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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 ...

Best wishes to the Class of 2017

Lee County School District students marked the culmination of their high school careers this past weekend with graduation ceremonies.Graduation is a milestone occasion and, as we do every year, we add our congratulations to the abundance of felicitations that rightfully should come their way.As ...

Another voter mandate goes up in smoke

For the second time in as many years, the people we send to Tallahassee to represent us have not only ignored, but rode roughshod, over a voter mandate.After voters overwhelmingly approved a water and land conservation initiative in 2014, the House and Senate in '15 evaded the intent of the ...

Shadow government II

Ah, politics - and politicians. They invariably run on a platform of service to the public and then, all too often, almost immediately propose or support legislation that is nothing short of a disservice to those who elected them.A couple of cases in point:Among the Florida Sunshine Law ...