2018-01-18

Floridians living that RV life

A growing number of people are working and living on the road

FOR A CROSS SECTION OF AMERICAN travelers, home is literally where the heart is, whether at a highway truck stop off Interstate 75 or at one of the South state Florida campgrounds, parks and resorts that are destinations for many RVers each year. They arrive in condos on wheels, that range from all-in-one motor coaches to fifth-wheel and bumper-pull trailers […]

Run, ride or roll at Hands Across the Harbor

If your New Year’s resolutions include wanting to start (or continue) living a healthy, active lifestyle — and you want to better appreciate the beauty of the Charlotte County area — you’ll find this event is just the ticket. It’s not new. Actually, it’s now in its 10th year. On Saturday, Jan. 27, runners, bicycle riders and skateboarders will converge […]

Donald Trump’s mirror



Donald Trump has provided a significant gift to the American people, and I for one am deeply grateful. The Trump administration — the Trump adventure — is a finely polished mirror, a mirror somehow guileless and incapable of flattery. We Americans love flattery. We love the mirrors that tell us we’re the greatest, the most generous, the most ruggedly individual. […]

Tweety Bird Trump



Tweety Bird Trump is at it again. Actually, he never really stops. I’m referring, of course, to President Tweety Bird Trump. One has to show all the due respect, and that is all I can muster. So Tweety is pecking away as he starts off the New Year with his Twitter bombast bomb blasts. Most of his output is the […]

Yes, take Oprah seriously



If Hillary Clinton could deliver a political speech half as effectively as Oprah Winfrey, she might be president today. The actress, media mogul and erstwhile queen of daytime TV gave what, if she ever becomes president, will be known to history as the Golden Globes Address. The first de facto convention speech ever delivered at an awards show, it brought […]

Reptiles on ice: How some creatures beat the cold



In the news this last week was a story on some alligators that had their noses frozen in the ice. This was due to the cold weather onset. Alligators, like all reptiles, needed warmer conditions for their bodies. The alligators submerged in the shallow water but stuck their noses up above the surface to breath. This may seem illogical to […]

Love the vet?

Simple tips can help your dog or cat have a turnaround in the way he feels about health care visits

My dog Keeper used to be a brown-and-white tornado on the exam table at the veterinary hospital. He’s a nice boy otherwise, and I don’t know what it was in his past life that made him fear being on top of the table, but it has always been a struggle for veterinarians to examine him because he’s trying so hard […]

Pets of the Week

To adopt or foster a pet These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are microchipped, neutered and current with their shots. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. To view adoptable pets, visit www.awlshelter.org. To adopt or foster a pet These pets are available […]

Drinking and distraction fuel teen crashes

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. In 2016 alone, more than 3,500 teens lost their lives in car crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. About a quarter of the teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking and, thanks to a study by the AAA Foundation for […]

33rd annual Fort Myers Recreation Vehicle Show set for Jan. 25-28

The Fort Myers Recreation Vehicle Show motors into the new year at the Lee Civic Center Jan. 25-28. Tom Wegge, president of Florida RV Trade Association-Region One, said this year’s RV extravaganza provides attendees the opportunity to see the latest and best camping products available to RVers and lovers of the great outdoors offered by 13 RV Dealers. “Attendees can […]