Lake Okeechobee is covered in cyanobacteria, polluting our waterways to the East via St. Lucie River and West via Caloosahatchee River. There is a serious threat to human, marine and land life. We are seeing an influx of red tide on our beaches killing countless amounts of fish, turtles, birds, marine plants and other life. These animals survive on the delicate balance that is being disrupted by human and chemical interference whether it be agriculture, run off or dumping. Many persons living on canals and waterways are becoming severely ill. Our politicians are not making the everglades restoration as part of Florida legacy amendment 1, a priority as per legislation passed in 2014. Our economy relies on tourism, fishing and many water related industries. Please save our waters!
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We're all glad to be Americans because we live in a democracy right? But wait, is this really a democracy? Let's look at the differences between a democracy and a republic and you will see .... America is not a Democracy! Unfortunately they don't teach this stuff in school anymore. So show this to your kids and grand kids.
When we talked about a democracy, let's look at one from history, ancient Greece. Ancient Greece was a democracy, the people had the ultimate say, so for instance, in the case of a health care law, instead of having lawmakers draft a bill and vote on it and then let the people know what the decision was, they would write a bill, in this example, a health care bill and then all the people would go to the polls and the people would vote and if the majority of the people said we like the healthcare law it would become law and if the majority of people said we don't like it then it wouldn't become law. Everything would be based on majority rules.
But when the founders created our Constitution and our Bill of Rights to establish a form of government, they actually determine that a democracy could end up being the worst form of government. Many of the founders felt that democracy was nothing more than mob rule so they were against democracy and instead decided the correct form of government for this free nation was a republic. Think of our Pledge of Allegiance... "and to the Republic for which it stands"
This brings to mind the question, What's a republic? A republic is a form of government where the people will go to the polls to elect men and women who represent them and then those elected leaders create and vote on laws, the people don't vote directly on laws that affect their life rather its lawmakers who are chosen among the people and these are supposed to be the best, the smartest, the most ethical, the most moral, the most upright men and women in a society who represent the majority of society.
That's the form of government we have in the United States. The other thing that's important to understand is the distinction between democracy and a republic is that a democracy is the rule of man, man ruling over each other which our founders believed would become mob rule. Which we actually see happening somewhat in today's society. Like when someone is scheduled to speak at a university and the "Mob rule" comes out to stop the lecture or visit.
A republic is the rule of law. Laws are formed and created as a Bill of Rights or Constitution and then those laws are never (supposed to be) superseded by mob rule or superseded by elected officials, they are all under law. So a Republic is actually the rule of law. This is why we have to be careful who we elect into office.
Now here in Florida, and in other states, we do have a type of democracy.... in a sense. We the people can vote on amendments to our state constitution and so have a voice in our states law. Like we saw in November of 2016 where the people overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana amendment.
Another important vote is coming up this year, Florida’s 10% cap on annual property tax increases for non-homesteaded properties is due to expire at the end of this year, which will cause an immediate tax increase in 2019 of up to $700 million. The cap was approved by voters in 2008. If voters approve Amendment 2 on the General Election ballot in November, the cap will become permanent.
Unfortunately, voter turnout is the biggest factor in elections, in 2016 presidential election, the national average was only 58%. Florida fared a bit better with 65.61% voter turnout. So get informed for the vote in November, one way to do so is to keep reading this paper as we will cover the various amendments, go vote if you like to physically do that or apply for a vote-by-mail ballot! Oh and here's one more suggestion .... help your friends vote by bringing them with you or helping them apply for a mail ballot.
Vote-by-mail refers to voting a ballot received by mail or picked up by or for a voter who is unable or unwilling to go to the polls to vote during early voting or Election Day. A voter does not have to be absent from the county of residence or have an excuse in order to vote-by-mail except on Election Day (see details below). A request covers all elections through the end of the calendar year for the second ensuing regularly scheduled general election. To receive a vote-by-mail ballot, the voter must contact his or her county Supervisor of Elections.
To do so go to: http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/supervisors/
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Every one of us, and especially those of us who are youth-serving professionals, have two urgent tasks: we must reassure our youth of their value, dignity and future, and we must identify and protect young people who are at risk.
