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Florida surgeon general defies science amid measles outbreak

By Lena H. Sun and Lauren Weber, The Washington Post, February 22, 2024. As a Florida elementary school tries to contain a growing measles outbreak, the state’s top health official is giving advice that runs counter to science and may leave unvaccinated children at risk of contracting one of the most contagious pathogens on Earth, clinicians and

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Democratic Women's Club

DWC Betty Gissendanner Scholarship applications now available

The Charlotte County Democratic Women’s Club is once again offering its Betty Gissendanner Scholarship to young women graduating from a Charlotte County high school in the spring of 2024 with plans to attend college in the fall of 2024. Applicants must be registered or pre-registered as Democrats. They are chosen on the characteristics that illustrate

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Economy

Florida rejects $248 million in federal aid to feed hungry children

By JEFFREY SCHWEERS | jschweers@orlandosentinel.com | Orlando Sentinel,  December 22, 2023. TALLAHASSEE — Time is running out for Florida to opt into a new federal program that would provide $248 million to help feed 2 million children next summer who might otherwise go hungry. But it isn’t likely to happen as the state agency best equipped to run the

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Coronavirus

Florida Surgeon General Ladapo’s attack on vaccines is dangerous

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 11, 2024. OUR POSITION: He has his supporters, but we believe Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo’s statements about not using vaccines is dangerously irresponsible. A new COVID-19 strain is making its way through Florida and some medical professionals believe it could hit hard. The new

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Florida Legislation

Florida legislature has a full agenda in 2024

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 8, 2024.  Please note that the editorial supports “Medicaid for all” but in reality they endorse Expanded Medicaid which would allow over 800,000 uninsured Floridians to gain access to health insurance care. This includes both Floridians without access to any health insurance and those

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Biden's Vision

Even Fox News can’t deny it’s a good economy

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 20, 2023. Even the personalities on Fox Business channel could barely contain their enthusiasm as the Dow hit a record 37,000. They had to admit, begrudgingly, that Biden and his administration must be doing something right. The facts are clear: As

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Economy

Proposed child labor law needs tweaking

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 20, 2023. OUR POSITION: A Republican-sponsored tearing down of current restrictions on teenage workers is not a terrible idea, but it may go a little too far. A Republican-backed bill being proposed in the Florida Legislature is an obvious attempt to temper the tight labor market.

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Housing

Some key steps to affordable housing

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 8, 2023. OUR POSITION: Local governments are doing what they can to boost the number of much-needed affordable housing units, but the challenge is immense. During a not-so-long-ago Sarasota County Commission gathering, commissioners went over the key pieces of action needed to fire up the

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Housing

Rising debt makes housing bigger priority

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 7, 2023. OUR POSITION: Inflation has pushed consumers’ credit to all-time highs and that budget crunch just makes affordable housing that much more urgent. Total household debt for Americans increased by $228 billion in the third quarter and totals $17.29 trillion, according to a report

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Issues

New Cooper Street Rec Center gets six-month temporary lease

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, The Daily Sun, Dec 6, 2023. New Cooper Street Recreation Center President Jaha Cummings, left, speaks to board attorney Ed Wotitzky after the Punta Gorda City Council voted on a six-month temporary lease with the NCSO board. The council didn’t allow Wotitzky to answer any board questions. Photo by ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH PUNTA GORDA —

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Biden's Vision

What the numbers now tell us about Biden’s economy

The folllowing editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Dec 6, 2023. You may have noticed in recent weeks that alarming headlines about inflation — specifically, those ubiquitous stories about the cost of gasoline, or eggs, or other household goods — have vanished. Media outlets no longer feature those fearsome charts with arrows zooming

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Environment

Change in weather patterns need attention

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 27, 2023. OUR POSITION: No matter your politics, it’s difficult to deny our weather patterns are changing and it’s not a temporary problem. Floridians don’t really need scientists and research reports to tell us our weather is changing — and getting warmer. Seemingly endless summer

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Health Care

Unsheltered and mental health issues are often related

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 21, 2023. OUR POSITION: Our unsheltered population deals with a much-larger than normal amount of mental health issues and the problem needs to be addressed. The mental and behavioral health crises confronting our communities throughout Florida, as well as nationally, is no more pronounced than

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Opinion

Books are not the enemy; book bans are

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Nov 14, 2023.  On the same date, the Sarasota County Commission voted 4 to 1 to discontinue membership in the American Library Association and the Florida Library Association. Why are some people so scared of books? People are agitating to have books they object to

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News

Cooper Street Rec Center supporters want information

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, Staff Writer, The Daily Sun, Nov 1, 2023. The Cooper Street Recreation Center,  Image by ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte County NAACP President Connie Payne asked the Punta Gorda City Council for communication, connection, engagement and partnership with them for future operations of the Cooper Street Rec Center. At the Wednesday City Council meeting,

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Environment

Floridians paying price for growth in high insurance bills

The following editorial was published in the Miami Herald. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis brags about how many people are pouring into Florida. But all that growth isn’t necessarily a good thing. That’s the conclusion of a report by a major global re-insurance company that draws links between the state’s soaring home insurance costs and the

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Economy

Citizens Insurance clients may face decision soon

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Oct 17, 2023. OUR POSITION: Trying to cull customers from Citizens Insurance is needed, but not at the expense of homeowners still struggling to recover from hurricanes. It’s well documented and certainly no secret that Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s state-backed insurer of last resort, has

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Analysis

FL Attorney General Ashley Moody is attempting to block abortion amendment

FDP Chair Nikki Fried calls Moody’s argument “purposefully dishonest” and “an unserious attempt to seek attention”.  Attorney General Ashley Moody asked the Florida Supreme Court to block a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit government interference with abortion access. In response, the Florida Democratic Party has issued the following statement: “The Florida GOP continues to undermine

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News

Crowd packs School Board meeting in furor over LGBTQ books

By GARRY OVERBEY, The Daily Sun, Oct 10, 2023. Judy Minier, Brendan Burke and Joanne Kropf wave their rainbow flags at Tuesday’s Charlotte County School Board meeting – PHOTO BY GARRY OVERBEY PORT CHARLOTTE — When the pledge of allegiance faded with the words “and justice for all,” one voice added, “Someday.” That moment set the

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