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COVID-19: Is this a time to reassess?

To the editor:COVID-19 has had an extreme negative affect on many aspects of our lives and the economy. Tourist reliant business have virtually shut down. Business relying on large gatherings, such as sporting events, theaters, plays, and concerts have had to close due to the distancing ...

Simply a matter of good public health

To the editor:The decision whether or not to wear a facial mask in public should never have become a political issue, or a symbol of a culture war. It's a matter of good public health, pure and simple, as we all try our best to maneuver through the minefield of COVID-19.The Centers for Disease ...

Good in one case, good in another

To the editor:I read with interest Howard Simon's guest commentary on "The governor, federal courts and right to vote" in the June 10 issue of the Island Reporter. I also listened to his program during a recent Zoom meeting of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club.I fundamentally disagree with the ...

Pandemic ponderings

To the editor:Like many other Sanibel-ians, I have used the last eleven weeks of social distancing and isolation to get reacquainted with my beautiful island home. Daily walks on the beach, walks in the Lighthouse woods looking for migratory birds, biking down roads and housing areas that I ...

Setting a healthy example

To the editor:Costco has become a guiding light in this world of fake news.You can't enter its warehouse locations without a face covering. Imagine a retailer who is concerned about the health of its employees and customers. Even if you don't believe the "experts," wouldn't you want to protect ...

Freedom must overcome fear

To the editor:Freedom is the ability to do things in the present. Fear is the worry that present actions may result in a future bad event. Science is the antidote to fear. Science provides knowledge. Knowledge gives us the power to protect ourselves. Science shows the corona virus survives ...

Masks needed at island eateries

To the editor:Restaurants on Sanibel and Captiva, please protect your employees and our community wear masks!I was shocked to see the lack of masks being worn at our restaurants. Just one person who has COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms, can infect your staff. From there, it spreads. ...

Council can still take action

To the editor:On May 12, the Sanibel City Council voted to reopen hotels and short-term rentals to visitors. This despite the fact that 90 percent of letters from residents urged the council to wait to reopen to allow time to assess the impact of reopening on the rest of the state.We analyzed ...

Some freedoms are not absolute

To the editor:As Constitutional conservatives we consider the freedoms in our First, Fourth and Fourteenth amendments as cornerstones of our democracy. We therefore understand the frustrations of the many people, including politicians, who object to the restraints put on freedoms by the ...

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

To the editor:What a difference four months made. A cultural tsunami crashed on everything we believed permanent, The Before Times. The celebrations at the year's end and new year's beginning are relegated to a distant memory. During December and January most were shopping without cessation, ...