2021-05-27 E-Edition


Bitcoin? Ethereum? Binance Coin? A look at cryptocurrencies.

WHEN ELON MUSK ANNOUNCED EARLY in the year he would include the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin in the Tesla company ledgers (Tesla bought $1.5 billion of it) and accept it from buyers purchasing Tesla automobiles, the value of Bitcoin rose rapidly. Again. Already companies like AT&T, Microsoft and PayPal were taking it as payment, along with countless smaller state, national […]

Expanding Medicaid would bring jobs, billions of dollars

Florida could add 134,700 jobs, lower the number of uninsured residents by 852,000 and pump billions of additional federal dollars into the economy if it would expand Medicaid to low-income adults without children, according to a report released last week. The Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based organization that focuses on healthcare issues, released the report, which said expanding Medicaid in […]

Talking for dollars


I’m startled these days by the too-frequent failure of us talkers, my fellow opiners, to demonstrate at least some degree of prescience. To exercise a little prognostication, to practice some good old-time prophecy and prediction while also analyzing what happened. All Americans are opiners by birthright, of course, a term synonymous with “hot-air bags.” But I’m not talking about them […]

No, Israel is not an apartheid state


The charge of apartheid is the new blood libel. As Hamas rains rockets down on Israel, members of the Squad in Congress and other left-wing enemies are using the occasion to amplify their accusation that Israel is an “apartheid state.” This is a transparent attempt to delegitimize — and isolate and ultimately destroy — the Jewish state by associating it […]

Bring on that elusive Fountain of Youth


In his later years, Mark Twain grumpily noted that “life would be infinitely happier if we could be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.” Sounds right. We would all like to turn back the clock. Getting old is tough duty. Our parts fail. We lose strength and mobility. We have trouble hearing and we can’t remember […]

Salute veterans at Bonita park on Memorial Day

The City of Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Veterans Advisory Committee invite the public to attend a Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. Monday, May 31, at Riverside Park in downtown Bonita. The service will include opening remarks and a speech by retired U.S. Air Force Sgt. David Grossi. […]

Don’t let agitated strangers, whatever their names, steal your joy


Recently my sister Becky and I were listening to an animated story from a 10-year-old boy who explained to us “girls on the playground can be real Karens.” We didn’t understand and asked, “What is a Karen?” Using air quotes he told us that a “Karen” was a girl who was not so nice. He further educated us to this […]

Cold, allergy and COVID-19 symptoms can overlap

When it comes to the common cold, allergies and COVID-19, overlapping symptoms can be confusing. In this Q&A, Dr. Arveen Bhasin, a Mayo Clinic allergist and immunologist, provides some clarity by comparing and contrasting the signs and symptoms of these conditions. What are allergy symptoms? Allergy symptoms can affect the nose, sinuses and lungs. These symptoms can present with itchy, […]

Why lung cancer screening is vital, especially for minorities

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. By the time lung cancer symptoms develop, the disease is usually too far advanced to cure. Studies show that lung cancer screening reduces the risk of dying from the disease. Screening is usually reserved for people who are at highest […]