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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 ...

RAISE-ing the bar in Florida

For the partisan-politics weary cynics among us who question whether those we elect can ever work across the aisle for the common good, the answer here in Florida is yes, in at least two instances this legislative session. And the common good is very good indeed. On Tuesday, Gov. Ron ...

For whom the bridge tolls

To the editor: Reading information in paper about bridge tolls and using figures posted in your sister paper, the Cape Coral Breeze, let me offer suggestions: Go back to toll collection. It appears salaries are lower than admin costs. The alley has staffed tolled booths, so let’s move on ...

Ode to Piney Point

To the editor: A letter to the editor submitted during national poetry month: I do not like DeSantis' plan Dumping toxics in Tampa bay again I do not like nitrogen Phosphorus nor radium Not in my water, gulf nor sea Not in my house nor community Should toxic dumping ...

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 ...

Solution to stray population 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 ...

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 ...

Extenuating circumstances create reasonable doubt

To the editor: Let me begin by saying it is a true tragedy that there had to be a loss of life for both Mr. Floyd and Mr. Wright. In both cases, one now adjudicated with findings of guilt, the other still pending, we have to ask ourselves if there are extenuating circumstances that create a ...

Shine a light on political activism

To the editor: America these days demonstrates that there is no way that we can live a healthy, happy and mutually productive life for all without exercising conscience. I propose that any person or group of people who employ more than a few others or who engage in public political action ...