Model homes imminent in West Port

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Nov 29, 2020  This aerial view of the planned community called West Port under development shows State Road 776/El Jobean Road at the bottom and U.S. 41 at the top. The Charlotte County Centennial Park is the green in the middle. The first model homes may go in…

Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t want to shut down Florida. What power do mayors and counties have to control the virus?

By RYAN GILLESPIE and STEPHEN HUDAK, published in the ORLANDO SENTINEL, Nov 20, 2020 Across the country, states and counties are ordering residents to hunker down or wear masks as governors brace for another surge of coronavirus cases. But in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has prohibited nearly all shutdown actions that local counties were able to take early…

Charlotte leaders at odds over impact fees

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun staff writer, published Nov 22, 2020 Charlotte County commissioners may agree that impact fees on new construction should go up, but they disagree on how much. Commissioners may consider raising assessments next year County staff told the board at a workshop Tuesday that they could have something for the board to…

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Disposable Seniors

By Sue Busko, as published in Medium, Oct. 25, 2020 Co-conspirators in the War on Boomers I admit I grew bored with all the declarations of war over the last five decades. There was the War on Poverty (a nice idea, but have you noticed the lines at the food banks?) Then there was the…

Protect our precious Florida environment

By David Jones, Democratic Candidate for District 75, Florida House of Representatives Because of the current USA political system, whereby our officials are often elected by the size of their wallet or their beholden special interests, we can no longer exclusively trust our government to assure environmental justice.  I believe that environmental protection should be…

We want schools to reopen but do it safely, experts tell Charlotte County Dems

School closures, and economic shutdowns will cause measurable income losses for today’s students, two economics experts told Charlotte County Dems in an online discussion. Dr. Phalin, economics and international business professor at the Warrington Business College, University of Florida, said the economic effects of COVID-19 could be estimated by looking at the economic effects of…

My COVID-19 test

Image by Shafin Al Asad Protic  My COVID-19 test by Jane Merriam, Charlotte County Dems Secretary I have been extremely careful during the past four months, most social activities via Zoom, order ahead and pick up groceries, social distancing when I have seen people but when I found out that a friend was positive I…

Health Care: Just One Vote

Image Credits : Tomasz Kobosz at freeimages.comImage Credit URL: www.freeimages.com/photo/usg-1-1526902 Submitted by: Linda Porterfield Health Care: Just One Vote “I’ve made an iron clad pledge to American families that we will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions.”(Donald Trump, State of the Union Address, February 4th, 2020) During the State of Union address in 2020, Donald…

Joe Biden’s vision for health care

by Fran Dance, Charlotte County Dems On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, with Vice President Biden standing by his side. Because of Obamacare, over 100 million people no longer worry that an insurance company will deny coverage or charge higher premiums just because they have a pre-existing condition – whether cancer or…