Feb 112018
 
Gun at HOB / Who's in Charge?

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. “No, I don’t believe it was a toy,“ says our source [Let’s call her “B”], “It was the real thing and when the other kids reported that this student had brought a gun to HOB middle school, the student responded by sending a Snapchat photo to one of them: him with a gun and the message, ‘[I’m] gonna bust a cap in yah head.’” More recently he reportedly said (paraphrasing): ‘This ain’t over. I’m gonna shoot yah.’ Did this really [continue reading…]

Feb 112018
 
"Affordable Housing": Are the Wolves at the Gate?

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. On January 30, 2018 the Monroe County School Board voted to vacate the parcels of land it owns on Trumbo Road. Their goal is to assist with the workforce housing crisis. One of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the Keys, the 6 acres of waterfront property in downtown Key West, could be transferred, for free, to developers. Under a proposal put forward by Key West’s multi-millionaire, John Padget, developers would then build 480 “affordable” studios and one-bedroom [continue reading…]

Feb 112018
 
The Unbearable Dumbness of FDOT*

*with apologies to Milan Kundera, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.” by Rick Boettger……. FDOT has done so many stupid things in Key West, it is almost easier to believe they hate and are intentionally harming us than that they could be so incompetent. The deaths at the N. Roosevelt crosswalks are the worst, but the stupidity of their unwanted installation is merely in line with the sharrows, hundreds of useless signs, misplaced stoplights at the Y, four lights for three lanes, one-waying of the Boulevard [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:46 am * Featured Story *, Issue #255, Rick Boettger 1 Response »
Feb 112018
 
A Korean Spring after the Winter Olympics is Unlikely. Here's Why.

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Peace between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) the the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) suddenly seems closer than ever as the 2018 Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang on February 9. The North is contributing athletes to a bi-national team with the South, and also sending a delegation that includes its head of state (Kim Yong Nam) and the first ever official visitor to the South from its ruling dynasty (Kim Yo Jong, sister of Kim Jong Un). The [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #255, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
The Nunes Memo Only Partially "Vindicates" Trump, but it Fully Indicts the FBI and the FISA Court

by Thomas Knapp…… On February 2, US president Donald Trump approved public release of a memo from the US House Intelligence Committee concerning FBI malfeasance  in its applications for warrants to surveil Carter Page, a former member of his campaign team. The following day, Trump triumphantly tweeted that the memo “totally vindicates” him in the ongoing “Russiagate” probe. It doesn’t really do that — proving a negative is always difficult — but it does add a great deal of credibility to his charge that the probe [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #255, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Hotel Stays Extended for Eligible Hurricane Irma Survivors

ORLANDO, Fla. –Florida Hurricane Irma survivors receiving Transitional Sheltering Assistance may receive an extension to stay temporarily in hotels while they look for other places to live. Hotel stays for eligible survivors have been extended from Sunday, Feb. 11 through Saturday, March 10 with a checkout date of Sunday, March 11. An interim review may determine some participants will be ineligible beyond Saturday, Feb. 24. FEMA automatically notifies eligible applicants. Participants must be registered with FEMA and be eligible for disaster assistance. FEMA has extended the TSA program five times [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #255, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Civil War Reenactor Addresses 650 HOB Students - "African-Americans in the Naval Forces"

Visiting law professor, practicing criminal attorney, historian and Civil War reenactor Bernard Siler addressed some 650 5th-8th grade students at Horace O’Bryant Middle School in Key West on Monday. The lecture, titled “African-Americans in the Naval Forces,” sponsored by Key West Art Historical Society, Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, focused on the experience of thousands of African-Americans who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War. Siler, who has been featured as an expert in documentaries about the military [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #255, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Distracted Driving

by Donald J. Lee Jr., Chief of Police……. Passage of House Bill 33 Can Help Save Lives Yesterday, eight people lost their lives. Eight sons, daughters, mothers and fathers were taken from their families and friends. Today, another eight were killed. Tomorrow, eight more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight is the number of people who are killed each day in the U.S. due to distracted driving. Since being appointed Chief of Police for the Key West Police Department more than [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #255, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Feb 112018
 
Gnat

by Kirby Congdon…….   Gnat Avoiding my crass hand’s sweep, in random sallies within the world of my room, an insect darts, adoit, among the motes of dust that float, glow or drift about in ninety-three-million-mile rays of streaming silence. Such lives, in their abandon, define their space and what it’s all about, though chartless, in the far, rootless reaches of the absolute.  

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:32 am ~ Column ~, Issue #255, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
So Why Aren’t I Rich Yet?

by Kim Pederson……. There must be someone or something I can blame for my failure to reach the 1% (or the 5% or the 10%, etc., etc.). It can’t be me. I want to be wealthy as much as the next person (feel free to insert your own definition of “wealthy”—I have mine). As evidence for this, President Trump has kindly informed us that all Americans are dreamers, as in we all want the American Dream to come true. Just to ensure we are on [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #255, Kim Pederson No Responses »