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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 ...

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Outdated?Facilities whose time has come - and gone?No, way, libraries rock - literally as "media centers" around the county keep kids reading throughout the summer with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 ...