Keeping an eyes on the skies in Dover

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** As mentioned here before, one of the joys of working at the Delaware State News is our regular chance to watch planes flying in and around Dover Air Force Base. We haven’t had a long string of days with blue skies lately, so […]

COMMENTARY: Dover Air Force Base commander gives thanks to Dover

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — “Dover is a special place.” This was the phrase most spoken two years ago as our family prepared to join Dover Air Force Base. It didn’t take long to understand the true meaning. Nestled in rural Delaware alongside the capitol city of Dover and its quaint downtown area — […]

SOUND OFF DELAWARE: Pay raises for state workers

This is your public forum. We welcome your opinions, which can be emailed to newsroom@newszap.com or posted online under the stories at www.DelawareStateNews.net. On Monday, lawmakers approved a pay raise for more than 24,000 state government employees — plus an additional $500 bonus for each. • They deserve much better at all levels. — Steve […]

COMMENTARY: More must be done to protect Delaware’s schools

Within the last week, a student brought a gun into one of our schools. Through the quick work of teachers and a school resource officer, any incident at Middletown High School was avoided. As a result, our Appoquinimink superintendent is forming a task force with school officials and parents to examine the totality of what […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Following God’s way leads to better society

This is in response to the Rev. Cameron Swain’s “A Letter to God” which appeared in the May 18 edition of the Delaware State News. Sir, you are right on target. We reap what we sow. We threw God out of our lives and then we wonder why He does not assist us. It does […]

SOUND OFF DELAWARE: Pay raises for Delaware workers

This is your public forum.We welcome your opinions, which can be emailed to newsroom@newszap.com or posted online under the stories at www.DelawareStateNews.net. On Monday, lawmakers approved a pay raise for more than 24,000 state government employees — plus an additional $500 bonus for each. • Looks like the employees enjoyed a nice little windfall. Yea, […]

COMMENTARY: Stemming the tide of rising health costs in Delaware

Over the next several weeks, as we complete another budget debate in Dover, we should not lose sight of Delaware’s long-term challenges and of one issue in particular: the rising cost of health care. The projected growth rate for state spending on health care services will more than double our expected growth rate in available […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cleaning up air pollution caused by chicken houses

Recently there has been a massive expansion of building chicken houses in Delaware and in Maryland. Just one of these chicken houses can hold up to 50,000 chickens, and of course 50,000 chickens making waste! In one small area of Sussex County there were about 15 chicken houses installed and put up without the community […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Delaware opioid proposal puts onus on ‘righteous’

If you don’t think the Delaware General Assembly is the biggest waste of taxpayer money, you really haven’t been paying attention. These people only indulge us when it’s time for them to get reelected, and even those just seeking office tell us blatant lies that they won’t fulfill. Their only goal in life is to […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Guaranteed government jobs have dire consequences

Sen. Bernie Sanders recently promoted the idea of a guaranteed government job for every person in America who wants one. A followup poll claimed that 40 percent of young and middle aged Americans agreed. While I generally take polls with a grain of salt because questions can be cleverly designed to insure the desired response, […]