Nov 202015
Courage Under Fire--Key West Shootout...

by John Donnelly……. Law-Enforcement Officers within the United States have broad and expansive powers. They have immense discretion and legal authority to determine under what circumstances lethal force can be applied. This far-reaching authority, along with the capacity to justifiably determine under what circumstances a perceived threat shall be terminated, has been determined by the [more…]

Nov 202015
New Fantasy Fest Contract

Dear Editor, The City’s five year contract for the running of Fantasy Fest with the TDA (Tourist Development Association) expired. The Commissioners have the opportunity to reshape this home grown festival to suit the unique needs of this community, to begin with going forward I would first suggest a 2 year vs. 5 year contract. [more…]

Nov 202015
Who's the Villain Here?

Dear Editor, Taxpayers of Monroe County, just to put the record straight, it’s the Monroe County government and the Monroe County BOCC that are the cause of the grinder pumps, the extortion to have the FKAA obtain an easement to put Monroe Counties grinder pumps (Yes those grinder pumps BELONG to Monroe County) on your [more…]

Nov 202015
Paris: No Grave Too Warm for the Political Class to Dance On

by Thomas L. Knapp……. For a columnist or pundit, there’s no greater temptation than to get something written — Quick! Now! — about the latest, greatest, deadliest catastrophe. After all, if it bleeds it leads. I felt that urge the night of the Paris terror attacks. For once, I resisted. I wanted more information. I [more…]

Nov 132015

Dear Editor, So how does this work? In The City of Marathon there are 167 grinder pumps. Every one of them are in the ROW. NO resident was extorted to give up their private property, to hire an electric contractor, to pay for electricity for the pumps, extra permits, etc.. Their pumps were just put [more…]

Nov 132015
United States Marine Corps' 240th Birthday Celebration

Letter To The Editor: It was my family’s good fortune to attend the United States Marine Corps’ 240th birthday celebration. An energetic and riveted audience was treated to an extraordinary presentation by John Donnelly and Norm Higgins at the American Legion Post 333 in Key Largo. The ceremony was compelling and captivating, as Mr. Donnelly’s [more…]

Nov 062015
City Commissioner Sam Kaufman: Do Good - But Do It Within Budget

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. We here at The Blue Paper wanted to know what kind of city commissioner newly-elected Sam Kaufman is going to be. So, armed with questions ranging from affordable housing and homelessness to marijuana and the opening of Cuba, I made an appointment with Commissioner Kaufman and drove out to his law [more…]

Nov 062015
Double Talk Needs to Stop

Letter to the Editor: There is an article that appeared in the Free Press titled “Majeska files to run for Murphy’s seat”. Murphy made some statements in that article that really ought to be clarified for the voters and the taxpayers. Referring to Key Largo, Murphy is reported to have said: “We are not up [more…]

Nov 062015
"Papers, Please" is Un-American

  by Thomas Knapp……. When police in Corinth, Texas stopped Dorothy Bland to caution her against walking on the right side of the street (she was out to get some exercise with a “power walk”), Bland — a former newspaper editor and current dean of the University of Texas’s Mayborn School of Journalism — felt [more…]

Nov 062015
Guest Column: PBM Greed Sickens Patients and Drives Up Health Costs

By Peter J. Pitts……. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders all think that healthcare is too expensive. But they’re looking in the wrong places for savings. In 2012, the CEO of the nation’s largest pharmacy PBMs can afford such rich compensation because they increasingly refuse to pay for patients’ medicines. In 2016, Express Scripts will [more…]

Oct 302015
Open Carry

Dear Editor, Law enforcement individuals are endorsing the passage of HB163 and SB300, which will include Florida with the other 45 states that allow some form of Open Carry. The Vast majority of Florida Sheriffs and other law enforcement officers believe that criminals are less likely to target victims that they know are armed and [more…]

Oct 302015
Just Say No!

