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Partisan attack on voting by mail

As a senior citizen I benefited greatly from the ease and convenience of casting my vote in the 2020 general election by mail. I was not alone: Some 4.8 million of my fellow Floridians did the same. The process worked smoothly according to local election officials. There is no evidence of ...

Biking safety, and safely, on Sanibel

To the editor: Area media have recently reported on bicycle safety, noting that helmets are legally required for cyclists under age 16 but are a good idea for everyone, and Billy's Bicycles was quoted in an article stating that state law requires ages 15 and under to wear a helmet. I have ...

Safe at Sea: Sound-signal device is a federal requirement

The America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva offers all boat owners a free Vessel Safety Check. The 20-plus minute inspection determines whether the boat has all the required safety equipment in place and that the safety equipment is fully functional. Time and again, an owner’s vessel ...

Shell Shocked: The ugly alligator

Once upon a time in the far off land of Sanibel lived a tribe of alligators. They were one of two tribes existing in Sanibel at the time. The other species were human beings. The two species had a mutual understanding. Stay away from me or I’ll kill you. This peace treaty worked well for ...

In The Garden: Magnolia, the Southern beauty

The Southern magnolia is an evergreen tree that grows naturally throughout much of the southeastern United States and can be found from eastern North Carolina, all the way west to easternmost Texas. The Southern magnolia's creamy, white fragrance-filled bloom was chosen in 1900 by students from ...

Recipe of the Week: Short Crust Apple Pie

This recipe was given to me by my next-door neighbor in Shaker Heights, Doris Turner, a fantastic artist and cook. Trained in Paris, she would make great pies and share them with my family. Serves eight. (Chef tip: Do not overwork pie crust or it will be tough.) PIE CRUST: 2 2/3 cups ...

Poetic License: ‘Denial’

(From “Sanibel Joe’s Songbook” — ArtPoem inspired by Carol Rosenberg) It was not in another country Nor in another time. There was no music playing And we did not dance or dine. There was no suite I rented To which we did retire, And no romantic breakfast Relit our ...