Letter to the Editor: Voting reforms should include verification

The Delaware General Assembly is expected to deliberate multiple proposals this year to change our state’s elections process. Same-day voter registration and “no-excuse” absentee balloting are two of the measures that will likely be debated by the legislature in the next few months. While I am open to considering any sensible voting reform, I also […]

Speak Out: Vaccination appointments offered to 11,500 seniors

The Delaware Division of Public Health contacted 11,500 seniors, offering appointments for large vaccination events in Delaware City and Georgetown, utilizing the DPH’s new registration system launched Wednesday. • Guess we did not make it. The questionnaire did not ask if you had high blood pressure, thyroid or respiratory problems. So on we go, hopefully. […]

Commentary: How Delaware is prioritizing teacher diversity

By Mark Baxter The notion that a more diverse teacher workforce increases student well-being and academic success is not a new idea. Research has shown that a more diverse teacher workforce leads to better student outcomes, increases access to advanced coursework and builds strong social-emotional support for students. Yet, across Delaware and the nation, teaching […]

Letter to the Editor: Our disagreement doesn’t have to include hateful rhetoric

You published the thoughtful letter of retired Col. Frank Daniels (“Where is our country headed?” Jan. 20). It raised valid concerns. The hateful rhetoric directed at all who were in any way associated with, or voted for, Donald Trump and the efforts to cancel their voices is contrary to the American traditions of free speech, […]

Speak Out: Delaware COVID-related deaths pass 1,000

Delaware’s total number of COVID-19-related deaths went over the 1,000 mark as of Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. The total number of individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranges in age from younger than 5 to 104 years old, according to the DPH. • Why isn’t the vaccine being given out 24/7 till they run […]

Commentary: Pandemic brings home interconnectedness of reading, digital literacy

By Cynthia E. Shermeyer If the COVID-19 pandemic has proven anything, it’s that we can’t adequately combat the literacy crisis in America without addressing digital literacy. Literacy is defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as “the ability to read, write, and speak in English, and compute and solve problems at levels of […]

Letter to the Editor: Vaccination process gets rave review from former critic

I have been critical of the way the virus vaccine has been given to the elderly; however, today, I went to the Division of Motor Vehicles and got mine for those over 65. I got there at 9:05 for shots to start at 10. I was finished at 10:55. Those folks who handled the movement […]

Letter to the editor: Phase 1B candidates should have been made aware

This is outrageous and completely unacceptable, as no notice of such vaccination opportunity was provided to those of us in Phase 1B who are at great risk of severe complications/death from COVID-19 infection. Let’s try to “pretend” that COVID-19 is a health care emergency and react accordingly to get about 1.5 million doses out to […]

Letter to the editor: Vaccinations for everyone

I am an 86-year-old with an underlying condition, and Saturday afternoon I received my first COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Division of Motor Vehicles in Dover. I simply heard that shots were available, and I went to get one. There is a great deal of controversy and confusion about the plans and schedules in the […]

Commentary: Sierra Club weighs in on renewable energy portfolio standard

By Dustyn Thompson “A cry for survival comes from the planet itself. A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear.” — President Joe Biden’s inaugural address, Jan. 20, 2021. For the past year, the Sierra Club’s Delaware chapter has helped lead a group of 38 community, business, faith and environmental organizations […]