2021-01-14 E-Edition

Help Wanted

“HELP WANTED” ISN’T WHAT IT USED to be. Neither is the “help,” in the eyes of Jay Johnson, owner of Bubba’s Road House & Saloon in Florida’s eighth largest city, Cape Coral, where you get “man-sized portions of meat, great BBQ , decadent desserts and you can throw your peanut shells on the floor for someone else to pick up,” […]

Health Centers provide primary care home for everyone

Reports show that 2.8 million people have no health insurance in Florida and many of those who do have it still can’t afford basic care. But what too many of them don’t know is that high-quality primary care is available right now through Federally Qualified Health Centers. “While you look for health insurance you can afford, you don’t have to […]

Band of cynics

The United States Senate and House of Representatives together include 535 men and women elected to represent the nation in making a better world — with equal treatment and opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, creed, color, sex or the unwillingness of some ever to drive in the right lane even when not passing, while simultaneously texting or drinking […]

Red tide continues from Captiva south to Marco

It’s almost like the good-old days, back in 2018. FWC maps — that’s the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which pays attention to things that decimate the environment — are now showing almost 45 nautical miles of gulf coast from Captiva Island south to Marco Island in the grip of an invasive force of single-celled terrorists. They resemble tiny […]

Baby, it’s cold outside — for wildlife, too

Winter is upon us and, just as we humans all put on our coats and long pants when temperatures dip, animals, birds and reptiles have their own natural ways of keeping warm. Here in Florida, animals do not have to contend with extreme cold for very long periods. A natural buildup of smaller strands of fur at the end of […]

Hawk healing after riding hundreds of miles under car hood

A red-tailed hawk is recovering at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife after being struck by a vehicle driven by a Dracut, Massachusetts, couple traveling on I-95 through Virginia on their way to their winter home in Cape Coral. “We heard a loud thud out of nowhere,” says Eileen Bellefeuille, who was in the vehicle with her husband, Rudy, […]

A Passion for Pomeranians

Round and cute, Pomeranians resemble fluffy animated stuffed toys, but their loving, intelligent companionship is what draws people to them

You may still be watching it, but I binged the new Netflix show “Bridgerton” on Christmas Day. All eight episodes. And one of the things I loved best was the tuft of Pomeranians — yes, that’s a real phrase describing a group of three or more Poms — accompanying the character Queen Charlotte, sitting in her lap or being held […]

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. We are open by appointments only. All of our adoptable pets are on the AWL website (www.awlshelter.org). If you see a pet that you would like to meet, call to make an appointment. We […]

Looming Florida legal fights include gun laws, water battle

From a water battle to a gun law passed after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, courts are grappling with numerous major Florida legal issues. Here are five cases to watch this year. ¦ Apalachicola water war. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in February in a long-running battle between Florida and Georgia about water in […]