Apr 212017
 
Where Is the Funding Coming From?

Editor: The School Board has voted unanimously to purchase a piece of land on Stock Island for $3.25 million to locate its new transportation center. There was no discussion as to why this piece of land as opposed to any other is so important as to pay above the appraised value. The land also contains a building about which there was no discussion as to its condition and usability. More importantly, the School District plans to do its due diligence regarding the property after the [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #215, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 212017
 
Term Limits

Dear Editor, Our Florida Mosquito Control Authority is considering term limiting themselves. I salute them. However a board member seems to be set on setting the term limits so high that the entire purpose of term limiting would be nullified. A member is suggesting that terms be limited to a total of 16 years…16 years. That is just too darned long. The President of the United States is limited to 8 years in office. That’s enough. In Florida our Governor is limited to 8 years [continue reading…]

 April 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #215, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
More School Taxes, Less Accountability

by Capt Ed Davidson, former School Board member……. Dear Editor, After attending more than 400 School Board meetings over the years, some unfortunate tendencies have become both clear, and chronic. Worst of these is the School District bureaucracy’s tendency to become self-justifying and lacking in transparency during periods when there was no Taxpayer Watchdog on the Board with the grit to worry more about getting it right, than getting along; about going to the mat instead of going with the flow – and such compliant, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #214, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
Term Limits

Dear Editor: Well folks, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority met last Tuesday. The issue of term limits was discussed. It appears that most of the Commissioners are in favor of term limiting the board. To quote Martha Stewart, “that is a very good thing”. But it looks like some commissioners seem to be in favor of term limits of 12 to 16 years. It looks like your input has made a difference. Dear Friends: term limits are a “very good thing” but such a [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #214, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
An Open Letter to State Representative Holly Raschein

Dear Ms Rashein, Please inform the people who you represent why the State of Florida continues to Discriminate against the CHILDREN going to school at the Big Pine school??? All up and down SR-5 there are Marked School Zones. Even Religious schools. Some of these school zones actually have Traffic lights and uniformed officers monitoring the intersection. However not on Big Pine Key. What the State has chosen to Protect our children on this Widened portion is SR-5 is four (4) removable traffic cones with small [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #214, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
Foreign Beef

ATTENTION SHOPPERS!!! Have you noticed lately the Unbelievable prices advertised in the Local Flyers??? Porterhouse $5.99/lb, New York Strip, $4.99, T-Bone $5.99, Rib Eyes $5.99. USDA INSPECTED. I’ve been Cooking since I was 6 years old and I haven’t seen prices this low in 10-15years. There must be a gimmick, so I did some calling and found out that this advertised beef is NOT American Beef. It was born, grew up in either Australia or Mexico, then shipped here, inspected by the USDA inspector and [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #214, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
It’s Show Time!

Dear Editor, Term limits may actually be coming to Monroe County. On Tuesday the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board is scheduled to have a discussion on the issue. Look, good governance demands term limits, we need them. Long term incumbency tends to jade public officials. Far too often they become more concerned with their relationships with each other and their relationships with their contributors. Especially deep pocket contributors who have special interests. Some will argue that incumbency brings experience and knowledge to the job, but [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #213, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 072017
 
Men with Cajones

Dear Editor, Three Presidents had the Cajones to deal with their Illegal Aliens. They took that step to ensure JOBS for Americans Hubert Hoover deported ALL Illegal Aliens Harry Truman deported Two(2) Million Illegal Aliens Dwight Eisenhower deported Thirteen(13) Million MEXICANS. IF those presidents could do it why can’t Our President do something similar ?? If people come into our country illegally they are CRIMINALS. These Criminals are costing Taxpayers like You and me over thirty(30)BILLION Dollars a year. Couldn’t our Tax money be put [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #213, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Mar 312017
 
Make US 1 Safer

Dear Editor, What can be done or who can we put pressure on to make US1 safer? Just recently there was yet ANOTHER head on crash where multiple people were air lifted. At certain areas on US1 there are “rumble” bumps that are either embedded into the white line or grooves that have been carved into the road. GREAT!!! But that does not solve the head on problem because BOTH of these warning systems are on the outside to warn against a driver running off [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #212, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Mar 312017
 
"Tom Walker LIED"

Dear Editor, When Tom Walker “claimed” that the CRWS would be processing 964,000 gal. in raw sewage per day using the 40%/25% estimated agricultural usage he was so full of CACA his breath smelled. I CHALLENGE Tom Walker to come up with Any DOCUMENTATION of agricultural usage to substantiate Tom Wakers WILD ASS GUESS. I personally use 0(ZERO) gallons of FKAA water to irrigate my crops as I lived on a cistern supplied water for 9 (nine) years before Hurricane Georges and then I got [continue reading…]

