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Little feet hit the street: Drivers, put safety first

More than 89,000 students were back in the classroom last week as Lee County schools opened its doors to a new school year. The district’s 11th-hour mask mandate generated most of the back-to-school safety discussion as kids donned their “work clothes” and shouldered spanking-new ...

Missing a pet? Do not delay in your search

Twenty-nine dogs. Thirty-two cats. And one black bunny. As of presstime, those are among the missing pets who are waiting for their families to track them down and bring them home. Before the clock runs out. Lee County Domestic Animal Services has a number of responsibilities. It ...

A step in the right direction

While Florida’s politicized Parent’s Bill of Rights bill grabbed headlines and split mostly along party lines, another parental rights bill long in the works finally — finally and unanimously — was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. SB 590, aka the School Safety bill, went ...

Summertime giving

Summer in Southwest Florida has lots going for it for those of us who embrace the sunshine or love nothing better than the sound of a late-afternoon thunder-boomer. Less crowded beaches. Shorter lines, if any, at our favorite spots to grab a bite or sit and linger. More time for, well, most ...

Sometimes, cash is king

Count us among those who believe that good, and affordable, insurance is the path to better health. Count us, too, among those who sometimes find sorting though the benefits provided confusing. Case in point: One of our team members, whose insurance package includes Medicare, supplemental ...

Kudos to the Class of 2021

Approximately 5,000 students across Lee County will mark the culmination of their high school careers starting tonight. Graduation ceremonies are a milestone occasion and, as we do every year, we add our congratulations to the abundance of felicitations that rightfully should come their ...

Solution is in our hands

Spring in Southwest Florida is glorious but the pre-summer lull brings more than great weather and less crowded beaches. May heralds in what local animal shelters call “kitten season,” and no, all love for the fuzzy, furry little hairballs packed with cuteness aside, it’s not a welcome ...

Keep public notices accessible to all

Are there any words more terrifying to us taxpayers than Ronald Reagan’s famously shared “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”? It always amuses us — and not in a good way — when self-proclaimed fiscally conservative, small government, pro-business politicians trot out ...

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, ...

School District deserves an ‘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 ...