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OUR POSITION: A coordinated response from Punta Gorda and Charlotte County governments was a good example of how we should all be working together now for the best outcome in this pandemic.
OUR POSITION: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis showed an ugly side this past weekend when he had a reporter excluded from his news conference on the coronavirus.
OUR POSITION: It often takes a crisis or tragedy to bring people together and that’s what we are starting to see, hoping to see, here as the COVID-19 virus takes its toll.
OUR POSITION: For now, it’s best to follow the government’s lead for everyone’s safety, but we have to ask how long can we stay shut down and how much good is it doing.
The gloom from the impact of the COVID-19 virus has swept across Southwest Florida, seemingly leaving little to be happy about. We’re dealing with concerns over our health, a lack of entertainment options, poor supplies on grocery shelves and pleas to not congregate with friends.
OUR POSITION: As the nation tries to avoid panic over the spread of coronavirus, Florida’s elected officials and its health department must do a better job of keeping the public informed.
OUR POSITION: We’re pleased The Florida International Air Show will fly this year despite the inability of the Punta Gorda Airport to play host for the event.
The Sarasota County Commission is taking the initiative to ensure there’s a range of housing options for people who fill so many of the jobs we depend on.
OUR POSITION: Lawmakers are remiss if they do not pass legislation this year to clear up how Marsy’s Law can/should be used regarding law enforcement officers whose names are hidden when they use force, including killing, suspects in an arrest.
OUR POSITION: Events like Punta Gorda’s Wine and Jazz Festival and the Seafood and Music Festival last weekend are big draws that boost the local economy and the area’s reputation.
OUR POSITION: Programs in Charlotte and Sarasota are doing the right thing by making sure inmates get the skills and support they need to thrive outside of jail.
The Sarasota County School Board voted last week to pay nearly $177,000 to a risk consulting firm to develop a better sexual harassment policy and conduct training on it.
With animosity between party supporters already at an all-time high, buckle up for what promises to be one of the most contentious elections in modern U.S. history.
OUR POSITION: As the United Way of Charlotte County wraps up its annual fundraising campaign we must keep in mind the many lives that have been touched by this organization.
OUR POSITION: Water projects that provide promise for maintaining the health of Charlotte Harbor and regional waterways are good news, but the funds to see them through to fruition are being jeopardized.
A free society cannot function without vibrant professional newspapers. In light of that truism, the latest dire news for the news business _ that McClatchy newspapers, publisher of The Kansas City Star and almost 30 other newspapers in 14 states across America, is filing for bankruptcy _ sh…
OUR POSITION: We’re excited about plans to revamp Dearborn Street in Englewood, but concerned the schedule will conflict with the 2020-21 snowbird/tourist season, causing unneeded traffic headaches.
OUR POSITION: No one wants to kill a multimillion-dollar deal that would nearly complete the development of the old Murdock Village parcel, but commissioners need to get tough with Lost Lagoon.
OUR POSITION: Without trying to play judge or jury, it is difficult to fathom the dismissal of a lawsuit against the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and Corizon Health in the death of Gregg Ireland.
OUR POSITION: The Florida Legislature is closer to passing laws to delete public notices from newspapers and that would be a blow to transparency and further burden the public’s accessibility to information.
OUR POSITION: Legislation that would open the floodgates for short-term rentals would not be good for Punta Gorda, Venice or Florida in general.