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October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In 1974, a handful of Lee County residents took action against a prevailing social problem: violence against women.They founded the county's first rape crisis center, opened Lee's first "safe shelter" and, in the process "changed the face of our community and saved countless lives," according ...

Voting recommendations for the Aug. 30 Primary Election

Mail ballots have gone out and early voting for the Aug. 30 Primary Election begins Aug. 20.There are a number of local, state and federal offices up for grabs this year with the primary being the official kickoff for most.With Florida being a closed primary state, and a whole new election ...

Club Blu shooting hit one community — our community

Editorials are supposed to offer answers.This one has none.Despite security - including armed security - a teen party at a club in Fort Myers turned deadly early Monday morning. For reasons yet to be determined, a gunman, or gunmen, sprayed the crowd of exiting party goers and individuals ...

Spirit of ’45 event to recognize WWII veterans

They're a dying breed.Unfortunately, and literally.Of the 16 million-plus American service men and women who served our country in the most devastating of international wars, World War II, little more than 1 million veterans remain.These soldiers, sailers, airmen, Marines, WAVES, WACS, WASPS ...

Time to give pause following Orlando shooting

We label them "victims."We reduce them to statistics.And far too many of us are quick to use them as fodder to foster a political agenda of choice.In the aftermath of any tragedy, it is human nature to ask why, and to offer solutions to prevent a reoccurrence.It is human courtesy to allow the ...

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 ...