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Be prepared with 12 named storms predicted

Forecasters are predicting an "average" hurricane season this year but we offer one salient reminder: It only takes one storm - and not a particularly bad one - to wreak havoc and impact our lives.Predicted are as many as 12 named storms. Forecasters are predicting five of these will become ...

Recognizing Lee County’s ‘hands-on’ heroes

More than 100 local heroes were honored last week by the Lee County Department of Public Safety.Many were first responders - paramedics, EMTs and police. Others were just plain residents or off-duty medical personnel.But they all were in the right place at the right time. And their hands-on ...

Patient protection bill good legislation

A patient protection bill described by an array of proponents as a model for states across the country was pending the signature of Gov. Rick Scott as of last Thursday.Dubbed the "End Surprise Medical Bills" legislation, the House and Senate passed the measure that would protect insured ...

Flu shots make sense

It's a little late in the season but the number of reported cases has health officials again urging flu shots.The Florida Department of Health in Lee County issued an advisory this week "urging residents and visitors to take precautions to limit their risk of exposure to seasonal flu."That's ...

Presidential preference? Florida’s turn approaching

Florida is not among the dozen-plus states that caucus.Thank goodness.Instead, like the vast majority of states, Florida uses a preference primary election to allow registered voters to select their candidate of choice for the party's presidential nomination.Florida is a closed primary state, ...

Facing the Syrian refugee crisis, ‘no Syrians’ argument

With Thanksgiving Day behind us and the holiday season just ahead, we have much to be thankful for here in Southwest Florida.The housing market has stabilized - is, in fact, on the way back up - jobs are to be had and, if prosperity has not returned for all of us, we can see better times ...

Fly high, Ozzie

We were among those shocked to hear this week that Ozzie, the patriarch of a popular eagle pair whose nesting habits have been followed worldwide, had succumbed to injuries suffered just weeks after his release from an unrelated rehabilitation at CROW on Sanibel.While we understand the ...

Preserving paradise in Lee

Lee County has an abundance of preservation and conservation properties.Funded and maintained primarily through the voter-approved 20/20 program, the native lands held for future generations - scrub, prairie, pine flatwoods, wetlands - offer residents and visitors a look at the ecosystems that ...

Take care; schools now open

Public schools opened Monday across Lee County and we would like to repeat our annual "take care, be aware" advisory for parents and motorists:An estimated 87,000 students, ranging from kindergarten through high school, will return to the classroom as the new school year gets under way.As they ...

Authorities: Vaccinate your pets

The Florida Department of Health Lee County has issued a rabies alert in the wake of a confirmed case of the disease in a cat in Lehigh Acres last week.The area encompasses State Road 82, Buckingham Road, Sunshine Boulevard North and 15th Street SouthwestPet owners should take note as the ...