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

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.

Letters to the Editor — Feb. 23, 2018

AARP chapter walks the walk with efforts

Editor:

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;

Editorial — Awards show reminds us how fortunate we are

For the 14th year, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and Carl M. Freeman Companies put on the Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards, recognizing superlative performances by first-responders in our community.

And, for the 14th year, the presentation stole our collective breath.

Community asked to participate in mental health, addiction forums

Each day, more than 246 Americans die from suicide or a drug overdose in the United States. One in five Americans will experience a mental illness this year, half of which will result in a substance-use disorder.

Letters to the Editor — Feb. 9, 2018

Bethany resident opposes liquor license

Editor:

As a longtime fulltime resident of Bethany Beach, I totally agree with the concerned residents who oppose the acquisition of the liquor license by Ropewalk restaurant on Garfield Parkway.

My family has come to Bethany for 30 years. My children and grandchildren love the quaint town with the family atmosphere.

Editorial — 'Night to Shine' is an event that truly does shines

‘Night to Shine’ is an event that truly does shine

The Ocean View Church of Christ participated in the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” event last year, joining with more than 540 churches around the world to celebrate 90,000 honored guests, with the support of 175,000 volunteers.

Editorial — This weekend is for the birds... well, bird-ers

It used to be said that the beach towns of Delmarva “rolled up the sidewalks” on Labor Day.

Obviously, that has not been the case for some time, as fall and spring have become strong seasons, themselves, thanks to festivals, races and other events that keep things jumping at the shore. Well, now it would seem that winter is no longer sitting back and accepting a smaller role.

Point of No Return — Automation is a good-news, bad-news deal

The “infinite monkey theorem” suggests that a monkey randomly striking keys on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will, at some point, produce a given text — such as the complete works of William Shakespeare or a cover-to-cover redux of “War and Peace.”

Letters to the Editor — Jan. 25, 2018

Reader not a fan of offshore drilling

Editor:

As a U.S. and state taxpayer who lives in Sussex County, Del., I am strongly opposed to the 2019-2024 OCS Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Program.

The economy here relies heavily on tourism; an oil spill here would be devastating. Why is Florida excluded from this program on this basis and not Delaware?

Editorial — Local heroin problem is all of our problem

On Thursday, Jan. 11, there were seven reported heroin overdoses in Sussex County in a six-hour period.

They were not isolated in one “drug den” or neighborhood, mind you. They were taking place in Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville and Ocean View, according to Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw of the Ocean View Police Department.

Point of No Return — It’s crazy out there, but it’s also pretty cool

Before we get started here, no matter what side of the political aisle you might find yourself on, this is by no means the “worst of times” for this nation.

Letters to the Editor — Jan. 19, 2018

Dukes weighs in on right-to-work

Editor’s note: The following letter from former Sussex County Council member Dale Dukes was addressed to the current Sussex County Council and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Editorial — Decisions can leave a generational impact

Many people along the coasts were disturbed when it was announced that there was a revision to the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program, which will lead to increased oil and gas drilling in parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and Gulf of Mexico.

Point of No Return — Relax, David. Delaware still makes its mark

David Elliott has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Or, in the interests of accuracy, David Elliott has a tax-free chip of scrapple on his shoulder.

Letters to the Editor — Jan. 12, 2018

Reader opposes right-to-work laws

Editor:

It is illegal to force anyone to join a union. It has been since passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947. A non-union worker in a business that has a union must by law be given the same rights and privileges that are provided union workers. This is case-tested law that has been upheld all the way up to SCOTUS.

Editorial: DMV continues to improve its service game

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is a bit of an anomoly.

Another look back at our community in 2017

People around the country are sure to have very different memories when it comes to 2017.

Letters to the Editor — January 5, 2018

Pastor grateful for support of victims

Editor:

A heartfelt and sincere thank-you to all the amazing and caring people for being a blessing to the devastated hurricane victims of Harvey, Irma and Marie.

A special thank-you for donating money to UMCOR, giving various items and assembling cleaning bucket kits also hygiene kits.

The root of all evil (Why we should never trust big government)

This is not a religious essay. It is a treatise on ethics and, to some extent, morals. It is also a statement of facts showing how misinterpretations and misdirections — many inadvertent but most deliberate — can cause destruction in today’s society: destruction of personal values; destruction of family structure and destruction of societal ethos.

Editorial — We thank you all for your support in 2017

Dear readers and advertisers,

Let us start with offering our most sincere “Thank you” to each and every one of you. Without the support of our advertisers, we would not be able to put out this free paper every week. Without our readers, we’d have no need to put out this paper every week.

Letters to the Editor — Dec. 29, 2017

Reader weighs in on zoning change

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission, regarding change-of-zone application #1841, “Lemuel H. Hickman GST Exempt Trust fbo Brenton Archut,” and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Help is around us if you need it this holiday

The holidays can bring joy, togetherness and peace. It is a time to treasure our families, bond with our friends and co-workers, and reflect on all that is good.

Unless they aren’t.

Letters to the Editor — Dec. 22, 2017

Reader losing optimism on nation’s future

Editor:

As the Republicans’ loyalty to their Big Donor demands, rather than to the needs of their constituents, becomes increasingly apparent, even the good people of deep-red Alabama have come to vote in their own best interests. Democrat Doug Jones’ victory in the Alabama senate race is a hopeful sign.

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