Category: Viewpoints

By John Stapleford  As an economist, seeing the slow growth in jobs, wages and personal income in Delaware, it is baffling to see the legislature focus on such things as plastic bags, dogs in restaurants, and transgender bathrooms. How can our legislators be so out of touch with the bread–and–butter issues faced by so many Delaware citizens? …

“Back to School” time is a great time for not only kids but their parents and other adults – including business owners and execs – to give some thought to what tools in their tool kit need some sharpening. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey’s classic first published in 1989, is both…

Many of you are aware of a recent series of television and print ads from a group calling itself Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware purporting to seek legislative changes to increase transparency and accountability in the Court of Chancery. In fact, this group’s goal is not to improve our judicial system, but instead, to unfairly malign…

In September 2010, Social Finance Ltd. launched the world’ first Social Impact Bond (SIB) targeting recidivism in the United Kingdom. Aligning the interests of nonprofit service providers, private investors and governments, SIBs were formed to raise private investment capital to fund prevention and early intervention programs that reduce the need for expensive crisis responses and…

The paper’s focus on Kent County in this issue gives me the chance to reflect on one of my favorite topics, Kent County and central Delaware.  Kent County, Dover and all of central Delaware — roughly from the C&D Canal (OK, yeah, I know that’s in New Castle County, but it’s still Central Delaware —…

Viewpoint: 2020 Women on Boards movement gains traction in Wilmington

With more than 1 million business entities taking advantage of Delaware’s attractive incorporation services, it is fitting that Wilmington is getting “on board” with 2020 Women on Boards (2020WOB). About a year ago when the #MeToo movement was in full swing and creating a societal shift, I wanted to lend my voice to women who…

Is hypocrisy an issue in Delaware politics? Each of us should tread carefully in answering that provocative question, lest we “cast the first stone.” However, when it comes to hypocrisy in Delaware politics, plenty of stones can be tossed. And should be. This column is occasioned by a slow Saturday morning exchange with Kerri Evelyn…

Viewpoint: Delaware’s coast needs to prepare now for the next hurricane

By Tom Brandenberger & Trip Harrison Guest Columnists It’s peak hurricane season – July to October – and NOAA predicts four to eight hurricanes this year (including two to four major hurricanes). National Hurricane Center datashow that at least 13 hurricanes affected Mid-Atlantic states between 1995 and 2017. Business and hotel owners along the Delaware…

Viewpoint: Why Delaware’s economy will remain constrained

By John Stapleford and Dave Stevenson Guest Columnists Editor’s Note: The authors participated in our first Delaware Dialogue, published in the July 23 issue, and offered to write the following on the state of Delaware’s economy. Over the past 10 years, using the standard measures — e.g., output, employment, personal income, annual wages and median…