Dear Editor, Regarding FKAA’s most recent threats to folks who do not connect to the sewer system within 30 days of a notice to connect or who refuse FKAA demands to “grant” an easement: Just say no. No easement ever, hook up in about a year. We’ve checked with local legal counsel who say that [more…]

Oct 162015
Leading the Way

Dear Editor, The Monroe County School District is plotting and planning the construction of two new facilities, Plantation Key School and Gerald Adams School, and significant upgrades at Switlik School in Marathon. The total cost of these three projects could easily reach $100 million, no small sum. Ideally, these new schools should be operational for [more…]

Oct 162015
Double Down Doublespeak

Dear Editor, The “double-down” lie is a significant ingredient in the deterioration of productive political dialogue. Critical thought has been replaced with the sound bite. The idea is when caught in a lie, DO NOT be contrite; become indignant and repeat the lie and keep repeating it. Today, there are no consequences for lying; ergo [more…]

Oct 162015
Science Far Behind Sports and Law

Dear Editor, Shouldn’t humanity grieve that the Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier was suspended for one year for testing positive for an over-the-counter performance-enhancing substance, when the “leadership” of the University of Florida allows a passionate tobacco CEO to serve on their distinguished Board of Trustees? Tobacco will painfully sack and slay over 480k Americans [more…]

Oct 162015

Dear Editor, Are you low income, disabled, a minority, Sr. Citizen? Do you feel that you are being deprived of your civil rights? Will you have a greater financial impact than the overwhelming rest of the county? Will your property be impacted more because of the grinder pump being forced on your property? Is the [more…]

Oct 092015
A Golden Opportunity

Dear Editor, It’s really a blessing in disguise that Cudjoe Regional hasn’t started operation yet. One very senior DEP official has called this sewer system “kind of a big experiment.” And it’s already showing problems before it’s even operating. I hear reports from the field people that some of the gravity sewers are so leaky [more…]

Oct 022015
Higher Education - Unbridled Hypocrisy - Advancing An Inferior Product...

Dear Editor, It’s troubling that an accomplished individual would be leading the charge to expand his organization’s ‘carbon footprint’ in the Florida Keys. Particularly, when such action is based upon antiquated data and pernicious principles governing the manner we educate our students. Florida Keys Community College President Jonathan Guevara is pushing for an expansive, unnecessary [more…]

Sep 252015
Residents Organizing Against 199-Foot Communications Tower on Upper Sugarloaf

Dear Editor, Residents of Upper Sugarloaf Key, supported by residents all over Monroe County, are united in opposition to staking a 199 foot tall monopole communications tower in the heart of their residential community. The pole, planned for 830 Crane Blvd on Upper Sugarloaf Key, would be erected by Mr. Robert Holladay from Louisiana who [more…]

Sep 252015
Crooked Atty General Bondi Gives Up Whistle Blower

Dear Editor, It was reported to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that Monroe County through it’s Running Dog Lackey Robert “Bob”Dean, Kurt Zeulch, & the FKAA were actively Extorting 3000+Lower Keys Taxpayers & Property Owners to Give up Property Rights for installation of Monroe County’s Turd Grinders AND SUPPLY Electric to run them. I was [more…]

Sep 182015
Controlled Burns

Dear Editor, Bob Dylan tells us that “It doesn’t take a weatherman to tell which way the wind is blowing.” Were that true for everyone! The staff at the Key Deer Refuge, particularly the controlled burn unit, has had its problems over the years determining which way the wind is blowing. In September, 2011, Key [more…]

Sep 112015
Public Records Lawsuit Against FKAA: Settled Yes, But Still Plenty To Be Concerned About

Dear Editor: The spin artists at FKAA have convinced some of the public media that because the lawsuit was settled over unresponsive and apparently falsified data provided in answer to public records requests, that “there’s nothing to see here, folks.” That is not the case. There is plenty to see and plenty to be concerned [more…]