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THE CRUCIFIXION OF BILL De BLASIO

by Jerome Grapel Although I have not lived there for almost 50 years, I was born and raised in New York City and almost all my extended family still lives there. Anyone hearing the way I speak English can attest to the fact I still carry some of this place around with me — and […]

Reflections on Columbus or Happy Genocide Day

 
Reflections on Columbus or Happy Genocide Day

Here we are, another celebration of Columbus Day has passed, and every year it gets just a little bit more embarrassing, bordering on surreal. We citizens of the United States are slowly waking up to the reality that the Americas were heavily populated by natives and doing just fine without European “civilization”. The fact that […]

Fraudulent Obstruction of Information Act – FOIA

 
Fraudulent Obstruction of Information Act – FOIA

The U.S. Navy has refused to release a public document that proves they lied. This well-documented chronicle of lies and obstruction is not likely to bring justice, but the beauty of the internet is the lies are very public. Having repeated those lies on October 31, 2013, the Navy has restarted their five-year Statute-of-Limitations clock. […]

In Monroe County, Change Is A Dirty Word

 
In Monroe County, Change Is A Dirty Word

[Note from the editor:  In case you missed Dr. Murray’s article last week [which was inadvertently posted late last Friday – my bad] … here it is again… No one pays attention to School District affairs like Dr. Murray…] Change is a dirty word in Monroe County.  In last week’s election, every incumbent save one […]

Over-Development, Cronyism, and Corruption in the Middle Keys

 
Over-Development, Cronyism, and Corruption in the Middle Keys

Cities and towns love development. The more the better. More money – for rich people – more tourists, and more – low paying – jobs. That’s partly why the Marathon City Council rubberstamped a proposal to redevelop the Sombrero Country Club into what will become Florida Keys Resort. The newly approved development may also endanger […]

In Monroe County, Change Is a Dirty Word

 
In Monroe County, Change Is a Dirty Word

Change is a dirty word in Monroe County.  In last week’s election, every incumbent save one was returned to office.  And the incumbent turned out was a judge in the midst of a tawdry personal scandal who still managed to appeal to nearly 4,000 voters or 23% of the electorate.  The only new face to […]

UPDATE: New Charges in Ethics Complaint Against George Neugent

 
UPDATE: New Charges in Ethics Complaint Against George Neugent

I previously reported on the formal ethics complaint I filed with the state of Florida against George Neugent for his actions bankrupting Stand Up for Animals in order to award their contract to his friends. I also reported on Neugent’s breaking of his signed oath on his financial disclosure Form 6 with numerous errors showing […]

It’s The Law, Man

 
It’s The Law, Man

Wasting police time; wasting taxpayer dollars There aren’t many issues that Americans agree on in this era of divisive politics. The country has been fractured by innumerable partisan confrontations from foreign wars to immigration to birth control. And yet a clear majority of people in the United States do consistently agree on one issue: legalization […]

Kessler and Jones, Yes; Neugent, No

 
Kessler and Jones, Yes; Neugent, No

It’s political season, and I’m limiting my picks to the three I feel most strongly and knowledgeable about. I understand the financial accounting in the School District for their board race, the law for Mark Jones’ re-election, and George Neugent’s numerous ethical flaws. Stu Kessler is probably the most expert candidate for his position we […]

“SLANDER” or THE FACTS? FORMAL ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST GEORGE NEUGENT

 
“SLANDER” or THE FACTS?  FORMAL ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST GEORGE NEUGENT

I have recently reported that I was filing an ethics complaint with the State of Florida against George Neugent.  It charges him with using his power as County Commissioner to affect the awarding of a contract to his friends. At the August 4 Hometown PAC candidates’ forum, he charged me twice with “slander” when questioned […]

Standing Up For ‘Stand Up For Animals’

 
Standing Up For 'Stand Up For Animals'

Note: The following article, published on December 3, 2010, was the first in a series of articles about Stand Up For Animals [SUFA] [the group that once handled animal control services for the Middle Keys] written by Rick Boettger for the original Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper].  As it turns out Rick’s article […]

Standing Up For 'Stand Up For Animals'

 
Standing Up For 'Stand Up For Animals'

Note: The following article, published on December 3, 2010, was the first in a series of articles about Stand Up For Animals [SUFA] [the group that once handled animal control services for the Middle Keys] written by Rick Boettger for the original Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper].  As it turns out Rick’s article […]

GUEST COLUMN: Grinder Pumps For Dummies – Or Why I Don’t Want To Be A Loser

 
GUEST COLUMN:  Grinder Pumps For Dummies – Or Why I Don’t Want To Be A Loser

  If you live in the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System area, you need to read the “Dummies Guide To Grinder Pumps”.  If you are a “loser” as our County Commisioner has called all who are getting grinder pumps, you should read it very slowly. DESCRIPTION OF A GRINDER PUMP Dummy Version – The greatest invention […]

Murder-for-hire Perpetrator Gets Maximum Allowable Sentence

 
Murder-for-hire Perpetrator Gets Maximum Allowable Sentence

“I am the victim. My life has changed dramatically.” So said an emotional Bruce Schmitt at a court session for the man who tried to have him killed. At the session, a clearly frustrated U.S. federal judge, Jose E. Martinez, imposed the maximum allowable ten-year sentence on admitted murder-for-hire perpetrator Dennis Zecca in a sentencing […]

Let ‘em fry!

 
Let ‘em fry!

  Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test, [the poor] fail, and for this they are despised. – George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, 1933 Apparently it never rains in the Keys. And the hot sun doesn’t beat down mercilessly. That must be the thinking of the local […]

Reef Relief Urges Keys-Wide Wastewater Reuse Plan / Adamant That Laws Be Obeyed During Planning, Permitting, and Construction

 
Reef Relief Urges Keys-Wide Wastewater Reuse Plan / Adamant That Laws Be Obeyed During Planning, Permitting, and Construction

Reef Relief continues our work of using the best available science to educate the public and policymakers to achieve conservation, protection, and restoration of coral reef ecosystems. The most critical issue facing all of us today is water quality. We fight to combat pollution in our oceans and negative effects of climate change, but without […]

LAST STAND CALLS FOR DEEP INJECTION WELL AT CUDJOE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

 
LAST STAND CALLS FOR DEEP INJECTION WELL AT CUDJOE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

  Last Stand announced on Wednesday that it is strongly opposed to disposal of treated sewage into shallow wells at the as yet unfinished Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. In letters to DEP, FKAA and each Monroe County Commissioner, the Keyswide environmental group cited state regulations, insufficient treatment and danger to sealife as reasons why […]

BOOK REVIEW: Sustainable [R]evolution [North Atlantic Books]

 
BOOK REVIEW: Sustainable [R]evolution  [North Atlantic Books]

Reading Juliana Birnbaum and Louis Fox’s new book is both exhilarating and depressing. Exhilarating because the volume describes in varying detail more than 62 ecovillages, urban farms, and communities from all over the world working toward sustainability. But the paperback is also a downer because it highlights what can be accomplished but isn’t in almost […]

More Bull from Marathon City Council

 
More Bull from Marathon City Council

  The Marathon City Council on Tuesday agreed to spend as much as $ 9,250 to investigate the true cost associated with moving a historic Fresnel lighthouse lens back to Marathon. – Florida Keys Keynoter This is not a joke. Well, not an actual meant-to-be-funny-joke anyway. It might be Vice Mayor Chris Bull’s idea of […]