Response to John Arceri’s LTE

Mr. Arceri, I object to your characterization of Howard Reed, and would truly like to understand how you have determined that he is hurting our city.  You accuse him of a desire to make the council look dysfunctional.  Trust me, this council is plenty dysfunctional because of your 2 favored candidates, Grifoni and Honig.  I never imagined how 2 seemingly […]

Perseverance and Success


This is a story about two people who persevered and won! It’s always nice to hear something like this. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Sherman, who live in Countryside on Davis Boulevard, came before the Collier County Commission a few years ago wondering why the Davis Boulevard Landscaping ended before the end of the street – and completely was omitted in […]

Post-Election Thoughts

More Straight Talk

Islanders have been exposed to a long and extremely divisive two years of debate concerning political issues that have ratcheted up the heated political rhetoric to the extent never seen before on our tiny little piece of sandy paradise. It began with the election in 2016, which many on either side has ever come to accept, no matter what side […]

LTE: A Message from Rabbi Gross

George Washington in 1790 praised our young republic as an exemplary society which “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”  Yet both bigotry and persecution have marked the recent action of some individuals, in the form of a shooting attack that killed eleven Jews at prayer in Pittsburgh on October 27– the most serious anti-Semitic act in American […]

In My Opinion

Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness

From malicious lies to slanderous false accusations, Marco Island seems a magnet for dirty politics. This election has seen thousands of unsolicited spam emails even after repeated requests to be deleted, to venomous websites, and frivolous elections complaints. All timed to do the most damage possible. Dirty politics is the ONLY thing a particular “band of bullies” is good at! […]

LTE: We Deserve Better

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;” seriously friends, neighbors, and citizens of Marco Island please pay attention to the recent developments regarding Councilor Honig.  It seems Councilor Honig has acknowledged he is the owner of an anonymous website Marco Politics while denying that he authored any of the content; however, contrary to his refusal to admit authorship document reviews […]

LTE: Support of Jerry Swiacki

I am writing in support of city council candidate, Dr. Jerry Swiacki. As a former resident of Marco Island (now living on Capri) and member of the Marco Island Fire Department, I have seen a lot of transition in the city government over the last few years. It seems that each time we get to know a new city manager […]

Letter to the Editor: Demonstrated Commitment to Marco Island

Full disclosure: Jerry Swiacki has been one of my best friends for many years. That said, I’m offended by the attacks being waged against him as a candidate for Marco City Council, but I’m sending this email as a friend who happens to think that the type of slanderous attacks against Jerry have no place in our home that we […]

Letter to the Editor: When Local Communities Step Up, Our Waterways Win

As Vice Chair of the South Florida Water Management District and a South Florida resident, I have a deep sense of responsibility to follow science in making decisions to keep our waterways clean. Our environment and the life that calls it home, as well as our burgeoning economy, depend on both state and federal agencies to do their part in […]

Letter to the Editor: A Simple Question For Voters

Lawns are covered in a rainbow of signs; vicious emails fill your inbox; new anonymous websites pop-up like weeds, it must be election season on Marco Island. Five candidates are fighting it out for three Marco Island City Council seats. Combined, they have raised over $84,000 to win a $6,000/year job. Erik Brechnitz is Larry Honig’s planning board appointee. Victor […]

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