Commentary: U.S. failing to remember the lessons of past

Because of the recent permission granted by Trump to the Turkish autocracy that will allow/encourage a campaign of genocide against the Kurdish people, who have exhibited a courageous and determined willingness to fight the evils of terrorism, I felt obligated to revisit a past moment in my personal experience with Turkey’s history. In 2007 I […]

Commentary: Putting special interest over Delaware families

The American Chemistry Council is the well-funded and highly influential (with members of both parties in Delaware) special interest that has flown in professionals (hacks) from as far away as California to keep my bills banning flame retardants from mattresses and children’s products bottled up in committee twice in the last few years. Joined by […]

Commentary: Language in Delaware budget bill betrays taxpayers

In a blatant disregard for fiscal responsibility and Delaware law, for almost a decade, the Joint Finance Committee has inserted language into the annual budget bill to remove oversight and protections from the use of taxpayer money to fund charter schools. One charter school that is under investigation for financial mismanagement has received millions in […]

COMMENTARY: HB 460 would hurt the neediest of Delawareans

The usual suspects of corporate propagandists are at it again, disingenuously arguing for budget cuts under the guise of revenue stabilization. HB 460, supported by corporate lobbyists, is an attempt to pass a Grover Norquist conservative dream version of a “balanced budget amendment.” The proposed constitutional change would establish budgetary constraints to force the services […]

COMMENTARY: Warning: There is no budget surplus in Delaware

With the governor’s proposed budget scheduled to be unveiled today and in light of recent Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) reports purportedly showing an uptick in revenues, it is incumbent upon me, as an elected official, to alert the taxpaying public to the reality and complexity of Delaware’s economic situation. While increased revenue […]

COMMENTARY: Delaware school board legislation is a ‘travesty’

On occasion, legislation is written and offered that is so obviously misguided in its intentions and presents such an overt attempt to manipulate the legitimacy of the democratic voting process that it is incumbent upon me to expose it to the public. (“Process for removing local school board members proposed,” Delaware State News, Dec. 26) […]

COMMENTARY: Is Delaware committing genocide against the middle class?

If you’re still upset about Hillary Clinton’s $600,000 price tag for delivering inspiring speeches to Corporate American entities, then consider the following in the matter of Delaware taxpayer giveaways and job creation: By my calculations, JP Morgan can afford 16.6 Hillary speeches paid by Delaware taxpayer money alone. DuPont/Dow can buy about 20 H.C. inspirational […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: General Assembly ignores alternatives for Delaware

Some of Friday’s House activity needs further explanation and clarification. There have been excuses made, and aspersions cast. I will not attempt to justify or excuse the failures of the entire General Assembly, its leadership and the governor throughout this self-created crisis. However, I do think that the public and all Delawareans deserve to be […]

COMMENTARY: Economic policy or unconditional surrender in Delaware?

“AstraZeneca Cutting Jobs” is the front-page headline in the Dec. 9 issue of The News Journal. That chilling announcement should be cause for alarm among all taxpayers and working families in Delaware. The reality check that should be paramount in the minds of all legislators is the direction that Delaware’s economy is headed and what […]

COMMENTARY: Who’s responsible for decline in NAEP scores?

The NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) test is one of the most widely used, highly respected and proven (over decades) accurate assessments of education results. If this latest development doesn’t strike a warning chord in any of you who consider yourselves advocates for children and public education, then, I’m afraid it’s time for an […]