Jul 222016
 
9/11: 28 Pages Later

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In December of 2002, Congress released its report on the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.” Part of that report, anyway: 28 pages remained classified until July 15, 2016, when they were finally presented to the public with significant redactions. Why the long wait, and what do the 28 pages reveal? If we’re to believe the headlines in Saudi media (e.g. Al Arabiya) and mainstream American media (e.g. Time and the [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:31 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #176 3 Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Keep Mosquitios Away!

Dear Editor, Worried about Zika Virus? Place a dab of Vick’s Vapor rub behind each ear and on ankles! The strong odor will keep mosquitio’s at bay! The cedar leaf oil is a natural insect repellant. The odor of menthol and camphor in Vicks also acts as a repellant. Bob Holzhei/St. Johns, Michigan

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #176, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jul 222016
 
Mosquito Control: Friends, It Jest Ain't So!

Dear Editor, Recently we’ve read some pretty wild claims about Mosquito Control Board commissioners. We’ve read that they earn outrageous amounts of money and that they do little or nothing. Friends, it jest ain’t so! Here’s the facts: Mosquito Control Board members are elected officials. They meet between 14-16 times per year. The meetings are held in various places up and down the Keys. Usually, on their meeting days, they hold a public meeting, when that meeting is concluded, then other work shop meetings are [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #176, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Rude, Ignorant, Inconsiderate? Human Beings?

Dear Editor, This is not an unusual sight in the Big Pine Key WinnDixie. I’m an 80% wounded warrior and when I pulled into the parking lot it was pouring rain. So some Moron thought that it would be Kool to watch the cripple get out of the vehicle and stumble around and take care of your stupidity. I’m putting the Gypsies Curse on you so that your children treat you with the same Disrespect that you treat cripple people From: Dr. Geno

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #176, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Eight Days in Cuba June 2016 - The Good the Bad and the Future!

  by Dottie Harden, City Ambassador Key West……. We took Havana Air from Key West so much better than driving to Miami and what a great fight it was. Thank you Havana Air. Our trip to Cuba is one we will never forget, it was full of surprises! The enthusiasm and excitement of the Cuban people made us excited. What we were told was nothing of what we would experience. This is only my perspective and our trip was only eight days long but we did try to [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #175, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Blue/Green Algae

Dear Editor: This is in regards to the toxic sludge that’s heading our way. Many on the west coast are determined to send it south but that’s not the answer. The Everglades is choked out due to development and can’t handle it and the way they rerouted the flow of water doesn’t allow it like it did in the past. So what to do? After contacting the Corps of Engineers at each lock thru the water ways that come from Lake O to Ft Myers I learned [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #175, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 082016
 
Kevin Diaz Response to Mayor Heather Carruthers

I write today in order to respond to Mayor Heather Carruthers response piece, which was published in The Blue Paper and the Monroe County official webpage last week. The spirited response by our Mayor paints my opinion piece as misinformed and misguided as to the issues our community faces. The truth is that the Mayor, on behalf of our state representative, attempts to frame the Florida Keys Stewardship Act as legislative perfection; a level of perfection never seen before in American politics. The Mayor puts [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #174, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jul 082016
 
An Open Letter to the School Board: Computer Literacy in Monroe County Schools

Chairman Griffiths: I listened with great interest to your comments last week on “Morning Magazine” regarding “Monroe Compute$”. I share your enthusiasm and praise for John Padget and Jacob Dekker for creating the program which enables students to earn industry certificates in computing and computer science programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe. Of course, the success of this program is directly related to the financial incentives provided by Padget and Dekker, more than $75,000 for the 256 students who have successfully completed their course [continue reading…]

Jul 082016
 
A Letter in Favor of Federal Legalization of the Evil Weed

Editor: Just read an article about the Deaths from Using Marajuana. According to the CDC last year 17,465 Deaths from using Hard Drugs-Heroin, Cocaine, Crack, PCP, etc. An additional 25,760 Deaths from Prescription Drugs. And Over 30,700 Deaths from Alcohol consumption Plus an Estimated 2.5 TIMES more from Drunk Driving. The TOTAL DEATHS from Marajuana Consumption. ZERO, as in 0, Nada, None, Nulla (I’m Hungarian), Ling (Chineese), Nul’ (Russian), So while the Alcohol Lobby is actively Bribing congress to keep Pot illegal Thousands of Americans are going [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #174, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jul 082016
 
Florida Keys Environmental (Oops, They Removed the Environment From the Bill) Stewardship Act

Editor, I recently read Mayor Carruthers rebuttal to criticism of the Fl. Keys Stewardship Act in the Blue Paper. The gist of her rebuttal was simplistically: trust your Elected Officials to do the right (correct) thing. Well, Mayor, if history is an indication of what we can expect from our Elected Representatives and leaders, what will follow is the Cape Coddling of the Florida Keys, as Pritam Singh predicted years ago. Let’s look at the honesty and integrity of our leaders Mayor. Who was it [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #174, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jul 082016
 
