Category: Viewpoints

A workforce trained in trades could be a ‘win-win’ for Delaware

Exasperated, I yelled out, “I’m calling an electrician!” because my frustration level had reached a boiling point. While I can handle simple electrical tasks, I’m not interested in hurting myself or causing a real problem by taking on a project beyond my “happy homeowner” skill level. I’m a baby boomer. As I observe many in…

Bobby Byrd, John Riley peel back the curtain

There is one surprising note in each volume. Although both Byrd and Riley surely crossed paths and know a lot of the same people, and although many of their stories overlap, the two books illustrate that there are still different worlds within the same world, even within a state as small as Delaware.

Economic development in Delaware ‘like kissing your sister’

Economic development in Delaware entering 2020 seems a lot like that old phrase – around since 1892 – “like kissing your sister.” I won’t try to define the phrase – just Google it – but suffice it to say that it describes the results of a category of endeavor that exists, perfunctory, and not very…

Proposed federal offshore wind program needs overhaul

Economic Forecast: Renewable Energy By David T. Stevenson Guest Columnist Fundamental problems with a federal offshore wind leasing program have led to heated debates. The Delaware beach community is now caught up in an argument pitching progressives focused on climate change against a wide coalition concerned about a potential $5 billion hit to the beach…

Viewpoint: Strategies to make charitable giving fun and meaningful

By Cynthia Pritchard and Stuart Comstock-Gay Guest columnists Bombarded by requests for charitable gifts this holiday season? Overwhelmed by bell ringers collecting coins and kids selling baked goods? Want to give, but not sure how to make it meaningful and fun? More than 30% of all charitable giving occurs in December, and 12% is done within…

LaVerne Harmon’s book on leadership gets to the heart of the matter

Stephen Covey for decades has been one of my favorite business authors and his “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” (1989) remains a timeless classic for businesspeople and leaders. I love all the Covey habits, but, at year-end, often a time for reflection, it’s good to take note of No. 7: “Sharpen the Saw.”…

Viewpoint: Since ‘data is the new oil,’ how are you protecting yours?

Neha Khanna and Matthew J. Schneider Guest columnists Imagine you and your significant other are searching online for an engagement ring. You’ve been searching for a few days when suddenly you get a message from your bank saying your transaction of $20,000 was successful, which you don’t remember ever initiating. Congratulations, you’ve just become a victim…

Viewpoint: ‘Tis the season for fire protection 

By Tom Parrish Guest Columnist ‘Tis the season for fire exits blocked by holiday merchandise, fire extinguishers hidden by holiday decorations, overused power strips, extension cords and … candles. Anxiety is on high alert for the fire protection industry as businesses and offices unload more holiday décor and merchandise than their property is designed to…