Feb 052016
 
Who Knew What and When Did They Know It?

An Open Letter To The School Board Gentlemen: We are all anxiously looking forward to Superintendent Mark Porter’s report at next Tuesday’s Board meeting regarding the missing $20,000 in the daycare operation at HOB School. This is Superintendent Porter’s third try at determining what went wrong and who was responsible. They say that three times [more…]

Jan 222016
 
Enjoy it While it Lasts!

Dear Editor, You’d better enjoy these low gas prices while you can. Just read that the head of British Petroleum (BP) said OIL Prices Will Rise. How many of you remember back in ’72-’73 when the government created Oil Shortage, which was another big LIE perpetuated by them claiming we were running out of oil. I [more…]

Jan 152016
 
Wounded Warrior Cyclists

To The Editor: Being a non-veteran bicyclist, I was still overcome with gratitude and compassion, as I viewed the Wounded Warrior Cyclists begin their journey South to Key West. The heartfelt and respectful greeting given by those assembled at VFW Post 10211 in Key Largo, to these severely disabled veterans, brought tears to my eyes. [more…]

Jan 082016
 
No National Merit Scholarship Program?  If Not, Why Not?

Editor: Some time before Christmas when the School District comes to a grinding, two week halt, I sent a simple and direct email to Superintendent Porter requesting information about academic activity. The question was: “Can you tell me if the Monroe County School District participates in the National Merit Scholarship Program and, if so, how [more…]

Jan 082016
 
An Immodest Proposal:  A Solution to School Shootings

Editor: All this agonizing over school and other shoot-outs! The Sheriff of Harnett County in North Carolina and others in Texas and Arizona have lately urged everyone in their counties to carry guns. And the Florida and other state legislatures are considering whether to allow open carry in the schools. So does this include the [more…]

Jan 012016
 
Missing Cats

To The Editor: Over the weekend of December 12, 2015 at least 17 cats disappeared from the Tradewinds Plaza Shopping Center at Mile marker 101. This slaughter of cats has got to stop. No one at the plaza knows who did it or why. One of the missing cats is Heidi. I fed Heidi every [more…]

Dec 122015
 
Open Letter To The School Board - Reprimand the School Suprintendent

  Gentlemen: I understand that Board Chairman Andy Griffiths will propose at Tuesday’s meeting that the Board reprimand the Superintendent for his mishandling of the HOB daycare center financial fiasco, particularly his failure to notify the Board for almost a year. I strongly urge you to support Chairman Griffiths proposed reprimand. The evidence clearly calls [more…]

Dec 112015
 
Open Letter to School Board Member John Dick

John: According to a report in this week’s Keynoter, you are not supportive of hiring Latour “LT” Lafferty to investigate the financial fiasco in the HOB daycare program. If not Lafferty, who would you recommend and support the investigation? The School District clearly is unable to resolve what became of the missing $20,000 and who is [more…]

Dec 112015
 
City Should Hire Expert Accountant and Attorney in Field of Large Scale Real Estate Transactions

​Dear Editor, ​As a retired real estate developer,​ I find there are many outstanding questions about the Peary Court purchase​.​ If the average rent, as mentioned in the Citizen, is approximately $2400 (which is not affordable housing rent), how does the purchaser (city) know whether if the rents ​w​ere lowered to make them conform to [more…]

Nov 202015
 
Courage Under Fire--Key West Shootout...

by John Donnelly……. Law-Enforcement Officers within the United States have broad and expansive powers. They have immense discretion and legal authority to determine under what circumstances lethal force can be applied. This far-reaching authority, along with the capacity to justifiably determine under what circumstances a perceived threat shall be terminated, has been determined by the [more…]

Nov 202015
 
New Fantasy Fest Contract

Dear Editor, The City’s five year contract for the running of Fantasy Fest with the TDA (Tourist Development Association) expired. The Commissioners have the opportunity to reshape this home grown festival to suit the unique needs of this community, to begin with going forward I would first suggest a 2 year vs. 5 year contract. [more…]

Nov 202015
 
Who's the Villain Here?

Dear Editor, Taxpayers of Monroe County, just to put the record straight, it’s the Monroe County government and the Monroe County BOCC that are the cause of the grinder pumps, the extortion to have the FKAA obtain an easement to put Monroe Counties grinder pumps (Yes those grinder pumps BELONG to Monroe County) on your [more…]

Nov 132015
 
Discrimination?