That's why we've created this free tool for you to use with your clients and their families. This powerful infographic is full of strategies to promote well-being for LGBTQ youth — and it may help save a life.
Let us all remember..... WHILE NOT AS HIGH A PERCENTAGE.... Heterosexual youths are also at risk. Suicide rates have never been higher period!!!
Sun Bay Paper is celebrating our 3rd birthday, (in a singing voice) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US .... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SUNBAY.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US.....
Our fist issue hit the streets on August 6th 2015, that means our birthday is right around the corner and will be here before our next issue hits the streets.
While daily papers are dropping like flies around the country and the world..... local, weekly papers are growing. We credit our growth to you, our readers and we would like to thank you for making this labor of love all worthwhile.
And let me tell you, it has been quite a ride.... From stolen paper boxes, vandalism, graffiti, broken windshields and more. The opposition to our message has been “over the top,” but that's the difference between the left and the right! On the left they say "I don't like_______ (fill in the blank) and don’t want to do it so no one should be able to do it!" on the right we say "I don't like it and don’t want to do __________ so I won't do it" .......... .....there's quite a difference....
We have been through a lot of changes in these few years but sharing our conservative message has allowed us to gain popularity with our conservative base and create dialog among the blind followers of mainstream media who are becoming awakened by the obvious bias and hatred they have been bombarded with.
I would like to thank ALL of our advertisers, for realizing our readers are people you would like as customers. Our readers are smart and spend money, a good combination.... thank you for understanding that and supporting our endeavor. At the same time, I would like to thank our readers for supporting our advertisers. If you like our paper, I thank you for your support, and the best way you can show us that support is by shopping and frequenting our advertisers. If you have a business and want to support us, give us a call, we have the best rates in print advertising, if you don’t have a business and would like to support us, your support is still welcomed, you can send us a small non deductible donation to our mailing address below.
I would also like to thank all my liberal readers for drinking from the fresh waters of our messages and putting aside the Kool-Aid talking points of main stream media. And YES.... I realize some of you only read our paper to see what "ridiculous thing" we'll say next but thanks for being here just the same.
Every week, I run into another person who tells me they read our paper and like our paper, I thank you ......... and PLEASE ... keep sending in the letters, we will truly never tire of hearing your words of encouragement and your point of view on current events....but unfortunately .... for every one that praises us ... we get one or two hate mails, but this only confirms to us, we are on the correct path and doing a good job...... recently, due to Maxine Waters, some comments have gotten uglier, we don't share many of those but that's ok, we do and have shared the ones that are "clean enough" to print. This is why we publish our paper from deep in the bowels of a hidden bunker....... somewhere under the brick and steel of a nondescript building...
But seriously folks, we like to promote facts and letting people think for themselves, give the information that no one else is telling you and allow the thought process to happen.
From the bottom of our hearts.... mine and that of my better half and editor... Jennifer ... we thank you for your support, and look forward to many more Birthdays!
Oh..... Here's the rest of the birthday song, people always forget this verse at parties....
(in a singing voice).... HOPE YOU GET SOME TONIGHT.... HOPE YOU GET SOME TONIGHT.... HOPE... YOU... GET ...SOME ... CAKE AND ICE CREAM...... HOPE YOU GET SOME TONIGHT
I'm getting some .... hope you do too!
Once Upon a Time every student of history and that meant pretty much everyone with a high school education knew this, the Democratic party was the party of slavery and Jim Crow and the Republican party was the party of emancipation and racial integration.
Democrats were the Confederacy and Republicans were the Union, Jim Crow Democrats were dominant in the South and socially tolerant Republicans were dominant in the north, but then in the 1960s and 70s everything supposedly flip, suddenly the Republicans became the racist and the Democrats became the champions of civil rights. Fabricated by left-leaning academic elites and journalist, the story went like this, Republicans couldn't win a national election by appealing to the better nature of the country they can only win by appealing to the worst. Attributed to Richard Nixon, the media is all-purpose bad guy, this came to be known as the Southern Strategy. It was very simple, win elections by winning the south and to win the south, appeal to racist. Southern Republicans the party of Lincoln, were to now be labeled, the party of rednecks, but this story of the two parties switching identities is a myth.
In fact it's three myths wrapped into one false narrative. let's take a brief look at each myth in turn.