Hillary Clinton: More Equal Under the Law Than Others

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In his July 5 press briefing, FBI director James Comey spoke 2,341 words explaining his decision not to recommend criminal charges over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to transmit, receive and store classified information during her tenure as US Secretary of State. He could have named that tune in four words: “Because she’s Hillary Clinton.” Comey left no doubt whatsoever that Clinton and her staff broke the law: “[T]there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #174 4 Responses »
Jul 012016
 
County Mayor Heather Carruthers: Get The Facts About the New Florida Keys Stewardship Act

Dear Editor, I don’t know where to begin. I read with incredulity last week’s opinion piece by Mr. Kevin Diaz regarding the Florida Keys Stewardship Act (FKSA). It’s hard for me to comprehend how someone seeking to represent the citizens of Monroe County could so totally misunderstand what the Keys are about and it worries me that he could so totally misread this significant legislation. He has egregiously mischaracterized the Stewardship bill. Let’s start by explaining that there are some unique realities of land management [continue reading…]

Jul 012016
 
Yes, a GOP Delegate Revolt is Possible

by Thomas L Knapp……. Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, is heading toward July’s national party convention with a majority of delegates (as “bound” by state primaries and caucuses) in hand. But ever since it became clear that he would garner that majority, both he and the GOP leadership have spent a good deal of time trying to snuff out talk of a floor revolt by those delegates against his nomination and in favor of some other candidate’s. “The Republican National Committee put [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #173 2 Responses »
Jul 012016
 
Mosquito Control: Precious Time is Being Wasted...

Dear Editor, While the Oxitec controversy swirls around us, precious time is being wasted. Time that could be put to use to push back against Zika. Why is that important? Because the CDC has determined that Zika causes microcephaly and other severe fetal brain birth defects! Until last Friday evening, it had not been revealed that Zika may already be in Monroe County. Mosquito Control Board, Vice Chair, Steve Smith, revealed for the first time that at least one probable case of Zika is under [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #173, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jul 012016
 
Shame on Those Who Use the 4th of July...

…to promote the false flag waiving Judeo-Christian & Military/Industrial/Political Complex agenda of perpetual war. “War is a racket” – WWI Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcuStxJHv4c “Why we Fight” trailer (2 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDo55KoKlyM “Why we Fight“) full length (1:26:46) It is time to embrace the second half of the American Legion Preamble: To foster and perpetuate a 100 percent Americanism To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation. To combat the autocracy of classes and masses. To make Right [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #173, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jun 242016
 
Utah v. Strieff: SCOTUS Fuels a Dangerous Fire

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The US Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Utah v. Strieff, issued on June 20, is the latest in a long line of rulings expanding the powers of police at the expense of everyone else. Such expansions represent a clear and present danger to the public … and when resistance to the abuses they encourage explodes into open violence, as it surely will sooner or later, to police themselves. Edward Strieff was detained in what the state of Utah’s attorneys openly admit [continue reading…]

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #172 2 Responses »
Jun 242016
 
Syria: Change the (Dissent) Channel

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The US State Department’s “Dissent Channel” is a mechanism through which department personnel may disagree with administration policy without fear of job retribution. On June 17, Mark Landler of the New York Times revealed the existence of a recent “Dissent Channel” memo bearing the signatures of 51 diplomats and other department officials and calling for “a more militarily assertive US role in Syria [versus the Assad regime], based on the judicious use of stand-off and air weapons.” Let me open my [continue reading…]

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 1:06 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #172 1 Response »
Jun 242016
 
"Occupy" the establishment

To the Editor, Conch Republicans – “We the people” need to “Occupy” the establishment. Too many have unknowingly(?) been co-opted by the Dark side. GMO mosquitos are designed to get us comfortable with the transhuman agenda (Google it) – a corruption of God’s agenda. Long live the Conch (& American) Republic. May the FARCE be with us! E PLURIBUS UNUM Ronald Cole

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #172, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jun 242016
 
We Have Met the Enemy And He Is Us

Dear Editor, How did the sanitary sewer project go so wrong? It all goes back to the one cent sales tax extension that was used to pay for the sewer system. This is an unconventional way to finance a local sewer system, but it eliminated the need for an environmental assessment plan that would have been carefully reviewed by the Corps of Engineers. There was widespread public support for the sales tax extension. It looked like the ballot would easily pass, since it was sold [continue reading…]

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #172, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jun 242016
 
Surplus Sales Tax

Dear Editor, According to the News/Barometer’s front page article, it appears that the BOCC doesn’t know what to do with the SURPLUS Infrastructure Sales Tax Monies. First of all why is there a Surplus?? If there’s a Surplus then the continuation of taxing the citizens isn’t needed. Hey BOCC, I’ve got a suggestion on what to do with the SURPLUS Infrastructure Sales Tax Monies(I-S/T monies). Spend the Money as the Voters Mandated. Quit trying to screw with George Neugeant’s LOSERS. Spend the $1600 each for [continue reading…]

