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Somber milestone

About a year ago, on Feb. 28, The Breeze published our first editorial on a new coronavirus dubbed COVID-19. The editorial shared the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s emphasis on the then new-to-the-U.S. disease: Share the Facts, Stop Fear. The facts then, from the CDC, ...

Building a bridge to early learning success

Parents of children set to start kindergarten this fall have a new option for their little ones — Young Five. It’s a VPK-to-kindergarten “bridge program” for children whose birthdays make them eligible to start kindergarten — but just barely. Known as transitional kindergarten, ...

‘A’ for effort…

Lee County School Board members got an update this week on the District’s plans to improve the way it processes public records requests. District staff has soft-launched new software, GovQA, and plans to have it up and running next month. The software system, estimated to cost $18,500 for ...

Thank you!

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools has announced its 34th Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program finalists. There are 30 of them, scattered among public schools throughout the county with a dozen here in the West Zone. Our congratulations -- and thanks -- to ...

Blood donations: The gift of life

Lee Health issued an urgent call to our community this week: The need for blood donations is critical. To supply the needs of the health care system’s four acute care hospitals—Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital and its ...

Yes, ‘our’ president

Many of us cast our ballot for Joe Biden. Many of us did not. As of today, it does not matter. At noon last Wednesday, Mr. Biden was sworn into office, becoming our 46th President. The key word here is “our.” Whether Mr. Biden was a particular voter’s candidate of choice is no ...

Step up

… “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 ...