Category: Viewpoints

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…

Viewpoint: Little things can mean a lot when wellness is the goal

Businesses understand the connection between employee health, productivity and performance, which is why an increasing number of companies offer some sort of wellness program. All businesses stand to benefit from wellness initiatives through reduced health-care spending, employee absenteeism and turnover. However, small companies have been slower to jump on the wellness bandwagon, not for lack…

Viewpoint: Health and wellness centers in schools improve all outcomes

This is the fifth in a series of columns on the winning ideas at the Pete DuPont Freedom Foundation’s Reinventing Delaware 2018 competition in early December. Imagine a world where children who experience health disparities are provided coordinated and holistic health and wellness services. Now, imagine the services provided right from the school building where…

Viewpoint: Research from the Arctic Circle may save lives in Delaware

People are often surprised when I tell them that my company, Genome Profiling LLC (GenPro), which works with researchers and clinicians at Christiana Hospital and at A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children to diagnose breast cancer and cerebral palsy before they become symptomatic (thereby dramatically improving the treatment outcome), got its start after 20-plus years…

What’s the role for business leaders in navigating, if not leading, social change? That thought occurred to me as I contemplated the circumstances around this month’s golden anniversary — that’s 50 years, folks — of the June 28, 1969, “Stonewall Riots” in Greenwich Village, New York City. That date is generally marked as the beginning…

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,…