Editorial — Keep your eyes out for little ghouls and goblins

Date Published: 
Oct. 20, 2017

The Halloween season is one marked by celebration and fun.

There are Halloween parties for all ages, festivals for families, adult-oriented events and, of course, activities designed for children to get out and have some fun. Starting this weekend, there will be several trunk-or-treat events — where local individuals, organizations and businesses will provide children a safe environment to wear their new 2017 Halloween costumes and secure some tasty goodies.

It is a fun time of year, and one that promises just about as much fun as any time of the year can, with a little less pressure than some of the other holidays can dump on us.

But it does come with some inherent dangers.

For one, kids wearing costumes often means that these kids do not have the same vision they do without masks or headgear blocking their sight. The children are also usually pretty amped up, so they might not be paying as much attention to the things around them that they should.

When you combine those elements with motorists going to and from adult Halloween activities, well, there is an increased possibility of something going horribly wrong.

We ask parents to keep a close eye on their children as they enjoy as many Halloween-related activities as possible, children to steal that extra little moment to become aware of their surroundings and motorists to really be on the lookout for kids in the streets — both the major and back roads.

Halloween should offer great memories, not nightmares.

Point of No Return — Fall is marked by pumpkin spice explosion

Date Published: 
Oct. 20, 2017

Our enemies are more clever than we ever anticipated.

We’ve spent billions attempting to secure and shore up our borders, and God only knows how many hours trying to solidify our nation’s cybersecurity. We have satellites and drones, masters of disguise and espionage on our payroll, and every person walking down a city street or crouched in a deer blind has a phone in his or her pocket that can instantly be used to record “suspicious activity” around us. Yet, we’ve still been infiltrated.

Of course, I’m talking about pumpkin spice.

The genesis of this assault on our senses is still in much dispute. However, we feel pretty solid in assuming Patient X was a latte of some form, and we now believe it was packaged intentionally with a pumpkin spice doughnut.

Based on countless hours of interrogation (yeah, I’ve asked nobody) and stringent use of the scientific method (again, I have used no science, whatsoever), we can hypothesize that this doubling-down of pumpkin spice during the breakfast hours caused a pumpkinization of our internal mechanisms — thus opening the door for more pumpkin spice to infiltrate our very way of life.

If it is indeed proven that this gourd spice phenomenon began with lattes and doughnuts, we feel it’s safe to assume that the next wave to hit came in the form of flavored beers — a concept that seems at once both remarkably unpatriotic and tantalizingly yummy. I mean, messing with the integrity of beer just feels like something our enemies would do to disrupt our very way of life. On the other hand, it does create a really good flavor that...

But I digress.

Did you forget over the last 10 months about how much pumpkin spice appears in October and November every year? Well, Pepperidge Farms remembers. They now make pumpkin spice Milano cookies and Swirl Bread. If you really want to take your pumpkin spice Swirl Bread to new autumnal heights, try spreading on some Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese from the fine people at Kraft.

What am I doing? I’m becoming part of this pumpkin spice problem without even trying. They suck you in with one — or 17 — pumpkin spice beers, and the next thing you know you are giving out culinary advice on how to get more of this dispersed to the rest of our beloved nation. They are clever, these folks. Very clever.

And their momentum is clearly picking up as we speed toward Halloween. I have seen pumpkin spice candy corn and M&Ms, to go along with pumpkin spice instant oatmeal and pumpkin spice granola bars. There are pumpkin spice bagels, pumpkin spice shortbread cookies and pumpkin spice egg-and-scrapple sandwiches sold at...

Yeah, just wanted to see if you were still reading.

It’s quite obvious to me that this pumpkin spice proliferation has invaded our nation via Russian interference. Or, quite possibly, aliens. It definitely has to be one of those two outside sources that had the audacity to...

Well, maybe North Korea. I mean, really, if you have to pick one outside foe that would be diabolical enough to pull off something like this, it would have to be North Korea, right? Switzerland? They’ve been pretty under-the-radar for some time now. Perhaps they have been working on a pumpkin spice invasion behind the scenes all these years.

Regardless of who is behind this aromatic attack, it is evident to all that we are under seige, and there is no sign of it letting up any time soon. If anything, we are getting more pumpkin spice than ever before, and we started getting it earlier in the year than ever before.

The New York Times ran an article in August called “Pumpkin Spice Glut Arrives Earlier Than Ever.” The article cited the annual arrival of the Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte as being the “capstone event” of pumpkin spice season. In 2015, the beverage arrived on Sept. 8. Last year, it hit the masses on Sept. 6. This year? Sept. 1.

Notice the trend? At this rate, pumpkin spice will be a thing 365 days a year starting in about 2043.

Or not. The article explained how retailers use “stop and start dates” to build excitement for a product, and with pumpkin spice probably disappearing by the end of the calendar year, the retailers are able to foster a belief that this is a rare and scarce product — comparing it to how McDonald’s has marketed the McRib sandwich over the years.

