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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 ...

Conservation 20/20 produces tangible results

Taxpayers who support Lee County's 20/20 Conservation program - and that, literally, is most of us- are seeing some substantial bang for our buck again this year.One Tuesday, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted to purchase three parcels totaling about 225 acres for the ...

District test scores: Good – or even good enough?

The School District of Lee County reported some good news this week: Student scores on the 2019 Spring Florida Standards Assessment saw bumps almost across the board this year over last.Among the notable achievements cited by the District were results at the middle school level where English ...

D-Day: In memory, in gratitude

More than 5,300 ships.More than 11,000 aircraft.More than 160,000 troops.And more courage than the world had ever seen.The Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, the day we call D-Day, turned the course of history 75 years ago.The cost was great for the130,000-plus put ashore along five ...

Go green: Don’t fertilize this summer

It is time for Southwest Floridians who have been demanding action to improve water quality in our canals, river and gulf to step up and take part.Literally.Fertilizer restrictions throughout much of Lee County began June 1, prohibiting, through the rainy season, the use of chemical additives ...

Yes, here in paradise

Sunshine.Beautiful beaches.A booming economy.And yet, hunger.The Harry Chapin Food Bank released on Thursday Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap 2019" report and the numbers here in Southwest Florida continue to shock those of us who do not face our community's need on a daily basis.According ...