Posts Tagged ‘Beau Biden’

Weather, ground hogs, the press and Beau

February 3, 2010

Phil spoke. No surprise. At least six more weeks of intense winter weather starting on Friday and Saturday. To the Beacon folks: way to go with spelling Punxsatawney!

Looks like another interesting weather system is coming our way.  As of this writing, the main question is whether the precipitation in our coastal area will fall as rain or snow. The Pennsylvania ground hog apparently was emphatic this year that we at least will have six more weeks of intense weather.  That doesn’t surprise anyone at this point.

Regarding the Supreme Court’s recent decision to reverse the limits on corporate funding for elections, it’s time for the press to step up.  The most important thing out of all of this is to make sure that all contributions have to be accessible to the public.  Then we can see who is taking money from who which can certainly help in the candidate selection process. A strong press makes for a strong democracy.

Beau Biden made a good decision when he opted not to run for U.S. Senate.  He has a job to finish, the Bradley case will require intense attention, and he has plenty of time to season himself for higher office if that’s the direction he wants to go.  On the day his decision was announced, in the middle of the recent January thaw, I think I saw Beau and a couple of his compadres making their way up Savannah Road from downtown Lewes toward the Attorney general’s ad hoc office at the corner of Fourth and Savannah Road.  It was one of those days when the sun was out and the highs reached into the 50s. Dressed  just in shirt sleeves, Beau’s body language was relaxed and easy as he and the other guys walked and talked.  I think he was glad to have the weight of that decision off his shoulders. There was, no doubt, great pressure involved in the decision given the national picture, Beau’s status as son of Vice President Joe Biden, and his own position as the state’s highest profile Democrat among the younger generation.  On top of that he had just come home to his young family from a year overseas in Iraq. His final determination showed great maturity and a good sense of priorities.

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Cape Region Buzz: Politics, restaurants, people

January 11, 2010

Thank God the cold snap is forecast to break this week!

Political watchers are keeping a close eye on Attorney General Beau Biden, waiting for his announcement on whether he will run against Republican Congressman Mike Castle for one of Delaware’s two U.S. Senate seats. The younger Biden is in the spotlight because of the Dr. Earl Bradley case. One of the things he campaigned on when running for the AG’s position was tougher initiatives against child predation including internet child pornography and other crimes related to advancing internet technology.  He could use that to show his grasp of contemporary issues. The tough part though will be working to prosecute Bradley’s crimes while simultaneously investigating the systemic breakdown that allowed those crimes to stay below the surface for so long. And campaign for the U.S. Senate at the same time?  It would be possible to play all the cards simultaneously for the same ultimate goal – winning the election – kind of like a game of hearts when you decide to shoot the moon.  However, doing so will take tremendous mastery and focus. Given Biden’s year-long hiatus on the ground in Iraq and being away from home turf, it’s not hard to imagine his head is reeling at the moment. Meanwhile Mike Castle must be grinning – at least inwardly – at not having to roar full-bent into his campaign yet.  Each day that Biden doesn’t decide is one more day Castle can save his money for the summer and fall campaign ahead.  It’s obviously late for anyone to be launching a Senate campaign.

Much of Castle’s chance of regaining the seat held formerly by Vice President Joe Biden will depend on how hard the winds will be blowing against the Obama administration and Democrats as the Nov. 2 election day approaches.

JD’S FILLING STATION IN LEWES

The great thing about small town life is hearing comments from people up and down the street.  I’ve heard a number of people carping about the bright colors on the new Savannah Road restaurant, JD’s Filling Station, formerly the Blue Plate Diner.  “Lewes has this historical review commission that tells people what kinds of windows to put in their houses,” said one.  “How can they let that restaurant use colors like that?”  Me, I like it.  It makes the town’s historical structures stand out even more. If you don’t know what they’re talking about, ride into Lewes and take a look.

EMPTY STOREFRONTS IN REHOBOTH, LEWES

A Rehoboth Beach businessman told me that a recent count shows an estimated 17 businesses on Rehoboth Avenue haven’t renewed their leases for 2010.  High rents?  Tough economy?  The nature of a highly seasonal seaside resort?

In Lewes, on Second Street, the storefront previously occupied by Walt Palmer’s Mugs and Stitches is now vacant. Palmer, before Christmas, said he may be moving his operation to a Route One location where a family member has another business.  More on that later. A downtown dress shop is considering moving into the former Mugs and Stitches place. At the corner of Second Street and Savannah Road, the linen shop has closed up and an Italian deli is planning to move in.  Other properties fronting Second Street are also in flux.  There’s nothing constant but change.

ECONOMY BEGINNING TO IMPROVE

Many signs indicate the economy has bottomed out and is beginning to improve.  Auto sales are increasing and in our all-important resort real estate market, lower prices, stimulus money and attractive mortgage rates are stirring activity. The developers of the Vineyards at Nassau Valley on Route 9 are nearing completion of their first building, Sussex County’s first 60-foot combination retail and residential building.  Word is that they are about to begin construction of the second building in their retail/residential complex. All of this amounts to money starting to move more and that equates to an improving economy.