Category Archives: Guest Opinion

A Conservative View on Marijuana Legalization and Drug Abuse Guest Opinion by Patrick Bailey

A Conservative View on Marijuana Legalization and Drug Abuse Much has been said on the debate as to whether or not drug use and abuse should be decriminalized. On one side, the liberals argue that decriminalizing use and possession of small amounts of illicit drug substances is the way to go. As a consequence of decriminalization, individuals who are caught in possession of a small amount of these substances can choose to go to rehab or jail. However, drug trafficking and possession (in huge quantities) will still be illegal. ' On the other side of the coin, conservatives are lobbying for a more humane and a more personal approach of promoting the concept of saving lives, thus, promoting the view of creating a drug court to try nonviolent offenders instead of putting them to jail. There is one issue that both sides of the house almost agree on --- legalization of marijuana. Though 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

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

Delaware Endangered by a few Democratic Senators: Guest Opinion by Judson Bennett

OPINION Folks, the bottom line is that nothing changes in Delaware , other than the first state's financial crisis is probably beyond redemption. The Democrats are in power in Delaware and have created a dangerous $400 million dollar deficit by over spending. They do care about enhancing the killing of babies in late term abortions, but sure as hell can't manage the state's finances. If a law needs to be changed, such as the prudent SB 53 which basically protects corporations from arbitrarily and capriciously being forced into a sale by a Delaware Chancellor, the Democrat elected officials in Dover are never going to make such a change, because they will always listen to the self-serving representatives in the Delaware Bar Association who are all connected with the judiciary and their own self-serving agendas. Delaware is definitely going to lose its incorporation franchise because Read more

Leadership or Luggage: Guest Post by Mike Protack

Leadership or Luggage? Everything rises or falls with Leadership no matter if it is the private sector or the non profit sector. Let me be clear, if you are the leader you are responsible for everything that happens or fails to happen in your enterprise-unless you are a political leader in Delaware. The failure of these pseudo leaders is the overwhelming problem for this small state. Nothing else matters more than leadership. The alternative to Leadership is Decline and decline is not a condition but it is a choice and it is reversible. Decline is not pre ordained nor is success, it is the result many factors and not a series of random events out of the control of those who call themselves leaders. In reality, our leaders are individuals with small minds and big egos. Unfortunately, Delaware does not have a leader of any caliber at the highest level, the state does have officials Read more

A Dark Day in Delaware Politics Guest Post by Senator Bryant Richardson

By State Senator Bryant L. Richardson This past Tuesday was one of the darkest days in Delaware politics, as Senate Bill 5 passed in the House of Representatives with 22 votes. With 41 state representatives, only 21 votes were needed to pass the bill by a majority. The vote was along party lines. There are 25 Democrats and 16 Republicans in the House. Three Democrats went not voting or voted no. Two Republican representatives were absent for the vote, including Deborah Hudson, one of the sponsors of the bill. The fact that Hudson’s name was on the bill is one of my biggest concerns, since she is minority whip, in other words, part of the House Republican leadership. SB 5 was fast-tracked through the Senate by state Senator Brian Townsend as the prime sponsor. In the Senate the bill received 11 yes votes, the minimum number needed to pass. Again, votes were mostly along party Read more

Guest Opinion by Judson Bennett on recent Elting v. Shawe

Are American Freedoms being compromised by an omnipotent judicial system? Do arrogant judges set legal precedent that affect the American dream? Chief Chancellor Excuses Potential Fraud and Could Force a Sale of a Viable Multi-million Dollar Company? Delaware's rookie Chief Chancellor, Andre Bouchard, is casting a dark shadow over his 2-year run as the Chief Chancery Court Judge. This was evident in one of his most recent decisions where he ignored overwhelming evidence and a pattern of behavior that I wonder could border on the illegitimate? Instead, he chose to rule in favor of a single party (Elizabeth Elting) who happened to be represented by his buddy Kevin Shannon. This culminated in a decision that has the potential to ruin a company and destroy the jobs and careers of 4,000 hardworking employees worldwide, 2,300 of them in the United States, nearly 1,000 in the northeast, Read more

