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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 ...

Nuclear accord no beacon of peace

President Barack Obama is hailing the accord reached this week between Iran and six key countries, saying the long-negotiated pact paves the way toward peace."Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation or it's resolved through force, ...

Down for the count, but not out

Despite a deeply disappointing legislative session, local environmentalists have not given up their quest for improved water quality.This Sunday, a clean water rally will be held at Crescent Beach Family Park at noon in memory of one of Lee County's quiet heroes, Jo Finney of Fort Myers ...

Best of wishes to the Class of 2015

Seniors within the Lee County public school system marked the culmination of their high school careers this past weekend with graduation ceremonies.It is a milestone occasion and we add our congratulations to the abundance of felicitations that rightfully should come their way.As no doubt they ...

Demand water quality: Buy lands under option

Voters have spoken.Amendment 1 - allowing funds to be added to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire lands, restore them and manage improvements - received 75 percent approval last November.The Water and Land Conservation change to the Florida Constitution could provide funding to protect ...