Dear Editor, So how does this work? In The City of Marathon there are 167 grinder pumps. Every one of them are in the ROW. NO resident was extorted to give up their private property, to hire an electric contractor, to pay for electricity for the pumps, extra permits, etc.. Their pumps were just put [more…]

Nov 132015
 
United States Marine Corps' 240th Birthday Celebration

Letter To The Editor: It was my family’s good fortune to attend the United States Marine Corps’ 240th birthday celebration. An energetic and riveted audience was treated to an extraordinary presentation by John Donnelly and Norm Higgins at the American Legion Post 333 in Key Largo. The ceremony was compelling and captivating, as Mr. Donnelly’s [more…]

Nov 062015
 
Double Talk Needs to Stop

Letter to the Editor: There is an article that appeared in the Free Press titled “Majeska files to run for Murphy’s seat”. Murphy made some statements in that article that really ought to be clarified for the voters and the taxpayers. Referring to Key Largo, Murphy is reported to have said: “We are not up [more…]

Oct 302015
 
Open Carry

Dear Editor, Law enforcement individuals are endorsing the passage of HB163 and SB300, which will include Florida with the other 45 states that allow some form of Open Carry. The Vast majority of Florida Sheriffs and other law enforcement officers believe that criminals are less likely to target victims that they know are armed and [more…]

Oct 302015
 
Just Say No!

Dear Editor, Regarding FKAA’s most recent threats to folks who do not connect to the sewer system within 30 days of a notice to connect or who refuse FKAA demands to “grant” an easement: Just say no. No easement ever, hook up in about a year. We’ve checked with local legal counsel who say that [more…]

Oct 162015
 
Leading the Way

Dear Editor, The Monroe County School District is plotting and planning the construction of two new facilities, Plantation Key School and Gerald Adams School, and significant upgrades at Switlik School in Marathon. The total cost of these three projects could easily reach $100 million, no small sum. Ideally, these new schools should be operational for [more…]

Oct 162015
 
Double Down Doublespeak

Dear Editor, The “double-down” lie is a significant ingredient in the deterioration of productive political dialogue. Critical thought has been replaced with the sound bite. The idea is when caught in a lie, DO NOT be contrite; become indignant and repeat the lie and keep repeating it. Today, there are no consequences for lying; ergo [more…]

Oct 162015
 
Science Far Behind Sports and Law

Dear Editor, Shouldn’t humanity grieve that the Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier was suspended for one year for testing positive for an over-the-counter performance-enhancing substance, when the “leadership” of the University of Florida allows a passionate tobacco CEO to serve on their distinguished Board of Trustees? Tobacco will painfully sack and slay over 480k Americans [more…]

Oct 162015
 
ALERT! Neugent's LOSERS

Dear Editor, Are you low income, disabled, a minority, Sr. Citizen? Do you feel that you are being deprived of your civil rights? Will you have a greater financial impact than the overwhelming rest of the county? Will your property be impacted more because of the grinder pump being forced on your property? Is the [more…]

Oct 092015
 
A Golden Opportunity

Dear Editor, It’s really a blessing in disguise that Cudjoe Regional hasn’t started operation yet. One very senior DEP official has called this sewer system “kind of a big experiment.” And it’s already showing problems before it’s even operating. I hear reports from the field people that some of the gravity sewers are so leaky [more…]

Oct 022015
 
Higher Education - Unbridled Hypocrisy - Advancing An Inferior Product...

Dear Editor, It’s troubling that an accomplished individual would be leading the charge to expand his organization’s ‘carbon footprint’ in the Florida Keys. Particularly, when such action is based upon antiquated data and pernicious principles governing the manner we educate our students. Florida Keys Community College President Jonathan Guevara is pushing for an expansive, unnecessary [more…]

Sep 252015
 
Residents Organizing Against 199-Foot Communications Tower on Upper Sugarloaf

Dear Editor, Residents of Upper Sugarloaf Key, supported by residents all over Monroe County, are united in opposition to staking a 199 foot tall monopole communications tower in the heart of their residential community. The pole, planned for 830 Crane Blvd on Upper Sugarloaf Key, would be erected by Mr. Robert Holladay from Louisiana who [more…]

Sep 252015
 
Crooked Atty General Bondi Gives Up Whistle Blower

Dear Editor, It was reported to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi that Monroe County through it’s Running Dog Lackey Robert “Bob”Dean, Kurt Zeulch, & the FKAA were actively Extorting 3000+Lower Keys Taxpayers & Property Owners to Give up Property Rights for installation of Monroe County’s Turd Grinders AND SUPPLY Electric to run them. I was [more…]

Sep 182015
 
Controlled Burns

Dear Editor, Bob Dylan tells us that “It doesn’t take a weatherman to tell which way the wind is blowing.” Were that true for everyone! The staff at the Key Deer Refuge, particularly the controlled burn unit, has had its problems over the years determining which way the wind is blowing. In September, 2011, Key [more…]

Sep 112015
 
Public Records Lawsuit Against FKAA: Settled Yes, But Still Plenty To Be Concerned About

Dear Editor: The spin artists at FKAA have convinced some of the public media that because the lawsuit was settled over unresponsive and apparently falsified data provided in answer to public records requests, that “there’s nothing to see here, folks.” That is not the case. There is plenty to see and plenty to be concerned [more…]

Sep 042015
 
Extortion?