A Fitting Ode To John Sweeney

Guest Post By: David C. Graham Many long time readers of the editorial opinions, "Our View", artfully composed by John Sweeney, Editorial Page Editor, may have finally noticed they no longer grace the pages of the News Journal. On Sunday, November 1, 2015, Mr. Sweeney cleverly and quietly announced his retirement in his final editorial comment, and fitting ode to his father. To this I retort, "Not so fast, good and faithful servant!" Back in the middle of September, John published his commentary about Facebook's struggle with creating an " unlike" button due to bullying concerns. In response, via a letter to the editor, I suggested a "read" or "noted" button, As usual, Mr. Sweeney properly re-titled it "Facebook bullies", and posted my submission as the lead letter to the editor within a day or so. Frequent users of Facebook may have noted within the last week that inserted Read more

Strong Thoughts on the Office of Lt. Governor

Strong Thoughts on the Office of Lt. Governor Guest Opinion By: Dave Graham The office of Lt. Governor of Delaware may be compared to the office of Vice-President of the United States. The Lt. Governor shall assume the duties of the Chief Executive, the Governor, in the event of his or her resignation, demise or incapacity, plus preside over the Senate and the Board of Parole and Pardons and only cast a vote in the State Senate in the event of a tie. Accordingly, it is not a proactive position of power, per se. More accurately, it is a position of influence. So, the question arises as to what qualities and attributes...beyond intelligence, honesty, and integrity ... are desirable in the next Lt. Governor for Delaware: First, a working knowledge of the state and U.S. Constitutions Second, dedication to the greater public interest Third, the Read more

Combating Crime in Wilmington, DE

GUEST OPINION By: Steven Washington, M.Ed How do we combat crime in Wilmington, Delaware? It appears that nonsense shootings are happening almost daily and we constantly look for solutions. Have we exercised every avenue or do we really want it to stop? We really must become proactive and not reactive. I would like to introduce safety right in the palm of your hand via your mobile phone. This app will help deter crime and build communication. Don't hesitate to visit my web-site: UbnAppd is a video recording and safety alerting app: What would you do if you got pulled over by the Police, walking alone or had an incident with someone? Would you want an eye witness? Parents, Do you worry about your kids safety? Would you want to be alerted within minutes of an incident they have? UbnAppd is an app that records video, alerts emergency Read more

Open Letter re: HB 204

Guest Opinion By: Doug Beatty Dear Representative Lynn, This citizen must take umbrage with your sponsorship of H.B. 204. On what planet is this a sound idea? The animal control officers at KCSPCA/FSAC have racked up an impressive history of unanswered complaints. At this very moment one Jacqueline Dyer of Hartly has publicy stated that Lt. David L. Hulse is retaliating against her for a drug test Hulse failed in 2006 administered by Dyer. After Dyer went public, she was criminally charged for dog at large on very shaky probable cause. In fact, in spite of evidence to the contrary according to Ms. Dyer and video from her home surveillance that she has made public. Anywhere I've lived except this place would call that retaliating against a whistle blower. Here, nobody cares how many officials know about this event it seems to always fall outside their responsibility. Giving Read more

Lafferty Rejects Chief Justice Strine’s Suggestion Of Combining NCCO Police Forces

Lafferty Shocked, Bonini In Favor Of Combining NCCo Police Forces Guest Post By: Lacy Lafferty Dover, DE – Gubernatorial candidate Lacey Lafferty (R-DE)today reacted to Judge Leo Strine’s suggestion that upstate jurisdictions combine into one unified police force to help combat Wilmington’s rampant violent crime. “While any public safety suggestion, especially one from the Chief Justice of our state’s Supreme Court, should be discussed openly, this one has some drawbacks that will do nothing to alleviate the plague of murder and violence in Wilmington,” Lafferty said. “The logistics and practical issues surrounding such a large re-alignment are too great to be solved with any degree of efficacy,” the former Delaware State Trooper continued. “The complicating factors underlying Mr. Justice Strine’s suggestion are so broad and systemic in their nature, I’m Read more

Guest Opinion on Immigration Reform

Amnesty Driven by Voodoo Economics By Jonathon Moseley Voices calling for amnesty do not really understand economics or free enterprise. They offer garbled misconceptions -- with graphs. But they would be kicked out of the economics courses I took in business school. The pro-amnesty camp argues from "voodoo economics." Amnesty will grow the economy, they argue. Well, if there are more people, technically the economy will be bigger. But each person may be poorer. A growing economy is only 'better' if the economy grows faster than the population increases. Otherwise, each individual is worse off among a larger crowd. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures total activity -- not household income for each individual family. Amnesty will create a worse economy for everyone, even if total GDP is larger. (Actually, amnesty just transfers workers from Mexico to the U.S.A., so there Read more