Myth number 1: In order to be competitive in the South, Republican started to Panda to White racist in the 1960's...
FACT: Republicans actually became competitive in the South as early as 1928 or Republican Herbert Hoover one of the 47% of the South's popular vote against Democrat Al Smith.
In 1952 Republican president Dwight Eisenhower won the southern states of Tennessee, Florida and Virginia and in 1956 he picked up Louisiana, Kentucky and West Virginia too and that was after he supported the Supreme Court decision in Brown versus Board of Education that desegregated public schools and after he sent the hundred first Airborne to Little Rock Central High School to enforce Integration.
Myth number two: Southern Democrats angry with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 switch parties.
FACT: of the 21 Democratic senators who opposed the Civil Rights Act, just one became a republican the other 20 continue to be elected as Democrats or were replaced by other Democrats. On average those 26 didn't go Republican for another two and a half decades.
Myth number three: Since the implementation of the Southern Strategy, the Republicans have dominated the South.
FACT: Richard Nixon the man who is often credited with creating the Southern Strategy lost the Deep South in 1968. In contrast Democrat Jimmy Carter nearly swept the region in 1976, 12 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and in 1992 over 28 years later Democrat Bill Clinton won Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. The truth is, Republicans didn't hold a majority of Southern congressional seats until 1994, 30 years after the Civil Rights act.
As Kevin Williamson National Review writes "if Southern rednecks ditched the Democrats because of a civil rights law passed in 1964, it is strange that they waited until the late 1980s and early 1990s to do so, they say things move slower in the South but not that slow"
So what really happened? Why does the South now vote overwhelmingly Republican? Because the South itself has changed, its values have changed, the racism that once defined it, doesn't anymore, it's values today are conservative ones, pro life, pro gun and pro small government. And here's the proof, Southern whites are far more likely to vote for a black conservative like Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina than a white liberal, in Short History has moved on! Like other regions of the country the South, votes values, not skin color.
The myth of the southern strategy is just the Democrats excuse for losing the south and yet another way to smear Republicans with the label racist! Don't buy it
Professor of Political
Science and Law
at Vanderbilt University
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Beerfoot or Barefoot Rugby tournament is 7's rugby that has been taking place for the past 16 years. Proceeds benefit different organizations along the years, and have included Fort Myers Beach Elementary.
7's Rugby is 7 players per side, playing two 7 minute halves. The Try Zone is split into sections, with the middle worth the most points, in lieu of kicking through uprights as you would on a grass pitch.
Boasting a wide variety of playing levels and skills, and with Rugby 7's having just been in the Olympics, it popularity is only growing quickly.
People are most surprised with the physicality of our sport. We play without the pads as you see in Football, but all of the tackling. Same rules apply for the men's and woman's teams.
Fort Myers Beach is hosting the event this year, with it’s wide spread beaches needed for this type of Rugby and also has a community of down to earth fun, it’s the perfect location.
Sponsored each year by local restaurants and bars that host the Pub Crawl. This year the main event is sponsored at Junkanoos! Our Pub Crawl will begin there immediately following the tournament and then proceed to our other local sponsors; Sandbar, Tuckaway Cafe, Shamrock, Lani Kai, Cottage, Mermaid, Sunset Beach Grille and also Sponsored by Momentum Brewery in Bonita. Other Sponsors include Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center, Islamorada Dive Center, Rising Tide Explorers, The Sun Bay Paper and Trophy Guide Services.
This event is a great time for all ages to come and watch a fun day at the beach. With Junkanoo as the host, spectators are able to view from their dining table or the bar, if they chose to stay out of the sandy beach.
Kids may also find something they would be interested in, and can speak to representatives from Fort Myers Youth Rugby, or Naples Youth Rugby. We have Men's, Woman's, Old Boy's (Rugby term of endearment for 45+) and Universities that participate.
Teams can register at www.beerfoot7's.com or if you're a spectator, entry is free. Please come and watch and patronize at Junkanoo. If you'd like to follow us on the Pub Crawl, you only need to buy our tank top and you're in!
