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Island resident issues an open plea for help

October 19, 2016 To the editor: As a Pine Island resident, I would like to request the owners of the LORAINE- 8 to remove the derelict boat and trailer from the Winn-Dixie parking lot. more »»

Who's the bully in the school?

October 19, 2016 To the editor: Hearing many tales from the Clinton campaign about whether or not your child is a bully because of the words of Donald Trump, I thought maybe going over the list of things that Hillar... more »»

Phil Buchanan deserves better

October 19, 2016 To the editor: Groucho Marks once said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a membe. more »»


October 12, 2016 To the editor: My recent visit to the opening reception of the Politikos exhibition was an eye opener since I was able to view current social and political issues in another perspective. more »»

Please fight an increase in toxic chemicals in our waters

October 12, 2016 To the editor: The Florida Clean Water Network notified the G.P.I.C.A. more »»

Writing reduces stress

September 28, 2016 To the editor: I have found that writing letters to the editor reduces stress levels. more »»

A slap in America's face

September 28, 2016 To the editor: I feel it is deplorable, disrespectful, disgraceful, non patriotic and shameful that businesses and organizations here on Pine Island are promoting the NFL to watch the most ignorant... more »»

Is there a better way to handle the traffic accident situation

September 28, 2016 To the editor: Let me start by saying I hope no one was injured in the crash on Stringfellow on Thursday just south of Harbor and North of Ficus. more »»

Don’t give air time to athletes who refuse to stand

September 28, 2016 To the editor: With a few professional football players choosing to disrespect our country’s flag and anthem, why is the news media making it a big deal by focusing these over-paid fools showing... more »»

It’s trick or treat time from WCIND’s Board

September 21, 2016 To the editor: Here it is property tax time for the four counties that make up the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND). WCIND has got its hand in your wallet again. more »»

Request made for donations for annual Kiwanis Fall Festival

September 21, 2016 To the editor: The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island will again be hosting the Pine Island Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat (Halloween Party). more »»

An awe-inspiring sculpture

September 21, 2016 To the editor: Soaring high in front of the old courthouse in downtown Fort Myers is an American bald eagle tree trunk sculptur. more »»

Tired of the Hillary tales

September 14, 2016 To the editor: Folks, I am just like Bernie Sanders who is tired of Hillary's email scandal, however it's not the emails that I'm tired about, it is the over and over again tales spun by Hillary ove... more »»

Kiwanis Sock Hop coming

September 14, 2016 To the editor: Get ready to rock & roll, twist & shout, hop & bop! The Pine Island Kiwanis is having a Sock Hop! Gather your friends, buy your tickets and join us Oc. more »»

Ballyhoo the arts

September 14, 2016 To the editor: “Allure Your Senses” is a magnificent 23-piece exhibit that resides in downtown Fort Myers. more »»

VA needs to better quantify the job it’s doing

September 14, 2016 To the editor: I will not question Ms. Klinker’s argument, published last week as a guest opinion, that “one veteran suicide is too many. more »»

Guest Opinion: Even one veteran suicide is too many

September 7, 2016 Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Veter-ans Affairs released results of the largest and most comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide ever conducted. more »»

Update on proposed development helpful

September 7, 2016 To the editor: Thank you to Mike Shevlin for keeping island residents informed about the development on Pine Island Road east of the Center. more »»

Northwest homeowners’ input on Seven Islands ignored by city

September 7, 2016 To the editor: I’ve watched with growing alarm as the Northwest Cape and Seven Islands Vision Plan has unfolded. more »»

Massive traffic jams coming?

August 31, 2016 To the editor: I had been wondering why the land was being cleared on the north side of Pine Island Road going off the Island. Thanks to Mike Shevlin, "Local Knowledge," I now know. more »»

An open letter to the community of the Matlacha/ Pine Island Fire Control District

August 31, 2016 To the editor: I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement on my recent promotion to fire chief. more »»



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