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Remain vigilant, stay involved, be vocal

Saying they are tired of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers being treated as Florida's latrine, three environmental groups on Wednesday announced they will sue multiple federal agencies for their failure to recognize the effects pollutant-laden water discharges from Lake Okeechobee have on ...

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 ...

Optimism at the polls

Southwest Floridians are notably frugal when it comes to taxes.That's not a bad thing.Whether one is retired and living on Social Security, a pension and/or investments, or whether one pays the bills by bringing home a paycheck, it's money that's been hard-earned and people are entitled to ...

Water quality: Battle won, fight goes on

Southwest Floridians horrified by this summer's unprecedented environmental disaster received some good news on the water quality front this week.Gulf waters off the beaches of Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach saw an abatement of the red tide blooms that resulted in not only massive fish kills, but ...

Give, but give wisely, in wake of a disaster

One of life's hardest lessons to accept is that where most of us see tragedy, there are others who see opportunity.That is seldom more true than in the wake of a natural disaster.According to numerous news accounts, looters are among those picking up the pieces in the wake of Hurricane Michael ...

Packed ballot Nov. 6; Vote-by-mail

Lee Countians planning to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election are facing a lengthy ballot.Two pages front and back, it is not only rift with federal, state and local races but 12 - yes, 12 - proposed amendments to the state's constitution and a local tax initiative.That's a lot to take in - and ...

Public outcry can drive the wave for change

"Speak up! Be a disrupter. Some people think that's a bad thing, but it's not. It wakes people up. Make those phone calls."What I don't want you to do is to sit here and wait for them to come and tell you. I want you to start sending them the message. They need to hear from you. If you are ...

Water pact a win for North Fort Myers

Lee County residents who have demanded action on water quality issues got some action on the local front last Monday.After more than six years of effort and negotiations that included the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the cities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers have reached an ...

‘The media:’ Enemy of the people?

"The fake news media.""The real enemy of the people.""A stain on the American people."Finally filled to the gills with the invictive du jour, the collective free press crossed competitive lines last Thursday, publishing more than 350 editorials nationwide decrying the broadbrush demonization of ...