Dead Party Talking

Guest Post By: Doug Beatty On May 1 2013 Delaware Politics administrator Don Ayotte graciously allowed me to enter a guest post on the plight of my colleague, Dr. Jahi Issa. Interestingly enough, a vociferous anonymous poster began making comments on that post accusing Dr. Issa of racism and forwarding the position that Dr. Issa should have been arrested by campus police and fired for being a “black supremacist” and “racism” and “preaching exclusion” among other perceived crimes of thought. When this anonymous poster had their card pulled for lying, they simply changed to another anonymous name and kept up with the same lies. This person showed inside knowledge of the case and Delaware State University and academia in general, but they refused to identify themselves or agenda. When I informed this poster that I would find out who they were a general outcry Read more

Guest Post: Christian Hudson is Back and Takes Aim at Gun Control

Dear Republican Party Bosses & Politicians: A house divided against itself, cannot stand. Please stop giving away our rights, for the sake of your own re-election campaigns. There is no question that the vote you took last night stripped more of our rights away from the people you represent. The road you are on leads to a slow, but steady, disarming of our citizenry. It does not matter to me whether you are just nipping at the edges for the sake of being able to say “I did something!” for political reasons, or whether you are adamant about taking away our freedoms. The only thing that matters to the majority of your citizens is that you are stripping more of our rights away.   When you strip away the rights of the citizens that you represent, in the name of politics, is it any wonder why the approval rating for the Republican Party is near record lows? What difference Read more

Charlie Copeland for National Committeeman: a guest post by John Radell

The Delaware Republican Party elected new leadership last year and turned to a new beginning with messaging tied to traditions of Delaware’s interest, job creation. The party has made progress in that effort and its members and leaders are making sacrifices every day to build our party around a core set of values and issues that will make Delaware stronger. However, even more is needed and that will take fresh ideas and new energies that will help us turn the page on our past; and move forward with the people of Delaware in building and securing a better life for Delaware families. To accomplish this, our legislatures will need a Committeeman who understands their needs; and we need someone who understands the needs of our members as we continue to build on last year’s progress. We also need a leader who knows how to raise funds in the highly competitive political arena, can build Read more

The States Can Stop Obama Guest Post from Sheriff Mack

By Sheriff Richard Mack (Ret.)   By now we have all heard the cliches and seen the posters from the "Tea Parties" espousing freedom, less government, and perhaps most of all, how the federal government had better back off trying to shove their national healthcare down our otherwise healthy throats. The truth of the matter is all the slogans of "Don't Tread On Me" or "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death" or "We're Mad As Hell And We're Not Taking It Anymore," don't mean a thing when compared to reality; the real and actual answer to all the protests, marches, and outrage. The answer is in our own backyards! The States can stop every bit of it!  That's right, the individual States can stop "Obamacare" and all other forms of out-of-control federal government mandates and "big brother" tactics. If Arizona, Hawaii, New Hamshire, Texas, etc. want nothing to do with National Read more

Comment Rescue–Jud Opines

Dear Friends, I am enjoying tremendously researching and following the fluid action on the Sussex County Sheriff. Many of you have provided me with input. I have received over 600 e-mails so far about the issue from an eclectic group of folks- Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. So far the sentiment is running about 3 to 1 in favor of the Sheriff and his deputies having arrest powers. Ironically, the actual move to remove all the Sheriff's existing powers and relegate him legally to only a process server, has come initially from the Sussex County Council of which the majority is made up of Conservative Republicans with one liberal democrat joining in the 5 to 0 unanimous vote. Even more amazing is the charge to eliminate the Sheriff's remaining powers at Legislative Hall in Dover is now being led and embraced by the Republicans. The conflict is simple-- The Constitution says one Read more

Guest Post By Sheriff Jeff Christopher–a DP Exclusive

Greetings, I am Jeff Christopher your duly elected Sheriff for Sussex County Delaware. You will note that I said elected. What is the difference you ask?. I serve you!  directly! and not county council or some bureaucrat. That is how it was designed so you, the people, have the say. This goes back to the beginning of this country and the founding fathers who created a system of government that works for the people and NOT against the people. We are a republic and the people must remain in control of the government, like a dog in control of his tail or we shall suffer a worse fate than death itself. We have allowed the system to be corrupted and we are passing on to our children a way that will surely re-enslave them. What then do we do? Well I,  like so many others became involved because I saw what many see and only get to talk about it. I figured I could change this broken system. Read more

The Key to More and Better Jobs is to Fix What’s Wrong–Guest Post by Glen Urquhart

