Sussex BOA Removes Condition on Allen Harim Plant

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In response to Allen Harim’s appeal of a earlier condition of approval of Allen Harim, LLC’s application for approval a poultry deboning operation at the former Vlasic Pickle plant near Millsboro, the Sussex County Board of Adjustment voted to remove its previous condition that all properly permitted on-site wastewater facilities be in place before the plant was allowed to operate. Instead, it now permits plant operation subject to legally permitted trucking of wastewater to off-site treatment, much to the consternation of local residents,last Monday night. The BOA also reiterated its standing general position that it does not have the power or inclination to make environmental or public health decisions in its deliberations. In an August 20 appeal to the BOA, an attorney for the multimillion-dollar South Korean owned corporation claimed that Read more

Andrew Webb Launches 2018 Campaign

Populist write-in candidate for U.S. Representative Andrew Webb, kicked off his 2018 campaign for Delaware's single congressional seat earlier this evening at the Stargate Restaurant in Seaford. Here is a transcript of his opening speech: Before I get started, I want to thank everyone who took time out of their evening for coming and allowing me to hear your concerns and ideas for our state and nation. Remember, it is your voice that I want to take to Washington. I would like to take a moment and thank my parents for coming out and supporting me in this endeavor. I would also like to thank our growing team of supporters who are helping me make it all possible. To tell you a little but about myself, My name is Andrew Webb and I am 26-year old graduate of Del Tech in Georgetown from the HVAC program. Currently, I have returned to study addictions and learn the steps of becoming Read more

Webb Campaign Launches Website

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Barely three days after announcing his populist write-in campaign, Delaware congressional candidate, Andrew Webb has added a ‘b’ to the term “website”. Electweb.com debuted the internet early Sunday morning. Developed in-house with volunteer staff, for a fraction of the cost of most political websites, electweb.com is streamlined and to the point, stating his position on major issues. It openly invites citizens to share their concerns and encourages active voter involvement and support. There is also a page dedicated to voter registration with instructions on how to cast a write-in ballot. Casting a write-in ballot in Delaware is more complicated than pushing a button in a column. Due to the very narrow roll of paper embedded in the state’s obsolescent voting machines it takes some extra effort. However, with a bit of concentration, Read more

Webb Files for U.S. Representative

In the aftermath of the 2018 Republican State Primary, a fresh new face is running for Delaware’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Andrew C. Webb (26), an HVAC serviceman, concerned citizen and Del Tech student, majoring in drug and alcohol counseling, has filed as a write-in candidate, yesterday. “After considering and seeing our options to represent Delaware in Congress, I have decided to officially run for US House of Representatives as a write-in candidate and clear alternative to Delaware politics as usual. My message is simple: Consistency and Transparency. I will be officially filing on Thursday. Stay tuned!!”, he announced on social media. Although he is a registered Republican, he is running a highly motivated independent write-in campaign to run for U.S. Representative as a popular alternative candidate. “Our campaign is intended to represent Read more

Improving Delmarva’s Water Quality

David Rickards, President and CEO of Birdsong Gardens offers an economically profitable and sustainable solution to the problem of Delmarva's deteriorated water quality. Duckweed ( Lemna minor) has been commonly treated as a rapidly growing nuisance aquatic plant to be disposed of . Generally, duckweed is controlled with copper algicide compounds, having negative impact on fish and other aquatic and estaurine life with a net deterioration of the natural biota. However, controlled harvesting and processing of lemna minor can yield useful and profitable commercial products with significant reduction in both nutrient and toxic water pollution in natural waterways and man made holding facilities. A specific example is given for Allen Harim's proposed deboning plant near Millsboro, DE: 1) Allen Harim has 1,200 acres planned for spray field irrigation (@43,560 square feet/acre). 2) Read more

