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
 
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
 
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
 
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 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 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…]

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 [more…]

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 [more…]

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 [more…]

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 [more…]

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 [more…]

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 [more…]

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 [more…]

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 [more…]

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 [more…]