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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:58

We Might Be Near Peak Environmental Impact

The Northeastern U.S. is full of forests these days, and those forests are increasingly full of bears, coyotes and other wildlife. This probably would have seemed inconceivable 150 years ago, when the region’s trees were being clear-cut to oblivion. Undesirable, too. "Wilderness” didn’t have really positive connotations at the time.

Monday, 21 September 2015 13:50

The 5% Rule

A smart man once told me that if you own or manage a company that deals with the public, every year you’re likely to anger 5% of the public you serve. He called it the "5% rule".

Monday, 21 September 2015 13:29

Commentary on Fracking

In 2014, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and several other environmental organizations,
including the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition and Stone Crab Alliance raised concerns with
the potential contamination of drinking water supplies from oil and drilling fluids associated with
unconventional extraction and spearheaded an effort resulting in the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection revoking the oil drilling permit from the Dan A. Hughes Company due
to permit violations and uncertainty on impacts to water supplies.

The islands of Lee County have long been a popular destination for those seeking sun and beautiful beaches, and a great majority of our guests visit during the winter season, when the north grows cold and inhospitable. During these months, people find contentment in the food, fun, and music offered by our varied businesses in the area, in addition to our natural splendor.

FISH weighinThe notable traffic on Fort Myers Beach was under the bridge rather than on it this past Saturday, September 12, as 106 boats participated in the 11th Annual Fillet and Release Fishing Tournament for Hope Hospice. With the anglers out on the water in force at 7 am, most stayed out until the closing time of 3 pm neared. At about half past two, the tangle of boats getting into the weigh-in station at Matanzas on the Bay could rival the congestion you’d see on Estero Boulevard.

Pro-immigration groups are trying to muzzle Donald Trump and others who are calling attention to illegal immigration and open U.S. borders.
Just last week, 62 pro-immigration organizations sent an open letter to CNN voicing concern over, "the increasing hatred and vitriol being directed towards both people of color and the immigrant community by certain presidential candidates."

As U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew asks the public which famous woman he should put on new $10 bills, historians he’s surveyed privately are building a convincing argument for abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Friday, 18 September 2015 17:54

Trans-Pacific Partnership Not Transparent

People frequently believe that legislative bills, trade deals, acts and government contracts lack transparency or cleverly hide other unrelated measures innocuously inside seemingly routine language. In the case of a trade bill long ballyhooed by the Obama administration – The Trans-Pacific Partnership – there’s truth to their belief.

Friday, 18 September 2015 17:42

Florida Interdicts More Cubans Offshore

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell repatriated 52 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Wednesday.

Friday, 18 September 2015 17:25

Coast Guard's 2.5 Million Dollar Drug Bust

MIAMI — A joint task force from Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized 2,842 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of over $2.5 million during three separate law enforcement operations in the Bahamas this past weekend.