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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 ...

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 ...