Pro-gun crowd takes over debate at school

News Journal sponsored a debate on gun controls, which didn't play out quite as had been hoped. What ever happened to the students who were "speaking out" on this issue? Read More…

Gun control puts the "Delaware way" to the test

News Journal ducks on more restrictive gun controls. Read More…

Hospitals, health secretary at odds over cost-cutting

Carney administration's proposals for benchmarking healthcare costs are seen by DE hospitals as a cost cap system. Read More…

Pro-gun demonstrators receive short shrift

Legislators pushing gun control legislation did not discuss the proposed assault weapons ban while pro-gun demonstrators were present, and News Journal coverage gave greater prominence to another rally re an entirely different issue (Equal rights amendment to the DE constitution). Read More…

Why wont a blue state raise the minimum wage?

To have their way on the minimum wage, Delaware Democrats (especially the younger people who flocked to Bernie Sanders) should show up at the polls. Read More…

Raise the minimum wage, but do it with caution

Setting the DE minimum wage too high could "seriously hurt employment," and no one wants to learn the hard way that the government has overreached. Read More…

On gun control, compromise is good

It was fine for the Senate to consider Republican concerns about the bump stock ban bill and adopt a couple of amendments to address them. Read More…

Bump stock ban sent back to House

Amendments of bump stock ban bill by the Senate was slammed by lead sponsor on grounds the General Assembly had "let down" the students who had demonstrated and testified the day before. Read More…

Legislature advances gun control measures

Four gun control bills appeared to be on a fast track to approval after a House gun control bill hearing on March 14. Read More…

Real problems require real solutions (Nichols)

One witness at the gun control bills hearing raised basic questions about the legislation, but the NRA et al. were lying low. Read More…

3/14/18, Walkouts divide some schools in state, unite others

Four News Journal reporters fanned out across the state to observe some of the school walk-outs to draw attention to mass shootings, most recently the Parkland School shooting in Florida which resulted in 17 deaths. Read More…

Guns, school safety topics at town hall

Five state legislators appeared at a town hall event at Caesar Rodney High School after the walkout to respond to student comments and questions. Read More…

School walkouts make us proud

Editorial lauds student walkouts in reaction to the latest of a series of mass shootings in schools and elsewhere; the tone is in keeping with glowing news coverage of this activity around the state.. Read More…

Make your voice heard on guns

Guns or no guns, that is the question, according to this column. Read More…

Support renewable energy goals

Environmentalists are queuing up to support acceleration/expansion of REPSA, citing a proposed bill that hasn't even been publicized yet, with an apparent agenda of "resisting" the current GOP majority in DC. Read More…

Keep up the pressure on drug companies

Lawsuits against drug companies for pushing opioids seem to be in vogue, but there's plenty of blame to go around. What about the actions of doctors, pharmacies, lax government regulators, and patients? Read More…

We're working to control healthcare costs

This column by the head of the Delaware Healthcare Association claims that programs to improve healthcare in DE and hold down costs have been underway for some time and are making good progress, although the DHA will be happy to work with the state government on its "benchmarking" initiative. Read More…

Get serious on healthcare costs

DHHS Secretary Kara Odom Walker believes cost benchmarking could lead to a new and vastly improved healthcare system in Delaware, but it's not clear who would drive the envisioned change and it's not likely to happen spontaneously. Read More…

Carney asks EPA to ease up on refinery

The administration's claims to have cut back regulations don't seem have been borne out when it comes to abolishing or at least scaling back the ethanol blending requirements for motor fuel. There are no bona fide environmental benefits involved, only unwarranted subsidies for ethanol production. Read More…

New Jersey's governor [signs] offshore wind [power] production order

Offshore wind power may be expensive and intermittent, but continues to demonstrate potent political appeal Looks like NJ will be the next coastal state to jump on the bandwagon. Read More…

Oldest nuke plant in the US closing a year ahead of schedule

Story on closure of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in NJ after nearly 50 years leaves out a major point. Read More…

Don't legalize marijuana

Drawbacks of legalizing marijuana for "recreational purposes" should be weighed carefully by Delaware legislators versus proceeding based on public support for the idea. Read More…

Show restraint with state spending (editorial)

Realistically, General Assembly is not going to rein in spending when revenue forecast shows there will be enough money to spend. Read More…

Tax hikes won't fix budget woes (Dombrowski)

DE fiscal picture is painted as fairly bleak, but solutions are only hinted at. Read More…

Bankruptcy measures could slam Delaware (Sen. Chris Coons)

DE elected leaders are ready, willing and able to defend the First State's lucrative system for hosting out of state corporations. Shame on Sen. Elizabeth Warren and John Cornyn for proposing to upset the apple cart. Read More…

No tax hikes in Carney budget (editorial)

Governor John Carney's proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 includes no tax increases, but it is also light on targeted spending cuts and would pave the way for future deficits. Read More…

Fracking ban proposal leaves environmentalists wanting more

Could the proposed restrictions make fracking in Pennsylvania impractical? It's already banned in New York and doesn't have any practical application in Delaware. Read More…

Deportations cause some real pain (editorial)

News Journal editorial accurately notes linkage between DACA issue and the hold up in approving the government's authorization bills for fiscal year 2018, but mischaracterizes the administration position on immigration reform. Read More…

'17 ranks second warmest in state since 1895 (Maddie Laurie)

Another article attributes gradually rising global temperatures to the burning of fossil fuels and ignores the facts that (1) other factors may have a more decisive effect on global temperature, and (2) the warming trend may very well reverse at some point. This is basically propaganda, not informative reporting.

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Congress' inaction does real damage (editorial)

Little purpose is served by pontificating that the government is broken to the point that it can't even agree on an annual budget. The starting point for improvement would be to assign blame for specific failures, to include not only shutdowns (which happen now and then) but also lateness (which has been happening nearly every year).
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Carney outlines priorities for state (Scott Goss)

State of the state address shows more interest in funding new or expanded programs than in controlling government spending more effectively. Read More…

Feds should stop pollution reaching us (editorial)

News Journal lauds DE announcement of an intent to join in a suit against the EPA for not being more aggressive in forcing upwind states to curb their air emissions. Read More…
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