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Facts, not fear: Monitoring coronavirus disease

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued some advice regarding the new coronavirus disease formally dubbed COVID-19: Share the Facts, Stop Fear.The top takeaway from the CDC fact sheet that can be found on the agency's website along with a wealth of information on ...

Tallahassee fog — You can barely see the Sunshine

A bid to "save money" at the expense of government transparency is being proffered yet again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public.Senate Bill 1340, a 51-page regurgitation of last year's perennial effort, would replace longstanding Public Notices advertising ...

The ‘mighty political experiment’ turns 100

The League of Women Voters marks a landmark anniversary this year: The organization founded from a decades-long effort to give women the right to vote turns 100.Now a nationwide education and advocacy group with more than 700 local and state chapters, its efforts urging active involvement in ...

Lee Homeless Coalition message: You Count!

Temperatures dipping to the high 30s had longtime and thin-blooded residents digging out the sweaters and coats last week.Media outlets statewide also issued an only-in-Florida warning: Watch out for falling iguanas.Yes, when it gets cold, the invasive reptiles go into a stupor that makes it ...

Have a happy Thanksgiving

For some of us, the whole "pumpkin spice" thing is as old as childhood.A can or two of Libby's pumpkin, evaporated milk, a couple of eggs, sugar and the magic combination of cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves and oh, my, the mouthwatering scent of Thanksgiving eve!Whether we still make those ...

Public records solar eclipse

If you're looking to check the employment history or educational background of your child's teacher and think a public records request might shed some light, you might want to strap on some night-vision goggles while you wait -- and wait -- for the documents: What passes for Government in the ...

Veterans need more than a ‘thank you for your service’

North Lee County marked Veterans Day this year with a parade along Cape Coral Parkway, a luncheon at the Military Museum & Library, and a nighttime run over the Midpoint Bridge.With Southwest Florida having more of the state's 1.5 million vets than any other area, our residents treat ...

In the wake of Rooney’s announcement: Interesting times ahead

Congressman Francis Rooney surprised a lot of people last week when he announced that he will retire at the end of his second term, thus opening the District 19 House seat for a new rep to be elected in the 2020 General Election.The congressman cited two reasons for his decision not to seek ...

Hold course on water quality commitments

Not all of the news was new but all of the news was good when Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Francis Rooney each made announcements related to water quality issues that impact Southwest Florida recently.Gov. DeSantis reiterated his commitment to funding for Everglades restoration and then ...

Dorian relief efforts: Give, but give wisely

As a weakened but still powerful Hurricane Dorian made its sixth landfall, over Nova Scotia over the weekend, those on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands are dealing with a rising death toll and property damage estimated in the billions.Thethen-Category 5 storm made landfall over the islands ...