Aug 112017
 
Don't Trust Trump's North Korea Bluff, Bluster, and Brinksmanship

by Thomas L. Knapp……. US president Donald Trump put much of the world atwitter and ajitter Tuesday with his comment to the press: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Trump’s certainly proving himself  Kim Jong Un’s equal at foreign affairs smack talk. Is he serious? I believe so. I expect some sort of major military confrontation — possibly even outright war — between the US and North [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #231, Thomas L. Knapp 26 Responses »
Aug 112017
 
Google to Employees: Feel Safe Sharing Your Opinions, as Long as They're Our Opinions

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Former Google engineer James Damore is suddenly between jobs. He’s been fired, Bloomberg reports, for writing “an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies.” Google has long cultivated a reputation for hiring smart people, turning them loose, and listening to them. This firing puts a giant dent in that reputation. Media reports describe Damore’s memo as a rant, a tirade, a screed, sexist, anti-diversity, and a whole bunch of other bad things. I was almost afraid to read the 10-page [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #231, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Aug 042017
 
Why I Still Have Hope for Coral Reefs

Corals in the Pacific Ocean have been dying at an alarming rate, particularly from bleaching brought on by increased water temperatures. But it’s not too late to act, says TED Fellow Kristen Marhaver. She points to the Caribbean — given time, stable temperatures and strong protection, corals there have shown the ability to survive and recover from trauma. Marhaver reminds us why we need to keep working to protect the precious corals we have left. “Corals have always been playing the long game,” she says, [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #230 1 Response »
Jul 282017
 
Dilemma?

Letter to the Editor From Eugene E Nanay Jr. ……. Every year the residents of Monroe County are faced with this Dilemma; Do we want the 5–8 Million DOLLARS those LOUD, Noisy, Rude, Nasty, drunken bikers spend down here on their Annual four (4) day pilgrimage to the southernmost city??? Or do we continue the Yearly two(2) day MASSACRE of our local Saltwater Cockroaches, while Destroying our Reef, despoiling the Environment, leaving their garbage and trash, while contributing minimally to the local economy. The Bikers [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #229, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jul 212017
 
Vehicular Assaults, Gridlock & Environmental Destruction...Endanger Our Lives & Islands...

by John Donnelly……. Being scolded and threatened by individuals visiting the Florida Keys with their large vehicles and trailers as they create traffic jams and dangerous driving conditions for the citizens that live here, because we’ve asked our County Commissioners to decrease their destructive impact, via the creation of a “toll road” for entry onto our islands, identifies a certain type of contempt, insensitivity and indifference for the safety and basic needs of Monroe County residents.

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #228, John Donnelly 13 Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Academics vs. Sports at Keys High Schools

by Larry Murray……. Dear Editor, If you are interested in obtaining insight to the mindset of the typical Keys high school student, I urge you to read the “Prep Sports: Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight”.  This is a daily feature on the sports page of the Key West Citizen. The Citizen has published this feature for a number of years and I find the comments very insightful. I urge you to pay particular attention to the responses to two questions: “Regarding the sports you play [continue reading…]

Jun 302017
 
Former Sheriffs: Loss of Health Insurance Benefits for County Retirees Will Have "Far-reaching Consequences"

by Paul Ross……. To Citizens and Friends: Recently the Board of County Commissioners held a ‘special’ meeting in where some decisions were made that will affect all of us in one way or another. To say the least I have served 31 years to MONROE COUNTY I started this career when I was 19 years old. NOW I am being told that my insurance will be going up upon retirement to outrageous portions. (Basically making the rates so high you cannot afford them.) Further, YOU [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #225, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jun 302017
 
Kudos to the Board

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: Hey Hey!  There’s some good governance going on.  You may have missed it, but last week the Board of Directors of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority voted to term limit themselves.  They voted unanimously to limit membership on the board to three four year terms.  That is good news and good governance. The entire board deserves kudos, but the prime mover was Board Chairperson, Phil Goodman.   Mr. Goodman, in his previous term on the board, had pushed for [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #225, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Exposed: FDEP- Rubber Stamp for The FKAA.

by Eugene E. Nanay Jr…….. Dear Editor, Ever since The GOV. gave Big Sugar and Big Agriculture a Get Home Free pass, Blamed the Florida Keys the Polluter of South Florida, and Issued a MANDATE–Every parcel of property SHALL BE connected to a public sewer system it started. Every time the FKAA issued a permit to do anything with the MANDATED public sewer system The FDEP broke out Their Rubber Stamp. It didn’t make any difference whatsoever, A FORGED ArmyCorps of Engineers analysis, A Permit [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #223, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jun 092017
 
A FOND FAREWELL / LifeNet Closes Key West Base

Guest Editorial William Deans, flight nurse and long-time Key West resident……. Call it six degrees of separation, or maybe just how a tight-knit community works: with LifeNet operating in the Florida Keys for ten years, it’s hard to find a resident who doesn’t know someone whose life has been touched by air ambulance service.

