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Editorial: Hiring a veteran is good for business

On Friday, President Obama announced his plan to provide incentives to businesses as part of an effort to put returning service men and women back to work in the private sector.It's an initiative that's long overdue, especially here in Southwest Florida where unemployment rates remain high and ...

Editorial: Pushing the ‘Be Safe At School’ agenda

In a blink, it seems, the summer is just about over. And while most of our attention may be focused on the projected path of Tropical Storm Emily right now, there is another important event about to return to the islands again.On Monday morning, local youngsters will flock to The Sanibel School ...

Editorial: Volunteerism integral part of island community

When longtime residents of Sanibel and Captiva recount tales of the disaster and devastation witnessed after Hurricane Charley back on Friday the 13th of 2004, you are certain to hear stories about the number of structures that were severely damaged, scores of fallen trees strewn across ...

Editorial: City’s donation is money well spent

During economic times such as these, when many people are living paycheck to paycheck and residents are keeping a close eye on every penny being spent by their local government leaders, any request for funding outside of the "normal" realm of managing a city's expenses would certainly draw some ...

Editorial: Be a part of city’s budget process

When the City Council meets on Tuesday, they are expected to discuss preliminary plans for the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. As part of those discussions, they are required to introduce next year's proposed millage rate. For the past three years, councilors — thanks in great part to the city's ...

Editorial: Be hospitable to our bear visitor

When news broke late last week that Sanibel had confirmed the first official Florida black bear sighting in the history of the J.N "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, islanders rejoiced at the unexpected discovery. However, even the most fervent protectors of wildlife — many of whom ...

District’s response to mosquito complaints falling short

During this week's Planning Commission meeting, several members of the panel brought up the issue of the mosquito populations on the islands of late. They noted that this year's crop of "flying bloodsuckers" is seemingly the worst it's ever been. They also noted that the response thus far by ...

EDITORIAL: Reminder to ready for hurricane season may save lives

When islanders flipped their calendars this week from May to June, many of them probably did so with a bit of trepidation. That's because we have now entered a new hurricane season, which will last until the end of November — although a hurricane can strike at any time of the year. We are, ...

Editorial: Can the causeway be shared safely?

Throughout the course of every year, thousands of bicyclists cross the Sanibel Causeway, a scenic 2.7-mile archipelago of palm-lined beaches and bridges. And they do so safely and without interference from the vehicular traffic going to and coming from Fort Myers and all points east, north and ...

Editorial: Clam Bayou inhabitants need your help

When the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation announced last fall that it needed the assistance — to the tune of $5.3 million — of island residents, businesses and visitors in order to acquire the 28.3-acre Bailey Homestead, it seemed like a tall task. Yet in less than the nine month ...