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Sam Waltz

  • Sam Waltz: Delaware has a date with SCOTUS

    It may seem arcane, technical and obscure. Even political. But Case #19-309, Governor of Delaware v. James R. Adams, which will be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) next month, could have one of the biggest impacts in years on the Delaware economy. At stake is one of Delaware’s most important […]
  • Why wait to speculate on Carney’s eventual successor?

    Who will be Delaware’s next governor? No, not in 2021 from the 2020 elections. Rather in 2025, from the 2024 elections! Little reason exists now to believe that Gov. John Carney will face serious opposition from either the Republicans or within his own party. Carney reportedly does face some of the carping from within his […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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.” […]
  • 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 […]
  • ‘Brip’ du Pont: A life of service worthy of recognition

    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 […]
  • Would more public funding for schools drive higher GDP?

    It was an unusual message for this group to hear, a blend of libertarians, free-enterprisers and outright conservatives. At its 11th annual dinner on Oct. 15, members and leaders of the Caesar Rodney Institute, Delaware’s free enterprise think tank, heard renowned Stanford economics professor Eric Hanushek of the Hoover Institution make the case that increased […]
  • Viewpoint: Financial literacy is a skill set for life as well as business

    “Back to School” time is a great time for not only kids but their parents and other adults ““ including business owners and execs ““ to give some thought to what tools in their tool kit need some sharpening. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen Covey’s classic first published in 1989, is both […]
  • Economic development repaints the landscape below the C&D Canal

    The paper’s focus on Kent County in this issue gives me the chance to reflect on one of my favorite topics, Kent County and central Delaware.  Kent County, Dover and all of central Delaware – roughly from the C&D Canal (OK, yeah, I know that’s in New Castle County, but it’s still Central Delaware – […]
  • Viewpoint: Which laws should Delawareans obey? And who gets to decide?

    Is hypocrisy an issue in Delaware politics? Each of us should tread carefully in answering that provocative question, lest we “cast the first stone.” However, when it comes to hypocrisy in Delaware politics, plenty of stones can be tossed. And should be. This column is occasioned by a slow Saturday morning exchange with Kerri Evelyn […]