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Firefighter cancer presumption bill — success at last?

The facts as presented apparently -?and finally - spoke for themselves this year:According to firefighter cancer studies shared with state legislators as part of a plea for cancer presumption legislation:- Cancer was the No. 1 killer of firefighters in 2018, with 74 percent of all deaths linked ...

Legal notices legislation clouds public notification

Like a slick counterfeit twenty, a proposal to "save money" at the expense of government transparency is being proffered again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public.House Bill HB 1235, a 45-page meander, would replace longstanding Public Notices advertising ...

Thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice

The son of an Army staff sergeant who threw himself on a suicide bomber in Iraq to save the lives of three fellow soldiers accepted, on behalf of the dad he lost at age 11, our country's highest military honor Tuesday.President Donald Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Army ...

Fake threat …real consequences: Yes, they mean it!

Fed up with the continued waste of money and manpower, lost classroom time and the emotional impact on students, teachers and school personnel, Lee County law enforcement agencies and the school district issued a warning a few weeks ago: School threats are serious and will not be treated as a ...

Sea of change on the water-quality front?

Those who predicted post-election politics-as-usual on the water quality front have been largely silent since Gov. Ron DeSantis was sworn into office last month.The newly elected Republican whose election victory had drawn gasps from the ...

Have a happy Thanksgiving

For some of us, the whole "pumpkin spice" thing is as old as childhood.A can or two of Libby's pumpkin, evaporated milk, a couple of eggs, sugar and the magic combination of cinnamon, ginger and ground cloves and oh, my, the mouthwatering scent of Thanksgiving eve!Whether we still make those ...

Water pact between Cape and Fort Myers a win for all of us

Lee County residents who have demanded action on water quality issues got some action on the local front last Monday.After more than six years of effort and negotiations that included the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the cities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers have reached an ...

‘The enemy of the people?’

"The fake news media.""The real enemy of the people.""A stain on the American people.""Finally filled to the gills with the invictive du jour, the collective free press crossed competitive lines Thursday, publishing more than 350 editorials nationwide decrying the broadbrush demonization of an ...

An environmental hurricane

It's a storm that blew no winds.No torrential rains poured down.But the death and devastation that has rolled up upon our beaches, bays and waterways and drifted its way up the coast to Tampa Bay makes the Environmental Hurricane of 2018 one for the record books.Due to the worst bloom of red ...

Going ‘green’ is not always a good thing

Pea soup. Guacamole. Slime green. Putrid chartreuse.Descriptions vary but the dismay throughout all of south Florida is universal - the green gunk chumming the Caloosahatchee with noxious toxins is an environmental crisis - and a preventable one.Elected officials at both the state and federal ...