Aug 122016
 
Florida Ethics Commission: A Sham Regulator

by Rick Boettger……. You would think I would be a big fan of the Ethics Commission.  After all, I filed three complaints, and two were upheld for a total of three violations. Many people are amazed and impressed that I got any favorable holdings at all, given their own experiences. They told me the Ethics Commission is just like the FDLE and police internal reviews, just white-washing for the guilty. After seeing the details of how my case was handled, I now agree, with a [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am * Featured Story *, Rick Boettger 5 Responses »
Jul 292016
 
County Mayor Pro Tem George Neugent Found in Violation and Facing Sanctions on Three Ethics Charges

  by Rick Boettger……. On Friday the Florida Ethics Commission meeting in Tallahassee concluded a 21-month investigation of long-serving George Neugent by finding “probable cause” he violated two ethical laws a total of three times. He got off, as expected, on the charge that initiated my investigation of his affairs: the destruction of SUFA, Stand Up For Animals, and its director, Linda Gottwald, in 2010. My second charge was clear. I saw his financial disclosure forms for two recent years and they were so poorly [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 9:27 pm * Featured Story *, Issue #177, News, Rick Boettger 14 Responses »
Jul 242015
 
103 Bins, Zero Flies

by Rick Boettger……. I really like Tony Yaniz. He was the lone Commissioner who fought to get two-way traffic back to North Roosevelt Boulevard, saving desperate local businesses. I know he is always on the job, and believe he always tries to do what is good for his district and the city. But on returning to twice/week garbage pickup, we respectfully disagree, as in “Tony, you gotta be kiddin’ me!” We met by chance last Wednesday afternoon and I asked if I could get city [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am * Featured Story *, Issue #124, Rick Boettger 6 Responses »
Mar 132015
 
Inept Justices Rule Against Monroe

by Rick Boettger… The Third Court of Appeals has ruled that private corpations owning rental housing located on federally owned land associated with a military base do NOT have to pay local real estate taxes. This costs us here in Monroe almost $8 million/year in educational costs for those children, costs the rest of us shoulder, to say nothing about police, fire, roads, etc. The reasons the court gave were simply wrong. They say the Navy retains control over the property. But the point of [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 3:10 am Editorial, Issue #105, Rick Boettger 5 Responses »
Mar 062015
 
The Tragedy of the Ocean

by Rick Boettger… A common small-town practice in olden days was grazing cows in the town common. If every family grazed one cow, there would be enough grass to support all. But if enough people grazed more cows, the pasture would collapse, and no one could graze his cow. It is such a major problem that it has earned the name Tragedy of the Commons. It’s happening right now here in the Keys, with the Key West City Commission voting 4-3 to allow more grazing, [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:46 am Issue #104, Rick Boettger, Water World 6 Responses »
Feb 272015
 
Corporations Pleasuring Themselves

by Rick Boettger… What are America’s corporations doing with their record profits, and why are their stock prices rising? The same answer to both: they are using their money to buy themselves. That is, they use their record profits and cash reserves to buy back shares of their own stock on the open market. Instead of giving their employees raises, building new factories, researching new products, or even paying dividends to their shareholders, they are taking back the shares of stock they issued in the [continue reading…]

 February 27, 2015  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #103, Rick Boettger 20 Responses »
Feb 062015
 
Big Development: Out of Control

by Rick Boettger…. In the last 20 years we’ve seen grand promises for the Truman Annex and Sunset Key be dishonored, the Truman Waterfront get lost in the wilderness, and Wisteria Island enmeshed in a dangerous tangle of lawsuits and brutal law enforcement. What have we learned from our errors of oversight in the Nineties and Oughts that can help us do better on the Waterfront and Wisteria? I will be analyzing mainly how the City of Key West controls the development of immensely valuable [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #100, Rick Boettger 2 Responses »
Feb 062015
 
Rick Skwiot’s Fail: Too Close to Home

Book Review by Rick Boettger Key West author and Hemingway First Novel Award winner Rick Skwiot’s latest book is set in St. Louis, but it speaks precisely to our local problems. Its protagonist is a cop censured for violence. The politicians are hip-deep in development kickbacks. The public schools are failing. The college instructors are grossly underpaid. And the hero is a bravely idealistic teacher. The plot revolves around the teacher’s disappearance. The censured cop, a half-Latin, half-Black long-time friend of the Mayor is assigned [continue reading…]

 February 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #100, Rick Boettger No Responses »
Jan 232015
 
Grinder Pumps Opposition Gets Hearing

by Rick Boettger The organization Dump the Pumps finally got a court hearing in its suit to halt the installation of grinder pumps up the Keys. Judge Wayne Miller heard arguments from Dump the Pumps on one side and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, in charge of installing the pumps, and the Department of Environmental Protection on the other. Judge Miller explained the long delay Dump the Pumps had in getting a hearing as due in part to three of eight judges being missing from [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:20 am Issue #98, Rick Boettger 2 Responses »
Jan 162015
 
The New Illuminati

by Rick Boettger The original Illuminati was a Bavarian secret society, kind of like Yale’s Skull and Bones, created to spread the enlightenment in Bavaria in 1776. It lasted only ten years, but in that short time got people to believe it had such power it survived to mastermind the French Revolution, the Battle of Waterloo, the French Revolution and President John F. Kennedy’s assassination –as well as encouraging a communist plot to hasten the New World Order by infiltrating the Hollywood film industry. So [continue reading…]

 January 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #97, Rick Boettger 6 Responses »
Dec 262014
 
Police Endangering Police

by Rick Boettger The recent assassination of two innocent New York cops by a crazy man who wanted revenge for the killing of Eric Garner by other New York officers has appropriately outraged the nation. No one defends the revenge killing. I hope and pray nothing like it happens again.

 December 26, 2014  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #94, Rick Boettger 34 Responses »