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 […]


This is a time of great passions and turmoil. It seems that things never have been worse, but God in his wisdom has given us a tool to make sense of a chaotic world. It is called “history,” which can guide and inspire us, if we would let it. Don’t believe me? I am a […]

New director, exhibit at Delaware Agricultural Museum

DOVER — Carolyn Claypoole has always had a love for history at an early age. “I grew up in Laramie, Wyoming,” Ms. Claypoole said. “My mother was a fourth-grade teacher. That’s the grade when you typically learn state history and she fostered my interest in the history of the American West. My parents took us […]

‘First Saturday’ to feature various patriotic traditions

DOVER — DNREC’s First State Heritage Park will explore “Patriotic Traditions” as its theme for the First State Heritage Park’s monthly “First Saturday in the First State” in July. The program will feature a variety of free events and activities. The John Bell House and Kent County Courthouse will give special focus to the African-American […]

Delaware’s John Dickinson: ‘Little known giant of American history’

DOVER — John Dickinson’s principles survived, likely at the expense of an enduring, well known, revered place in his country’s history. The Delaware statesman opted not to sign the Declaration of Independence, yet “was a very active participant in the forming of the U.S. Constitution and practically invented the Senate,’ author and editor John Sweeney […]