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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 ...

Vote-by-mail ballots best way to go this year

With the Primary and General Election ballot races firmed up as of the end of qualifying last Friday, the 2018 election season is now sliding toward home.And very quickly.The Primary is Aug. 28 with early voting set for Aug. 18 through Aug. 25.Voters are going to want to take particular note as ...

Libraries Rock!

Outdated?Facilities whose time has come - and gone?No, way, libraries rock - literally as "media centers" around the county keep kids reading throughout the summer with programs designed to reward those who pick up a book.The Lee County Library System's Libraries Rock! summer reading program is ...

What we learned from Hurricane Irma

Due to the possibility of pre-season tropical storm formation in the Gulf this year, our annual be-prepared editorial is a little ahead of the official start of hurricane season.But what we learned from Hurricane Irma, whose projected path drifted hither and yon across the state before making ...

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

The majority of Lee County's approximate 5,000 seniors will mark the culmination of their high school careers this weekend.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 ...

Scout us in to BSA’s new service philosophy

Boy Scouts of America announced last week a revamp of not only its program, but its service philosophy.The new "Scout Me In" campaign for its youngest members will target girls, yes, girls, as well as boys, for the Cub Scout program for the first time ever."Starting this summer, all kids are ...

Talkin’ ‘bout this generation

We've seen the mean memes.We've read some of the online pundits, have scrolled past the comments tagged to opinions and news stories.But we've also attended the ongoing senior awards ceremonies now wrapping up at schools throughout Lee County.And if anyone thinks that "today's" teens are a ...

Barbara Bush left words to live by — and so much more

The amphitheatre of politics has never been a good place for the thin-skinned or those whose egos bruise easily.But seldom has the show been more knock-'em-in-the-mud-and-leave-'em-for-dead dirty than that played by too many of today's gladiatorial partisans.Pumped on the 'roids of my-party ...

Public safety: The tip of the spear

Student safety is the School District of Lee County's No. 1 goal, Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins told those attending a joint media conference held in conjunction with the Lee County Sheriff's Office last week.It's a heartbreaking commentary on our times, indeed, when keeping our children safe ...

Have you had a flu shot? Get one now!

In the wake of what it calls "a sharp increase in flu cases," Lee Health has restricted children 12 and younger from visiting patients in its intensive care units, pediatric intensive care units and hematology/oncology units. The countywide hospital system and health care provider reports that ...