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The need for shared adversity

As described in a previous column, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is partway through a process to create a new set of guidelines, referred to as the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM). When completed, LOSOM will drive decision-making about when water is released out of Lake ...

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians learn about CHOICES for students

A sad reality of our education system is that 7,000 American students quit high school daily. Yes, that is daily, and it is in our America. A staggering statistic that leaves one with a feeling of disbelief. These children will make considerably less money than a high school graduate. Middle ...

Safe at Sea: USCG to enact new fire safety regulations

On Labor Day in 2019, The MV Conception burst into flames, resulting in the death of 34 passengers. This horrific tragedy was the worst in modern maritime history. The Conception, a “live aboard” dive boat, was built in 1981 and had been refurbished in 2005. Initially, the cause of the ...

Faces on Faith: Why bother fasting?

We free church Protestants have generally paid a minimal amount of attention to Lent. We may mark its beginning with an Ash Wednesday service, though we are often a bit uncomfortable about the whole ashes thing. Some feel it’s “too Catholic” — and others just don’t see the point. (We ...

Shell Shocked: The social ostracism of the unvaccinated

There’s a breed of people currently around who stand out from the crowd. They are the “Unvaccinated.” You get a phone call from a friend of yours and the first thing he asks is “Have you been vaccinated yet?” You say “No, I haven’t. I’ve been trying like mad to get on a ...

In The Garden: Carolina jessamine is a southern beauty

Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium Semperviren) is a great climber and loves to fill in spaces when planted on trellises and arbors, along fences or under trees with loose canopies. The glossy leaves stay green all year, providing dense coverage for the supporting structure. Carolina jessamine ...

Poetic License: ‘Poem, fall not far from me’

(Inspiration for Mary Ann Devo) Poem, fall not far from me, Bitter or sweet, your words are mine. You are my apple, I am your tree. Try as you might you cannot flee, Bound as we are like grape to vine. Poem, fall not far from me. Seek not separate epiphany Or look to sip a ...

It is time to start planning for renewable energy

Sanibel has begun an important planning process. In 2019, the city commissioned a study by Florida Gulf Coast University professor Michael Savarese to understand the pending effects of sea level rise and increased severity of storms brought on by climate change. The purpose of the project is ...