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On the Water: It was a windy week out on the water

Strong winds for the better part of the week often made fishing difficult inshore and near impossible offshore. With that said, anglers found success for a variety of fish. Spanish mackerel were caught from the Matlacha Drawbridge and in Matlacha Pass north of marker 72. Also, mackerel were ...

Dolphin Tales: Flipper, faster than lightning

Most of us remember our beloved Flipper and the song of the same name. The television series ran from 1964 to 1967. There were actually five dolphins that portrayed Flipper. Richard “Ric” O’Barry captured and trained the five dolphin who resided in the Miami Seaquarium. All five dolphin ...

Volunteers recognized at VFW Post # 4353

To the editor: On Oct. 16, the Greater Pine Island VFW Post 4353 held a special event to honor employees, vendors and especially volunteers that have helped the Post get through these most trying times. We all know that the last 6 months have been like none other and without good people like ...

PILOT update

To the editor: We apologize for missing last week!  • Last week the teens held elections for officer positions in Builder's Club. Congratulations to President - Christian Flores, Vice President - Erik Daniels, Secretary - Tracy Daniels and Treasurer- Bella Player! • We will be ...

Call it what it is — pollution

To the editor: The Army Corp of Engineers has been sending polluted waters down the Caloosahatchee River from the polluted Lake Okeechobee. For the last month, algae blooms have begun in Cape Coral canals. Cheerful chirping from James Evans of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation that ...

Clean water, dirty wetlands

To the editor: Although Southwest Florida has managed to escape the worst of our recent water woes thus far in 2020, there is not a local resident who cannot forget the past few years when a combination of red tide and blue-green algae wrecked havoc on our beaches and estuaries. Indeed, the ...

Independent judiciary is being challenged

“The complete independence of the courts of justice is peculiarly essential in a limited Constitution. By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority; such, for instance, as that it shall pass no bills of attainder, no ...

We should be concerned we are being sternly tested

To the editor: The great experiment that is called America has been and always will be a work in progress. We have held together through worse times than now. The Civil War, the market crash of 1929 and subsequent depression are two examples. Suffice it to say, there are dozens more. The ...

What have we become?

To the editor: I’m grieved… I’m grieved as I witness people whom I love… bicker, de-friend and spew unlovely words at each other. I’m grieved by the lack of trust people have toward each other and by how little nuance there is in our discourse. Left-Right, Red-Blue, ...