Dear Editor, This certainly sounds like extortion to me. What do you think? Black’s Law Dictionary defines extort and extortion thusly: The natural meaning of the word “extort” is to obtain money or other valuable thing either by compulsion, by actual force, or by the force of motives applied to the will, and often more [more…]

Aug 212015
 
Money Saving?

Dear Editor, Last week an article was written in the Key West Citizen about how much money could be saved by changing your septic tank to a cistern. It was claimed you can save $1,297.00 in a year with a 1000 gallon cistern. After the FKAA charges the base facility charge, you will pay about [more…]

Aug 212015
 
Lobster Season

Dear Editor, Every year, prior to and after Lobster Sport Season, there are requests to abolish the event. Lobster Sport Season was originally created in an effort to alleviate a bad situation. Prior to the establishment of Mini Season, the opening day of Lobster Season was complete chaos. Countless commercial harvesters and recreational hunters were [more…]

Aug 142015
 
Libertarian Party of the Florida Keys Calls For Repeal of Uber Ban

Dear Editor, The ride sharing app Uber is a service that has received widely held praise by consumers and Uber employee’s alike. As with many innovative new technologies, Uber has been caught in the crossfire between the costumers that enjoy the service, and the industry that it poses the greatest threat. The city of Key [more…]

Aug 072015
 
Sufficient Wages Would Help Keep Workers Here

Dear Editor, We need sufficient wages for all workers, not cheaper housing for a select few. It is my opinion that establishing perpetual subsidized housing has consequences. One known is that those properties will not be on the tax rolls. Another consequence is that subsidized businesses and workers will be at a competitive advantage to [more…]

Aug 072015
 
Why Did the Monroe County BOCC Choose to Discriminate Against Some of Their Taxpayers?

Dear Editor, Discrimination is such an UGLY term. In America we were brought up to believe that all men were created equal. Judge Miller was heard on U. S. 1 radio talking about “The Rule of Law” where everyone is EQUAL under the law. The Florida Constitution alludes to EQUAL treatment. We all pay taxes [more…]

Jul 242015
 
Another View on Uber

Dear Editor, In addition to your good story on Uber economics and regulation, the thing that I miss in Key West is Uber’s convenience. When you arrive at your destination, you just get out. No fumbling for cash or 3 minutes in some ancient ink-based credit card ritual. The drivers are very incented to earn [more…]

Jul 172015
 
All Properties in the Lower Keys Condemned

Dear Editor, Picture this. All properties from Lower Sugarloaf thru the 7Mile Bridge CONDEMNED!! WTF, consider this, all properties connected, system up and running, ALL Septic tanks Destroyed and then the massive system failure happened that those Loco Environmentalists predicted. The property owners have No place to flush. This will constitute a Severe Health Hazzard [more…]

Jul 172015
 
The Mandate

Dear Editor, The State mandated that the Keys be sewered period. The voters chose to enact a tax to help fund this mandated sewer. I have searched high and low, used every resource and trick known and nowhere could I find, in the mandate or the Enactment of the Voters the authority or direction given [more…]

Jul 102015
 
An Open Letter To State Attorney Catherine Vogel

I need your help. Specifically, I need your help in convincing Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter and the Monroe County School District to comply with Florida law and fulfill my public records requests. You have some awareness of this situation because I began copying you recently on my correspondence with the District and its representatives. [more…]

Jul 102015
 
Problem Solved

Dear Editor, So much hoopla about same sex marriage becoming the law of the land. Why not just remove the government from the marriage licensing business altogether? Some have suggested that there be civil disobedience by the state to refuse to issuing same sex marriage licenses. Let’s not go there again as was done when states tried [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Chicken of the Trees

Yes folks they do taste like chicken–iguanas. They are an invasive species and should be dealt with as required–Killed. All U bunny huggers get a life. If you want to do something positive stop the government from euthanizing kitties & puppies. Back to imported pests. There are NO laws protecting these reptiles. It is shown [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Mandatory Drug Testing

Dear Editor: In light of all the problems that have been brought to light regarding the BOCC, the FKAA, and the CRWS and the latest editorial in the KW Citizen something Must be done. For a Public agency to use Extortion to force Select property owners into giving up their property rights when they have [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Redemption

Dear Editor, Having been disgraced, seriously injured and punished for his mistakes; at what point in time shall a man be forgiven? Perseverating upon another’s imperfection is the mark of a weak and enfeebled individual, fearful that their own flaws and shortcomings may be called to light. For many years Randy Acevedo served the children, [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Tree Planting Project

Letter To The Editor: The tree planting project in Key Largo is a valuable investment that will pay enormous dividends. This beautiful and effective undertaking will reverse the destructive impulses that have been tearing away at our communities. Trees clean the air. Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing [more…]