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Holiday countdown

Today is Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year and the “official” start of holiday gift buying. Early sales have jumpstarted the tradition in recent years with buys offered earlier and earlier but, still, Black Friday does bring out the bargain hunter in many of us. For ...

Thanksgiving 2020

The roots of Thanksgiving 2020 run deep. Four hundred years deep. In 1620, 102 passengers sailed from England for what those travelers hoped would be a better life. Sixty-six days of adversity later, they made landfall in a new world, still far from their intended destination. As ...

Here’s to American resilience

We can scrutinize our politics, criticize our systems and debate our economic philosophies, but there is one thing few can successfully call into question -- American ingenuity and resilience. There is good news on the vaccine front with trials showing the liklihood of one, perhaps two, ...

Welcome – and thank you

On Nov. 16, Cape Coral residents will see four of our neighbors sworn in to serve on the city’s elected board. One, Jessica Cosden, is a returning member who will begin her second term on the Cape Coral City Council. Three, Dan Sheppard, Tom Hayden and Robert Welsh, will be newcomers but ...

Don’t overlook our local races

There are 489,192 eligible voters in Lee County. Among them, 201,658 -- 41.22 percent -- have already voted in the approaching General Election, 170,149 by mail, 31,459 via early voting as of early Thursday afternoon. Those are pretty good numbers. Or, say some, maybe not. For the first ...

Independent judiciary is being challenged

“The complete independence of the courts of justice is peculiarly essential in a limited Constitution. By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority; such, for instance, as that it shall pass no bills of attainder, no ...

Made in the shade

Why do public officials violate the state’s so-called Sunshine Laws? Because they can. Yes, the dual right of Floridians to be present when the public’s business is discussed and to have access to related records is embedded in the State Constitution. Yes, Florida’s public records ...

Getting ready to vote? Tune in to the Cape Council forum Friday night

The Lee County Elections Office sent out a record-breaking 215,000-plus mail ballots this week with more to go as requests are received. The office, is, in fact, encouraging Lee Countians to opt for vote-by-mail this election as the pandemic continues, saying “It is the safest and most ...

She lived righteously

Today, in her death, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will mark another first for her gender — she will be the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol and only the second Supreme Court justice to be so honored. And somewhere today, she is, perhaps, smiling as she closed her ...

From impossible dream to reality: Cape Coral turns 50

Although Cape Coral’s start as a community dates back to the late ’50s, the city passed a major milestone this summer. The city — now the largest between Tampa and Miami — opened the 50th anniversary of its incorporation with a Jubilee Celebration in January and then capped the ...