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Recovering from an ‘act of pure evil’

An "act of pure evil" gripped the American consciousness with blood-stained fingers Sunday night.Stephen Paddock - a monied, 64-year-old former accountant and land investor whose idea of a good time was high stakes gambling at lux Las Vegas casinos - opened fire at a country music festival ...

Helping Texas weather the storm

The most recent updates from the Associated Press are grim: The death toll is climbing as public safety officials continue to find the bodies of those lost in the flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey.Thousands are homeless. The tally of homes destroyed has topped 7,000 with the number of ...

A new school year is about to begin

An estimated 95,000 students across Lee County will head back to school Thursday as the new academic year begins.That means at least three things for parents: Get ready to meet your child's teacher, get your wallets out and it's time to review your safety plan with small walkers and bus ...

Summer turns up heat on those in need

The beaches are less crowded, the gulf and bays are perfect for boating and the Pine Island Pool is "splashing."Summertime is a wonderful time in Southwest Florida - for most of us.But for too many of our neighbors, our off-season, service-based economy means a time of struggle, a struggle to ...

Rainy season brings mosquitos

Rainy season has begun - thank goodness.We welcome the rain, much needed in the wake of the winter drought.It brings its own problems, though, some more serious than a washed-out afternoon party or a quick downpour at an inopportune time.Rainy season is also skeeter season with the peak ...

A lesson to be learned

Florida's $82.4 billion budget finally landed on Gov. Rick Scott's desk last Wednesday where it was promptly subject to partial veto.Gov. Scott vetoed $410 million in projects but also hammered out a deal that, among other things, would increase per-student funding for public schools. As a ...

Best wishes to the Class of 2017

Lee County School District students marked the culmination of their high school careers this past weekend with graduation ceremonies.Graduation is a milestone occasion and, as we do every year, we add our congratulations to the abundance of felicitations that rightfully should come their way.As ...

Another voter mandate goes up in smoke

For the second time in as many years, the people we send to Tallahassee to represent us have not only ignored, but rode roughshod, over a voter mandate.After voters overwhelmingly approved a water and land conservation initiative in 2014, the House and Senate in '15 evaded the intent of the ...

Shadow government II

Ah, politics - and politicians. They invariably run on a platform of service to the public and then, all too often, almost immediately propose or support legislation that is nothing short of a disservice to those who elected them.A couple of cases in point:Among the Florida Sunshine Law ...

It’s time again to toss Lifeline a lifeline

Last year around this time we called attention to a Cape Coral charity with a unique mission.We'd like to do so again as Lifeline Family Center gears up for one of its two primary fundraisers and a whole new initiative.The wholly donor-funded center, which provides "educational training, job ...