Sep 222017
 
The United States & America

by Art Winstanley……. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – (A. Lincoln) I want to make a pivotal distinction here. . . The “United States” and “America” are not necessarily the same thing. 240 years ago, the British Empire waged war against the America because America was hell-bent and determined to be free and independent of an oppressive government. “WE THE PEOPLE” are America.

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 10:41 pm Editorial, Issue #235 No Responses »
Sep 222017
 
Trump on Debt: Even More Establishment Than The Establishment

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The Washington Post reports that US president Donald Trump and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “have agreed to pursue a deal that would permanently remove the requirement that Congress repeatedly raise the debt ceiling.” That must be a bitter pill to swallow for those who thought they were electing an “anti-establishment” president to “drain the swamp” in Washington, but it should be no surprise. After all, Trump built his business career on going into debt up to his neck, taking [continue reading…]

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 10:40 pm Issue #235, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Sep 222017
 
For Whom The Bell Tolls

by John Donnelly……. Callousness and contempt hinged upon self-absorption, narcissism and an inflated-sense of self; has given rise to indignant and rage filled conversations, some of which have triggered violent attacks in mainstream America. On too many occasions these types of exchanges have led to murder. Unfortunately, this aggressive form of political expression has become an accepted mode of behavior; even a sought after means of communication.

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 10:31 pm Issue #235, John Donnelly No Responses »
Sep 222017
 
Qui a besoin de Français?

by Kim Pederson……. Apparently, I can stop losing sleep at night over having still failed to learn French. I took French classes for three years in junior high from Miss Gail van Eyke, if memory serves. From her name, it sounds like we should have been studying Dutch. Maybe it would have gone better. The classroom comprised rows of sound booths with headphones for listening to drills. The back row, where we sat, had small reel-to-reel tape decks for individual study. These were covered with [continue reading…]

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 10:30 pm Issue #235, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Sep 222017
 
Book Review: The Bees Have Been Canceled poems by Maya Catherine Popa

by Kirby Congdon……. Our dependency on such a trivial concern as the spread of pollen has, with our industrial and technological forces, become one more anxiety in civilized society. Maya Catherine Popa’s collection of poems opens with the title prose-poem, “The Bees Have Been Canceled.” The ambiguity of the factual business jargon and the poet’s own language is clever and full of concern at the same time. The narrator comments in a discursive tone that recollects what the activity of bees used to be like [continue reading…]

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 10:20 pm Issue #235, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Sep 222017
 
Monroe County Working on Temporary Housing for Residents Who Lost Homes During Irma

  MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WORKING ON SECURING TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR RESIDENTS WHOSE HOMES WERE DESTROYED OR SEVERELY DAMAGED BY HURRICANE IRMA Monroe County Emergency Management has been working with federal, state and the Keys municipalities since Hurricane Irma struck to secure temporary housing for residents whose homes were either destroyed or damaged to the point they are uninhabitable and do not have insurance.

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 3:14 am Issue #235, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 222017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Man shot by coworker in Key Largo Two Alabama men were in an altercation Thursday night. One man shot the other twice. The victim was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center where he is reported to be in stable condition. According to the suspect and his co-workers, the 48 year old victim, Michael Sproul, and the 53 year old suspect, Jerome Gant got into a confrontation earlier in the day during which Sproul pulled a knife and threatened Gant. He also reportedly hit Gant in the [continue reading…]

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 2:30 am Issue #235, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 222017
 
Fortitude

Fortitude Bravado came, like hopefulness, on its knees to give a name to good fortunes received that any body needs, lifting life by song or dance beyond a world’s end of bad dreams. Kirby Congdon

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 2:25 am Issue #235, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Sep 222017
 
W3C Turns the Clock Back on an Open Web

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On September 18, Ars Technica reports, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published a new specification recommendation, Encrypted Media Extensions. The recommendation, which natively implements a “Digital Rights Management” scheme in web browsers, marks a giant step backward for user freedom and an “open” World Wide Web. W3C is the Web’s  “international standards organization.” Simply put, its recommendations are the reason you can load almost any web page in almost any browser and expect to see the same things on your [continue reading…]

 September 22, 2017  Posted by at 2:22 am Issue #235, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Sep 152017
 
In Case You Missed It - The State of Trump’s Assault on the EPA

With so much going on, many people know little about the Trump Administration’s assault on the environmental safeguards that protect our children’s health and the nation’s economic growth. That’s why we’re launching EDAF ICYMI, a weekly digest of the top stories affecting environmental policy. We’ll be keeping it short and to the point, so you can stay on top of key developments each week. Political Leaders Weaken EPA’s Response to Hurricane Harvey In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt heeded chemical industry lobbyists and delayed a safety rule that would have required additional future safeguards to [continue reading…]

 September 15, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #235, News No Responses »
Sep 082017
 
President Trump’s Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Severely Impact Harvey & Other Disaster Response

Growing public health and environmental dangers, such as those in Texas resulting from Harvey, are exactly what EPA deals with daily and what the agency is in the midst of dealing with right now. But these critical EPA programs that address public health threats are under unprecedented assault. The Trump administration proposes a massive 30% cut to the agency, a budget reduction greater than any other department or agency, and one that would return its real budget to mid-1970s levels. Political leaders in Washington and [continue reading…]

 September 8, 2017  Posted by at 3:55 am Issue #235, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 082017
 
FIRM Aggressively Fighting Proposed Insurance Rate Increases

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is moving on several fronts in its efforts to protect the citizens of Monroe County from further windstorm rate increases proposed by Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens). On August 23 several FIRM Board members, business leaders, and Monroe County residents testified at the annual rate hearing conducted by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). All opposed the latest Citizens proposed rate increase for Monroe County. OIR will render a decision by late September. To view the hearing you [continue reading…]

 September 8, 2017  Posted by at 3:02 am Issue #235, News, Public Notice No Responses »