Pumpkin spice McRib? I don’t believe the Internet, or my gastrointestinal system, could handle it.

A 2014 Buzzfeed article focused on products that weren’t being made with pumpkin spice, but the author argued should be, including pumpkin spice toothpaste, Skittles, nasal spray, deodorant and ring pops. The article also included pumpkin spice Doritos, but I figured I’d keep that to myself so I could try to corner the market...

I’ve said too much.

Trends come, and trends go, and I suspect the pumpkin spice trend will disappear once it has run its course, as well. And, if it does stay on as an autumnal staple, keep in mind that it will disappear as fast as retailers can start stacking eggnog-flavored lollipops and peppermint-laced coffee drinks.

Unless, pumpkin spice eggnog becomes a thing. God help us all.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor — Oct. 20, 2017

Date Published: 
Oct. 20, 2017

Reader explains the furor over birth control


A letter published Oct. 13, 2017, on Delawareonline asked why the furor about the executive order rescinding the Affordable Health Act (ACA) requirement to provide birth control pills that cost only $9 per month at Wal-Mart. That order is repugnant on many levels. But the writer drills down to the cost, so I’ll respond to that.

Women of childbearing age insured by ACA plans were given access to safe and effective contraceptives with no copays. The result... unplanned pregnancies and abortions dropped significantly! At the very least, that suggests that many women simply could not afford the $9 per month cost the letter-writer is privileged to deem affordable.

Even in a loving family that is already stressed, an unplanned child can be the proverbial straw that pushes them into a situation that requires some type of public assistance. Every unplanned teen pregnancy is life-altering, regardless of the decisions made after the fact… loss of educational opportunity; additional burden of child care perhaps by grandparent(s); child support from the male partner who, if he is still in school, has little/no money, etc., etc., etc. All scenarios are likely to require public dollars from some program in an effort to provide for the innocent child.

This is what happens when healthcare decisions are made on initial cost basis. The downstream costs are going to be a lot greater than $9 per month/per child. And every American, especially the child, pays.

Patricia Frey


Reader responds to previous letter


I am offering a few comments on John Dupont’s letter to President Trump and printed in last week’s Coastal Point. He’s repeated so many liberal and liberal media talking points I have to believe that when he adds, “I’m still with you” eight times, he’s being facetious.

We true supporters don’t have to curry favor with such duplicity! You, sir, are a mirror of what has become a mere shill for what many of us true Americans consider anti-American!

I would also like to comment on some, but not all, of his silly comments.

(1) The obnoxious descriptive adjectives that you note “informed people” say describe our president are actually words used by the losers of the last election!

(2) Your liberal (no pun intended) use and reference to lies and lying makes me wonder if you conveniently suffer from amnesia. I clearly remember Clinton the first and how he has been surpassed by Clinton the second. No matter — we’re still thankful every day that we have been spared Hillary!

(3) You mention that he promised a “great” health care plan. For once you are correct — he failed at this! Unfortunately, he/we have found out that there is little difference in which party you belong to when you thrive in the swamp. However, I find it very hard to believe that the elimination of the ACA would result in disaster for the 20 million you mention! Where were these folks before the ACA?

(4) You mention the very illustrious careers of many of his appointees but disagree with those choices. This is not a surprise! Most have had successful careers in other than academia or politics! Yes, they have actually worked, ran businesses, hired people to produce things and made payrolls. It’s not hard for me to understand his choices. Unless, of course, you’re so far gone in swamp life!

(5) You mention the EPA and clean air. Perhaps we could wait and see what actually happens. The EPA has run wild, and many believe that it had to be reined in. They’ve been dictatorial in their overreach. No matter — I’m willing to be patient and see what happens!

(6) You knock our president’s “tax reform” proposal. Funny, you haven’t expanded your reasons for this beyond “their” talking points! Amnesia again! Similar actions by President Reagan were very successful! Oh, and I find it hypocritical that you should even mention the national debt. Amnesia again!

(7) I’ll bunch North Korea, the U.N. and even our allies together, because I am very happy and proud with the way President Trump has talked. Many of us are proud of his actions on our behalf. He is obviously pro-America, unlike his predecessor!

(8) Russia! Ha! This whole thing is a DemoNcrat fabrication! I may be wrong, but wasn’t it the DNC that was hacked? Many of us believe that they are behind this whole thing because of their embarrassment and it is, of course, a smear against our president!

(9) You mention immigration, with some absurd reference to protecting teenagers. More distorted information from the left! We are a nation of laws! Unless you’re a liberal, and then you can pick which laws you choose to obey! That is no way to run a country!

(10) You also mention Lebanon and Jordan! But there’s no mention of the millions of dollars in aid that we are sending! And there’s no mention of the contributions the previous weak-kneed administration has made to this situation!

