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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 ...

Thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice

The son of an Army staff sergeant who threw himself on a suicide bomber in Iraq to save the lives of three fellow soldiers accepted, on behalf of the dad he lost at age 11, our country's highest military honor Tuesday.President Donald Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Army ...

It’s time to pay up

Lee County homeowners still waiting for fair compensation for backyard citrus trees chopped by the state nearly two decades ago won't have to wait much longer if a proposal in the Florida House budget passes this session.Included in the House 2019-20 budget released Tuesday is an $18,113,116 ...

Sexual trafficking: ‘Hidden in plain sight’

The U.S. map on the Polaris website is chilling: colored spots marking the sex trade spread across the country with a proliferation of large blood-red blotches highlighting trafficking hotspots.Given recent headlines, few might be surprised to find that Vero Beach down through Miami is among ...

GUEST COMMENTARY: JROTC program has strong record of success in Lee

JROTC offers a nationally accredited curriculum, which teaches leadership, team-building, decision-making, learning styles, emotional control, conflict resolution, financial awareness, first aid, United States history, community service, personal wellness and more. Most remarkable is the ...

Fake threat…real consequences: Yes, they mean it

Fed up with the continued waste of money and manpower, lost classroom time and the emotional impact on students, teachers and school personnel, Lee County law enforcement agencies and the school district issued a warning a few weeks ago: School threats are serious and will not be treated as a ...

Sea change on the water-quality front?

Those who predicted post-election politics-as-usual on the water quality front have been largely silent since Gov. Ron DeSantis was sworn into office last month.The newly elected Republican whose election victory had drawn gasps from the ...

Conservation 20/20 remains focused

Taxpayers who support Lee County's 20/20 Conservation program - and that, literally, is most of us- may see another 660 acres or so of environmentally fragile land added to the nearly 30,000 purchased thus far for preservation.The Lee County Board of County Commissioners agreed last Tuesday to ...

Didn’t get a flu shot? Get one now.

Last year, we opened 2018 urging those who had not yet received a flu shot to get one.This year, for much the same reason, we are repeating that advice.Lee County has again experienced a sharp increase in flu cases in December with Lee Health reporting a jump from fewer than 90 cases during the ...

Weigh in on water quality policies

Saying they are tired of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers being treated as Florida's latrine, three environmental groups on Wednesday announced they will sue multiple federal agencies for their failure to recognize the effects pollutant-laden water discharges from Lake Okeechobee have on ...