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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 ...

Open vs Closed primaries

To the editor: Florida Open Primaries is a grassroots movement of diverse Florida voters working to pass Amendment 3 to let All Voters Vote. Essentially, it creates an Open Primary where anyone can vote for anyone. All primaries are funded by taxpayers. All registered voters should be ...

Who are we voting for anyway? Parties or people?

To the editor: On our ballot this year is constitutional amendment number three. The question is if Florida should move to an open primary system. As an independent voter I feel disenfranchised by not having a say in who I feel may be the most qualified candidate regardless of political ...

Special district law does away with public oversight

To the editor: Florida State Senator Baxley, who originated the Bill, and the whole Florida legislative body along with the Governor have set Florida back into the dark and secret ages of the past by passing a bill gutting 189.069 f.s. requiring special districts to post certain documents ...

Masking the real problem

To the editor: It seems the biggest issue in the country now is the mask, at least with Democrats -- and Joe Biden is never shown without his. In fact, one could say Biden himself is a “mask” as he has conveniently served as a distraction from the riots in Democrat-controlled cities and ...

Congress needs a DUI checkpoint

To the editor: When I listen to the Democrats talking about the vital issues on the table I can only scream for sobriety tests. It’s simply incomprehensible that any thinking clearly individual would utter such babble and then expect another sane human being to buy the blather. First ...

Growing bulbs in Southwest Florida

What flowers come to mind when you think of bulbs? Probably blooms such as tulips and daffodils, which are such familiar harbingers of spring in colder climates. But these types of bulbs are problematic in Southwest Florida because they require an extended period of cool dormancy to trigger ...

Homeowner needs to sign an Enhanced Life Estate Deed

Dear Mr. Feichthaler: I have owned my home with my husband for the past 28 years in Cape Coral, and he recently died. I want to make sure that the house goes right to my daughter with no problems if anything happens to me.  Should I add her as a co-owner?  — Diane L.   Dear ...

Record low unsold supply numbers in our mini-boom

In analyzing the monthly supply of unsold single-family homes in Cape Coral for the month of August, and over the first eight months of 2020, it has become clear that our local real estate market is being driven by a combination of factors. We are experiencing a “mini-boom” of sorts, with ...