 March 31, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #212, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 242017
 
Term Limits

  by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Term limits. How do you feel about term limiting elected officials? If you’re like three out of four of other Americans, you are in favor of term limits. Term limiting elected officials is becoming the new norm. Here in Florida our state legislators and our governor are term limited. In many Florida counties, cities, and municipalities the voters have decided that elected county and local board members must be term limited. A number of years ago certain board members of [continue reading…]

 March 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #211, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Katherine Norris: "GOP Bill Trades Affordable Health Care for Millionaire Tax Breaks"

March 21, 2017 by Katherine Norris……. Dear Editor: The Republican healthcare repeal bill is exactly the kind of typical Reverse-Robin-Hood giveaway to the rich that we have come to expect from GOP lawmakers. The bill shifts nearly a trillion dollars in federal funding from the middle class and working families to wealthy people and health care corporations through tax breaks.

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #210, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
The Last Open Lot

by Ben Volpian……. It appears that in the near future there will be a combined meeting of the Key West City Commission, the Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee (BVRAC) and the Truman Waterfront Advisory Board (TWAB), of which I am a member, but writing here as a private citizen. I’m not sure if this meeting will be a tug-of-war or a food fight (build vs. don’t build – build vs. don’t build), because I’m guessing that the main topic to be discussed will be – to [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:09 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #208 1 Response »
Mar 032017
 
Open Letter To The School Board

by Dr. Larry Murray……. I have repeatedly raised the issue of MCSD having appropriate policies for the processing of Public Records Requests. After several conversations, it occurs to me that I may have been using the wrong term and thus confusing matters. Yes, MCSD does have very general policies regarding Public Records. What it does not have are WRITTEN PROCEDURES for processing Public Records Requests. There is nothing that identifies to whom a request should be sent and who is responsible for both the processing [continue reading…]

Mar 032017
 
Many Questions about Purchase of Fish House on Stock Island

An Open Letter to the County Mayor and County Commissioners Dear County Commissioners: Before you buy the fish house on Stock Island what is your business plan? Some Questions: 1. Will the docks and land be “free” to the fishermen? 2. If not then what will be the charge per square foot of land and or the dock space assigned to each boat? 3. Will taxes be assessed and paid for by the users or tenants. 4. Will the “sales tax” revenues being used to [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #208, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Key West - Welcoming City?

by M.J. Taylor……. At least 10 US cities have reaffirmed their status as Sanctuary Cities in recent weeks, despite being in Trump’s crosshairs – and Key West, while not officially a Sanctuary City, reaffirmed its motto, One Human Family in early December. One city commissioners, Jimmy Weekley, would like to see the city declare itself a “Welcoming City” if not a Sanctuary City, per se. Key West police officers already have a “hands off” policy when it comes to immigrant status. It is not routine [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #208, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Captain Ed's Public Comment on Spin Doctor Hire

by Capt Ed Davidson, Chairman, Fl Keys Citizens Coalition, former SclBd Dist 3……. Draft notes of School Board mtg Public Comment Tue 28 Feb by Capt Ed Like many other expensive new positions added to the School District payroll by the Porter Administration (more than a few in the $100,000 range), the long-sought-after Spin Doctor is going to be paid a lot of tax payers’ money to perform duties that were formerly part of Mark Porter’s original job description, but have now become part of his [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #208, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Feb 242017
 
EMERGENCY SERVICES UP IN THE AIR

Why LifeNet’s Proposal Must Be Addressed Guest Editorial by Mike Allen…….. It affects every resident of the Keys and everyone who visits. It has a direct impact on your personal safety, your family’s safety, and it could even affect the region’s tourism industry. It is the situation that has left the Keys’ air ambulance services in limbo. As you may have heard or read, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners recently voted to purchase an additional helicopter for Trauma Star, the county-run emergency air ambulance [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Editorial, Issue #207 4 Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Jeff Speck: 4 ways to Make a City More Walkable

Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his “general theory of walkability” — four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Editorial, Issue #206 No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Public Records Law: What About Those School District Text Messages?

