talking TRASH


THERE ARE NO MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHwest Florida, unless you count mountains of trash: landfills that rise up to 13 stories above the ground. Here, an intimate and complete history of who we are is buried every day. The endless stream of refuse reflects birthday parties and dream homes; graduation dinners and heart surgeries; tech gadgets and teddy bears; grade school […]

Professor learns that mountains come in many forms

After a year’s planning and a trip of 1,884 miles, I lay sick and wretched on the side of snow-capped Volcano Cotopaxi, just 3,600 feet from my goal. At 15,744 feet on the side of the mountain near Quito, Ecuador, altitude sickness had overcome me. Head pounding, stomach churning, I lay in the dark, frigid refuge house. Too weak to […]

The high cost of ‘Enterprise’


It’s probably too late for those who have entered late-middle age to drop their spoons and pick up a five-gallon bucket. But their children still have time. That way, they can ladle much more than their full share of soup from the tax-funded trough known as Enterprise Florida, like so many others are doing. Enterprise Florida is a state agency […]

A military budget of delusion

The Obama administration says that we need to end what it calls “the era of austerity” in Washington. Notably excluded from this admonition is the one department of government that is actually experiencing austerity worthy of the name. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled a military budget that will reduce the U.S. Army to pre-World War II levels. The spin is […]

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: A life of struggle, a legacy of progress

The world lost a visionary activist this week, with the death of Chokwe Lumumba, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Miss. Mr. Lumumba died unexpectedly at the age of 66 of an apparent heart attack. Last June, he won the mayoral race in this capital of Mississippi, a city steeped in the history of racism and violence. He was a […]

Vet news

New products, information at conference help pets and their doctors

I love going to veterinary conferences. Learning about advances in veterinary medicine and checking out new products and pharmaceuticals is an essential part of keeping up-to-date in my field. At the 2014 Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas last month, I attended some great educational sessions and discovered some new veterinary and consumer products that I will follow with interest. […]

Pets of the Week

To adopt or foster a pet  For information: Call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or visit www.LeeLostPets.com. When calling, please refer to the animal’s ID number. The website updates hourly so you will be able to see which pets are still available.  Adoption hours: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shelter is at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to […]

And the tradition plays on

Bonita Village String Band helps young musicians while keeping alive mummers’ melodies

When the silver-haired singer in a sequined, harlequin-patterned mummer’s costume strutted up to the microphone and performed George Gershwin’s “Swanee,” one thing became obvious: The Bonita Village String Band plays music that was already old when its musicians were still young. A rollicking assortment of instruments — including a xylophone, drums, banjos, accordions, violins and saxophones — backed the singer […]

Catholic/Jewish partnership presents story of Warsaw Uprising

The Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah and the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of Collier County are bringing the Florida premier of “Warsaw: A Story in Song” on Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9. The musical drama has been performed to sell-out audiences at the New York Musical Theater Festival and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where the show received rave reviews. “Warsaw” tells the […]

Conference commemorates 70th anniversary of Holocaust

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University is hosting an international conference to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Holocaust in Hungary in 1944. The conference will take place Sunday to Tuesday, March 16-18, at the Cohen Center, Rooms 213 and 214. The conference is free and open to the public. […]