I could go on, but I’d like to have this printed. In closing, I think it’s safe to say that perhaps on a windy day your ashes could be spread at MaraLago. That’s probably the only way they could get them over the wall! Oh, and that reminds me — we do need a wall at our southern border for many more serious reasons!

Thomas M. Keeley III

Ocean View

Town historians thankful for support


The Ocean View Historical Society and the Coastal Towns [Museum] committee would like to thank the generous homeowners who opened up their homes for our first annual Historic House tour on Oct. 7.

Thanks to the committee, the many docents and the Historical Society Board, the event was a huge success, and we plan on repeating it next year in Fenwick Island.

I would also like to extend our appreciation to the artists at the gallery who donated paintings which we were able to use for a silent auction. And, due to the exposure the Coastal Point extended to our articles and sales at Made by Hand and Ellen Rice Gallery, we were able to sell a significant number of tickets.

Finally, a big thanks to everyone who attended this enjoyable tour.

Barbara Slavin, President

Ocean View Historical Society

Reader: Officials should butt out


This … is regarding the proposed ban of canopies on Bethany Beach. This is totally a solution looking for a problem.

Watching the last council workshop video on 16 October, it looks to me that none of the council members really know what they want to do, why they want to do anything, or what problem is going to be solved and why they are wasting their time. It was two hours of watching people run around in a circle.

I think they should watch themselves. It was kind of embarrassing. I felt sorry for them.

It’s obvious to everybody I have spoken to on this issue that’s it’s a clear case of frustrated politicians trying to do anything to justify their existence. They figure because other area politicians are doing something in neighboring jurisdictions that they need to do something too.

Hey, council. Why don’t you buck the trend and leave the people alone? Show that you don’t want to be everybody’s grandmother by telling them what they can and can’t do when their on vacation.

I was glad to see that some of the council members realize that this will negatively affect businesses that serve the hundreds of large families that come to Bethany Beach for the simple fact that they can use canopies in a safe, polite and sensible manner.

You know the old saying, “Don’t just stand there, do something”… Well, for local politicians, it should be, “Don’t just do something, stand there.”

Here’s hoping common sense wins out.

Ron & Sharon Ruest


Girl Scouts tout all-girl environment


Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay is more committed than ever to providing girls with the leadership skills through the all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a necessary safe space for girls to learn and thrive.

Through Girl Scouting, girls can take the lead in the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on “learning by doing.” When Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912, she taught the girls of Savannah how to weld and play basketball.

Now more than ever, girls need Girl Scouts. The single-gender environment offered by Girl Scouts creates an inclusive place where girls are free to explore their true potential and take the lead without the pressures that can be found in a co-ed environment. I have watched girls blossom into strong, young women who aren’t afraid to stand for what they believe in.

For more than a century, Girl Scouts has provided millions of girls the opportunity for adventure, inspiration and valuable mentoring. Most importantly, the program is girl-led.

No one inspires girl leadership better than the Girl Scouts. The girls who earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, set themselves apart through the college admissions process, earn college scholarships, and enter the military one rank higher. These girls see a need in their community, or in the world, and take action to solve the problem.

Gold Award Girl Scout Sarayu Sivaram from Wilmington wanted to make it easier for children in India to read. Because of the poverty line in India, many underprivileged children do not have the education resources. Sarayu created a free public library in Tamil Nadu, India.

Here in Delaware, Genevieve Spence from Troop 833 renovated the kitchen at Family Promise, and provided resources to encourage healthy eating. The kitchen at Family Promise was difficult to use, so many families staying there opted for fast, processed food. Family Promise is now able to serve homeless families and provide housing with a functional kitchen.

There are so many girls like Sarayu and Genevieve who are changing the world every single day. These girls have a voice because of Girl Scouts.

Another pillar in the Girl Scout program is our dedication to outdoor skills. Over the summer, we announced 23 new badges, focusing on cyber security, robotics and engineering, and seven new badges that focus on building outdoor skills for every grade level.

These outdoor experiences are progressive, so the girls will build on their knowledge year after year. Activities such as hiking, camping, canoeing, high ropes and archery offer girls opportunities to have exciting, girl-led outdoor adventures, while learning important skills that teach valuable life lessons, like self-reliance, leadership and perseverance.

The fact is, most of a girl’s life is co-ed. But the emotional, girl-inclusive programming offered by Girl Scouts fosters collaboration instead of competition, and promotes support among girls, enabling them to stretch beyond their limits and transfer valuable knowledge and skills to any environment, both now and in the future.

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay is dedicated to serving all girls in K-12th grades in an all-girl environment. Girls are welcome to join at any time, and all girls have the opportunity to earn the Gold Award. For more information visit our website at or call (302) 456-7150.

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay