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RAISE-ing the bar in Florida

For the partisan-politics weary cynics among us who question whether those we elect can ever work across the aisle for the common good, the answer here in Florida is yes, in at least two instances this legislative session. And the common good is very good indeed. On Tuesday, Gov. Ron ...

Solution to stray population is in our hands

Spring in Southwest Florida is glorious but the pre-summer lull brings more than great weather and less crowded beaches. May heralds in what local animal shelters call “kitten season,” and no, all love for the fuzzy, furry little hairballs packed with cuteness aside, it’s not a welcome ...

Roach clips medical marijuana

Saying Florida’s relatively new medical marijuana program “is a recreational drug program masquerading as a medical marijuana program,” House District 79 Rep. Spencer Roach has introduced legislation to address “the long-term societal carnage attendant with unfettered access to ...

Keep public notices accessible to all

Are there any words more terrifying to us taxpayers than Ronald Reagan’s famously shared “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”? It always amuses us — and not in a good way — when self-proclaimed fiscally conservative, small government, pro-business politicians trot out ...

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 ...