Eugene Pettis, president of the Florida Bar, has big ideas and energy to match.
- Mar. 6, 2014
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Eugene Pettis, president of the Florida Bar, has big ideas and energy to match.
Thank you for our three favorite writers: Amy Bennett Williams, Kevin Lollar and Melanie Payne.
On behalf of the more than 6,000 supporting families of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, I applaud the Bonita Springs City Council on its approval to hire Kevin Erwin Consulting Ecologists, Inc.
Up: The Lee County Board of County commissioners awarded Dr. Judith Hartner the Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year award. Hartner, 67, has overseen the Lee County office of the Florida Department of Health for 22 years.
On Aug. 14, 1935, President F. D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act that was considered a solution to the difficulty of extreme poverty among the senior citizens. No safety net existed at that time to deal with any type of poverty, particularly that one exacerbated by the Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s.
We urge the Senate and President Obama to agree with the House compromise bill that will trim the enormous rate hikes homeowners faced with their national flood insurance premiums.
As a general surgeon with more than three decades of experience in private clinical practice, I can safely say that 'Obamacare' is the culmination of the fundamental changes that I have seen in the manner doctors practice medicine.
We are being bombarded lately with much misinformation about marijuana, as legalization makes its way across the country.
It's the law: most individuals must have health insurance by March 31 or pay a fine.
John Sullivan needs to get over it. He lost his re-election bid for a second term as Cape Coral's mayor, fought the results and procedures — and lost again.
To properly understand and interpret the present Russian actions in Crimea against the Ukrainians, Americans must understand Russia's 20th century experience with this troubled region in general, and with the ethnic Ukrainians in particular.
The ballots for the 2014 elections for directors of Bonita Springs Utilities have been sent and I urge you to vote, as I have, for the three incumbents, Paul Attwood, Frank Liles and John Mathes.
Up: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will not sell conservation land to help raise money for the Florida Forever program.
Each year, the identities of more than 50,000 children in Florida were stolen and used to open bank accounts, apply for home loans and obtain credit cards, resulting in more than $100 million in annual losses.
Kenny Ross' letter 'School Catastrophe,' March 3, is on target. The lack of preparation stems from a dysfunctional school board for long periods of time and a management approach that is much more reactive than proactive.
We congratulate the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles for winning their first regular season Atlantic Sun Conference men's basketball championship.
We strongly support public input at government meetings and we are concerned that the Lee County commission is backtracking on a decision made last year and is limiting a person's right to speak at meetings.
The News Press editorial regarding class size and school capacity fails to highlight the problem facing Lee County, namely a lack of leadership on the Lee County School Board.
Handwriting matters — but does cursive matter? The research is surprising.
One of the most debated issues from the passage of the Affordable Care Act has been the split among states on whether to accept the federal government's offer to help expand Medicaid coverage.
If the bill sent to Arizona Gov. Brewer (which she vetoed) weren't so troubling, it would be downright comical. However, we aren't laughing at the thought restaurants could deny service to a same-sex couple who enter holding hands.
Social and religious conservatives should have been the first to oppose the Arizona Legislature's effort to allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.
As president of Bonita Springs Utilities, I must address misinformation shared by a few board candidates about BSU's agreement with Resource Conservation Systems.
Re: Your editorial 'Time to get serious about educating kids,' Feb.
After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news.
Executive Editor Terry Eberle and myself — working under the new name of Dazzling Duo from now until May — have completed our blood work, our body age fitness assessment, and we are ready to take on our challengers over the next 12 weeks.
Yes, it is a federal issue, but it hits home hard and our legislators must remain aggressive in making sure Congress pushes for a delay in implementing insurance premiums so high that those living in floodplains — as our much of our coastal communities do
Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called
Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, seeking a massive expansion of Florida’s de facto voucher system, stated “I’d like to get to a place where there never has to be a waiting list.
We’re encouraged to see an influential state senator suggest a portion of this year’s budget surplus be used to help the homeless in Florida. While it’s usually fashionable to give some of the money back to taxpayers, Sen. Jack Latvala’s plan seems to be a better use for that money.
The curtain is about to go up on the 2014 session of the Legislature and perhaps the top story is what they are not going to do, rather than what they will focus their attention on.
Here’s a statement that should concern anyone who is serious about patient safety in our state: “Florida House of Representatives proposal PCB 14-01 would allow nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia, in all cases, independently and without any supervision of a physician.”
Fourteen men and six women graduated Thursday night from the Justin’s Place Recovery Program, run by St. Matthew’s House in East Naples. Started in 2010, the faith-based residential substance abuse and addiction recovery program is the only one of its kind in Collier County.
Think back to a schoolteacher who had a positive impact on your life. Chances are, your choice wasn't based on explanations of quadratic equations or whether she helped advance your reading skills a full grade level.
Re: “Warming to name,” Chuck Klump, Feb. 22. Mr. Klump makes the common mistake of confusing localized “weather” with “climate.”
Yes, we all know we are on our way to more traffic, more crime, crowded beaches, crowded restaurants, more air and water pollution, a busier airport or, in short, a less desirable living environment.
The Naples Botanical Garden is hosting the “Nature Connects, Art With LEGO Bricks” exhibit through May 11.
The recent articles related to impact fees, taxes and revenue sources suggest simple solutions to confront revenue shortfalls when the reality of the problem is much larger.
I support the Lee County Board of County Commissioners' decision to extend the reduction on impact fees.
The Lee County commissioners stole the entire Conservation 20/20 budget in 2013 and gave some $16 million of it to the building industry.
Paul Woods, the Algenol Biofuels CEO, made a deal with the taxpayers in Lee County. Not complicated, it simply stated that the company will receive a $10 million development incentive and, in return, will provide at least 108 jobs.
Not surprisingly, four Republican candidates seeking the congressional seat in District 19, announced doom-and-gloom scenarios for the Affordable Care Act.
What can't be lost in the Lee County school board's decision to increase class sizes is a student's right to have the best possible academic environment possible.
What causes voter apathy? The apathetic voter's perception is powerlessness, corrupt activity, and no accountability for fraud or political lies. Federal laws do not permit citizens to recall or impeach congresspersons or the president.
Re: 'EPA overreach is worth fighting, wherever it is,' Pam Bondi, Feb. 24. Attorney General Pam Bondi essentially says the issue is not the environment; it's the division of federal and state authority.
'Discrimination,' he said, 'is horrible. It's hurtful. It has no place in civilized society . . . '
As lawmakers, there are many issues that come across our desk, some that are specific to our local district and some that have a statewide impact.
The Legislature is discussing whether to use political might to seize control of the management of Lake Okeechobee and water reservoirs from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and turn control over to the South Florida Water Management District.
Lee County commissioners are fiddling while a smoldering fire of employee fear and resentment smolders beneath them.
The turmoil over whether Algenol Biofuels has enough employees to warrant a $10 million economic development incentive from Lee County is a big, noisy fuss that should never have happened.