Mar 122018
 
Killing Cats in Key West

Click here to see the list of  “euthanasia outcomes” for KWSPCA shelters in Key West and Marathon in the past two years. Clarification regarding the 844 cases of “euthanasia”:  We thought we could equate the number of bona fide merciful euthanasia cases to the number of kills for “medical” reasons and “feline lukemia” however we realized that some of the animals put down by “owner request” could fall under the “medical” category and some of the cases categorized as “medical” may not rise to the [continue reading…]

Mar 112018
 
I'm NOT Running for Mayor

…(but I Will Run against Heather) by Rick  Boettger……. I have been advised to run against Heather in 2020 instead of against whomever this year in District 2. Only if George Neugent has another surprise change of heart will I run against him, in order to call him out at every election stop for the rest of the year. I’ll be in the elections office at 11:30 AM on June 22, checkbook in hand, filling out forms, so that if George swoops in at 11:59 with [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 1:18 am ~ Column ~, Issue #259, Rick Boettger 3 Responses »
Mar 112018
 
Capitol Punishment: Or, Keeping House is too Expensive

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Politico reports on a letter to US Representative and House Ethics Committee chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), from more than two dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus, requesting an investigation into “the legality and propriety” of lawmakers sleeping in their offices. Among their complaints are that the free lodging and associated perqs constitute a “direct violation of the ethics rules which prohibit official resources from being used for personal purposes,” and that the risk of seeing a naked politician creates a [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #259, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Mar 112018
 
"Sanctuary State" Suit: The Trump Administration versus California and Federalism

by Thomas L. Knapp……. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions find  California’s “sanctuary” laws inconvenient, and are asking the courts to rule in favor of their convenience rather than affirming the US Constitution. That’s the  takeaway from  United States v. State of California, a US Department of Justice lawsuit filed on March 6. The case sounds like it’s about immigration — and the administration can be counted on to play up that perception in the secondary court of public opinion — but  it [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 1:15 am Issue #259, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Mar 112018
 
Community Resilience Workshop

Local Expert Panel Discussion to Build Adaptive Capacity (ISLAMORADA, FLORIDA )- The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) convened a panel of Monroe County professionals, from various fields, to discuss their recommendations for Building Adaptive Capacity in Islamorada. Dr. Keren Bolter, Senior Planner for Arcadis Consulting, was the lead scientific expert for the event and Alyssa Wood of the SFRPC presented avenues for the community to improve its FEMA community rating system (CRS) scores. The discussion panel included four local experts. Leah Stockton, new CEO [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 1:11 am Issue #259, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 112018
 
Scam Involving Fake Deputies/Warrants Reported

Thieves are once again targeting Florida Keys residents by way of phone calls in which they falsely claim to be with the Sheriff’s Office. They are instructing citizens to pay them with pre-paid debit cards in order to avoid arrest. Often the thieves claim to be a lieutenant or sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office. They falsely claim the person who answered the call has a warrant for their arrest for past-due IRS debts or for failure to show for jury duty. The callers then instruct [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #259, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 112018
 

by M. R. Willison……. (Seattle: Lake Union Publishing, 2018) In a dramatically cinematic opening, this latest of Rosalind Brackenbury’s beautiful novels begins in a part of Paris transformed into a move set an earlier 1950s. Like Brackenbury’s previous novel, “The Third Swimmer,” the novel is not only set in France, but it too uncovers an English family mystery. There is a conundrum—in fact, several–to be solved. true of any novel, of course, but this is about a family, aux Mystère Frontenac of Mauriac. The narrator, [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:58 am Editorial, Issue #259 No Responses »
Mar 112018
 
Review of Gildea Gallery Current Show

by Malcolm R. Willison……. Another fine show at the Gildea Gallery, 552 Southard, opened on February 26, with the two featured artists in attendance, and the show will continue during March. Its focus is on Nancy Tankersley’s wide selection of sensitive portraiture and figurative paintings, in strong, contrasting colors, and on The Studios of Key West artist-in-residence Jean Pederson’s striking range of coloring and approach. Interestingly, both have been much influenced, they say, by their introduction to Key West’s light and its rich panoply of [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:56 am Editorial, Issue #259 No Responses »
Mar 112018
 
Sheri Lohr and the Fair

by Kirby Congdon……. Sheri Lohr’s outfit, Seastory Press, has provided a service for those of us who have not yet been adored by the commercial, academic or popular institutions of our literary world. Eight or nine years ago she tried setting up an annual get-together at the Heritage House under the auspices of Jean Porter. Ms. Porter had originally encouraged local writers in her garden area, having already been a host to Robert Frost while Lawrence Ferlinghetti had been a personal friend whom I met [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #259, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Mar 112018
 
Review of South Florida Symphony Orchestra Concert

by Malcolm R. Willison……. There was a packed hall at the Tennessee Williams Theatre on College Road for a concert by the renowned South Florida Symphony Orchestra on February 28 First to be heard was a movingly subdued and atmospheric introductory string elegy by contemporary composer Lisa Nardi. It was dedicated to those who lives were lost or injured in the then-recent shooting at the Parkland school. From there the conductor of the South Florida Symphony, Sabrina María Alfonso, took expressive, sinuous lead of a [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:54 am ~ Column ~, Issue #259 No Responses »