Sussex BoA Tables Allen Harim Decision

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Sussex County Board of Adjustment, last Monday night, unanimously tabled a decision on Allen Harim LLC's request to change the condition of approval regarding wastewater treatment at its storage facility near Millsboro. Fifteen persons present registered their opposition, while no one besides the applicant registered support. Located between Iron Branch Road and Pinnacle Way near Millsboro, the former Vlasic pickle plant is the subject of major local controversy due to its adverse environmental impact on water quality including nutrient loading of the Indian River watershed and toxic contamination of nearby residential well water. In 2013, Allen Harim proposed building a major poultry processing plant on its 107-acre brownfield site, that would have drawn an estimated 2.5 million gallons of groundwater per day, but abandoned its original Read more

GOP Primary US Senate Candidates Discuss Issues

BY: Wolfgang von Baumgart, Staff Writer Delaware's Republican primary US Senate candidates, Rob Arlett and Gene Truono discussed issues last night at the Georgetown CHEER Center in an event sponsored by the Sussex County GOP, moderated by WGMD 92.7 FM morning talk show host, Mike Bradley. “Tom Carper is the major reason why we need term limits. I am running to put courage back in the U.S. Senate. Congress is not doing its job,” said candidate Rob Arlett in his opening statement. Candidate Gene Truono stated that it is important to focus on the issues: tax reform leading to economic growth, nomination of constitutionalists to the U.S. Supreme Court and final repeal of Obamacare. He further stated that he should give the Democrat candidates a copy of “Economics 101” in reference to their fiscal policies. Both candidates agreed that to support Supreme Court nominees who Read more

Anderson signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge

The tax pledge was endorsed by Temple Economist Sherry Jarrell who said that the spending and tax proposals by Councilman David Anderson would benefit the economy of the state. "That is an economic fact, not an opinion, stated Jarrell. In contrast to the incumbent who raised taxes, Councilman David Anderson has a 7-year record of safeguarding the taxpayer's interests. The taxpayer protection pledge stands in stark contrast to the proposed gas tax, income tax hike and host of passed tax hikes by Representative Sean Lynn. taxpayer pledge (1) Read more

The last session of the General Assembly fails to meet the hype

Tax, Spend, Rinse and Spend more While the ruling Democrat party is congratulating themselves for the last session of the General Assembly as if it was a great success, I see it as a failure in governance. They raised taxes by hundreds of millions then when the national economy brought in more money, they made no effort to cut the tax increases from last year. They went on a spending spree. They did not increase the successful grant in aid that works in the community, they made a big deal about getting back to where it was before the 20% cut. They did not pass the Simpler reforms. They did not even bother to vote on them. They did not pass any fundamental reforms to manage our money better. They did not even discuss them. Fathers in state employee now have 12 weeks paid maternity leave at your expense. They did suspend the rules 70 times in the House of Representatives alone. Read more

Guest Opinion on the Minimum Wage Vote

Chamber Disappointed in Late Night Minimum Wage Vote The Delaware House of Representatives held a late night, with a 3:30 a.m. vote to increase Delaware’s minimum wage by $.50 a year for the next two years. House Republicans were able to negotiate the passage of a bill that would create two lower-wage groups—a training wage, and a teen wage, to be paid at most $.50 under the minimum wage once the bill goes into effect on January 1, 2019. The Delaware State Chamber, along with other business groups, were on hand throughout the last night of session to provide input and feedback on how this legislation was being crafted and handled. Each year legislation has been introduced to raise the minimum wage, which was last raised in 2015. Each year the legislation is sent to the Senate Labor Committee (as it generally originates in the Senate), where it passes, and goes to the full Senate Read more

Purple is the new color of hope for beating addiction in Delaware

There is a crisis in Delaware. Is it violence, shootings, drunk driving or distracted driving? The drug addiction crisis far exceeds all of these. The death toll is incredible. Nationally, 64,000 overdose deaths occurred in 2016. The economic toll is 504 billion dollars. Delaware ranks above the national average in overdose deaths. In 2016, more than 300 deaths occurred. Since Rep. Tim Dukes’ successful Narcan initiative, we are still high at over 200 deaths and double that total in traffic deaths. Kent County alone has had hundreds of people overdose in 2017 and receive Narcan emergency treatment . It is buying us time, but we have to address the problem. I have personally seen the toll around me. Hospital emergency rooms overloaded with victims, businesspeople, lawyers, homeless people, students and seniors. People from every walk of life, every ethnicity and every income Read more

