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Protect our wetlands

To the editor: Our wetlands in Southwest Florida are being decimated by builders of housing and commercial projects that have taken the advantage of the state taking over wetlands permitting from the Federal DEP, which handed over its longstanding authority. More than 1,000 permits to develop ...

Safe foster homes needed more than ever

To the editor: Our world has been turned upside down for the past year by the pandemic. As our community continues to adjust to our “new normal” what remains the same? Child abuse and child neglect continue to turn children’s lives upside down every day. National Youth Advocate ...

The solution is in our hands

Spring in Southwest Florida is glorious but the pre-summer lull brings more than great weather and less crowded beaches. May heralds in what local animal shelters call “kitten season,” and no, all love for the fuzzy, furry little hairballs packed with cuteness aside, it’s not a welcome ...

Are you ready to lead?

Are you the type of person who is reliable, have good communication skills, are patient, open minded and willing to learn things as well as teach them? Do you like to run meetings? If so, you might want to consider becoming an Officer of your local VFW Auxiliary Chapter. While leadership ...

College kids have a bar fight, city kids riot

To the editor: The new anti-riot bill coming out at the same time as the recent verdict works out well for some. Not only wasn’t there a riot (which there would and should have been if he was acquitted) but now they can do an even better job at selectively arresting Blacks. A bunch of ...

Children need to see our faces

To the editor: I realize that the issue of wearing facial coverings is a sensitive one. And, sometimes, a volatile one. However, I would like to share my thoughts on wearing facial coverings from the viewpoint of a childcare provider. Infants see at a distance of approximately eight to 15 ...

First line of defense

To the editor: As a retired member of the U.S. Foreign Service, I was proud to represent America in seven countries over my 29 years of service. I write this in advance of Foreign Service Day on May 7, a day designated by Congress to honor our active-duty and retired members of the Foreign ...

VFW: Anticipating April’s acceleration

While there’s still some time left in the month, a lot of activity is still going on. April 23 was burgers and to help one enjoy the meal, Veronica will be doing Karaokee and entertainment. Today, April 28 is when Kasey will do her famous stuffed peppers and James Prather is heading the ...

Point of contact is the point

To the editor: We are missing the point! The major news organizations are focusing their attention and dialogue on the recent actions of several police officers. These officers, at the time of the event, were dealing with an unknown quantity as they approached, and started to investigate a ...