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Questions or perhaps considerations to voice

To the editor: The guest commentary published in the Nov. 11, 2020, issue of the Island Reporter by Adam Zimmerman and Tye Christoff-Tempesta was very well written. I have questions or perhaps other considerations to voice, however. I think much of our country thinks that somehow we in the ...

City needs daily reports on COVID numbers

To the editor: As I walked my dog on a beautiful Sanibel morning, I could not help but feel a bit depressed. I have the coronavirus. It’s ironic that I’ve contracted the virus considering I was one of the biggest proponents of a mask proclamation we now have in place on Sanibel, thanks to ...

Transition of power issues, even on our island

To the editor: Sanibel’s City Council will have a vacant seat effective Nov. 3. That is because Councilman Jason Maughan decided to run for Florida state representative and, in doing so, needed to comply with Florida’s “resign to run” law (F.S.A. § 99.012). Specially, Florida law ...

Clean water, dirty wetlands

To the editor: Although Southwest Florida has managed to escape the worst of our recent water woes thus far in 2020, there is not a local resident who cannot forget the past few years when a combination of red tide and blue-green algae wrecked havoc on our beaches and estuaries. Indeed, the ...

Sanibel, Lee County to join ’24 Hours of Reality’

To the editor: This summer, in preparation for The Climate Reality Project's “24 Hours of Reality,” there was a huge world-wide training with important environmental issues that impact Florida with 10,000 participants who want to help solve these issues in their countries. Florida was ...

Biden is the better candidate

To the editor: The debacle of the first presidential debate is over. Shortly after it ended, CNN's Jake Tapper described it as “a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck … It wasn't even a debate. It was a disgrace.” I hoped to see a different side of President Donald ...

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 ...