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Guest commentary: Respect and value our teachers

On March 16, 2020, the Florida Department of Education closed all public K-12 schools for an extended spring break due to surging coronavirus infections. During the two-week break Lee County academic leaders scrambled to formulate a distance learning plan should the closure be extended. ...

A no-brainer

To the editor: Fun fact: OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It was enacted in 1968 under the Nixon administration (Republican). The employer obligation under OSHA is to mitigate or remove harmful dangers to workers in the workplace. Dangers that cannot be ...

Trusting classrooms help children thrive

To the editor: Regarding the importance of respecting the different cultures, races and beliefs of children and their families at an early age: Early childhood programs serve a wide variety of children and families. When children of different races, cultures, and beliefs attend childcare ...

Government does have a role to fill

To the editor: I would like to address a letter written by Mr. Gillis which states, “In the immortal words of President Ronald Reagan, ‘government should get off our backs and out of our pockets.’” Firstly, it is pretty hard to take seriously and as worthwhile quotes of that ...

Nanny State slush funds cost taxpayers

To the editor: The Cape Coral Breeze recently noted a proposal that would give the City of Cape Coral “… an economic development incentive tool … [granting tax] exemptions to developers of specific projects …” (Jan. 12, page 1A). In other words, a slush fund. Please remember that ...

The Florida scrub-jay should be the Official Bird of the State of Florida

To the editor: The Florida State Legislature is considering a bill which will change the State Bird from the northern mockingbird to the Florida scrub-jay. The mockingbird is the official state bird of Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. The Florida scrub-jay is the only bird species ...

And No. 2 enters the race

To the editor: Brian Hamman, originally appointed to the Board of County Commissioners in 2013, recently announced a run for re-election (FYI, 3 of 5 of the current Lee County commissioners first came onto the BoCC as a result of being appointed: Hamman, Mann and Sandelli).  The first ...

The Big Lie

To the editor: One hundred eighty-seven minutes spent watching the insurrection at the Capitol Building before calling for his supporters to leave the building. Just over three hours before calling for his supporters to stand down. Clearly a failure of leadership on the part of the ...

Poll is waste of space

To the editor: I read the responses to the Joe Biden poll. I just want to point out that I agree it is not scientific, but it is also very likely corrupt. It takes a two second app to clear your cookies and re-vote. You could make it a little more accurate if you require one vote via one ...

Happy New Year?

To the editor: Happy New Year is on the lips of many people this time of year. We just completed two years that were anything but happy. Why should we expect a Happy Year for the first time since 2019? Sure we have many families that are outstanding and people very gifted who are ...