Local Scientists Concerned about Water Quality
Host Free Public Forum on Health and Toxic Algae
Fort Myers, Florida – Physician, Dr. Parisima Taeb, Microbiologist, Dr. Jennifer Boddicker, and Wildlife Ecologist, Annisa Karim are hosting a town-hall forum on August 6th, 2018 at Broadway Palm Theater, from 6 to 8 pm.
“Once again, our rivers and waterways are being choked by green algae slime that is harmful to both wildlife and humans,” says Collier county wildlife ecologist, Annisa Kariem.
Dr. Taeb, a physician from Lee County understands that the community is worried about how the algae blooms will affect their health: “This is an opportunity for citizens to speak with experts in the field and explore real solutions.”
Dr. Boddicker will draw upon her background in microbiology to answer questions about why the algae blooms keep happening, and what can be done to prevent them. All three scientists are running for public offices, but they do not consider this a campaign event: the town hall will focus on actionable solutions to immediate problems.
Tickets for this event are free but should be requested in advance by emailing , with their first name, zip code and any questions they would like addressed during the forum. Answers will be provided in a town hall format, live at the event.
All three scientists are also running for public office so that they can address this important issue at the legislative level. The purpose of the town hall, however, is an educational event for concerned citizens.
The committee extends its thanks to the Broadway Palm Theater for donating the space for this community service event.
Contact: Joe Bord
Of President Donald Trump's explosion at Angela Merkel's Germany during the NATO summit, it needs to be said: It is long past time we raised our voices.
America pays more for NATO, an alliance created 69 years ago to defend Europe, than do the Europeans. And as Europe free-rides off our defense effort, the EU runs trade surpluses at our expense that exceed $100 billion a year.
To Trump, and not only to him, we are being used, gouged, by rich nations we defend, while they skimp on their own defense.
At Brussels, Trump had a new beef with the Germans, though similar problems date back to the Reagan era. Now we see the Germans, Trump raged, whom we are protecting from Russia, collaborating with Russia and deepening their dependence on Russian natural gas by jointly building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline under the Baltic Sea.
When completed, this pipeline will leave Germany and Europe even more deeply reliant on Russia for their energy needs.
To Trump, this makes no sense. While we pay the lion's share of the cost of Germany's defense, Germany, he said in Brussels, is becoming "a captive of Russia."
Impolitic? Perhaps. But is Trump wrong? While much of what he says enrages Western elites, does not much of it need saying?
Germany spends 1.2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, while the U.S. spends 3.5 percent. Why?
Why -- nearly three decades after the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, the crackup of the Soviet Union and the overthrow of the Communist dictatorship in Moscow -- are we still defending European nations that collectively have 10 times the GDP of Vladimir Putin's Russia?
Before departing Brussels, Trump upped the ante on the allies, urging that all NATO nations raise the share of their GDPs that they devote to defense to 4 percent.
Brussels may dismiss this as typical Trumpian bluster, but my sense is that Trump is not bluffing. He is visibly losing patience.
Though American leaders since John Foster Dulles in the 1950s have called for a greater defense effort from our allies, if the Europeans do not get serious this time, it could be the beginning of the end for NATO.
And not only NATO. South Korea, with an economy 40 times that of North Korea, spends 2.6 percent of its GDP on defense, while, by one estimate, North Korea spends 22 percent, the highest share on earth.
Japan, with the world's third-largest economy, spends an even smaller share of its GDP on defense than Germany, 0.9 percent.
Thus, though Seoul and Tokyo are far more menaced by a nuclear-armed North Korea and a rising China, like the Europeans, both continue to rely upon us as they continue to run large trade surpluses with us.
We get hit both ways. We send troops and pay billions for their defense, while they restrict our access to their markets and focus on capturing U.S. markets from American producers.
We are giving the world a lesson in how great powers decline.
America's situation is unsustainable economically and politically, and it's transparently intolerable to Trump, who does not appear to be a turn-the-other-cheek sort of fellow.
A frustrated Trump has already hinted he may accept Russia's annexation of Crimea as he accepted Israel's annexation of Jerusalem.
And he appears earnest about reducing our massive trade deficits in goods that have been bleeding jobs, plants, equipment, capital and technology abroad.
The latest tariffs Trump has proposed, on $200 billion worth of Chinese-made goods, would raise the price of 40 percent of China's exports to the U.S. and begin to shrink the $375 billion trade surplus Beijing ran in 2017.