June Surprise–Guest Opinion

Delmarva Power Electric Customers Beware the June Surprise Every June the worst legislation is saved for last. State Senator Harris McDowell has introduced Senate Bill 265 that will cost Delmarva Power customers a bundle. Your electric bill breaks out the cost of the infuriating Bloom Energy fuel cell project, and for out-of-state wind farms that increased electric bills, but sent jobs elsewhere. This adds about 10 percent to your bill, or about $100 a year. Now such projects no longer need your money to succeed. Current law requires freezing such subsidies if a 3 percent cap is exceeded. The cap was exceeded in 2012. So why hasn’t there been a freeze? The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), delayed calculating the cost for five years, ignored the Bloom Project cost, and then manipulated the numbers so a 10 percent Read more

Unemployment rate crashes to lowest rate in half a century

Unemployment Rate Matches Lowest Point in Half a Century CNN Money June 1, 2018 https://spkrryan.us/2H9t81x The unemployment rate has matched its lowest point in half a century. The Labor Department reported Friday that unemployment fell to 3.8% in May. The economy added 223,000 jobs, better than economists expected. Since 1969, the only other time unemployment has been this low was in April 2000. Unemployment has fallen steadily since the Great Recession. It peaked at 10% in 2009. Wages grew 2.7% in May compared with a year earlier. That was in line with expectations, and should keep inflation fears calm on Wall Street. "The US economy has this incredible head of steam," said Josh Wright, chief economist at software firm iCIMS. He said workers were starting to feel the effects of last year's tax cut. The job gains were broad. In April, the economy added 159,000 Read more

Memorial Day Memories–Why I stand for the flag

I had the honor be among those who sent several young men back to Dover as part of the Dignified Transfer from Kandahar, Afghanistan. Memorial Day has never been the same. I relate to one in particular because of one of the choppers that went down, I was among those scheduled to be on it. We could not get the arrangements on the other side straight. Instead, we ended up sending others who were on that flight back under Old Glory. This is why it bugs me so much to see the flag or anthem disrespected. It is not that I do not respect people's right to do whatever. I do. I just wish people understood what that beautiful flag means. It is the symbol of liberty. Humanity struggled to be free until the United States of America. Once we became free to achieve, worship, be educated and govern ourselves, the whole world changed. I wish people would look at the world in 1600 and look at it in 600 Read more

Attention Democratic African American Friends

Please join me in a thought experiment. Is it possible that the Democratic party has not done anything useful for Blacks in 50 years since Johnson? I don't think that we owe them any more. Especially when you consider Civil Rights was pushed primarily by Republicans like Rep. McCulloch and Sen. Dirksen. Johnson brought along enough Democrats to his credit. Can you think of anything they did since 1968? Fair Housing Act, no that was Nixon. Renewal of the Voting Rights Act, no Reagan and W. Dr. King Day, Reagan. Welfare reform actually helped and that was Clinton, right? Well didn't he veto it twice then when he could not stop it, claimed Gingrich and Kasich's work as his own? How about improvements in minority education--W Bush. Well go back to the historic Brown V. Board of Education, Eisenhower. In other words, with the exception of Kennedy and Johnson, no Democrat has accomplished Read more

Jud Bennett on the final chapter of the TransPerfect battle. Shaw wins–Jobs stay

Hoorah! After four-years, the TransPerfect legal battle has finally ended with co-founder Philip Shawe and his mother Shirley Shawe continuing to own and run this successful private company. After following every detail of this case, reading all available documents several times, and interviewing many employees, I feel I know what is right and wrong about this case. First, let us celebrate what is right: Philip Shawe, the manager and 49% owner who built the business, and who EVERY witness in the case testified in favor of, prevailed in his bid. He now owns 99% of the company. Additionally and importantly, my fellow senior citizen, Shirley Shawe, who was never accused of anything in this case and was being unconstitutionally forced to sell her 1%, was able to maintain her stake (However, I understand that she did lose her control premium in the process). I also understand the Shawes Read more

DE Republican State Convention News

The Delaware Republican State Convention endorsed Ken Simpler for State Treasurer, but the candidates for Attorney General and House of Representatives had second thoughts those along with retiring auditor Tom Wagner’s slot passed without endorsement. The surprise was no endorsement in the Senate race. County Councilman Rob Arlett was able to block by 3 votes Businessman and Philanthropist Gene Truono from obtaining the endorsement for the Senate race. After 3 ballots with Truono falling short of the 60% threshold, the convention opted to pass on endorsing anyone The two now head towards a primary with the party remaining neutral.

