Category: Viewpoints

By Peter Osborne Delaware is on at least two recent Innovation Top 10s (Gallup’s Wellbeing index and WalletHub during the first quarter) that say our strongest areas are projected STEM job demand; R&D spending per capita; and venture-capital funding per capita. We have the fourth- highest concentration of Ph.D.’s working in health, science and engineering,…

By Peter Osborne Earlier this week, I received Sam Waltz’s column for this week, which coincidentally covers the same topic that I had decided to tackle. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) have proposed a 15 percent credit-card interest cap that essentially reverses a 1978 Supreme Court decision that gutted state usury laws…

By Sam Waltz U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez are textbook examples for the failure of economic literacy in America. Their proposal to cap credit card interest rates at 15% is the evidence of their failure of insight. What Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez fail to realize — or decide not to — is…

By Doneene K. Damon Some people think economic development is an impersonal, data-driven exercise but not so in Delaware. In Delaware, economic development at all levels incorporates a critical element — access. I was honored to be asked to chair Gov. John Carney’s Economic Development Transition team as he prepared for office. I crisscrossed the…

This is the fourth in a series of columns on the winning ideas at the Pete DuPont Freedom Foundation’s Reinventing Delaware 2018 competition in early December. By Joel Amin Jr.  We — Bryce Fender, Demetrius Thorn and myself — envision a future where families experiencing homelessness are provided with stable housing and intensive social services…

By Ron Russo Many worthwhile improvements have been made to increase the educational performance of Delaware’s students. We have experienced Visions, Races, increased resources, more administrators and support staff. The dilemma is that despite these worthwhile efforts there has been no significant education improvement in over 30 years! The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)…

By Bryan Tracy Delaware has created much of the modern chemical world, but a new era is upon us that has shifted production to local markets and pressured chemical companies toward a high-tech focus, or as I prefer to say, a ChemTech future. Delaware is ground zero for this transition, with nearly all the components…