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Environmental hurricane

It's a storm that blew no winds.No torrential rains poured down.But the death and devastation that has rolled up upon our beaches, bays and waterways and drifted its way up the coast to Tampa Bay makes the Environmental Hurricane of 2018 one for the record books.Due to the worst bloom of red ...

Vote-by-mail ballots best way to go this year

With the Primary and General Election ballot races firmed up as of the end of qualifying on June 22, the 2018 election season is now sliding toward home.And very quickly.The Primary is Aug. 28 with early voting set for Aug. 18 through Aug. 25.Voters are going to want to take particular note as ...

What we learned from Hurricane Irma

Due to the possibility of pre-season tropical storm formation in the Gulf this year, our annual be-prepared editorial is a little ahead of the official start of hurricane season.But what we learned from Hurricane Irma, whose projected path drifted hither and yon across the state before making ...

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

The majority of Lee County's approximate 5,000 seniors will mark the culmination of their high school careers this weekend.Graduation ceremonies are a milestone occasion and, as we do every year, we add our congratulations to the abundance of felicitations that rightfully should come their ...

Mrs. Bush left words to live by — and much more

The amphitheatre of politics has never been a good place for the thin-skinned or those whose egos bruise easily.But seldom has the show been more knock-'em-in-the-mud-and-leave-'em-for-dead dirty than that played by too many of today's gladiatorial partisans.Pumped on the 'roids of my-party ...

Public safety: The tip of the spear

Student safety is the School District of Lee County's No. 1 goal, Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins told those attending a joint media conference recently held in conjunction with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.It's a heartbreaking commentary on our times, indeed, when keeping our children safe ...

Compassion before politics

In the wake of adversity, in the wake of tragedy, in the wake of the very worst that fate or man can throw our way, Americans have always paused and come together, if only briefly, to mourn those lost, to show respect for those sorely affected.Until now.The reaction of far too many in the ...

No flu shot? Get one now

In the wake of what it calls "a sharp increase in flu cases," Lee Health has restricted children 12 and younger from visiting patients in its intensive care units, pediatric intensive care units and hematology/oncology units.The countywide hospital system and health care provider reports that ...

Helping Houston weather the storm

The most recent updates from the Associated Press are grim: The death toll is climbing as public safety officials continue to find the bodies of those lost in the flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey.Thousands are homeless. The tally of homes destroyed has topped 7,000 with the number of ...

Rainy season brings mosquitos

Rainy season has begun - thank goodness.We welcome the rain, much needed in the wake of the winter drought.It brings its own problems, though, some more serious than a washed-out afternoon party or a quick downpour at an inopportune time.Rainy season is also skeeter season with the peak ...