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Incentivize voluntary vaccination

With hospital systems, including Lee Health, pleading for help due to the surge in COVID cases, President Joe Biden has released his six-pronged Path Out of the Pandemic Plan. Among the highlights are components to vaccinate the unvaccinated, protect those who are vaccinated, safely keep ...

It’s our fight

In nearby Cape Coral, City Councilmember Jessica Cosden reached out to the community this week with a message from the heart: As the pandemic continues, please stay vigilant when it comes to protecting yourself and others. The elected official tested positive for COVID-19 late last week ...

Freedom’s Sentinel

President Joe Biden told us on Monday he faced two choices: ... either follow through on an agreement wrought between President Donald Trump and the Taliban to withdraw the remaining 2,500 or so U.S. troops in Afghanistan “or be prepared to go back to fighting the Taliban in the middle of the ...

Little feet hit the street: Drivers, put safety first

More than 89,000 students were back in the classroom last week as Lee County schools opened its doors to a new school year. The district’s 11th-hour mask mandate generated most of the back-to-school safety discussion as kids donned their “work clothes” and shouldered spanking-new ...

Missing a pet? Do not delay looking

Twenty-nine dogs. Thirty-two cats. And one black bunny. All listed Thursday among the missing pets who are waiting for their families to track them down and bring them home. Before the clock runs out. Lee County Domestic Animal Services has a number of responsibilities. It handles ...

United we must stand

To say the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan of choice to manage Lake Okeechobee over the next decade or so was greeted with mixed reviews this week might be the PC understatement of the year. The Corps’ selection of Alternative CC —aka Balanced Alternative CC— over five other options for ...

The job market: Signs of the times

Some signs of the times: Press release: The Lee Clerk of the Courts is holding a career fair. Press release: The School District of Lee County is hosting an informational event on teaching positions within the District. Press release: The School District of Lee County has a critical need ...

Step in the right direction

While Florida’s politicized Parent’s Bill of Rights bill grabbed headlines and split mostly along party lines, another parental rights bill long in the works finally — finally and unanimously — was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. SB 590, aka the School Safety bill, went ...

Summer giving

Summer in Southwest Florida has lots going for it for those of us who embrace the sunshine or love nothing better than the sound of a late-afternoon thunder-boomer. Less crowded beaches. Shorter lines, if any, at our favorite spots to grab a bite or sit and linger. More time for, well, ...

Sometimes, cash is king

Count us among those who believe that good, and affordable, insurance is the path to better health. Count us, too, among those who sometimes find sorting though the benefits provided confusing. Case in point: One of our team members, whose insurance package includes Medicare, supplemental ...