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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 ...

Good — or even good enough?

The School District of Lee County reported some good news this week: Student scores on the 2019 Spring Florida Standards Assessment saw bumps almost across the board this year over last.Among the notable achievements cited by the District were results at the middle school level where English ...

D-Day: In memory, in gratitude

More than 5,300 ships.More than 11,000 aircraft.More than 160,000 troops.And more courage than the world had ever seen.The Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, the day we call D-Day, turned the course of history 75 years ago.The cost was great for the130,000-plus put ashore along five ...

Go green: Don’t fertilize this summer

It is time for Southwest Floridians who have been demanding action to improve water quality in our canals, river and gulf to step up and take part.Literally.Fertilizer restrictions throughout much of Lee County begin June 1, prohibiting, through the rainy season, the use of chemical additives ...

Yes, here in paradise

Sunshine.Beautiful beaches.A booming economy.And yet, hunger.The Harry Chapin Food Bank released on Thursday Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap 2019" report and the numbers here in Southwest Florida continue to shock those of us who do not face our community's need on a daily basis.According ...

Success at last?

The facts as presented apparently -?and finally - spoke for themselves this year:According to firefighter cancer studies shared with state legislators as part of a plea for cancer presumption legislation:- Cancer was the No. 1 killer of firefighters in 2018, with 74 percent of all deaths linked ...

Legal notices legislation clouds public notification

Like a slick counterfeit twenty, a proposal to "save money" at the expense of government transparency is being proffered again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public.House Bill HB 1235, a 45-page meander, would replace longstanding Public Notices advertising ...

Communities come together

Lee County sister city Cape Coral has its controversies.Cape Coral has its share of divisiveness.But in times of crisis, in times of need, Cape Coral is a lot like Lehigh Acres - it consistently comes together.And the horrific hit-and-run death of 8-year-old Layla Aiken as she waited for a ...