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Abuse is a community concern

In 1974, a handful of Lee County residents took action against a prevailing social problem: violence against women.They founded the county's first rape crisis center, opened Lee's first "safe shelter" and, in the process "changed the face of our community and saved countless lives," according ...

Animal Services: Be part of the solution

This has been a stressful "season" for Lee County Domestic Animal Services.The agency has taken in 35 percent more felines this "kitten season" over last, with an intake tally of 356 from Sept. 1, 2016 over last year's 263.There are 275 cats awaiting adoption at the shelter plus another 100 in ...

Keep that light shining

... "Today our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and Federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. ...

Too many empty plates across Lee County

The start of the school year brings many good things to the children of Lee County.A fresh opportunity to learn.An ability to choose among specialized programs that foster an array of interests and talents.The chance to take part in a wealth of related activities, from clubs to athletics.For ...

One community

Editorials are supposed to offer answers.This one has none.Despite security - including armed security - a teen party at a club in Fort Myers turned deadly early Monday morning. For reasons yet to be determined, a gunman, or gunmen, sprayed the crowd of exiting party goers and individuals ...

Spirit of ’45: Dinner to honor World War II vets

They're a dying breed.Unfortunately, and literally.Of the 16 million-plus American service men and women who served our country in the most devastating of international wars, World War II, little more than 1 million veterans remain.These soldiers, sailers, airmen, Marines, WAVES, WACS, WASPS ...

A time to give pause

We label them "victims."We reduce them to statistics.And far too many of us are quick to use them as fodder to foster a political agenda of choice.In the aftermath of any tragedy, it is human nature to ask why, and to offer solutions to prevent a reoccurrence.It is human courtesy to allow the ...

Patient protection bill good legislation

A patient protection bill described by an array of proponents as a model for states across the country was pending the signature of Gov. Rick Scott at press time.Dubbed the "End Surprise Medical Bills" legislation, the House and Senate passed the measure that would protect insured patients ...

Charter commission vote made good sense

A bid to add two members to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners while also changing how those representatives would be elected narrowly failed a Lee County Charter Review Commission vote earlier this month.Although the vote was 8-7 in favor of passing the proposed amendment along to ...