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Parents statewide want an alternative to public school system

Florida's $82.4 billion budget finally landed on Gov. Rick Scott's desk last Wednesday where it was promptly subject to partial veto.Gov. Scott vetoed $410 million in projects but also hammered out a budget deal that, among other things, would increase per-student funding for public schools. As ...

Best wishes to the Class of 2017 … a few things to remember

Lee County School District students marked the culmination of their high school careers this past weekend with graduation ceremonies.Graduation is a milestone occasion and, as we do every year, we add our congratulations to the abundance of felicitations that rightfully should come their way.As ...

Another voter mandate goes up in smoke in Florida Legislature

For the second time in as many years, the people we send to Tallahassee to represent us have not only ignored, but rode roughshod, over a voter mandate.After voters overwhelmingly approved a water and land conservation initiative in 2014, the House and Senate in '15 evaded the intent of the ...

Compromised health care bills moving through House, Senate

Legislation to enact a voter mandate to legalize medical marijuana moved forward this week.House and Senate committees each nudged forward bills that would allow Floridians with "debilitating illnesses" to obtain the drug if prescribed by a licensed physician.Unfortunately, the House and Senate ...

Proposed legislation for Florida fosters shadow governance

Ah, politics - and politicians. They invariably run on a platform of service to the public and then, all too often, almost immediately propose or support legislation that is nothing short of a disservice to those who elected them.A couple of cases in point:Among the Florida Sunshine Law ...

It is that time of year again to toss Lifeline Family Center a lifeline

Last year around this time we called attention to a Lee County charity with a unique mission.We'd like to do so again as Lifeline Family Center gears up for one of its two primary fundraisers and a whole new initiative.The wholly donor-funded center, which provides "educational training, job ...

Region is not immune to violence

Recently, Lee Countians saw that we are not exempt from random -?and seemingly targeted - violence aimed at law enforcement personnel.On Nov. 20, a Sanibel police officer conducting a routine traffic stop was shot and injured in a drive-by shooting. The gunman fled and exchanged fire with ...

Time for, at least, respect of democratic process

Judging from protest rhetoric and social media commentary, America's post-election is shaping up to be, at least initially, as contentious as were the 2016 Presidential campaigns.Given the fervent support on both sides - and the close results between now President-elect Donald Trump and ...

Military ‘clawbacks’ break the faith for guardsmen, country

Count us among those who are appalled at the Department of Defense debacle dubbed the National Guard "clawback."In the wake of a report by the LA Times that the Pentagon has demanded repayment of enlistment bonuses and incentives paid a decade ago to nearly 10,000 California guardsmen in ...

Recommendations on three races in Nov. 8 general election

Mail ballots have gone out and early voting for the Nov. 8 General Election began Monday.While the presidential race is the big ticket item for many voters, there also are a number of key local, state and federal offices on the ballot this year as well as four state constitutional amendments ...