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Time again

Seventy years ago, a then-freshman senator from Maine addressed what she saw as unbridled political opportunism rearing within her own party. Margaret Chase Smith, in the budding days of what has come to be known as McCarthyism, took a stand against her party’s shooting star, delivering a ...

Message of hope

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out ...

No home for the holidays

Led by Councilmember Jennifer Nelson, the new Cape Coral City Council has opened a discussion on homelessness in our community. Taking off her council member cap at a workshop session last week, Ms. Nelson stepped down from the dais to educate her fellow board members on a range of ways the ...

Remember the victims

In July of 2016, this space offered an editorial that hit hard at the heart of our editorial board members, parents and grandparents that we were. Our community — yes, our community although the incident that prompted its writing occurred “over the bridge” in Fort Myers” — was ...

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 ...