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Ego-Terrorism

by JD Adler… Leaders of Ego In the face of recent terror attacks in France, Pakistan, Libya and Nigeria, the fall of the Yemeni government, a thwarted attack in Belgium, continuous drone strikes in the Middle East and Africa, Russian incursions into the Ukraine and the never ending cycle of Israel/Palestine; one has to wonder about the people ordering all of this bloodshed. Imagine believing that it was your job to make the world better for democracy, or Islam, or…

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An Open Letter to US Fish & Wildlife Services Regarding Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

January 23, 2015 To: Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Cynthia_Dohner@fws.gov CC: Ashleigh Blackford, Branch Lead, Planning and Resource Conservation –East, Ashleigh_Blackford@fws.gov; Nancy Finley, Refuge Manager, Nancy_Finley@fws.gov; Brian Powell, USFW Biologist, Brian_Powell@fws.gov; Larry Williams, State Supervisor, South Florida Ecological Services Office, Larry_Williams@fws.gov From: Caron Balkany, Balkany@aol.com Re: Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant – shallow sewage wells Director Dohner: Undersigned counsel represents several residents in the Lower Florida Keys who are concerned about the environmental impacts from the proposed…

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An Open Letter To South Florida Water Management District [re: Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System]

Dump the Pumps, Inc. P.O. Box 1956 Big Pine Key, FL 33043 January 29, 2015 Jonathon E. Shaw, P.G. Section Leader South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) PO Box 24680 West Palm Beach, FL 33406 Subject: Application No.: 150121-6 (Lower Sugarloaf Key Master Lift Station) Dear Mr. Shaw: Dump the Pumps, Inc. (DTPI) was made aware of the “Minor Modification- Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Collection System D B Project (Application #150121-6), County: Monroe S3/T67/R27” via our corporate attorney Lee Rohe, Esq….

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A Message from Interstellar Transmissions Band

Citizens of Key West, We, the humble gypsies of Interstellar Transmissions, would like to express our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of Love and support that we have received from all of you, since the moment that we arrived in your laid-back Island community. While we had come to Key West for the weather, it is in the kindness of the people where we truly find warmth. Our project has gone through many incarnations, bested countless challenges, watched the sunrise…

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An Open Letter To New DEP Secretary From Dump The Pumps

Dump the Pumps, Inc. P.O. Box 1956 Big Pine Key, FL 33043 January 09, 2015 Jonathan P. Steverson Office of the Secretary Florida Department of Environmental Protection 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 49 Tallahassee, Florida 32399 Dear Mr. Steverson: We are a collection of citizens in the Florida Keys with grave concerns about environmental regulation, or rather, lack thereof. You are no doubt aware that the Florida Keys are legally designated an Area of Critical Concern, situate in a National Marine…

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An Open Letter To John Dick

John: We need your help. More than ever, we need your help. When you were elected to the School Board, you made it your mission to restrain, ideally reduce, the size of the District administration. Generally speaking, you were successful and the voters rewarded you with reelection twice. A noteworthy exception to restraining administrative growth came early in the Porter administration when the Board acceded to the creation of a new, six-figure position—Executive Director of Operations and Planning. Superintendent Porter…

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Dennis Reeves Cooper On Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

By now, you have probably heard the news from Paris: A little newspaper was raided by presumably Islamic terrorists after the paper published cartoons which made fun of the prophet Muhammad. At least 10 employees of the paper were shot dead. Back in 2006, employees at a Danish newspaper received death threats after publishing similar cartoons. This became an international story– although management of most media made the decision not to re-publish the actual cartoons. Here in Key West, however,…

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Je Suis Charlie

Dear Naja: Yes, I’ve been reading The Blue Paper for the past few weeks, but have not been moved to write you due to excesses of the frantic holidays. However, the recent developments of 2015 have shocked my senses of human dignity and civil rights as well as international warfare. Specifically, I’m talking about today’s horrendous happening in Paris around noon – their time. As I write this at 7:30 – our time – I believe they have rounded up…

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Why I March

by Alex Symington I took part in a march for police accountability last Sunday with about fifty other concerned citizens of Key West. It isn’t as if I WANTED to. I had plenty of more interesting things I could have done on a Sunday afternoon; projects backed up or books to be read or just a nice civilized afternoon nap with my dog. Movies, shopping, biking, sight seeing, picture taking, visiting friends or hanging out at the beach. You name…

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What is Normal Anyway?

by JD Adler Recently I was sitting in a local restaurant, with the editorial board of KWTN, when one of our breakfast neighbors suggested an article about how Key West culture has gone so far afield there is no sense of “normal” anymore. Then he went on to list a series of anecdotes that he found upsetting primarily because they were dismissed by people as, “that’s just Key West,” without consequence for their actions.

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Cyber Wars!

 LAWRENCE THE LOBSTER …  by Richard [Tuna] Rohe

Thank You Citizen Review Board!

Thank you, Tom Milone, Joe Pais, Robert Cintron and the CRB for taking the action you did to involve the DOJ in the Charles Eimers case and the Matthew Murphy case!

Return “Casa Cuba” [the San Carlos] to the Cuban People!

To the Editor: Predating the Spanish-American war, the city of Key West has long enjoyed a special relationship with the people of Cuba.