Thoughts on Lewes parade, endorsement letters

July 7, 2020

A July Fourth that didn’t sparkle. An overly officious Lewes police officer decided to issue a ticket to the driver of a truck in the Doo-Dah Parade July 4. His wife was standing in the back of the truck waving an American flag. They drove amongst traffic to and from the beach. She had a chair to sit in when the vehicle was moving faster than a crawl. There’s not much difference between the Doo-Dah and the recent drive-bys for a retiring minister, a high school graduate or a dying resident people wanted to honor.

No kids’ games, no boat parade, no fireworks ... just a few tractors and trucks moving down Savannah Road – some semblance of the Fourth of July holiday we have observed through the years. Kudos to blacksmith John Ellsworth for passing the hat among the parade-watchers sitting nearby who willingly chipped in to help pay the fine.

LETTERS - You may be among the 10 or 12 people who wrote letters of endorsement for a particular candidate in the Rehoboth Beach municipal election in early August who didn’t see their letter in the July 3 edition. In a star-crossed year, Lewes’ election was pushed back to Saturday, July 18, from its usual May date. It’s the city’s first municipal election in six years. Both Lewes and Rehoboth elections are very heated this year. Given the fact that certain advertisers have paid positions on certain pages, we cannot open more letter space in the front news section. Going forward, we will try to accommodate these letters as best we can. Both municipalities have exciting elections ahead, and we are doing all we can to keep them in the forefront, especially given the many people submitting absentee ballots. People ask why can’t we put endorsement letters in the Tuesday publications. There are so many other issues people are concerned about – buffer zones, racial injustice, COVID-19, etc. – that also need to see the light of day and go beyond the boundaries of the Lewes and Rehoboth municipalities.


  • Editorials are considered by the editorial board and written by Dennis Forney, Publisher Emeritus, with occasional contributions from other board members: Trish Vernon, CoPublisher and Editor; Dave Frederick, Sports Editor Emeritus; Jen Ellingsworth, Associate Editor; Nick Roth, Sports Editor; and Chris Rausch, CoPublisher and General Manager.

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