Feb 132015
 
Open Letter to Sheriff Ramsay

by Alex Symington Editor: Congratulations to Sheriff Rick Ramsay and his deputies on the 5.9 percent drop in crime in the areas of Monroe County under their jurisdiction. This may be anecdotal, but I haven’t heard of any of Sheriff Ramsay’s deputies involved in any questionable deaths of any civilians in their performance of their […]

Feb 132015
 
Stop Wastewater Injection Before It's Too Late

We cannot risk the final deathblow to our fragile coastal reef system and fishery with the decision to inject inadequately treated sewage waste into the highly fractured regional karst aquifer system below us. The Florida barrier Reef is the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world expanding 4 miles wide and 170 miles […]

Feb 062015
 
Long Live The King

Editor: The king is dead. Long live the king. Stuart Kessler, Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee, has been removed and his seat is empty pending the announcement of a replacement by Andy Griffiths. Similarly, the terms of Roger McVeigh, Melissa Grady and Bill Andersen expired with the recent election and their seats are […]

Jan 302015
 
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 […]

Jan 302015
 
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 […]

Jan 232015
 
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 […]

Jan 092015
 
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 […]

Jan 092015
 
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 […]

Jan 092015
 
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 […]

Jan 092015
 
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 […]

Jan 022015
 
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 Tale of Two Grand Juries

 
A Tale of Two Grand Juries

I can’t help but draw a parallel between Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a law officer in Ferguson, MO and the death of Charles Eimers at the hands of law enforcement in Key West, FL. Michael and Charles belonged to two different demographics, yet both are demonized and profiled by law enforcement. Michael’s […]

“Don’t Shoot Me, Bro!”

 

Dear Naja, This is in response to last week’s article on the public memorial service for Charles Eimers on Thanksgiving night at South Beach. The service was appropriate and reflective of Key West’s philosophy of “One Human Family”. I’m sure his family appreciated our gesture. Regarding the tangential issue of police brutality which is associated […]

Cost of Living in Key West vs. Salary

 

Dear Editor, The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is currently advertising for a “Child Protective Investigator” in Key West. The salary range is $ 39,600.00 under the “Other Personnel Services” (OPS) status of no benefits except health insurance. All non-Key West applicants should be aware of the October 31, 2014 Key West Citizen newspaper […]

Love

 

The normal randomness and chaos of everyday life sometimes catches me off guard. To even attempt to make sense of tragedy feels like a form of arrogance. Acceptance is the desired goal when facing the unimaginable, but it’s the process that is hellish. Having children opens up new worlds of bitter-sweet life experience and a […]

Walking On Egg Shells…

 

Dear Editor: This is my response to the feature story (Nov. 7)  “Charles Eimers Update: Police, Death, and Missing Videotapes” by Arnaud and Naja Girard. After a cursory reading I’m rather out of breath – such an astonishing codification of events surrounding Key West’s most sickening incident of police violence, which has received national media […]