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Mourning the passing of Karl Wickstrom

July 18, 2018 To the editor: We should all mourn the recent passing of marine conservationist Karl Wickstrom, founder of Florida Sportsman magazine and inspirational leader in the effort to restore our rivers,... more »»

Where has common courtesy gone?

July 18, 2018 To the editor: On Saturday morning I went for my usual “morning walk.” The neighborhood is rather isolated and usually the only vehicles one might encounter are those of the residents. more »»

'The Green River'

July 11, 2018 To the editor: We have returned from a month sailing in the Bahamas. The waters were gorgeous there. more »»

The youth of today

July 11, 2018 To the editor: On July 3rd I was shopping at the Dollar General Store on Pine Island when two young men brought their Monster drinks to the cashier. Feeling flush, I paid for them. They thanked me. more »»

Change needed

July 11, 2018 To the editor: In several months we will have the opportunity to become involved in one of the most important rights that have been bestowed on citizens, the right to vote. more »»

A second chance for Lucy

July 4, 2018 To the editor Pine Island is well known for its beauty and charm, as well as for its neighborly residents and a strong sense of community. This past Father’s Day, on a visit to my dad’s St. more »»

Restore truth to public discourse

July 4, 2018 To the editor: Iva Toguri, sometimes known as Tokyo Rose, was only the seventh person in the U.S. convicted of treason. more »»

Guest Comment: Better schools are a community effort

June 27, 2018 Dear friends of education: Education is a dynamic process, the economic driver for the community, the equalizer, the energizer! School Board members make a commitment to set policy, oversee... more »»

Herd of Moose?

June 27, 2018 To the editor: The Pine Island Moose began in Matlacha in 1984 at what is now the Blue Dog. In 1986 they bought the property where the Lodge now sits. more »»

Helping your pet deal with the lights and noise of Fourth of July fireworks

June 27, 2018 To the editor, With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. more »»

Guest Comment: County funding and school resource officer mandate

June 20, 2018 Our community has proved time and again that we will stand together to face a challenge or provide a need. more »»

Beacon of HOPE program helps veterans

June 20, 2018 To the editor: More vets are calling the Beacon of HOPE for help with our new community based program helping local veterans navigate the VA system for possible benefits. more »»

What have we become?

June 20, 2018 To the editor: Confused? Bad behavior is good? ... more »»

Islander won't vote for Putnam

June 13, 2018 To the editor: There is no way in the world I could vote for Adam Putnam. more »»

H.E. ain’t it fun or what’s up with my washer

June 13, 2018 To the editor: Well, it finally happened (again), the old top-loading washing machine stopped working and rather than incur a possibly large repair bill, we decided to replace i. more »»

Guest Comment: A needs-based tax even conservatives can embrace

June 6, 2018 My family and I moved to Lee County from upstate New York about six years ago. We moved for several reasons. more »»

Support our neighbors

June 6, 2018 To the editor: I am very worried about our neighbors — the ones who pick our fruit, cut our lawns, care for our parents and fix our roofs. I am speaking of the immigrant laborers. more »»

An attack on women

June 6, 2018 To the editor: There is an attack on the women of this country, all colors and all ages, that is called the gag-rul. more »»

Stand for the national anthem

June 6, 2018 To the editor: Outrageous, sickening and absolutely disgusting — not standing for the national anthem is beyond the behavior expected from any sane American! Let’s be clear: Football players are not... more »»

The battle for equality is far from over

June 6, 2018 To the editor: Two non-Florida residents visiting Sanibel wrote in a letter to the editor in another paper that “the Civil War is over, get over it.” They are thinking about becoming resident. more »»



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