Commentary: Civility ascendant: Washington’s 110 rules of behavior

George Washington’s life was greatly influenced by a school homework exercise which began when he was just 13 years old. He was apparently assigned the task of copying a translation of a 16th Century Jesuit treatise titled “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” Washington not only copied the maxims, he lived […]

Harrington Museum event recreates a time gone by

HARRINGTON — A recipe for success can be found inside the heart of Harrington, flavored with ice cream floats, soda and a splash of memories from the past. The Harrington Museum, run by the Greater Harrington Historical Society, is hosting the Share a Soda and a Kiss event Saturday in hopes of bringing those memories […]

Best Bets: History of Rosedale Beach to be explored Saturday

Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder … The names are part of a who’s who list of legendary African-American entertainers. Those greats and many more presided at the Rosedale Beach Hotel near Millsboro back in the pre-integration era of the 20th century. While there were few places for people of color […]

Delaware State University student re-creating songs of World War I

DOVER — Growing up, brothers Jaden and Christian Adkins always believed that they would get a chance to showcase their musical talents during a monumental moment. It was just a matter of when it was going to happen. “My parents told me to keep working hard and opportunities would come my way,” Jaden said. As […]

Commentary: Bush forged his own path in politics

They used to be called the “eastern-establishment Republicans.” This breed doesn’t exist anymore. George H.W. Bush was an eastern-establishment Republican, except that he was from Texas. When Bush went to Texas with Barbara and baby George W. after graduating Yale, he would be among the first of the newer type of Republican there. Until 1960, […]

Dover Century Club has long history of service

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines and days of thanksgiving … *** The motto of the Dover Century Club is “Gently to Hear – Kindly to Judge” and it appears that it has served the group well for 121 years. The current membership is 83 strong, and the women range in […]

Commentary: Presidents as veterans are becoming dying breed

As we commemorate Veterans Day, it is interesting to examine the military record of America’s presidents. There are certainly important ramifications to having a president who was a member of the military prior to his election, as there are risks of not having such. In terms of general statistics, 31 of 44 U.S. presidents have […]

Dover’s Jones keeps World War II history alive through novels

DOVER — Dover resident Brenda Jones has always been fascinated with World War II since she was a little girl. “My dad was in World War II,” Ms. Jones said. “My father left when I was 4 or 5 and I didn’t ask him a lot of questions about it. But as I got older, […]

Monument honors Delaware women who served nation

DOVER — A lap around Legislative Hall offers a good Delaware history lesson as you stop and ponder the tributes to our military past. There are stones commemorating Delawareans who served in the Revolutionary War, World War I and World War II, and conflicts in the Middle East. Soon, the corner of Legislative Avenue and […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Failing history class

I fear that recent contributor Rebecca Scarborough (“Defending our American democracy,” Letter to the Editor, July 24) has failed one too many high school history classes. She begins her letter with 15 rapid-fire insults, none of which are proven or civil. The beginning two paragraphs are laced with these panic-driven insults. Then came the plea […]