Vote Vote Vote…..

I don’t know the author of this, it’s via Susie Brandt, a friend in Delaware:


Final message on voting day! First of all go out and vote! Also when you’re voting keep in mind those who are less fortunate than you or different than you. So for me:
I’m middle class I keep in mind the poor.
I’m an adult I keep in mind children.
I’m a man I keep in mind women.
I’m white I keep in mind people of different skin color.
I’m straight I keep in mind LGBT folks.
I’m human I keep in mind animals.
I’m American I keep in mind people in all parts of the world.
Vote for the candidate who will do the greatest amount of good in the world. We all do better when we all do better.
Go Vote

I’m no longer a Delaware resident–just too much harassment–and voting this morning in Minnesota reminded me of how much better it can be done:

If you are registered, no oppressive requirements for ID.  Give your name, sign the paper, get your paper ballot.  Fill in the circles, put it in the machine which scans it and keeps it as a paper backup.  If there is a problem you can get a new ballot and start over.

If you are not registered, you can do so on the spot with some basic ID such as utility bills.

Before going to vote, you can print out an exact sample ballot from the Secretary of State’s office.

And “Every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee’s polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence.”   ( see details here.)

(It’s not that the Republicans aren’t into “voter suppression” in Minnesota; they just haven’t been able to get away with it.  Likewise, they haven’t been able so show any significant about of “voter fraud.”)

Now, compare this with Delaware:  Must register 24 days in advance (Deadline was October 13th), no paper ballots (must trust the machine) and so on.  (Supposedly, new machines withe paper backup are to be ordered.)

And, by the way, people get to vote on retaining judges in Minnesota.  Initial appointments are made by the governor.  Could this be better than the Chamber of Commerce and the corporate bar telling the Governor of Delaware whom to appoint?

Regardless, if you haven’t voted and you are registered, GO AND VOTE.  If you aren’t registered, work for same-day registration before the next election cycle.

And please vote against any candidate even remotely supportive of trump.

Alan Muller
Green Delaware

Carper isn’t forever. Vote for Kerri Harris

First, some basic info if you aren’t used to voting in Delaware.

Delaware’s 2018 Primary Election is Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

A polling place locator and other information is here:

The candidates running in a primary are listed here:
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Rep. John Kowalko’s endorsement of Chris Johnson for Attorney General of Delaware

Over the past few years I’ve found the Delaware DOJ to be unable or unwilling to enforce transparency and FOIA obligations of some state agencies including the executive branch. This unwillingness to investigate or take action in a number of cases even extended to a refusal to conduct a review of the DOJ itself in a critical matter of misappropriation of public funds requested by two state legislators. I discussed these discomforting actions with AG primary candidate Chris Johnson at some length. I evaluated his plans and policy proposals at length and concluded that he was the type of candidate I could endorse. When Mr. Johnson honored my request for a statement of his intentions in dealing with and enforcing good, transparent government and compliance with standards that would reassure the public he sent the following statement to me. Continue reading

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Of voting machines and democracy

[Originally Published in the Delaware State News September 4th, 2018.]

Jennifer Hill, on Aug. 21, makes a compelling case for transparency in the purchase of new voting systems for Delaware. (“Transparency sought in voting machine purpose”)

It’s sadly true that transparency is seldom a prominent feature of Delaware government. “The Delaware Way” tends to closed-door dealmaking and incestuous relationships with vendors. Continue reading

Letter in the Delaware State News from Rep. John Kowalko

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Transparency sought in Delaware government

This governor’s unwillingness to engage and inform the public in matters of significant importance to their quality of life, such as the decision to remove the Rodney Square Bus Hub, is a violation of the public trust.

Implying that some conveniently created policy of “Executive Privilege” exists is inexcusably wrong. Without full transparency and openness in the government’s decision making processes we, (as legislators), cannot and should not expect to have the public’s confidence and trust in the policies we create and the decisions we make.

Delaware’s government has consistently and repeatedly resisted efforts to ensure that the public is totally informed of decisions and policies being made. Despite FOIA laws the executive branch and other agencies have repeatedly resisted and impeded public access to records and private meetings that have taken place leading to some of those decisions that are not in the best interests of the public taxpayer.

This abuse must stop immediately and the trust and confidence of the public should be restored if we are to expect that same public’s support for our policy decisions.

Rep. John Kowalko

COMMENTARY: Carper no friend of the environment

This appeared in the Delaware State News on July 22, 2018

Responding to the July 17 story “Carper: Delaware choked by ozone pollution from nearby states, urges action by EPA.”

