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When the pandemic passes, remember those who protect us

To the editor:To all "first responders," I apologize. When fire departments here ask for more money to buy equipment, we turned them down. When teachers ask for more money to teach and keep our children safe, we turned them down. Next time teachers, firefighters police, medical aid providers, ...

We need to prepare for what’s coming next

To the editor:Hi, my name is Hayden McBride I go to Gulf Middle School. The reason I am sending this letter is that I feel like we are in trouble and we need to fight back to survive as a community.I think the coronavirus is worse than we think because of how it is going to impact us in the ...

Guest Commentary: How do we combat a virus?

(Editor's note: This is the third segment in a three-part series on viruses planned for publication.)Let me start with a small moment of reflective joy in a trying time. Life is miraculous. We are so very fortunate in so many ways. That we have the luxury to write, read, and ponder this musing ...

Words to live by: Safer At Home

A "limited movement" mandate is now in effect throughout Florida.Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday issued an executive order that states that as of 12:01 this morning, those 65 and older and those medically at risk "shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to ...

Guest Commentary: Cells, the fundamental unit of life

(Editor's note: This is the second segment in a three-part series on viruses planned for publication.)This week, I'm not going to go into SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID; I think we've all heard enough about COVID recently. Instead, this week, we are going to drill down about the basics ...

SWFL Stronger Together

State, county and local officials continue to stress the need for all of us to stay home to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.That's common-sense advice and, if everyone who could adhere did, there would be little need for what is likely coming: emergency stay-at-home edicts ...