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Support clean water and its advocates

To the editor: Thank you, Charlotte Newton, for an excellent guest editorial! I can’t think of a more important yet more complex issue facing Pine Island, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral and Fort Myers than restoring our water quality here in Southwest Florida. Kevin Ruane was a clean water ...

We must keep our children — all of us — safe

To the editor: What would you do to keep your child safe? Parents already have to worry about school shootings. But this year has been SO hard on everyone. Despite the dangers, parents and students are ready to go back to school! Is it safe for them to go back? Because of the Delta variant ...

Mahjongg players asked to wear masks at SJCCA

To the editor: Just as the SJCCA BOD followed CDC recommendations for reopening the building, and again when vaccinated members could enter mask free, we are once more following CDC recommendations by requiring all to wear masks in the building. Because we are not scientists, we are guided by ...

Governor is gambling with health of schoolchildren

To the editor: It is not extreme to tell the truth. Ron DeSantis is gambling with the health and safety of Florida’s schoolchildren. And he is doing so in violation of the Florida Constitution, which says school boards shall operate, control and supervise all free public schools. His ...

On the mask issue: Who is telling the truth?

To the editor: I am wondering who is telling the truth on wearing masks? We hear from our government to wear masks and we hear it in the news and we hear it from some medical experts and the CDC then we hear if you are vaccinated you don’t need one then you hear you need one. I think ...

Guest Commentary: Fire trucks are often closest emergency units

Why does a Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District Fire Engine come when you call for an ambulance? A fire truck will many times arrive at an incident first because it is the closest emergency unit to the scene. The M/PIFCD is committed to getting help to your location as fast as possible. ...

NOAA and Watermen test Matlacha waters

To the editor: Last Wednesday, the Florida Commercial Watermens’ Conservation (FCWC) teamed with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to begin a program for testing the waters of the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve and the adjacent North Spreader Canal in Cape Coral which ...

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 ...