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Letters to the Editor

Honor and respect of Old Glory

To the editor: As a veteran and former Marine, it causes me great concern when I see the disrespect to our National Colors, the American Flag. On my daily journeys around the Island I see numerous American Flags that are respectfully displayed, but I also see numerous flags flying that are ...

Guest Commentary: Paddling upstream

Today, we are at the intersection of state power and citizen determination. Our state legislators have restricted our ability to petition the government at the very moment we are watching our waters — the lifeblood of our community — be degraded and abused to the point of making us sick. ...

Guest Commentary: M/PIFCD is here to protect island communities

The Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District is a career fire department protecting our community. Your fire department provides many services, including, fire suppression, basic life support, rescue services, marine response, vehicle extrication, fire prevention programs, public ...

Thanks to all for a very successful Mini MangoMania

To the editor: Hats off to the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce and its dedicated team for pulling off a very successful 2021 Mini MangoMania! From those in attendance -- it was a huge success. There was a great variety of vendors, merchandise, food, festivities, music and smiling ...

Guest Commentary: District services continue through summer

Summer break — time to review, rest, relax, renew, and refresh our bodies, minds, and spirits As we reflect on this past school year, we find ourselves in a changing environment. We have been faced with the challenge of identifying ways to continue serving students and families. Our ...

Cape Coral’s development of Festival Park is no cause for celebration

To the editor: I learned of Festival Park as a birding hot spot on E-bird. Observed many uncommon birds it this habitat, watched a burrowing owl family raise their young, northern bobwhites, eastern meadowlarks, and was always on the watch for the Florida Scrub Jay. Back from Minnesota ...

Pre-school benefits children

To the editor: We will be approaching a new school year with new opportunities and possibly new obstacles. The importance of getting our children in a routine is vital to their mental health, in my opinion. Daycare and preschool are so important to our children. Not only for their ...

Guest Commentary: Help kids in foster care

Across Florida, thousands of children enter the state’s child welfare system each year. The hope is it’s just a temporary placement and children will eventually be reunited at home with their biological parents. Unfortunately, a permanent solution is often needed. In either case, these ...

Pine Island FISH Basket Brigade Clothes for Kids drive under way

To the editor: The annual Pine Island FISH Basket Brigade Clothes for Kids drive is again under way. If you or someone you know could use a little bit of help making sure your children have new clothes for the first few days of school, please call! Last year we helped 67 families and 149 ...

Development will cause big problems on the island

To the editor: There was a fairly large turnout for the meeting on development approval for signage, square foot deviations and the proposed package stores along with the 94 townhouse units they want approval for on Pine Island. What perplexes me the most is that the pre-approval was in ...