Jul 242015
 
Another View on Uber

Dear Editor, In addition to your good story on Uber economics and regulation, the thing that I miss in Key West is Uber’s convenience. When you arrive at your destination, you just get out. No fumbling for cash or 3 minutes in some ancient ink-based credit card ritual. The drivers are very incented to earn [more…]

Jul 172015
 
All Properties in the Lower Keys Condemned

Dear Editor, Picture this. All properties from Lower Sugarloaf thru the 7Mile Bridge CONDEMNED!! WTF, consider this, all properties connected, system up and running, ALL Septic tanks Destroyed and then the massive system failure happened that those Loco Environmentalists predicted. The property owners have No place to flush. This will constitute a Severe Health Hazzard [more…]

Jul 172015
 
The Mandate

Dear Editor, The State mandated that the Keys be sewered period. The voters chose to enact a tax to help fund this mandated sewer. I have searched high and low, used every resource and trick known and nowhere could I find, in the mandate or the Enactment of the Voters the authority or direction given [more…]

Jul 102015
 
An Open Letter To State Attorney Catherine Vogel

I need your help. Specifically, I need your help in convincing Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter and the Monroe County School District to comply with Florida law and fulfill my public records requests. You have some awareness of this situation because I began copying you recently on my correspondence with the District and its representatives. [more…]

Jul 102015
 
Problem Solved

Dear Editor, So much hoopla about same sex marriage becoming the law of the land. Why not just remove the government from the marriage licensing business altogether? Some have suggested that there be civil disobedience by the state to refuse to issuing same sex marriage licenses. Let’s not go there again as was done when states tried [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Financial Literacy in School

by Jim Chilton……. Are Schools Failing Students When It Comes To Money Matters? Educators Must Make Financial Literacy A Priority, Says CEO Of Society For Financial Awareness Something may be missing as high school seniors across America accept their diplomas this graduation season. Those years of K-12 learning likely provided them opportunities to learn about historic figures, find [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Chicken of the Trees

Yes folks they do taste like chicken–iguanas. They are an invasive species and should be dealt with as required–Killed. All U bunny huggers get a life. If you want to do something positive stop the government from euthanizing kitties & puppies. Back to imported pests. There are NO laws protecting these reptiles. It is shown [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Mandatory Drug Testing

Dear Editor: In light of all the problems that have been brought to light regarding the BOCC, the FKAA, and the CRWS and the latest editorial in the KW Citizen something Must be done. For a Public agency to use Extortion to force Select property owners into giving up their property rights when they have [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Redemption

Dear Editor, Having been disgraced, seriously injured and punished for his mistakes; at what point in time shall a man be forgiven? Perseverating upon another’s imperfection is the mark of a weak and enfeebled individual, fearful that their own flaws and shortcomings may be called to light. For many years Randy Acevedo served the children, [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Tree Planting Project

Letter To The Editor: The tree planting project in Key Largo is a valuable investment that will pay enormous dividends. This beautiful and effective undertaking will reverse the destructive impulses that have been tearing away at our communities. Trees clean the air. Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing [more…]

Jun 122015
 
Extortion??

Dear Editor: Strong arm tactics are being employed by BOCC/FKAA in extorting you to give up your property rights so the BOCC will not have to pay for a traffic bearing lid and the power to run the grinder pumps. The Voters voted a tax to pay for the sewers which include the traffic bearing [more…]

Jun 052015
 
Poll the Voters!

Dear Editor: I propose, in the public interest, a poll of the locals as to their thoughts of governments in general, and Monroe County in particular. I propose the following questions: Do you think you’re getting your tax dollars spent in your best interest? Do you think that BOCC officials are acting in your (the [more…]

May 292015
 
THE IRISH REFERENDUM

Dear Editors: DID GAYS ELIMINATE MORAL AUTHORITY IN IRELAND? THE WEST? It’s hard to believe that an estimated 10-percent minority could overthrow the absolute moral authority of a major world religion. Yes, the indomitable spirit of gay Hibernians has undercut the Roman Catholic Church’s 1,600 year long, moral stranglehold on western civilization. How could this [more…]

May 152015
 
Letter: Chamber of Commerce Kicks Disabled Out of City Owned Parking Lot

To the Editor: One of the best things about the United States of America, a democratic republic, is that it is a participatory democracy. I was taught from elementary school that it was the responsibility of the citizen not only to vote but to attend public governmental meetings and offer input to our elected legislators [more…]

May 012015
 
GUEST COLUMN: Black in Key West (or anywhere in America)

by Kenneth Sullivan… In this age of tweet, Instagram and sound bites, we have learned to shorten our opinions to a limited number of characters. This means we do not give complete thoughts in our public opinions. I read in the Citizen a comment that inferred the black folks are inherently bad people. This is [more…]

May 012015
 
Go Away, Dr. Strangelove!

By Ray Jason, The Sea Gypsy Philosopher… When I receive emails from anonymous strangers asking me where I am located, my usual response is, “AVENTURA is 30 miles west of Somewhere.” This cautious approach is because my essays have undoubtedly earned me a spot on various governmental “person of interest” lists. After all, one cannot [more…]

May 012015
 
Letter: Audit and Finance Committee to Meet

Editor: I see according to the School District website that the Audit and Finance Committee will resume meeting on May 4, 2015.  Its last gathering was a year ago, May 12, 2014, but who’s counting.  No one appeared interested or concerned about its extended absence, least of all the School District or School Board.   It will be interesting [more…]

Apr 172015
 
Letter: Parking Changes

I awoke this morning eagerly awaiting the scheduled re-striping of our street (800 block of Thomas) to clearly designate the “Residential” spaces.   But as I looked at the markings on the street laying out the new striping, it became apparent that what had been 7 spaces (presently 5 residential, 2 open) in our section of [more…]