Rick Boettger

Rick Boettger had a Top Secret security clearance in the Army and studied nuclear chemistry at MIT and law at Yale before getting a PhD in business at Berkeley. He earned tenure as a business professor at TCU in Fort Worth before going to Moscow as a Fulbright Professor, writing a book on the economy, hosting a semi-national talk radio show, and retiring to Key West in 1996 at the age of 48. Since then he has worked part-time as a tax and financial advisor, and has been doing investigative journalism since he began at the Blue Paper in 2007​. He is very happily married to his superb copy-editor Cynthia Edwards, the former long-time PIO for the Key West Police Department.

Mar 242018
 
Thy Neighbor's Tree

by Rick Boettger…… Late fallout from Irma is that I’m filing a lawsuit to enforce an important provision of Florida’s law on Trees and Landowner Responsibility. Part of this is simple, and part gets complicated. The simple part is, for healthy trees, “. . . the landowner with the tree located on his or her property is not liable for damage caused by the branches or roots. The adjoining landowner may, at his or her own expense, trim back the branches or roots as he or [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2018  Posted by at 2:49 pm ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #261, Rick Boettger 2 Responses »
Mar 112018
 
I'm NOT Running for Mayor

…(but I Will Run against Heather) by Rick  Boettger……. I have been advised to run against Heather in 2020 instead of against whomever this year in District 2. Only if George Neugent has another surprise change of heart will I run against him, in order to call him out at every election stop for the rest of the year. I’ll be in the elections office at 11:30 AM on June 22, checkbook in hand, filling out forms, so that if George swoops in at 11:59 with [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 1:18 am ~ Column ~, Issue #259, Rick Boettger 3 Responses »
Mar 032018
 
City Leaders Enable FDOT Tragic Follies

by Rick Boettger……. Two weeks ago I wrote about the guy on a moped who got sent to Ryder Trauma Center for seven staples in his head (even with a helmet) after he was rear-ended and knocked 30 feet when he lawfully stopped at the killer crosswalk on North Roosevelt at the Kmart Plaza. My point was that the crosswalks transferred the danger from lawbreaking jaywalkers, who if they get hit it’s their own fault, to law-abiding citizens. With these dangerous crosswalks, the people in [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2018  Posted by at 1:04 am ~ Column ~, Issue #258, Rick Boettger No Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Why Pay for Anything That's Free?

by Rick Boettger……. Air is free.  Water is almost free. The Blue Paper has been free for 20+ years.  Why do we want you to pay us for it now? So far, only a small percentage of our readers are contributing, so far less than a hundred.  Please, do not stop reading here if you are not among them.  I’m NOT going to guilt-trip or even ask any of you for your money.  I want to ask those who do contribute why they do so, [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:56 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #257, News, Rick Boettger 5 Responses »
Feb 242018
 
Stop the Presses! Donald Trump is RIGHT about the FBI, CIA, and State Department

by Rick Boettger……. Yes, they are all blitheringly incompetent: bureaucracies whose structure and leadership take the most talented individuals we have, 80+% of their employees, and sideline their work into a bureaucratic morass. I don’t write much on international issues any more, having more than my fill of local crimes to cover. But I have a great deal of personal and professional experience with such agencies that I have not seen discussed in other media, so, hooray, I still have the Blue Paper to share [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:46 am ~ Column ~, Rick Boettger 12 Responses »
Feb 112018
 
The Unbearable Dumbness of FDOT*

*with apologies to Milan Kundera, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.” by Rick Boettger……. FDOT has done so many stupid things in Key West, it is almost easier to believe they hate and are intentionally harming us than that they could be so incompetent. The deaths at the N. Roosevelt crosswalks are the worst, but the stupidity of their unwanted installation is merely in line with the sharrows, hundreds of useless signs, misplaced stoplights at the Y, four lights for three lanes, one-waying of the Boulevard [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:46 am * Featured Story *, Issue #255, Rick Boettger 1 Response »
Feb 042018
 
Kathy Reitzel's Pain and Suffering

by Rick Boettger…….. Kathy’s Reitzel’s long whistleblower lawsuit against the School District is coming to a head. There was a blip in a preliminary hearing on whether she could claim non-economic damages, that is, pain and suffering, emotional distress, etc. (hereinafter “suffering”). The school board’s hired, expensive outside attorney, Michael Burke, succeeded with a deft plan to block non-economic damages.  In what at first was a bit of a surprise, in the pre-trial hearing in early February, he admitted for the first time in the [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:56 am * Featured Story *, Issue #254, News 3 Responses »
Feb 042018
 
We and FEMA Swindled Out of Millions—Maybe You Too?

by Rick Boettger……. Well, Homeland Security finally got back to me on my post-Irma FEMA swindle. In brief, 250,000 cases like mine this year in FEMA disaster areas see crooks steal just enough of your identity to claim a FEMA benefit on your behalf, and have it sent to THEIR bank account—in my case, $500. I found out about this in October when a nice fellow knocked on our door one morning.  Boy, was he glad to find us, because he had called five times [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #254, News 3 Responses »
Jan 122018
 
"City of Arts" About to "Sell Out" Local Art and Artists...

  by Rick Boettger…….. The City Commission will decide at its next meeting on January 17th whether to exempt the new SPCA building on College Road from the requirement that they buy and display art.  Basically, the Art in Public Places Program has a noble goal: “To encourage the inclusion of works of art in public and private construction projects in order to expand citizens’ and visitors’ experience with visual art and enable them to better understand our community and their individual lives. By encouraging [continue reading…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am ~ Artists ~, Rick Boettger 12 Responses »
Jan 122018
 
Are We Indeed Surviving King Donald?

by Rick Boettger……. I wrote the below right after Trump won in 2016. It needs an update, in blue italics. We Will Survive King Donald I’m writing this mainly for Cynthia, who is depressed and scared. There is no way I can “cheer you up” if you hate our new President-Elect, but I’m hoping you’ll take the gun out of your mouth. That much worked. It cheered up a lot of people, maybe my most popular column ever. See the comments it generated. It is not as [continue reading…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am ~ Column ~, Rick Boettger 8 Responses »
Dec 082017
 
Big Win for FIRM in Fight for Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe County

by Rick Boettger……. For the first time in 10 years, Citizens Insurance has not screwed Monroe County with another scientifically and financially extortionate 10% hurricane insurance increase. At least for homeowners.  Condominium owners like me are getting our yearly shaft: the near-$7k I paid last year will go up to around $7,700, my second-largest fixed expense after the interest on my remaining mortgage. In my column on Heather Carruthers’ financial incompetence last month, I questioned whether she had brought the same level of expertise to [continue reading…]

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:39 am ~ Column ~, issue #246, Rick Boettger 3 Responses »