Boyce Endorses Arlett in Convention Run up– Guest Post by Chuck Boyce

After running for U.S. Senate myself over the past 12 months here in the First State, I got the chance to meet and talk to a lot of amazing Delawareans up and down the state. It was an amazing experience in my life where learned so much about people’s concerns and way of life. When I was visiting Sussex County many months ago, I got the great opportunity to meet with Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett. I met him and his wonderful wife Lorna near the beautiful beaches of our great state. I got to know him as a citizen and leader who has always put people first. After getting to know Mr. Arlett, I can truly say that he is a good friend of mine and someone that I know would make for an amazing U.S. Senator that is dedicated to representing all Delawareans. While other candidates for office are in it for the money, title or power; I know that Rob is in it solely for the purpose of bettering Read more

Why Gene Truono–Guest Post

Why Gene Truono? The founders whose wisdom gave them the ability to form the Constitution had an understanding of human nature. When reading the Federalist papers we can see that these great writers and leaders of the time laid out in their writings what was in their heart, mind, soul, and that included their personal and historical Biblical knowledge. It’s amazing how the formulation of the Constitution made this country a Republic and not a Democracy and gave us freedom with responsibilities. It was also noted by Benjamin Franklin how delicate such a government is and how easily it can be destroyed, and that fear drives me to work within the system of political parties. One should not seek out candidates just to win on name, gender, or financial status. It is not ethical to do so and I have only supported candidates that I believe in. Not all have won, but I thought they should Read more

Carper Responds to Townhall; Rather listen to children than constituents

From the office of Senator Thomas R. Carper In the days and weeks following the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, we heard an outcry from students in Parkland and across the country. Their message to all of us – enough. Too many communities have lost friends and loved ones to the epidemic of gun violence. And too often, these shooting take place in a classroom, movie theater, shopping mall, or on the walk home from school – all places we expect our children to be safe from gun violence. Just a few weeks after the Parkland shooting, our students and young people organized some 250 marches around the country to protest gun violence, and to call on their elected leaders to take action to protect them. The entirely student-led March for Our Lives was a sight to behold. I was proud to join the students marching in Wilmington, with my homemade sign that quoted the Read more

Ryan Meets with Conservative Leaders

Speaker Ryan Meets With Conservative Leaders to Discuss Agenda April 16, 2018 | Speaker Ryan Press Office This afternoon, Speaker Ryan sat down with a number of conservative leaders to discuss the congressional agenda for the months ahead. In particular, he thanked them for their efforts in passing the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is already improving the lives of middle-income families. He also talked about the opportunity to make progress on workforce development policies to help more Americans rise out of poverty. Attendees at today’s meeting included: · David Christensen, Family Research Council · Ryan Ellis, Conservative Reform Network · Kay Coles James, Heritage Foundation · Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council · Michael Needham, Heritage Action · Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform · Tim Phillips, Read more

Speaker Ryan on Syria

Statement on Military Action Against the Syrian Regime

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after President Trump announced military action against the Syrian regime:

“Tonight, the United States has taken decisive action in coordination with our allies. We are united in our resolve that Assad’s barbaric use of chemical weapons cannot go unanswered. His regime’s unconscionable brutality against innocent civilians cannot be tolerated.

“There should be no doubt that Russia and Iran have blood on their hands, and their partnership with Assad reveals the true nature of their regimes. The United States and our allies must continue to seek ways to hold Assad’s enablers accountable.

“Let us all pay tribute to the men and women of our armed forces.”

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