Category: Viewpoints

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…

Attitude of gratitude should be part of the upcoming holiday season

“Seasonal columns” are pillars of the columnist’s craft, but I confess to having only two. One is baseball spring training, and the annual rite of spring “renewal of hope” for one’s favorite team. Thanksgiving gratitude, of course, is the other. The spirit of gratitude is an undervalued and unappreciated social value in our society. Opening…

Viewpoint: Addiction-treatment center works to address neighbors’ concerns

My job is to keep hope alive. The extraordinary staff with whom I share this vision would say the same thing. By offering treatment options to those caught up in the horror of opioid addiction, Brandywine Counseling and Community Services keeps hope alive. Wilmington is a great city. It also has an array of social…

Few people deserve recognition in the “over 80” category being saluted in this issue of the Delaware Business Times more than Irénée “Brip” du Pont Jr. And yet you won’t find his name in there. From what I understand, he withdrew from consideration late in the process because he didn’t want the recognition at this…

Viewpoint: Excessive lodging taxes unfairly single out hotels and their guests

By Bill Silva and Bill Sullivan Guest columnists Governments across Delaware have targeted hotel guests who come to Delaware on business and pleasure to be a source of additional tax revenue. It’s a classic case of taxation without representation, leaving only the industry to speak for them. The tax assessments have gone essentially unopposed. The…

Viewpoint: Strong Latino communities are building new opportunities in Sussex County

A community is strongest when all its people have the opportunity to thrive – and businesses thrive when they fully tap the market as it evolves. In Delaware, an exciting segment of our community – the Latino population of Sussex County – has been growing stronger over the past 30 years. This growth, which is…

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? …