Trump said upon departing Brussels he had won new commitments to raise European contributions to NATO. But Emmanuel Macron of France seemed to contradict him. The commitments made before the summit, for all NATO nations to reach 2 percent of GDP for defense by 2024, said Macron, stand, and no new commitments were made.
As for Trump's call for a 4 percent defense effort by all, it was ignored. Hence the question: If Trump does not get his way and the allies hold to their previous schedule of defense commitments, what does he do?
One idea Trump floated last week was the threat of a drawdown of the 35,000 U.S. troops in Germany. But would this really rattle the Germans?
A new poll shows that a plurality of Germans favor a drawdown of U.S. troops, and only 15 percent believe that Germany should raise its defense spending to 2 percent of GDP.
While Trump's pressure on NATO to contribute more is popular here, apparently Merkel's resistance comports with German opinion.
Since exiting the Iranian nuclear deal, President Trump has demanded that our European allies join the U.S. in reimposing sanctions. Now he is demanding that the Europeans contribute more to defense.
What does he do if they defy us? More than likely, we will find out.
Patrick J. Buchanan
Here we sit, after Congressional Investigations by committee, half-ass investigations by corrupt FBI top executives under the guise of official FBI Criminal Investigations, , Investigations by a Special Prosecutor Mueller, investigations by the IG, Horowitz, Investigations by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and what do we have …nothing! Just what we predicted!
I will repeat myself until the President acts. There is only one way to resolve all these complex, criminal cases and that is by full blown FBI investigations, lead by FBI Field Offices, experienced criminal Agents and committed AUSA’s…period! There are no other ways to prosecute the likes of Clinton, John Brennan, James Clapper, Rod Rosenstein, McCabe, Strzok Page and on and on.
You must have Grand Jury Subpoena power, a legit criminal violation of substance and committed Agents. We have all of the above…but no leadership.
The FISA court debacle is the substantive violation that opens the doors to everything. If the President can satisfy himself, by examining the FISA court documents himself, that the FISA courts were illegally mislead, deceived or otherwise maneuvered into issuing wiretaps on US Citizen Carter Page or anyone else, he has the full power to order FBI Director Wray and AG Sessions to open criminal cases on all the afore mentioned DOJ employees who were involved.
The cases are easy to prove. The paper trail is voluminous. None of the FISA court Judges will lie like Brennan, Clapper, Powers, Clinton, Strzok, et al, did. The Judges have nothing to hide! They were victims…used and abused by Obama and his black ops band of liars, cheats and thieves, in my opinion.
Good Agents will have all of those tough guys involved, like Brennan and Clapper, peeing their pants trying to “make a deal” when they realize that real lawmen are knocking on their doors, searching their underwear drawers and the jig is up!
The penalties for violating Citizen’s Civil Rights are substantial, and carry both civil as well as criminal penalties and treason carries capital punishment…DEATH…are you listening Brennan? You could meet Allah sooner than you think!
Once the President is convinced that these “people” used and abused the FISA courts to wire tap hundreds of innocent Americans, he has no choice but to act. If sessions or anyone else refuses, fire them on the spot and name temporary replacements and move forward but stop allowing all this fumbling around…nothing is being accomplished and statutes of limitation are running!
No IG, no Special Prosecutor, no Congressional Intelligence Committee, no Senate or other Intelligence committee will accomplish ANYTHING! They have all shown us that much.
An FBI Investigation is the only way and tell Chris Wray to stay out of the way! I am sick and tired of him trying to show how loyal he is to a “lost cause”. Give it up Mr Director…the FBI has been the best law enforcement Agency in the world but needs “fixing” not Bull Shit praising and protection. James Comey screwed the FBI into the ground with his corrupt actions and 007 wannabe Agents who followed him blindly.
It’s time to fix the FBI, Mr. Director, not try to protect it! Give up what Congress wants unless you are willing to open the cases the President must order you to open! The FBI doesn’t need a “protector” it needs a “J Edgar Hoover” ass kicking to rid itself of the garbage Agents it cultured under James Comey and bring these corrupt current and former politicians, FBI Agents, DOJ prosecutors to Justice.