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… “At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault — unlike anything we've seen in modern times. An assault on the citadel of liberty. The Capitol itself. An assault on the people's representatives and the Capitol Hill police sworn to protect them. And the public servants ...

Time again

Seventy years ago, a then-freshman senator from Maine addressed what she saw as unbridled political opportunism rearing within her own party. Margaret Chase Smith, in the budding days of what has come to be known as McCarthyism, took a stand against her party’s shooting star, delivering ...

Thanksgiving 2020 – still much to be thankful for

The roots of Thanksgiving 2020 run deep. Four hundred years deep. In 1620, 102 passengers sailed from England for what those travelers hoped would be a better life. Sixty-six days of adversity later, they made landfall in a new world, still far from their intended destination. As ...

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 ...