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Nations must unite to battle terrorism

French President Francois Hollande is absolutely correct: Civilized nations, even those with long, sometimes bitter records of rivalry, must unite if we are to destroy Islamic terrorism.But Hollande was, in effect, asking a question: Do nations capable of dealing with the barbarians have the ...

Preserving Southwest Florida’s ‘paradise’

Lee County has an abundance of preservation and conservation properties.Funded and maintained primarily through the voter-approved 20/20 program, the native lands held for future generations - scrub, prairie, pine flatwoods, wetlands - offer residents and visitors a look at the ecosystems that ...

Area residents urged to vaccinate their pets

The Florida Department of Health Lee County has issued a rabies alert in the wake of a confirmed case of the disease in a cat in Lehigh Acres last week.While the Cape is not under alert - that area encompasses State Road 82, Buckingham Road, Sunshine Boulevard North and 15th Street Southwest in ...

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 ...