Letter to the Editor: ‘Downward spiral of civility’

It is truly concerning when one considers the continued downward spiral of civility in our country. Especially involving the politicians, major news stations, talk radio and newspaper opinion pages. We should all remember President Lincoln stated in the 1800s that our nation could not be conquered from without only from within. Our country has experienced […]

Commentary: Delaware’s parole merry-go-round

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By Ronald Fraser State-run parole and probation programs are designed to keep persons convicted of crimes—including a very large number of non-violent crimes—out of prison. But in Delaware, according to a recent Council of State Governments study, Confined and Costly: How Supervision Violations are Filling Prisons, “On any given day 635 people (or 15% of […]

Speak Out: Stone’s sentence

The four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone quit the case Tuesday after the Justice Department overruled them and said it would take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant. The resignations raised immediate questions over whether Trump, who earlier in the […]

Commentary: Delaware has its own black history figures

By Carlos Holmes Every year in February, the natural approach to Black History Month is to highlight the African American stories and accomplishments of national importance — giants of the past and present who are renowned from the East to the West Coast. While such figures as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall […]

Speak Out: Trump’s ousters

President Donald Trump ousted Gordon Sondland, his ambassador to the European Union, who delivered damaging testimony during the impeachment inquiry. Sondland said in a statement Friday that Trump intends to recall him effectively immediately. The action came just hours after Alexander Vindman, the decorated soldier and national security aide who played a central role in […]

Commentary: University of Delaware’s commitment to First State students

By Dennis Assanis Last week, I attended the Delaware General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) meeting to propose budget considerations for Fiscal Year 2021 for the University of Delaware. I consider this chance to articulate collaborative opportunities between the University and the state to be a great honor. Indeed, UD has a long and proud […]

Letter to the Editor: Democrats should take their ball and go home

George Roof, citizen of Magnolia, was certainly entitled to attack what I wrote about President Trump in my recent political column (although he thinks I take my lead from “Saul Alinsky,” when, in truth, I barely know who that is and have no idea what he espouses). But when he described my credentials this way […]

Letter to the Editor: The party of losers

When our president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, was running as a Republican in 2016, he claimed that at one point there would be so much winning we would ask him to please stop. Now almost 3 years into his administration unemployment is down, new jobs are up, illegal cross-border crossings are down, […]

Speak Out: Punkin Chunkin home

Organizers of the Punkin Chunkin last week said they are looking to return the charity event somewhere on Delmarva, closer to its founding roots in Sussex County. Following a sanctioned, but smaller-sized 2019 event staged in Rantoul, Illinois, the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association is asking to “Bring Us Home.” “We had a great event […]

Commentary: Time to get off the referendum merry go round

By Dave Rhodes Here we are again for round three of the Indian River School District Referendum. It failed twice in 2019 and now we are faced with it again in 2020. District residents pay state income taxes, local county taxes and now we are asked to pay a local tax for school issues. Three […]