Nobody wants to learn anything or be subjected to a different possibility. We are an “or” society instead of an “and” society, and that will be the permanent stain we leave on our culture for generations that follow.

So, what’s the answer to stop these mass killings in the future? When you figure it out, let me know. Maybe we can start with a few items that we can probably all agree on, and go from there.

• We must improve our mental health care in this nation. I’m no expert, but when someone goes on a killing spree, I’m operating under the assumption that he or she is not in a good mental place. We have to collectively remove the stigma of people receiving mental health care, we must find the money to build more facilities and treatment centers, and mental health professionals must respond quickly and with certainty when they recognize an issue. This can not be done with Band-Aids and half-hearted efforts. We must make this a national priority — to combat these acts of violence, battle the opioid epidemic and help with veteran suicide numbers. This is beyond critical.

• Protocols and laws must be followed. There were apparently numerous clues and hints that the shooter at the Florida high school was a serious threat to commit a deadly crime. That saying, “See something, say something?” Yeah, lots of people said things. Nothing happened. He was still able to purchase multiple firearms despite these red flags. This is not how this system is supposed to work. And, in fact, it did not work, and children and faculty members died. They’re dead, and not coming back. Ever.

Sadly, those two items might be the only things I consistently hear people agree on when it comes to these heinous, cowardly acts.

Improve background checks? I look at this recent school shooting and the one in the Texas church and it seems both of these individuals should have been flagged in their background checks when they purchased their weapons. I go back to the earlier point that we must follow existing protocols.

Limit magazine capacities? Maybe a 20-round magazine, or 15-round or, heck, 29-round magazine would have saved one life while the shooter was reloading. Maybe. Maybe. Let’s talk.

We have to talk. We have to stop covering our ears and refusing to listen to what other people have to say, and it’s time to act like adults. Is it more important to “be right” or to protect our children? I’m siding with my kid. How about you?

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor — Feb. 23, 2018

Date Published: 
Feb. 23, 2018

AARP chapter walks the walk with efforts


AARP’s Chapter #5226 Community Service Committee has asked members and the community to contribute to causes such as:

• “Dollars for Coats” — collected $735 at our luncheons for coats for John Clayton Elementary School children;

• Christmas gifts for seniors — Members bring gifts for the Georgetown CHEER Center Christmas party. Members donated close to 200 gifts for these seniors who would not have any holiday gifts at all;

• Game Day at South Coastal Library benefitting the DE Food Bank. Admission for the bungo and bunco was canned goods for DE Food Bank. We collected approximately 900 pounds;

• At the monthly luncheons, members donate food for the Pyle Center. Last year we collected 896 items;

• In February we have a dental program which the members donate Children’s toothpaste for Showell Elementary School;

• In March, in partnership with Clayton Theatre, Community Service raised $850 for DE Hospice;

• The AARP members have donated 4,796 hours toward Community Service fundraising in 2017 alone. We want to thank everyone who have contributed time and money to these causes.

AARP #5226 Community Service Committee

Alpha Alpha Sorority thanks the community


The Alpha Alpha Sorority would like to thank the community for supporting our annual Fire & Ice dance, which was hosted at Mango’s on Jan. 26. The dance was well-attended, and the Funsters kept most of us on the dance floor!

It was wonderful to watch the ice sculptures from the Mango’s viewing area. Bethany Blues provided delicious light snacks. The Silent Auction and Chinese Auction were a huge success as well.

We would especially like to extend a very special thank you to the following businesses for their support: Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, Mango’s, Bethany Blues, Miller’s Creek, Pin Up Girls, Spicy Mustard Designs, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Float-or’s, Lighthouse Liquors, Salted Rim, Oceanova Spa, Eco-Kayak—Lisa Daisy DiFebo, Oasis Healing Center, Phillips Seafood Restaurants, Crazy Ladyz!, Millville Pet Stop, DiFebo’s restaurant, McCarthy Stones, OC360 Restaurant, Touchstone/Jon Bradlee Fireplace, Perfect Pressure Mattress and CustomFit 360.

Thank you for “Helping Us Help the Community.” With your support, we will continue to help families in need.

Alpha Alpha Sorority

Reader calls for others to join students’ effort


Will the high school students, educators and parents of the state of Delaware and the Indian River School District join with the students, educators and parents of Parkland, Fla., in Washington, D.C., to demand that assault weapons are eliminated for civilian citizens’ ownership/possession?

If you do share in their pain and burning anger/passion to make changes in our country, will you help organize local marches or travel to Washington, D.C., to make it clear to the elected leaders of our federal, state and local governments that we will not tolerate these weapons designed to kill other humans on the battle fields of war in the hands of any one other than our U.S. military?

Our schools are not the battlefields of war. Our schools are for the preparation of our youth to become educated, to have many future options and involved in the decisions of our governments from the Indian River School Board to the presidency of the U.S.A.

It is their futures, and we parents are obligated to protect them and elevate them. We do not want our children being killed or traumatized. We want them to live, prosper, love and lead full happy lives.

We all should be very angry that our children are not safe from the insanity of those weapons used on the battlefields across our planet, Earth. Please join with the Stoneman Douglas High School students and parents to demand changes that will give our children a long, long future. May our children grow old as we are able to do so, as our parents and grandparents did so.

Please do not fail them as we all have seen the consequences of Stoneman Douglas High School and multiple others. This is the final horrific killings we never want to see in our school district or any other.

Send supporting notes to the students and educators of Stoneman Douglas High School, 5901 NW Pine Island Road, Parkland, Fl 33076. Phone: 754-322-2150. Fax: 754-322-2280. Stand with them and their parents. Do not abandon them.

Lloyd E. Elling

Ocean View

Reader frustrated with zoning reach


I find the article regarding updating the Sussex County Zoning uproariously ridiculous. The office is worried about temporary wheelchair ramps and building setback waivers when there are truly serious issues that will definitely negatively impact property values that need to be addressed.

The Zoning Office wrote to me that the State Legislature enacted regulations that exempted incorporated towns from the promulgated zoning regulations. What Peppers Creek and Fairway Village are going through with developers turning single-family private home developments into partial commercial rental enterprises adequately demonstrates the Sussex County Zoning Office is absolutely useless when it comes to protecting property owners and actually getting something for our property tax dollars.

The Sussex County Zoning Office has no control or power. Their public forum should be directed toward enlightening residents as to what is needed to force Dover to grant them the power to actually enforce zoning laws for all properties in Sussex County or legislating the zoning office out of existence.

A.W. Smith

Ocean View