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Somber milestone

About a year ago, on Feb. 28, The Breeze published our first editorial on a new coronavirus dubbed COVID-19. The editorial shared the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s emphasis on the then new-to-the-U.S. disease: Share the Facts, Stop Fear. The facts then, from the CDC, ...

Get Kobe back on the field

The Breeze newsroom receives dozens of press releases each week from a variety of sources. Some we share in print. Some we post online. Some are assigned for followup as news stories. It is rare, though, that one of individual impact makes its way here onto the opinion page. The challenge ...

Building a bridge to early learning success

Parents of children set to start kindergarten this fall have a new option for their little ones — Young Five. It’s a VPK-to-kindergarten “bridge program” for children whose birthdays make them eligible to start kindergarten — but just barely. Known as transitional kindergarten, ...

‘A’ for effort…

Lee County School Board members got an update this week on the District’s plans to improve the way it processes public records requests. District staff has soft-launched new software, GovQA, and plans to have it up and running next month. The software system, estimated to cost $18,500 for ...

Thank you

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools has announced its 34th Annual Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program finalists. There are 30 of them, scattered among public schools throughout the county with a dozen here in the West Zone. Our congratulations -- and thanks -- to ...

The gift of life

Lee Health issued an urgent call to our community this week: The need for blood donations is critical. To supply the needs of the health care system’s four acute care hospitals—Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital and its ...

Yes, ‘our’ president

Many of us cast our ballot for Joe Biden. Many of us did not. As of today, it does not matter. At noon on Wednesday, Mr. Biden was sworn into office, becoming our 46th President. The key word here is “our.” Whether Mr. Biden was a particular voter’s candidate of choice is no longer ...

Welcome, Mayor Gunter

Cape Coral City Council on Wednesday filled the vacancy left in the wake of Mayor Joe Coviello’s death. The elected board reached into its existing panel to tap one of its own, Councilmember John Gunter, mayor pro tem and one of Council’s more experienced members. The city’s charter, ...

Dedicated

Some time after his election in 2017, Mayor Joe Coviello invited a member of our newsroom team to his office at City Hall. As it had in under past administrations, the office bore all the traditional trappings of position. The gatekeeper outside the door. The substantial span of the ...

Step up

… “At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault — unlike anything we've seen in modern times. An assault on the citadel of liberty. The Capitol itself. An assault on the people's representatives and the Capitol Hill police sworn to protect them. And the public servants ...