Superintendent Porter and School Board: I have expressed to you before my concerns about texting in the conduct of School District business. To my knowledge, only Superintendent Porter has a smart phone provided by the District. Board members provide and maintain their own private phones. Similarly, virtually all District employees have their own phones, not one provided by the District. As a result, there is no District maintained mechanism for storing text messages that might be involved with District operations. Consequently, Public Records Requests for [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:16 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #205 3 Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Open Letter to KW Mayor and Commissioners

Mayor and Commissioners: Tuesday night’s was the most EMBARRASSING meeting I have ever witnessed. When someone signs up to speak 3-minutes on an agenda item, that is what it is but when that man got up to speak, he looked like a WACKO to begin with but when he started immediately to attack, embarrass and humiliate Commissioner Romero was wrong. It is very sad that the Mayor allowed this man to go on and on and basically he spoke more about Commissioner Romero than the [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:14 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #205 3 Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Guest Column: Black Patients Matter Too

Racial Bias Puts Patients at Risk by Brookshield Laurent, D.O. Do blacks have less sensitive nerve endings than whites? It’s an outrageously racist question. Yet in a recent survey, 14 percent of white second-year medical students answered yes. In that same survey, about 40 percent of white first- and second-year medical students expressed the belief that black patients have thicker skin than their white counterparts. These findings point to an awful reality: Racial biases and misconceptions remain rampant in our health care system — and [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:08 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #205 1 Response »
Feb 032017
 
Beautiful New Homes

by Bill Hunter……. Dear Editor, The jury’s out on adequate parking but the developer certainly gets ‘Landscaper of the Year Award.’ A gravel parking lot is now beautiful residences. The occupants are not our children or workforce. These residences house tourists. A consequence of redevelopment is the loss of the working part of a waterfront marina leaving a 175 room tourist hotel and the condominium slips created long ago.

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #204, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Feb 032017
 
Voter Fraud

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Mr Knapp’s recent comments denigrating the necessity of a comprehensive investigation into the issue of voter fraud are simply wrong and wrong headed. Contrary to Mr. Knapp’s claim that voter fraud is “rare”, it is not. The reality is that there is sufficient anecdotal and real evidence that voter fraud is a mechanism often used by political operatives that rises to the level of requiring investigation. It is the quality and quantity of that evidence that gives rise to sufficient [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #204, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jan 272017
 
Harry Bethel: Put the Amphitheater Question to Voter REFERENDUM

Mayor & Commissioners, The Truman Waterfront Park is a very sensitive issue with the residents of this community. We don’t need all these controversy’s about the Amphitheater. It is very simple when the property was turned over to the City of Key West it was for the enjoyment of our residents. I know in your hearts that you know that an Amphitheater is NOT NEEDED, nor wanted. Please one of you that voted in the affirmative can bring this back before the City Commission, please [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #203, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Key West and President Trump

LOCALS TALK ABOUT NEW PRESIDENT FEATURING ED RUSSO, AUTHOR OF “DONALD J. TRUMP: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HERO” by Arnaud Girard……. Donald Trump is now our President. What might be the effect, good or bad, of the new presidency on our lives, the local environment, businesses, our local school system, our relations with Cuba and more? Where local economy and new immigration policy collide Key West’s is booming.  Old fish houses and RV parks with handfuls of employees have been replaced by sprawling restaurants and high class hotels. [continue reading…]

Jan 202017
 
About that "Passive Park" at Truman Waterfront: Harry Bethel's Open Letter to the Mayor and City Commissioners

Mayor and Commissioners, I just want to say that I was on the Commission when we acquired the Navy property at the Truman Waterfront and I believe Commissioner Weekley was also on the Commission at that specific time. When we obtained the property there was no doubt it was very clear to the entire Commission that this was the last piece of waterfront property on the island for the residents of our Community. The intent was to turn this property into a VERY NICE passive [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:57 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #202, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Another Welch by Zuelch, Claims New Shallow Sewage Well Lawsuit

by Dump The Pumps……. The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is in violation of a settlement agreement it signed last year to end litigation requiring a deep well for Cudjoe Regional and restricting use of the shallow wells only for backup, according to new litigation filed last Monday. Don DeMaria and Mike Laudicina, the two commercial fishermen who sued FKAA in 2015 to require the deep well, now allege that FKAA and the Department of Environmental Protection are intentionally violating the settlement agreement. “It’s another welch by Zeulch,” said DeMaria. [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #202, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jan 132017
 
Oceanside Marina / Time for an Independent Opinion?

This article was updated on Feb 5, 2017 Editorial by Naja Girard……. For the past several weeks The Blue Paper has been reporting on the controversial new hotel that just opened at Oceanside Marina on Stock Island. “Have you seen this article?” asked Commissioner Heather Carruthers in an email to the Planning Director, Mayte Santamaria, “Are the premises correct? Have we been hoodwinked? Or do they not have all the information? I think this warrants a response.” This week Ms. Santamaria, produced a 22-page document. [continue reading…]

Jan 132017
 
Trump Inauguration

Dear Editor, As a yearly visitor to Key West, I understand the Conch Republic’s distance from worries of the Mainland. Still, I am shocked by the absence of any evidence of protest of the tainted election of an incoming bigot, homophobic, misogynist as President of the US (including all of Florida). What gives, Key West? Mindy Brown

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #201, Letter to the Editor 10 Responses »