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The public records slow boat to China

A dozen business days and multiple formal public records requests later, we received on Wednesday an answer as to why records related to the city's delegation trip to China have not been provided: The documents were shredded.The requested visa application forms for four of the five individuals ...

Transparency, controversy – and a welcome ray of light

Cape Coral City Council approved its taxpayer-funded trip-to-China excursion on Monday after some impassioned pleas from a number of supporters who stepped to the podium during public comment to tout the benefits of the venture.You didn't know the matter, tabled from last week and not ...

Gone, but not forgotten

Political coinage is too often minted with a two-sided truism: Will Roger's "The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office" and its counterpart, "out of sight, out of mind."The summer of 2018 is proving to be the exception to this bill of goods.Water quality ...

Yes, here in paradise

Sunshine.Beautiful beaches.A booming economy.And yet, hunger.The Harry Chapin Food Bank released on Thursday Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap 2019" report and the numbers here in Southwest Florida continue to shock those of us who do not face our community's need on a daily basis.According ...

Success at last?

The facts as presented apparently -and finally - spoke for themselves this year:According to firefighter cancer studies shared with state legislators as part of a plea for cancer presumption legislation:- Cancer was the No. 1 killer of firefighters in 2018, with 74 percent of all deaths linked ...

Holidays of hope

Ah, April, one of the most pleasant months in Southwest Florida.The weather is wonderful, neither too hot nor chilly.The beaches remain busy, but the lackadaisical waves and warm sunshine are tempting enough to entice even us locals out to set up a couple of chairs and an umbrella on the sand ...

Legal notices legislation clouds public notification

Like a slick counterfeit twenty, a proposal to "save money" at the expense of government transparency is being proffered again in Tallahassee in the hope it will slip by a gullible or unwary public.House Bill HB 1235, a 45-page meander, would replace longstanding Public Notices advertising ...

Community with a heart

Cape Coral has its controversies.Cape Coral has its share of divisiveness.But in times of crisis, in times of need, Cape Coral consistently comes together.And the horrific hit-and-run death of 8-year-old Layla Aiken as she waited for a school bus at a northeast Cape bus stop last Monday has ...

Thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice

The son of an Army staff sergeant who threw himself on a suicide bomber in Iraq to save the lives of three fellow soldiers accepted, on behalf of the dad he lost at age 11, our country's highest military honor Tuesday.President Donald Trump posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Army ...

It’s time to pay up

Lee County homeowners still waiting for fair compensation for backyard citrus trees chopped by the state nearly two decades ago won't have to wait much longer if a proposal in the Florida House budget passes this session.Included in the House 2019-20 budget released Tuesday is an $18,113,116 ...