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Guest Commentary: Water quality standards needed to protect coastal estuaries

Congressman Byron Donalds should be commended for recently filing a bill that the federal government continue to monitor our waterways for harmful algae blooms, even in the event of a government shutdown. Continuous monitoring of the presence of Red Tide and Blue Green algae is important to ...

Politicians should not be making medical decisions

To the editor: I don’t wear my wedding ring to work. I’m a nurse working in women’s health, assisting with procedures and sedation. Many of my patients need a hand to squeeze, sometimes squeezing so hard I think my hand might break. No rings. Some women see us for abortions. Some are ...

A living wage will pay for itself

To the editor: We simply can not tolerate people dying in the streets. Therefore, the employers in any given community must pay wages commensurate with the local ( Repeat: local) Cost of Living -- or -- be taxed to provide Social Services sufficient to forestall such dying. It is likely ...

Take the challenge

To the editor: Media are reporting that Lee County will be receiving “nearly $150 million” from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and that the county is conferring with Senator Rubio’s office about how it can spend the windfall. Better idea: Why doesn’t the county consult ...

Fire chief’s plan seems like ‘Empire Building’

To the editor: Regarding the Fire Chief’s five-year plan: Sounds like “Empire Building” to me. The five-year plan should be to wind down to a volunteer fire department; not to grow this multi-million dollar organization! Russ Mattson Pineland

Answer to gun control legislation is at the ballot box

To the editor: In a Fox News survey from August 2019, nearly two-thirds of Americans said they favor a ban on assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons as a measure to reduce gun violence. Support for an assault weapons ban is stronger among Democrats, at 86%. Forth-six percent of ...

Thanks to everyone who helped injured eaglet

To the editor: Thank you to the many hands that helped rescue our baby eagle that was caught in his nesting materials on March 26 and 27. Thank you to Pine Island, St. James City Fire Department, CROW, Florida Fish and Wild Life Conservation, LCEC and to our Florida Audubon Eagle Watch ...

Positive action, not negative words, are what can make a difference

To the editor: It’s been a long time since I have been so frightened and disgusted with an action taken by neighbors in Cape Coral: the flying of a flag with the words “F- Biden.” We all need to take a deep breath and a step back. The divisions in our community appear to be worsening ...

Williamson brothers donate Fish Drop prize to Bobby Holloway Memorial Fund

To the editor: The Kiwanis of Greater Pine Island recently held our Fish Drop at the Chamber’s IslandFest. This annual fundraiser raises money for our club’s Service Fund that benefits the children of Pine Island. This year’s Fish Drop winning ticket was purchased by WB Williamson ...

Guest Comment: Women For a Better Lee looks for change

Questions we frequently get: “What does it mean when Women For a Better Lee says it is ‘fiercely nonpartisan’?”, closely followed by: “Don’t you have to be a part of an organized political party to succeed at electing women?” First, what does “nonpartisan” mean for us? ...