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The Dover Planning Commission decided this week to allow demolition of two historical properties on South Bradford Street, to make room for a parking structure. The approval overturns an earlier Historic District Commission ruling to block the removal of the buildings. What do you think should be done? How much should a site’s history play into development? Is there a happy medium? more
The summer season is a critical time for Delaware’s economy. Millions of locals and out-of-state visitors will flock to Rehoboth Beach and other tourist destinations, creating billions of dollars in local economic activity. The season supports thousands of small businesses and jobs, with the tourism industry ranking as the state’s fourth-largest employer in 2021. more
Veterans in Delaware face a variety of challenges after serving in the military. These challenges include increased risks for substance abuse disorders, mental illnesses, suicide, chronic pain and trauma, as well as unstable housing and unemployment. more
With increasing numbers of poor and hungry residents in the First State, how can our legislators tackle the issue? Should there be funding for free breakfasts and lunches at schools? Should they be given to all kids, regardless of their family’s financial status? What other laws could be written to thwart food insecurity? more
Hunter Biden was convicted June 11 of all three felony charges related to the purchase of a revolver in 2018, when, prosecutors argued, the president’s son lied on a mandatory gun purchase form by saying he was not illegally using or addicted to drugs. more
I am a citizen of Dover, and on June 10, I observed a Dover City Council meeting. During the meeting, there was a discussion on the topic of censuring a councilman named William Hare for an ethics violation involving him allegedly stalking a city employee. more
Remember those chain letters we all received from time to time not so long ago? You know, the ones that demanded us to copy and send that very letter to a specified number of recipients or else something unpleasant or even drastic could happen? more
The recent news that state House of Representatives Republicans had blocked the effort to provide no-excuse absentee voting has shocked me. Though I’m aware that national Republicans work every day on voter suppression tactics, I hadn’t expected Delaware Republicans to follow this alarming trend. more
In 2022, Delaware passed House Bill 304, which has been called the “science of reading bill.” This legislation mandates three annual screenings each year in kindergarten through third grade to look for students at risk for developing reading difficulties. more
Practicing as an independent pharmacist in Smyrna and Camden has given me great insight into the problem of prescription drug prices. Daily, the patients I care for are facing higher out-of-pocket costs that are a cause for concern and bring into question their continued ability to afford the lifesaving medications they need. more
On Monday evening, I attended the city of Dover Planning Commission meeting to give public comment on an item listed on the agenda — an appeal by the Downtown Dover Partnership to overturn the May 16 Historic District Commission decision that denied the partnership’s requests to demolish the structure at 148 S. Bradford St. and also to demolish a structure at 150 S. Bradford St. more
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed each June 15 to raise knowledge about the abuse, neglect, mistreatment and exploitation that an older person may face. This initiative aims to promote respect and dignity, while emphasizing the right to live free of fear and violence. more
I would be in favor of all students being able to get a free lunch, no matter their economic level. more
The litany of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement seemingly never ends in the First State! more
As president and CEO of the Food Bank of Delaware, I applaud the Daily State News for the comprehensive coverage given to food insecurity in Delaware as part of the Seeds of Need series. As grateful as I am, I am also saddened that hunger continues to be such a devastating reality for so many in our state. more
As flowers bloom and temperatures climb, many are eager to get back outside. But while the sun may be shining, there is a dark side that can make the great outdoors not so great. more
Close to half of America’s tap water contains PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. These “forever chemicals” are in thousands of products, from clothing and cosmetics to cleaning products, and are linked to cancers, liver damage, high cholesterol and asthma. more
Frank Daniels’ recent Opinion asks us to ignore Donald Trump’s “personality” because it is “policy” that is more important (“Will you vote based on personality or policy?”). But consider this old racket: Some guy slaps you on your back with one hand and picks your pocket with the other. more
As the 2024 campaign cycle unfolds, strategists, pollsters and political scientists have been closely watching independent voters. more
Independent voters who live in communities with lots of gun violence are very concerned about gun safety and gun regulations, our research has found. That should not be surprising. But what is surprising is our companion finding: Democrats and Republicans who live in those same communities have views on gun violence and gun regulations that line up more closely with their party leaders’ views than with the experiences of their daily lives. more
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