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Pact is no shining beacon of peace

President Barack Obama is hailing the accord reached last week between Iran and six key countries, saying the long-negotiated pact paves the way toward peace."Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation or it's resolved through force, ...

Misappropriation of Amendment 1 funds

And so it begins.Saying state legislators pretty much spit upon the voter-approved constitutional amendment directing certain tax dollars be used for conservation, Earthjustice has filed a lawsuit to compel compliance with the Water and Land Conservation Amendment.The suit filed this week in ...

Spend Amendment 1 tax dollars where intended

How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving.It's a wry joke, usually guaranteed to bring a chuckle.But this time, few among the 4.2 million Floridians who voted to require that a portion of fees already being collected by the state be used to "acquire, restore, improve, and ...

Habitat volunteer extraordinaire

One of Cape Coral's quiet heroes received some well-deserved national recognition Thursday morning.Harold Elsesser, one of the longest continuously serving volunteers in the history of Habitat For Hunanity, was interviewed on the Today Show's "Everyone Has a Story" segment.The morning news show ...

‘Kitten season:’ Be part of the solution

Lee County Animal Services is already gearing up for a time of the year that stresses staffers and animal lovers alike - "kitten season."The annual deluge of adult cats and babies begins in May, crowding the shelter and, all too often, forcing the county to seek more adoptive or foster families ...

On the mend

The U.S. Census Bureau issued a release Thursday announcing the fastest-growing "metros" in the country.Cape Coral-Fort Myers came in at No. 6, based on data collected between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014.The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida, came in first for the second ...

No other option

Count us among those weary of war, tired of conflict, torn by an American military death count that has hit 6,839 in the War on Terror, mostly young service personnel 18 to 24.Battlefield leaders have said it better than we ever could: War is hell.And for today's American families, there is no ...

Rest in peace

For the wife and children of NYPD?Police Officer Rafael Ramos, Christmas held no joy this year.Nor has the holiday season been joyous for the widowed bride of Officer Wen Jian Liu.These family men were slain as they sat in their parked patrol car by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had shot an ...

Vote No on school board ‘expansion’ proposal

Lee County voters are being asked whether substantive changes should be made to the makeup of the School Board of Lee County.Specifically, voters are asked to decide whether the five-person board should be expanded to seven and whether five of those seven seats should be determined by only the ...

Vote No on term limits

Lee County voters are being asked whether they would like to limit the number of consecutive terms a Lee County commissioner may serve.Specifically, voters are being asked whether the county's governing document should be changed to limit service tenure to three four-year terms. As tendered, ...