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Editorial, Issue #222 No Responses »
May 192017
 
Term Limits

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Term limits are on the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority board meeting next Tuesday. The meeting will be at 10:30 AM in their Stock Island offices/boardroom. The Bug Board is considering term limiting themselves. It’s hard to think of a more courageous or worthwhile endeavor on the part of any elected public officials. The effort is being lead by Board Chair, Phil Goodman. Mr. Goodman attempted to put term limits in place a number of years ago, but long term [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #219, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
May 122017
 
Expanding Lower Duval Zoning to a Single Property Owner on Greene Street Sets Bad Precedent

by Gregory M Lloyd……. Dear Editor, On May 16th, the City Commission will hear the first reading for the expansion of lower Duval Street Zoning (HRCC-1, Historic Residential Commercial Core) to include the Mel Fisher Museums located at 200 Greene Street between Front and Whitehead Streets. The Mel Fisher Museum is at the cultural heart of our City, surrounded by Truman Little White House, Audubon House, Customs House, Historic Clinton Square with the Aquarium and Shipwreckers Museum and a mere stones throw from there is [continue reading…]

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #218, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
May 122017
 
Warning!

by Eugene E. Nanay Jr…….. Editor, Lately there has been stories about alligator attacks in Florida–small boy eaten by Gator at Disney resort, golfer’s arm bitten off by Gator when reaching for ball in water hazard, 10 year old girl opens Gators jaws to escape. It appears that Alligators are the # 1 Hazard in Florida. But hold your horses— Since 1948 there has been 388 attacks and 24(as in twenty four) deaths by Alligators. That’s 24 deaths in 69 years, that’s terrible. Now let’s [continue reading…]

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #218, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
May 122017
 
Financial Class Discrimination in Monroe County

by Eugene Nanay…… Editor, Back in 2008 or whenever The Gov. proclaimed all properties in the Keys Shall be connected to a Public Sewer System or whatever. So? How many properties are we talking about here? Well, from the Office of the Tax Appraisers Office I was provided with the following–51,307 Residential Units and 17,472 Businesses with physical addresses. From the Office of the Tax Collector, there were 53,001 Trim Notices sent out last November. Now in the Counties plan for The Lower Keys, the [continue reading…]

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #218, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
May 122017
 
A Summer School Kids Actually Want to Attend

In the US, most kids have a very long summer break, during which they forget an awful lot of what they learned during the school year. This “summer slump” affects kids from low-income neighborhoods most, setting them back almost three months. TED Fellow Karim Abouelnaga has a plan to reverse this learning loss. Learn how he’s helping kids improve their chances for a brighter future.

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #218 No Responses »
May 122017
 
Think Safe - Be Safe

by Maritza Rodriguez……. SAFETY Activities, meal times, and lessons should always be planned taking safety in consideration to avoid injury, illness or harm to any child in your care. Safety extends into nearly all aspects of a registered home daycare, or a facility. FIRST AID All childhood educators should have up to date First Aid and C.P.R. qualifications in order to provide the best possible care. The emergency kit should always be accessible, it should be checked on a regular basis and restocked if needed. [continue reading…]

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Editorial, Issue #218 No Responses »
Apr 282017
 
Two Shopping Centers

by B. Vigilant……. Key West and Marathon have both Winn Dixie and Publix grocery stores. Should Big Pine Key also have two? The County is once again being asked if a Publix can replace the Big Pine Key flea market. This raises two questions: 1- Does this area ‘need’ a second grocery store? 2- How will the required commercial floor space be obtained? Shoppers will ultimately answer the ‘need’ question based on individual opinions about parking, checkout lines, products and service. The County will answer [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #216, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Apr 282017
 
8 Years is Enough

by Walter Lagraves……. We’ve got to give Phil Goodman of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority (Bug Board) huge kudos for strongly advocating term limiting the Bug Board. He’s the Chairman. Term limits are a principle that he has previously championed. Back then it was defeated by long term Bug Board incumbents. Term limits are a principle whose time has come here in Monroe County. The reasons for it are legion, not just for the Bug Board, but for all of our elected policy making [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #216, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
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

by Walter Lagraves……. 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 [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 »