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Talk about scary

To the editor: The scariest aspect of Biden being our president is in handling the very complex and difficult job of foreign affairs to which the president has the most authority. Compare Trump’s management to Obama/Biden’s management. Under Obama/Biden, the Middle East went from ...

Raising the minimum wage benefits the local economy

To the editor: Amendment 2 would increase minimum wage over the next six years until it rises up to $15 per hour. Currently the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median hourly wage in Cape Coral is $16.87. Should the voters increase the minimum wage in six years rise to $1.87 below ...

Guest Commentary: Welcome back students, district family

Welcome back to all our students and district family. We are so happy to see you all, whether online or in person. These past few months have been very different for all of us. We’ve all had to make adjustments to our daily lives to continue to stay healthy and safe. The School District of ...

Guest Commentary: Reopening schools: Thank you to the community

This has truly been a community effort. We just reopened one of the largest school districts in the country … and we did it together. The School District of Lee County appreciates the community’s efforts to get our students back to class, whether in-person or online. We are grateful for the ...

On mask mandates

To the editor: I understand the frustration of a recent letter writer — a highly respected internist on Sanibel — with the COVID-19 virus. I feel he is correct in wanting masks to be worn in indoor establishments. Out of doors on the other hand where we can almost always choose to be ...

Pass the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

To the editor: September is Suicide Prevention Month and it's that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From ...

Level the city council playing field

To the editor: An unprecedented three Sanibel City Council seats will be up for grabs in March. In the interim, council must appoint two temporary members to fill the seats of Mayor Kevin Ruane and Councilman Jason Maughan (who, after seeking higher offices, must step down under Florida’s ...

Three cheers for rec center crew

To the editor: The reopening procedures at the Sanibel Recreation Center, closed by the COVID-19 threat, have been complicated to say the least. But Charlotte Durand and her crew have been simply extraordinary in their patience and understanding, especially with the not too computer savvy old ...

BOCC needs to mandate masks

To the editor: Further to the July letter of Lee Health medical staff and considering the dire situation we are mired in almost one month later, it is extremely disturbing that the very Lee County Commissioners we, the tax paying residents voted in to keep us healthy and safe, have dropped ...

Adding fuel to hatred, separation

To the editor:I was troubled by a letter to the editor I read from Mr. Mike DiCorpo published in the June 8, 2020, issue of the Island Reporter.I too am a Sanibel resident and have health issues which this virus could cause me critical results. I also believe that wearing a mask should be a ...