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The ‘mighty political experiment’ turns 100

The League of Women Voters marks a landmark anniversary this year: The organization founded from a decades-long effort to give women the right to vote turns 100.Now a nationwide education and advocacy group with more than 700 local and state chapters, its efforts urging active involvement in ...

Lee Homeless Coalition message: You Count!

Temperatures dipping to the high 30s had longtime and thin-blooded residents digging out the sweaters and coats last week.Media outlets statewide also issued an only-in-Florida warning: Watch out for falling iguanas.Yes, when it gets cold, the invasive reptiles go into a stupor that makes it ...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

For some of us, the whole "pumpkin spice" thing is as old as childhood.A can or two of Libby's pumpkin, evaporated milk, a couple of eggs, sugar and the magic combination of cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves and oh, my, the mouthwatering scent of Thanksgiving eve!Whether we still make those ...

Public records solar eclipse

If you're looking to check the employment history or educational background of your child's teacher and think a public records request might shed some light, you might want to strap on some night-vision goggles while you wait -- and wait -- for the documents: What passes for Government in the ...

Veterans need more than a ‘thank you for your service’

Lee County marked Veterans Day this year with a parade along Cape Coral Parkway, a luncheon at the Military Museum & Library, and a nighttime run over the Midpoint Bridge.With Southwest Florida having more of the state's 1.5 million vets than any other area, our residents treat current ...

In the wake of Rooney’s announcement: Interesting times ahead

Congressman Francis Rooney surprised a lot of people last week when he announced that he will retire at the end of his second term, thus opening the District 19 House seat for a new rep to be elected in the 2020 General Election.The congressman cited two reasons for his decision not to seek ...

On the water front

Not all of the news was new but all of the news was good when Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Francis Rooney each made announcements related to water quality issues that impact Southwest Florida.Gov. DeSantis reiterated his commitment to funding for Everglades restoration and then added some ...

Hurricane relief: Give, but give wisely

As a weakened but still powerful Hurricane Dorian made its sixth landfall, in Nova Scotia this weekend, those on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands are dealing with a rising death toll and property damage estimated in the billions.The then-Category 5 storm made landfall over the islands last ...

20/20 produces tangible results

Taxpayers who support Lee County's 20/20 Conservation program - and that, literally, is most of us- are seeing some substantial bang for our buck again this year.Last Tuesday, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted to purchase three parcels totaling about 225 acres for the ...

Getting to the real root of the problem

America weeps.Three mass shootings in a matter of days, leaving 34 dead and 65 wounded in Dayton, in El Paso, in Gilroy, have left our county in shock.According to Mother Jones, which has compiled a data base of all such incidents since 1982, there have been seven mass shootings -- defined as ...