FIX WHAT'S WRONG: Restore CONFIDENCE Something's wrong.  We all feel the disappointment.  The needed confidence isn't there to spark job-creation by investors and employers.  Since more jobs are created by small business, we must restore small business confidence in particular.  Hopefully both liberals and conservatives would agree. But here's the key:  To restore small business confidence and hiring, you've got to understand what makes small business tick.  You must have lived it: done without to create savings, risked those savings to build a business, and faced the setbacks of confusing and costly new regulations and taxes that jeopardize your plans to grow, or even threaten your very survival.  Most in Washington lack this vital experience. Big business has vast compliance departments and lobbyists to get special benefits.  But our job-creating small businesses can't afford Read more

Time to Avert a Disaster: Open Existing Secure Nuclear Waste Storage Facilities

  March 28, 2011 by David Stevenson used with permission see the CRI blog for this and more great information. The nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan shows, beyond a doubt, the time has come to open existing, secure nuclear storage facilities in the United States to avert a similar tragedy. Stored fuel is the biggest concern in Japan. We currently store spent nuclear fuel rods at power plants in above ground facilities in secure Transportation, Aging, and Disposal Canisters (TAD). These canisters can be shipped and stored without opening them. There are currently about 71,000 metric tons of spent fuel and high level radioactive waste stored at 121 nuclear power plants and non-military government sites. All of this waste, minus shipping containers, could be stacked forty-one feet high on one football field. Waste grows at a rate of 2,000 metric tons a year. It is time for Read more

Guest Opinion–David Stevenson –Where are the Green Jobs?

 RE: Where are the Green Jobs?  repost from CRI    DATE:  3/16/11                Green jobs will make the economy grow, or so the often repeated mantra goes.  Actually there are fewer green jobs in Delaware now than in 2003 (750 in 2003, 650 in 20111) and significant job growth appears to be unlikely.  Furthermore, green jobs incentives will cost as much as $500 a year in higher electricity bills diverting money from other uses!  So someone else loses a job because you don't go out as often or don't buy a new piece of furniture.  Eight independent studies relating experiences from Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, the United Kingdom, and California indicate each green job will cost between one and eight jobs elsewhere. Those jurisdictions are all a decade further down the experience curve than Delaware and are all in the process of trimming subsidies and renewable Read more

Commissioner Eric Buckson Sounds the Alarm

Kent County residents...............   In just ten years, Kent County's cost for providing employee benefits has risen nearly 400%. If Levy Court wants a future that enables its current employees to rely on a defined-benefits package, we must make changes that look into the future and begin to reduce costs associated with "new" employee benefits.   Making changes will not help Levy Court balance the budget this year and will create a two tiered system. I am not saying that I think this is a great idea. I am saying that it is the best idea on the table and doing nothing is not an option.   What the requested changes do is address costly long term liability requirements. Too many times, governments/politicians wait until they are forced to react and then take drastic measures.  The intent of my proposals is to make change in advance of a crisis.   Levy Court has balanced the budget Read more

Pelosi’s Job Destruction Legacy Continues With Lame Duck Tax Increase Vote

By Rick Manning Republished with permission ALG News Bureau Nancy Pelosi is taking one last upper cut to our nation’s job creators before she goes back to being the leader of a ragtag group of inconsequential leftists in January 2011. Pelosi clearly is not content with having the jobless rate rise during her four year tenure in the House of Representatives from 4.6 percent when she became Speaker in 2007 to a stunning 9.6 percent in the month her party was voted out of power. No, doubling the unemployment rate is not enough for Ms. Pelosi, before she leaves power she is determined to deliver another haymaker to the reeling economy. Pelosi and her cohorts voted to raise taxes on the nation’s job creators in a flailing attempt to show she is for the “middle class” but not the “rich”. Ironically, this is the same Pelosi who spent years railing against the tax rates established Read more

From the E-Mail Box

I am supporting Colin Bonini for state treasurer this year.  It is not just because of  his state senate record of looking out for the taxpayers or his sound record as a common sense conservative leader.   I like his proposals for more transparency in state spending and his fight to bring transparency to state government. I also support Colin Bonini because, while he is not perfect, he is a man worthy of high office.  I have had opportunity to visit with Melissa, his wife when he was not present.  We shared stories.  Her eyes light up when she speaks about the privilege of being married to him.  They have something special.  His opponent has to fight off charges by two different women regarding abuse including one that went to a jury trial, which in fairness he was acquitted of.  Without judging the merit of those charges, as a woman I have to think there is a real problem in Read more