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Independent judiciary is being challenged

“The complete independence of the courts of justice is peculiarly essential in a limited Constitution. By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority; such, for instance, as that it shall pass no bills of attainder, no ...

She lived righteously

Last Friday, in her death, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg marked another first for her gender — she was the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol and only the second Supreme Court justice to be so honored. And somewhere today, she is, perhaps, smiling as she closed her ...

Get ahead of the curve this flu season, get your shot now

As COVID-19 pandemic numbers show some hoped-for improvement, health officials are issuing a companion health alert for residents: Get a flu shot and get it now. The Florida Department of Health-Lee and the Centers for Disease Control are making their annual pleas early this year in advance ...

COVID-19 puts new twist on school safety tips

Those of us with school-age children probably believe we have back-to-school safety precautions down pat. But 2020 has thrown a whole new set of need-to-know tips into the mix. The Florida Department of Health Lee County released last week its school’s-in safety tips, saying students — ...

Stop modern day slavery: Be part of the solution

As frontline workers in the fight against human trafficking, the Cape Coral Police Department answered a global call to action Thursday.July 30 was World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and the 2020 theme urged first responders -- "the people who work in different sectors -- identifying, ...

Facts, not Fear IV

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees had a uniquely 2020 Fourth of July holiday weekend message for Floridians: Avoid the "Three Cs" -- Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings.And wear a mask in public.In a joint statement released Thursday morning that also ...

George Floyd

..."We lost a life in our community on Tuesday his name was George Floyd. George did not deserve to die! Never in the world should a non violent 911 call equate to the death of patron! Never should our black people feel that they are in danger of their life if the police are present! Never ...

Facts, not Fear III

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday the first phase of his plan to reopen the state as the number of COVID-19 cases appear to wan.Saying it is built around his first priority -- maintaining the health and safety of all Floridians -- the governor extended his "Safer at Home" order until May ...

Collateral damage

As officials at the state and local level look toward a soft reopening of some public places, health officials are warning of a new normal."While we work together to determine the next steps, one thing we know is that reopening will not be a return to life as we knew it before COVID-19," Lee ...

Our newsroom commitment to you: Facts, not fear, information, not speculation

The past few weeks have been tough ones for Southwest Floridians.We've seen government operations pare down to the bare bones essentials, with offices closed and meetings and services moved online.We're seen many of our favorite businesses temporarily close or wholly revamp their operations to ...