Holocaust survivors share experiences, stories

“THE THINGS I SAW BEGGAR description… The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were… overpowering… I made the visit deliberately in order to be in a position to give firsthand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to ‘propaganda.’” — General Dwight D. Eisenhower, […]

Music Festival brings big-name acts to SWFL

It’s common for major musical acts touring through Florida to play Tampa and roll right past Southwest Florida on their way to the West Palm Beach or Miami. If local fans want to catch the acts, they drive and book hotel rooms. But a festival-style music venue at a new 1,000-acre outdoor recreation park in Charlotte County will bring entertainment […]

Why I won’t be available this summer

It’s getting warm again, which means summer is only about three weeks away. I’ve heard a lot of Northerners talk about the summer heat where they come from, as if Florida’s ain’t nothin’ to write home about. Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis or Kansas City, in the Midwest — that’s where it’s really hot. New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Washington, D.C. […]

In defense of Indiana

Indiana is experiencing its two minutes of hate. Indiana’s sin is that its Legislature passed and Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, setting out a legal standard for cases involving a clash between a person’s exercise of religion and the state’s laws. To listen to the critics, you’d think the law was drafted by a […]

Hate doesn’t pay

The date was Aug. 7, 1930. The place: Marion, Ind. Three young African- American men were lynched. The horror of the crime was captured by a local photographer. The image of two hanging, bloodied bodies is among the most iconic in the grim archive of documented lynchings in America. Most associate lynching with the Deep South, with the vestiges of […]

Getting blown away on Maho Beach

I have traveled a lot. So far, I have been to all 50 states and 36 countries — including Tahiti and other South Pacific locales, Europe and many Canadian provinces. But to me, the Caribbean is by far the most beautiful. I am a water person — a Pisces — so any place I go I seek out water and […]

Big dog on campus?

College students with pets can be less stressed and less lonely, but making the situation work calls for commitment and cooperation

When Kate Eldredge of Vernon, N.Y., returned to Cornell University in 2010 for her sophomore year, it wasn’t to dorm life with a new roommate. She brought along her own furry roommate: Queezle, a 4-yearold Belgian tervuren. Kids leaving home after graduating from high school don’t always leave by themselves. Sometimes, the family dog or cat goes along as well. […]

Pets of the Week

These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are micro-chipped, neutered and current with their shots, except rabies. The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. To view adoptable pets, visit awlshelter.org. These pets are available for adoption at the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa […]

TEAM Punta Gorda Golf Tournament in memory of Judy Brentano

Retired law enforcement officers raise money to protect canine officer with bulletproof vest

The Punta Gorda Police Department now has a bulletproof vest for Officer Spirit, its newest police canine. Spirit is the department’s second canine in 16 years. The vest was purchased with funds from the Retired Law Enforcement Association of Southwest Florida and the Charlotte Community Foundation’s Lillian J. Adams Fund for Animal Welfare. The canine vest program was started by […]