I have known Tom Carper as congressman, governor and senator. He’s a skillful, hard-working professional politician who knows how to sell himself. He has an almost Trumpish ability to claim credit for doing the opposite of what he has actually done. Many stories can be told about Carper’s history of assaults on Delaware’s environment. Here are three: Continue reading

Titanium Dioxide as a carcinogen?

UK accused of ‘green Brexit hypocrisy’ over regulation of suspected carcinogen

Exclusive: UK attempted to weaken new EU regulations of a lucrative whitening chemical, Ti02, found in cosmetics and sunscreens

DuPont is/was one of the major makers of this stuff and the former DuPont Edge Moor plant made a lot of it.

Reminder: DNREC public hearing on water tank sandblasting lead paint regulation–July 12.

Here’s the official public notice:

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to Delaware air regulations 7 DE Admin. Code 1101 and 1102 and a proposed source category permit.

This action will revise Section 15.0 of Appendix A of 7 DE Admin. Code 1102 to qualify that outdoor dry abrasive blasting of water tanks with lead-containing coatings are no longer exempt from obtaining a permit, add certain supporting definitions to 7 DE Admin. Code 1101, and approve a source category permit for dry abrasive blasting for removal of lead-containing coatings from outdoor water tanks.

The proposed regulatory amendments and copies of the source category permit are available for public review at the Department’s offices at 715 Grantham Lane in New Castle, DE and 100 West Water Street, Suite 6A in Dover, DE. They also will be available in the June 1, 2018 edition of the Delaware Register of Regulations at

The proposed source category permit will be in the General Notices section. Please contact David Fees at (302) 739-9402 to make an appointment to inspect these documents.

There will be a hearing on this proposed amendment on July 12, 2018 beginning at 6pm at the Kent County Levy Court, 555 S. Bay Road, Room 220, Dover, DE 19901. Interested parties may present oral or written comments regarding the proposed changes at the public hearing or in writing to David Fees, Division of Air Quality, DNREC, State Street Commons, 100 West Water Street, Suite 6A, Dover, DE 19904, or by email to The hearing record will remain open until July 27, 2018.

Here are detailed comments submitted by Sarah and Amy.

Here are Green Delaware’s initial comments:

July 12, 2018
Lisa Vest, Hearing Officer

Dear Lisa:

I’m directing this to you on the assumption that you are the Hearing Officer in the subject matter.  If this is not correct, please advise.

Green Delaware will have some comments of our own, but at this point we wish to endorse entirely the comments submitted by Amy Roe and Sarah Bucic and dated July 12, 2018.

Said comments are attached to this email and incorporated, in full, by reference.  Please so place them in the record.

Exposure to lead is a serious public hazard in various ways, a key effect being a lifelong reduction in intellectual capacity.

One may suspect, then, that lead exposures may be playing a role in increasing the number of trump voters, an effect difficult to confirm or quantify, but obviously undesirable.

I would like to receive a copy of the transcript before submitting Green Delaware’s final comments on July 27th.  Therefore I request it as soon as possible.

Respectfully submitted,


Alan Muller
Executive Director, Green Delaware

July 9, 2018 is a Code Orange bad air day. Submit comments.

Try not to breathe, but support DNREC petitions to EPA

July 9, 2018 is an official Code Orange bad air day in Delaware. Bad air days occur often in Delaware, for example June 30th, July 2nd, and today, July 9th. Tomorrow, July 10th, may also be an official bad air day.

A Code Orange bad air day for ozone is also likely to be at least a Code Yellow bad air day for particulates (PM2.5). Frequently the combination of ozone, particles, heat, humidity, and allergens (pollen) make Delaware very unhealthy. Continue reading

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lead paint bill needs attention

In the Delaware State News

Jun 27th, 2018

As we approach the end of the legislative session many bills compete for attention in the limited time remaining.

One that truly deserves the support of all is HB 456, banning use of lead paint in Delaware. Many don’t realize that lead paints can still be used except in residential settings and (supposedly) on toys, etc.

Probably most of us DO know that lead is very harmful to health, that exposure to lead dumbs down our kids. And, that there is “no safe level” of exposure.

Banning lead paints is a no-brainer, and many responsible paint makers have already stopped including lead in their products.

We hope all members of the General Assembly, of either party, will actively support getting House Bill 456 passed by both houses, without troublesome amendments, before end of session.

And, thanks to Sarah Bucic and Amy Roe for their leadership on this issue.

Alan Muller
Executive Director
Green Delaware

Note:  This bill has been approved unanimously by the House and Senate.  Great work by Sara Bucic, Amy Roe, and many others.