Oct 302015
Oxymoron: Parking in Old Town

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Oxymoron is defined as a figure of speech that is incongruous and seemingly self-contradictory. Thus, I present to you the phrase “parking in Old Town.” The problem here is not that there is no place to park in Old Town. There are lots of places to park. It’s just that there are often more drivers looking for parking spaces– usually free parking spaces– than there are spaces. And it’s not like city commissioners and city managers haven’t been trying to address [continue reading…]

Oct 302015
Rep. Raschein Announces Florida Keys Stewardship Act as Top Legislative Priority

Florida Representative Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) this week announced the filing of legislation to create the Florida Keys Stewardship Act, her top legislative priority for the 2016 Legislative Session. The Senate companion bill will be introduced by Senator Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby). House Bill 447 seeks to invest $25 million per year for 10 years into the Florida Keys’ most significant environmental needs, including nearshore water quality, restoration and protection through wastewater, stormwater and canal water restoration; water supply protection; and land investment for critical habitat [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #138, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 302015
Safe Ride for Fantasy Fest

Why stress about parking and traffic to see this year’s Fantasy Fest parade when you can ride the shuttle? Let Key West Transit’s Safe Ride do the driving! The shuttle begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and runs continuously until 2 a.m. Fare is just $2 per trip on the local route and $4 per trip for the Lower Keys Shuttle. The shuttles cover Key West and Stock Island, as well as the Lower Keys Shuttle between Marathon and Key West. The downtown drop off point [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #138, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 302015
Last Stand Presents “Hot Topics and Current Issues” Forum 11/5/15

The board of directors of Last Stand invites our members, supporters and all interested citizens to a neighborhood information forum, “Hot Topics and Current Issues”, beginning at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 5th at the Bottle Cap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street in Key West. Board members will give brief presentations, followed by questions and comments, on a variety of hot topics, including: Affordable Housing Projects -What the Monroe County Affordable Housing Committee has been working on -Last Stand’s position on the referendum questions for acquisition [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #138, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 302015
Obamacare Open Enrollment Kick Off Event from Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI)

One-on-one assistance with trained counselors to walk you through the process with ease. Sunday, Nov. 1st from 9am – 5pm at Womenkind 1511 Truman Avenue, Key West FL 33040 Phone: 305-804-3257. Please make sure to have this important information with you: Social Security Numbers of everyone applying Document numbers for eligible immigrants who want health coverage Birth dates of everyone applying Paystubs, W-2 forms, or other Information about your family’s income Policy/member numbers for any current health coverage Information about health coverage from a job [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #138, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 302015
Enough to Live On

by Alex Symington……. I recently watched a first-rate documentary about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Crash of ’29 and the inception and successful creation of the Works Progress Administration, better know as the WPA. “Enough To Live On: The Arts of the WPA” written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras and partner Terri Templeton is a lovingly crafted, historically significant work of art in its own right. Most Americans are aware of the ambitious effort by our federal government to employ Americans during the Great Depression of [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Alex Symington, Issue #138 12 Responses »
Oct 302015
More Curves, Please

by Kim Pederson……. I tend to have instances of jealousy frequently but not about what you might expect. I am jealous of brilliant people. I am jealous, for example, of someone intelligent enough to think up and understand the “sinuosity index.” Such individuals write papers with titles like “Hydrogeomorphic Significance of Sinuosity Index in Relation to River Instability.” I came across the term in a Poem-a-Day email. The idea of sinuosity is simple enough. The word simply means a curve, bend, or turn. Thus, something [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #138, Kim Pederson 3 Responses »
Oct 302015
Consumerism vs Islam

by Jerome Grapel……. I recently saw an interview with the philosopher Sam Harris. Harris has made his mark in the world defending the atheist position against the tidal wave of religious acceptance that is the status quo for most of the world. Being that I am not a “believer”, and being that such a mind set almost always goes unrepresented and extremely under estimated in the American narrative, I’ve always been fond of Harris’s work. It is usually precise, empirical, and easily digestible. But he [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #138 15 Responses »
Oct 302015
Will The Chickens Come Home To Roost?

by John Donnelly……. The ramifications of an irreverent society devoid of ethics and integrity, constitute a tipping point whereby the satiated irrelevancies and ideologies of a vacuous culture; births confusion, restlessness and distrust. As discontent increases it saturates the vacuum created by a civilization lacking forthrightness and veracity. Without a credible scientific standard to evaluate ourselves and the world about us, discomfort and instability will manifest proportionally to one’s inner disturbance. Lacking verifiable truths and facts required to accurately assess the progress and direction of [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #138, John Donnelly 7 Responses »
Oct 302015
Preaching to the Choir

by Kirby Congdon……. When so much of the world has been overcome by a kind of fad that claims that any inheritance belongs to those who overlook civilization. They emphasize their own belief in eternal bliss instead. This satisfies the need for power by the powerful. In contrast, one can worry about the ineffectiveness of essayists who hammer away at the benefits of poetry. This suggests a conundrum like giving blessings and love to the barbarian whose bomb already has a fuse burning and whose only purpose is the destruction of [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #138, Kirby Congdon 2 Responses »
Oct 302015
Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins…continues…

Key West author Reef Perkins shares more of his hilarious book, Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins *** Bagwidth History*** Years ago, Ferling’s father, Big Roid Bagwidth, sent him a handwritten letter. It was the only communication Ferling received from his father since Big Roid went out for diapers fifty some years ago and, although Ferling didn’t know it at the time, he received the letter just days after Big Roid died. Big Roid’s simple two-page note to his son began, “I guano die [continue reading…]

Oct 302015
Open Carry

Dear Editor, Law enforcement individuals are endorsing the passage of HB163 and SB300, which will include Florida with the other 45 states that allow some form of Open Carry. The Vast majority of Florida Sheriffs and other law enforcement officers believe that criminals are less likely to target victims that they know are armed and prepared. In a study done by the University of Massachusetts for the US Justice Dept. over 1800 Violent Convicts were queried on target selection and who were potential victims. 81% [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #138, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Oct 302015
Just Say No!

Dear Editor, Regarding FKAA’s most recent threats to folks who do not connect to the sewer system within 30 days of a notice to connect or who refuse FKAA demands to “grant” an easement: Just say no. No easement ever, hook up in about a year. We’ve checked with local legal counsel who say that despite FKAA’s written and verbal threats, FKAA has no legal authority to require the easements or to penalize people who refuse to grant them. Counsel gave the following opinions: 1. [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #138, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Oct 302015
Grinder Pumps, Who's Responsible?

Dear Editor, It’s not the FKAA that decided to select 3000 units to be installed in the Lower Keys. Monroe County, with the 3 to 2 majority of the BOCC approval, Directed, Authorized, and Approved Payments to the FKAA to make it happen. And what about these Extorted Easements? An FKAA official commented that the FKAA would just as soon put the grinder pumps on the road BUT Monroe County will Not authorize and Pay for the traffic bearing cover and electricity to run their [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #138, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »