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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, ...

Bedrock of democracy

To the editor: Democracy needs a ground to stand on. Like the well-known Biblical parable of the foolish and wise builders, one choosing to build his home on shifting sand and the other on solid rock, Americans need to choose the ground on which to build their democracy. The choice is as ...

‘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 ...

Service went well above and beyond

To the editor: At a time when there is so much negativity about government, elected officials and government employees, it’s important to give recognition when there is good news to report. This letter is about problem my wife and I experienced getting scheduled for our second dose of the ...

Evangelicals’ faith In Trump

To the editor: The political and social relationship between the Evangelical community and President Donald Trump has to be one of the strangest and ironic as well as strong and committed relationships in presidential history. The bonds between President Trump and the Evangelicals started in ...

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 ...

VA vaccination policy is shameful

To the editor: I am a 74-year-old veteran trying to get a COVID vaccination. You would think that the Veterans Administration would be extremely proactive in providing the vaccine to its veterans, but that’s not the case. First, you have to be 75 or older to receive the COVID vaccine and ...

Caution was the proper call

To the editor: This is a response to the letter written by former U.S. Army National Guard member, citizen Thomas Gunderman. I have researched and can find no place where President Biden said that he was fearful of the U.S. military members assigned there to protect and safeguard him. The ...

Some clarification on ‘heroism’s demise’

To the editor: Re: “Eulogy for Heroism:” The writer’s diatribe is sadly mistaken. “Sen. Scott…never personally risked service in the military.” Wrong. Sen. Scott did serve in the U.S. Navy. After basic training he served 29 months as a radar technician aboard the USS Glover. ...