Jun 172016
Oxitec: Lord of the Mosquitoes

by Alexis d’Albissin and Arnaud Girard……. “We’re guinea pigs in their science experiment,“ said Dick Nalley. Like many of his neighbors in Key Haven, he has dotted his front yard with angry placards. The government, you see, together with a British biotech company called Oxitec, plans to release three million genetically modified mosquitoes into their small island neighborhood, 5 miles northeast of Key West. The ultimate goal is to test this new tool for stopping the propagation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries dengue, chikungunya, and [continue reading…]

Jun 172016
Guest Commentary on Florida Keys Mosquito Control

by Stephen K. Murray-Smith……. There has been much conversation and angst about genetically modified Aedes Aegypti being tested in the lower Keys. The Key West City Commission passed a resolution against a trial release in the city until further studies are conducted. Now Key Haven residents will have an opportunity to vote on a trial release in their community. While not a binding vote, the FKMCD commission agreed to respect the outcome of the vote. With Zika virus at our doorstep, we are looking at [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 4:13 am Editorial, Issue #171 2 Responses »
Jun 172016

  by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. I WAS JUST WONDERING. I have been writing columns for The Blue Paper since 1994. And many, if not most of the concepts for those columns started with “just wondering” about how something works or the truth about a particular topic. Maybe because I’m getting older, I have recently been wondering about what happens– or what HAS to happen– when a person dies in Key West. As with many stories, this one turned out to be more complex (and maybe [continue reading…]

Jun 172016
A Glimmer of Hope in a Crises of Success

Dear Editor, This week the TDC passed a $55,000,000 budget to advertise Key West and The Florida Keys. And The Key West Bight Management Board unanimously and resoundingly voted NO parking garage on the already congested Greene St. that the City of Key West proposed. The neighbors applauded, the tenants of the Bight were elated, Reef Relief which would have lost its space was relieved. A show of hands at City Hall showed that every individual and group in the room was sending a message [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #171, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jun 172016
BOCC Deals with Airbnb Rentals, Granny Flats and an Historic School

KEY LARGO – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, at its Wednesday meeting at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo, dealt with items regarding Airbnb vacation rentals, “Granny Flats” and the historic Tavernier Hurricane/Refuge School, which was constructed as part of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression. Here’s the issues and what happened: AIRBNB VACATION RENTALS: In February, Airbnb presented the Monroe County Tax Collector with a proposed voluntary collection agreement regarding the collection of [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #171, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 172016
Keys Boards Endorse Florida's Amendment 4

Two Keys boards endorse Amendment Four In a unanimous vote, the Marathon City Council and the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners endorsed the passage of Amendment 4, scheduled to be voted on when voters go to the polls for the August 30 primary. Amendment 4 will amend Florida’s Constitution to exempt the value of solar panels and other renewable energy equipment from both the tangible personal property tax and the real property tax for a period of 20 years. To become law, it must [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 1:01 am Issue #171, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 172016
The Orlando Slayings: Ask the Wrong Questions, Get the Wrong—Or Is It The “Right”?-- Answers?

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…….. For 21 years I have been an ‘expert witness’ for lawyers representing LGBT clients from Brazil petitioning for asylum in the United States.  Seeking to avoid violent persecution in Brazil, as my asylum reports clearly demonstrate, LGBT Brazilians seeking US asylum believe that they are safer in the US than in Brazil. But considering the widespread US homophobia I often wonder, ‘Are LGBT Brazilians really safer in the U.S.?’  Certainly, the Pulse Club slaying in Orlando, Florida calls the safety [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #171, Martha Huggins 23 Responses »
Jun 172016
Lawyers’ Committee Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando, Florida

Statement from Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, in Response to Tragedy Washington, D.C., June 13, 2016 – “We stand together with the LGBTQ community, Latino community, young people, and all of those impacted by [Sunday’s] mass shooting in Florida. Attacking any individual because of their sexual orientation, race or ethnic background is an assault on our collective humanity. And the ease with which the perpetrator of this crime was able to obtain assault weapons, is once again, a dark reminder of the urgent and [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #171, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Jun 172016
It's New! UUs Chart Sail Through Summer Sundays

  One Island Family/The Southernmost Unitarian Universalist Congregation is sailing into summer with a series of relaxed roundtable discussions and presentations on a wide variety of topics each Sunday at 11 a.m. into September. Anyone interested in liberal — both humanistic and theistic — religion is warmly invited to attend. “The focus is relaxation, fun, socializing, getting to know each other better,” said congregation President Jim Smith. A recent discussion looked at geneology and the June 19 topic is to be Chinese gardens, both ordinary [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #171, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 172016
Roseburg Redux

by Alex Symington……. Back in October 2015 there was, yet again, another shooting spree in Roseburg, Oregon. In exasperation I wrote this: Now we can add Roseburg, Oregon to the infamous list of communities traumatized by mass murder. Another mentally ill (this one obsessed with religion) young man, with “small arms” (innocent sounding name of things so deadly) killed nine people in his community college English class then killed himself. You and I knew it was only a matter of time. It was inevitable. In [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 12:57 am Alex Symington, Issue #171 4 Responses »
Jun 172016

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The “no fly, no buy” idea — a proposal to ban people whose names appear on the Terrorist Screening Center’s “no fly list” from purchasing firearms — has been around since at least 2009 when an act of that name failed in Congress. It was an evil idea then and it’s an evil idea now. But it’s once again an evil idea on the march, backed by demagogues of both parties in Congress and by Republican and Democratic presidential nominees-apparent Donald [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #171, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »