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October 4, 2018 To the editor: The tradition of laying wreaths to honor our veterans during the holiday season began in 1992, when the Worcester Wreath Company was stuck with a number of extra wreaths at the close... more »»

Guest Comment: Borrowing more money not the solution for Lee schools

September 26, 2018 Mortgaging our children’s future is not the answer. The Lee County School District is a half-billion dollars in debt. more »»

Salute to donors

September 26, 2018 To the editor: We thank all of those that registered to donate blood at our Salute to First Responders Drive held earlier this month. more »»

Woodhead says thanks to all her island friends

September 26, 2018 To the editor: I would like to thank all my wonderful friends who attended my farewell luncheon party at the El Pollo Rico Restauran. more »»

Keep the pressure on

September 26, 2018 To the editor: Pine Island ROAR (Rise Up, Organize, Agitate, Resist) would like to thank residents of Pine Island, Matlacha, and Cape Coral who joined together for the fourth time at the Save the... more »»

How the Pine Island Elementary Tournament and Derby began

September 26, 2018 To the editor: It was in 1999 that we, the Matlacha Hookers, held our first Pine Island Fishing Tournament and Derb. more »»

Guest Opinion: Sea-level rise must be taken seriously

September 19, 2018 We, a United States Representative and a scientist from our regional state university, have come together to acknowledge that sea-level rise is an urgent problem for our community, but one that we... more »»

Questions about WCIND hearing

September 19, 2018 To the editor: The West Coast Inland Navigation District’s final budget hearing was another roaring success. more »»

We all need to be part of the solution

September 19, 2018 To the editor: The water quality crisis in Florida is a wakeup call to us all. Calling the current ecological disaster a result of red or brown tide is misleadin. more »»

Guest Comment: This is our burning water moment

September 12, 2018 In 1969 a river caught on fire. The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland Ohio had finally had enough. Enough industrial pollution from decades of discharges that the river started burning. more »»

Guest Comment: Building new schools or maintaining existing schools should not be an either-or proposition

September 12, 2018 In 2002, Florida voters approved what sounded like a great thing for children. more »»

Red tide is anything but natural

September 12, 2018 To the editor:  In my last letter I criticized Gov. Scott's declaration of emergency regarding red tide. more »»

Put the blame where it belongs

September 12, 2018 To the editor: The Army Corp of Engineers killed the river of grass when they built the dike at the south end of Lake O. They killed Lake O when they straightened the Kissimmee River. more »»

Who’s to blame — really?

September 12, 2018 To the editor: Some real facts: There has been a Republican federal Congress for eight years. There has been a Republican Florida Legislature for eight years and a Republican governor for eight years. more »»

Thanks for supporting clean water efforts

September 5, 2018 To the editor: Thank you to many residents of Pine Island, Matlacha, and surrounding communities who participated in the Save Our Water protest on Matlacha Bridge on Sunday, Aug. 26. more »»

Many thanks

September 5, 2018 To the editor: As I begin this message, I want to offer my sincere thanks to the community, which supported my reelection to the District 1 seat on the Lee County School Board! I am honored and... more »»

No More!

September 5, 2018 No baby ducks no jumping fish It’s as if my canal has died Blue-green algae pollutes Lake Okeechobee invades the incoming tide As it dies it gladly feeds a voracious red tide just offshore,... more »»

Tainted waters are a safety issue

September 5, 2018 To the editor: Two related articles were published on Aug. 15 regarding blue-green algae. The first question is, whether it is OK to drain Lake O. more »»

Guest Comment: Conservation 20/20 continues to thrive

August 29, 2018 This week, the Lee Board of County Commission had the opportunity to discuss our successful Conservation 20/20 program. more »»


August 29, 2018 To the editor: I am responsible for our current water crisis. Over the years, I have developed a personal psychology built around blame and denial. more »»



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