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…]

Apr 102015
 
Op/Ed: If No One is Accountable...

by JD Adler… Recently, it became headline news that Rolling Stone magazine’s expose about rape on a college campus was factually inaccurate in almost every way. It turns out Rolling Stone had and their reporter had made no efforts to confirm the “victim’s” story by talking to witnesses or the accused. In the end, the [more…]

Apr 102015
 
Letter to the Editor: On the AFC

Editor:        Recent nominations to the School District’s Audit and Finance Committee, along with public comments from the Board members accompanying the nominations demonstrate two things:  To serve on the AFC, one must be a retiree along with a willingness to swear that they have no interest in ever running for the School Board. Larry Murray

Apr 102015
 
Letter: Fracking in Florida

I’m an environmentally friendly guy. I do my best to recycle, not litter and live a light “footprint” in my world. But I find myself not always supporting every tree hugging cause out there. One of those causes, I thought, was fracking. Fracking is a short hand term for hydraulic fracturing, which is a process used to [more…]

Apr 032015
 
Racial Profiling in Paradise

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…. What Traffic Tickets and “Disorderly Conduct” Reveal… What would you think if you were stopped by Key West police, on average, three times a year over 5 years—5 times in 2011 alone? To your credit, you had no stops for DWI. Your traffic infractions were for such things as not [more…]

Apr 032015
 
Letter To the Editor: Bad Manners

If the subject of global warming/climate change and the reactions it elicits are any indication of the subject’s incendiary nature, I guess we can add that to the things to never discuss at a dinner party; Politics, Religion and Climate Change. Actually there is very little that remains to discuss that hasn’t been painted with [more…]

Mar 272015
 
Higher Manatee Count Simply Means We Have More to Protect

by Katie Tripp, Ph.D. Director of Science & Conservation Save the Manatee Club   Florida’s manatees are at a crossroads.  Well, actually, the agencies that protect manatees are at a crossroads, and manatees themselves are in the cross hairs.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is busy working behind closed doors deciding whether or [more…]

Mar 202015
 
US Law Enforcement Kills with Impunity-- Especially When the Victim is Black,  Part 1:

Genocide of African-Americans by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D., Tulane University Emerita… The respected investigative journalism organization, ProPublica,[i] recently concluded, using the FBI’s woefully incomplete statistics on “justifiable” civilian killings by law enforcement (see Huggins, The Blue Paper #102), that between 2010 and 2012, “young black males…were at a far greater risk of being shot dead [more…]

Mar 202015
 
Guest Column: On Human Trafficking

by Reverend Dr. Magby…. I am Rev Dr Gwendolyn D. Magby. For nearly 13 years it has been my privilege to pastor Trinity Presbyterian Church, “The Church in the Heart of the City with the City at Heart and the Friendliest Church This Side of Heaven,” located at 717 Simonton Street, I am also the [more…]

Mar 202015
 
A Red Tag for Noah

 by Michael Alan… The earliest record of a code enforcement action was in the book of Genesis: “Good morning, Mr. Noah, do you have a permit for that?”  I myself am building a boat in my backyard, just like Noah. Naturally, there were certain problems to consider. How I would get it out to the [more…]

Mar 202015
 
Fifty (less Fifty) Shades of Gray

by Kim Pederson… It’s hard not to think about the word “hypocrisy” when you watch The Daily Show. On Thursday’s program (March 12), host Jon Stewart had New Jersey governor Chris Christy in the cross-hairs. Governor Christy apparently saw fit to bypass the courts in a $9 billion environmental suit against ExxonMobil for polluting waters [more…]

Mar 202015
 
Letter to Editor: Ethics and Science

Editor:   The Key West Citizen ran an editorial on Sunday (3/8) that makes an appeal to science as the reason to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Key Haven and, eventually, the Lower Keys to prevent a dengue fever outbreak. While most reasonable people applaud the advances science has made in our society, including profoundly [more…]

Mar 132015
 
Catastrophic Progress

by Ray Jason, The Sea Gypsy Philosopher… The deep serenity down here in the Archipelago of Bliss soothes and inspires me. Sometimes AVENTURA and I find a tiny lagoon that is so tranquil that the silence almost seems to speak. In many spots the Jungle runs all the way down to the Sea. Such symbolism [more…]

Mar 062015
 
GUEST COLUMN: Two Anniversaries in Black History

by Reverend Dr. Gwendolyn D. Magby…. Since 1976 the United States has recognized February as Black History Month.  Since 1948 February 1st has been recognized as “Freedom Day” because it was on February 1st that President Lincoln signed the joint congressional resolution that authorized the 13th Amendment which ultimately prohibited slavery in the United States, [more…]

Mar 062015
 
Disgrace in DC

Dear Naja, Just before midnight March 3rd, I came upon a Photo on my Facebook page which said in bold print: “CONGRESS IS LIKE 2 DRUNKS ARGUING THE BAR BILL ON THE TITANIC.”  The sponsor of this site is a college group called YALiberty site located at www.YALiberty.com. Since I liked the message which was [more…]

ec-Key-nomics

 Posted by on February 27, 2015  Editorial, Issue #103, JD Adler  9 Responses »
Feb 272015
 
ec-Key-nomics

by JD Adler Spend 5 minutes in Key West and you will learn that there are significant economic issues plaguing the community. A handful of people own most of the businesses and/or property while the workforce struggles to find housing they can afford. This is an issue continuously debated, with little progress made. In fact [more…]