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County should level the playing field for accepting input

To the editor: I have sent the following letter to Mr. Kevin Ruane, chairman, Lee County Board of Commissioners: Dear Chairman Ruane: It was a pleasure to meet you at Cecil Pendergrass’ fund-raising event Tuesday evening. Thank you very much for your time. As per your suggestion, I am ...

Big Brother is watching us

To the editor: As our governments at every level seem to be clamoring at finding and implementing more ways to track our citizens’ every move it is highly disappointing that Lee County has decided to permanently keep the bridge electronic toll collection process that was implemented due to ...

It’s about time

To the editor: Women For a Better Lee is glad to see Lee Board of County Commissioners Chairman Kevin Ruane reclaiming the water policy advocate role that former County Commissioner Ray Judah held for so many years. We are curious about why it has taken so long for Lee County commissioners to ...

Turning neighbor against neighbor

To the editor: President Joe Biden’s administration announced its plans to create a way for Americans to report “radicalized” friends and family members to the government, in what they say is an effort to fight domestic terrorism. This is National Socialism plain and simple. This ...

The benefits of outdoor play

To the editor: Outdoor play is essential for children. The time children spend outside can have a profound effect on their brain for time spent inside. Nature has ways of capturing our attention—a cool breeze blowing across our face. This type of attention is called involuntary ...

Guest Commentary: As the 2020-21 school year comes to a close

Celebrate! The School District of Lee County community is closing the door on an incredibly challenging year. As we celebrate this year’s graduates with in-person commencement ceremonies, we are already preparing our classrooms for the teaching and learning of those returning in ...

Longwater, Bellmar, Big Cypress

To the editor: Sent to Collier County commissioners in advance of their vote: If Collier County officials vote for these towns — Longwater, Bellmar and Big Cypress — the Florida panther, the state animal voted in by our school children, could eventually become extinct. Also, the ...

What we need is voter responsibility

To the editor: There is currently so much noise about “voter rights.” Let us now consider “voter responsibility.” While it is a responsibility of each citizen to vote, it is an even greater responsibility to vote intelligently with a reasonably clear and full understanding of the ...

Saying it’s so does not make it so

To the editor: My Next Door account was recently suspended for the following statement: The Chinese virus should have nothing to do with politics and yet it does! Someone called me a racist for the above comment and I responded with the following: “I take great offense to the individual ...