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #172, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jun 172016
 
Guest Commentary on Florida Keys Mosquito Control

by Stephen K. Murray-Smith……. There has been much conversation and angst about genetically modified Aedes Aegypti being tested in the lower Keys. The Key West City Commission passed a resolution against a trial release in the city until further studies are conducted. Now Key Haven residents will have an opportunity to vote on a trial release in their community. While not a binding vote, the FKMCD commission agreed to respect the outcome of the vote. With Zika virus at our doorstep, we are looking at [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 4:13 am Editorial, Issue #171 2 Responses »
Jun 172016
 
A Glimmer of Hope in a Crises of Success

Dear Editor, This week the TDC passed a $55,000,000 budget to advertise Key West and The Florida Keys. And The Key West Bight Management Board unanimously and resoundingly voted NO parking garage on the already congested Greene St. that the City of Key West proposed. The neighbors applauded, the tenants of the Bight were elated, Reef Relief which would have lost its space was relieved. A show of hands at City Hall showed that every individual and group in the room was sending a message [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #171, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jun 172016
 
No Fly, No Buy? No Dice

by Thomas L. Knapp……. The “no fly, no buy” idea — a proposal to ban people whose names appear on the Terrorist Screening Center’s “no fly list” from purchasing firearms — has been around since at least 2009 when an act of that name failed in Congress. It was an evil idea then and it’s an evil idea now. But it’s once again an evil idea on the march, backed by demagogues of both parties in Congress and by Republican and Democratic presidential nominees-apparent Donald [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #171 No Responses »
Jun 172016
 
An Open Letter to Monroe County

Dear Editor, The Taxpayers and Voters would have you explain how $2.7 million dollars were taken from the Monroe County Infrastructure Tax Fund intended for complete and fully funded Sewers System, which the voters approved to be extended to 2033, and Given to the State of Florida to repair their Infrastructure. How does the State of Florida’s Infrastructure become a tax burden of Monroe Counties taxpayers?? The CRWS is NOT complete and must not be fully funded as the BOCC and their “Partner” FKAA are [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #171, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jun 172016
 
Distractions

Dear Editor, When will we have enough distractions to start paying attention to things that nationally have meaning. We’ve been bombarded by nonsencia by mainstream media till our heads are spinning. Their Big Guns-POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. Political Correctness thrust into daily life brings an individual’s Feelings as a controlling factor. I(an individual) feel Uncomfortable seeing George Washington’s statue on top of the Capital Dome because he was a Slave owner, I don’t feel comfortable when the salesperson won’t speak my native language, I don’t feel comfortable [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #171, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jun 102016
 
Gentle Rebuttal

Dear Editor, A recent press release from FKAA and the County very unjustly and incorrectly attacks two homeowners for filing a lawsuit May 9 that seeks to get those two mega-powers to follow their own rules. The lawsuit simply requests the Court to confirm that the law specifically requires that a gravity connection for people’s sewers be placed in the right of way, not in the yard. So why all the hostility and chest thumping by FKAA and the County? It’s their own rules these [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #170, Letter to the Editor 6 Responses »
Jun 102016
 
Got Milked? US "Defense" Spending 2017

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “The White House said Tuesday [June 7] that President Barack Obama will veto the Senate’s version of the annual defense policy bill,” Richard Lardner of the Associated Press reports. Why? Lardner cites provisions that would prevent Obama from shutting down the prison at Guantanamo Bay and limit the number of “national security” functionaries he can put on the White House payroll. Deeper in the story, however, we find meatier objections: The $600 billion bill “denies the Defense Department’s request for a [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:47 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #170 1 Response »
Jun 102016
 
More than Ever, We Need Each Other

by Dr. Gary Welton……. My heart aches over the stories I hear about heroin overdoses. Local fathers post stories about their sons and daughters, fatal victims of the heroin market. Police conduct raids. The illegal marketing demand continues to fund Afghanistan poppy farmers. Other illegal drug markets cause societal issues, as meth labs contaminate homes and acreage. A house in my neighborhood is selling for half its former market value because of meth lab damage. More than ever, we live in a drug culture. When [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #170 1 Response »
Jun 032016
 
Parenting Police and the Gorilla in the Room

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Only bad parents lose track of their kids. Only the negligent, the unqualified, the suspect arrive at the emergency room — or funeral home — with toddlers in tow. When something inexplicable and terrible happens to a child, it must be Mom and Dad’s fault. That would never happen to OUR kids because WE impart discipline and maintain vigilance, right? Enter Harambe, the 400-pound gorilla killed by Cincinnati Zoo staff after a toddler escaped adult supervision, vaulted a railing and fell [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #169 1 Response »