Letter to the Editor Kudos to correction succession

I have had the pleasure of being acquainted for decades with current Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps and also with his upcoming successor, Claire DeMatteis. As the former statewide Delaware DOC Prison Arts Program director for almost 15 years, our paths had crossed many times. In my opinion, both folks have been exceptional […]

Commentary: Delaware needs to keep its promise to disabled adults

When your child is born with a significant disability, you have no choice but to become a lifelong advocate, especially after your child turns 21 years old. For me, this has meant advocating for the services that my adult sons with autism need as I have watched the staff turnover increase rapidly in recent years […]

Letter to the Editor: Temporary aid assists farmers

Seems it is “Deja vu” all over again for Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. Her May 25 Delaware State News commentary on the impact of China tariffs on farm commodities is nearly identical to that of Aug. 4, 2018 when she introduced H.R. 6483 to make permanent the President’s temporary relief to farmers. Now Blunt Rochester introduces […]

Speak Out: Foreign intelligence

President Donald Trump says that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent he’d be open to accepting it and that he’d have no obligation to call in the FBI. “I think I’d want to hear it,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News, adding, “There’s nothing wrong with listening.” • I […]

Commentary: Navigating a difficult problem through the path of grace

Quite a few states have passed new restrictions on abortion this year, and more are making similar plans. These restrictions include things like a ban on abortion after just six weeks, even if the woman is a victim of rape or incest. There will be court challenges and even the possibility of this issue going […]

Speak Out: Riot charges dropped

The Delaware Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it will not pursue the pending charges against the remaining inmates accused of perpetrating the deadly riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in February 2017. •Folks. We need complete video coverage in the prisons. It’s nuts they can not get enough video evidence to convicts these […]

Commentary: Stars and Stripes forever a symbol of freedom

It was a June day in Philadelphia, perhaps very much like today, that the delegates to the Second Continental Congress voted on a simple motion that created the most recognizable, enduring and powerful symbol of freedom and democracy that the world has ever known. The motion read as follows: “Resolved, That the flag of the […]

Speak Out: School legislation

Legislation that would allow school district boards of education to raise the local property tax without the approval of voters is set to be heard in committee today. Under the measure, House Bill 129, school boards would have the power to increase school property taxes annually by the lesser of 2 percent or the percentage […]

Commentary: Trump’s policy on Cuba fails the smell test

The Donald Trump administration announced a change in relations with Cuba in July 2017, so those who have been paying attention may not have been surprised by the new round of restrictions. Still, the type and timing of the rules is suspect, such that it certainly seems like an early appeal to the base against […]

Letter to the Editor: The high cost of Dover living

So now the city of Dover is considering raising property taxes. Recently, the voters of the Capital School District also voted to raise property taxes, which is done and a different issue. But, to old Dover residents, this Dover proposal raises a few questions as well as adds to our burden. Didn’t the city just […]