When Environment equals economy

Economic development executives say environmental concerns, workforce housing and diversification foremost issues

NOT LONG AFTER RICK SCOTT took office as Florida’s 45th governor in January 2011, he traveled to Spain, where he was entertained lavishly by Spanish royalty. Ostensibly he was seeking to recruit Spanish and European investors who might boost Florida’s economy. One of the features of his pitch and his subsequent actions in Tallahassee was business-friendly deregulation, including deregulation of […]

FGCU offers challenging lecture series for Black History Month

What relation could Frederick Douglass — the former slave-turned-abolitionist, writer and American statesman who died more than 100 years ago — possibly have with the #metoo movement of today? James Abraham would like you to think about it — and numerous other topics regarding black history that weave a common thread through not only time, but also through the nature […]

Letters from readers

Note: These letters responding to last week’s column, “The right of protest,” are abridged to provide room for more correspondents. Mr. Williams replies at bottom. From Jayne Paffie The students were attacked by the media because they are white, Catholic and wore Mega (MAGA) hats and that is truly shameful. From Harry Follon You … describe the students as “haters.” […]

A different Brexit

Maybe British Prime Minister Theresa May needs to change her country’s Brexit focus. Instead of severing ties with the European Union, maybe she should address the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States, and disunite them. It would be a Brexit from that so-called “special relationship” with the U.S. Never mind that a majority of the Brits voting […]

Get over it — Trump’s not going anywhere

The walls supposedly are always closing in on Donald Trump. The end is always beginning. He’s going to quit. He’s going to be impeached and removed. He’s going to decide not to run again. Somehow or other, he’s going to relieve everyone of the responsibility of ever thinking of him again, and especially of the responsibility of defeating him in […]

Living the tropical life in the dead of winter

This past week, we followed our own advice and took a drive to nowhere in particular. As we left the DeSoto Marina and Nav-A-Gator Grill after some great gator bites and swamp cabbage appetizers, we headed into Port Charlotte. We took S.R. 776 and headed out toward Placida. As we crossed the bridge over the Myakka River, the birds were […]

Trade, tariffs, slowing growth make small businesses uneasy, survey shows

Threats of a trade war, expansion of tariffs and slowing growth in other economies has Florida’s small business owners uncertain about the economy, according to the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Its First Quarter Small Business Index Survey shows economic uncertainty tops the list of issues keeping small business owners up at night, a news release said. This is the first […]

Show time!

A benched dog show such as Westminster is a great way to see unusual breeds and learn more about any breeds you might be interested in

Whose dog is best? People have been arguing about that for centuries, if not millennia. In the 19th century, the competition was by the creation of dog shows. In 1877, gentlemen of Gilded Age New York, members of the Westminster Kennel Club, staged “The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs.” Today we know it as Westminster, the Super […]

Pets of the Week

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 learn more, visit EARS at 145 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, visit www.earsanimalrescue.com or call 681-3877. […]

Fakahatchee adventure beckons

Now’s the time to reserve your 2019 Fakahatchee adventure If you want to experience Florida’s largest state park in Everglades City this season, now’s the time to reserve your adventure with the Friends of Fakahatchee, a news release said. Naturalist-led tram tours at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park are offered from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for $25 per person each Thursday […]