Jul 292016
 
Family Planning Funds Cut as Zika Spreads

Dear Editors: You shouldn’t have to be a rich adult in order to avoid pregnancy. Now that we’re finally making progress toward reducing the rate of unintended pregnancy and reducing the number of abortions, why is it that some in Congress want to go back in time, especially as the Zika virus looms? Teen and unplanned pregnancy and birth rates have reached an historic 40-year low, thanks, in part, to increased access to contraception and other family planning services, much of which is supported by [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #177, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 292016
 
Zika Is Not Going Away

Dear Editor, ZIKA is not going away. The big real estate money moguls are pushing hard to make you forget that it is a real and present danger to our community. It is my opinion that they fear for their profits. They push back against high profile efforts to use every safe and effective weapon in the battle against ZIKA. The weapon they oppose is the use of genetic engineering/genetic modification in killing the mosquitoes that spread ZIKA. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Florida [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #177, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Keep Mosquitios Away!

Dear Editor, Worried about Zika Virus? Place a dab of Vick’s Vapor rub behind each ear and on ankles! The strong odor will keep mosquitio’s at bay! The cedar leaf oil is a natural insect repellant. The odor of menthol and camphor in Vicks also acts as a repellant. Bob Holzhei/St. Johns, Michigan

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #176, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jul 222016
 
Mosquito Control: Friends, It Jest Ain't So!

Dear Editor, Recently we’ve read some pretty wild claims about Mosquito Control Board commissioners. We’ve read that they earn outrageous amounts of money and that they do little or nothing. Friends, it jest ain’t so! Here’s the facts: Mosquito Control Board members are elected officials. They meet between 14-16 times per year. The meetings are held in various places up and down the Keys. Usually, on their meeting days, they hold a public meeting, when that meeting is concluded, then other work shop meetings are [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #176, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Rude, Ignorant, Inconsiderate? Human Beings?

Dear Editor, This is not an unusual sight in the Big Pine Key WinnDixie. I’m an 80% wounded warrior and when I pulled into the parking lot it was pouring rain. So some Moron thought that it would be Kool to watch the cripple get out of the vehicle and stumble around and take care of your stupidity. I’m putting the Gypsies Curse on you so that your children treat you with the same Disrespect that you treat cripple people From: Dr. Geno

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #176, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Eight Days in Cuba June 2016 - The Good the Bad and the Future!

  by Dottie Harden, City Ambassador Key West……. We took Havana Air from Key West so much better than driving to Miami and what a great fight it was. Thank you Havana Air. Our trip to Cuba is one we will never forget, it was full of surprises! The enthusiasm and excitement of the Cuban people made us excited. What we were told was nothing of what we would experience. This is only my perspective and our trip was only eight days long but we did try to [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #175, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Blue/Green Algae

Dear Editor: This is in regards to the toxic sludge that’s heading our way. Many on the west coast are determined to send it south but that’s not the answer. The Everglades is choked out due to development and can’t handle it and the way they rerouted the flow of water doesn’t allow it like it did in the past. So what to do? After contacting the Corps of Engineers at each lock thru the water ways that come from Lake O to Ft Myers I learned [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #175, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 082016
 
Kevin Diaz Response to Mayor Heather Carruthers

I write today in order to respond to Mayor Heather Carruthers response piece, which was published in The Blue Paper and the Monroe County official webpage last week. The spirited response by our Mayor paints my opinion piece as misinformed and misguided as to the issues our community faces. The truth is that the Mayor, on behalf of our state representative, attempts to frame the Florida Keys Stewardship Act as legislative perfection; a level of perfection never seen before in American politics. The Mayor puts [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #174, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jul 082016
 
An Open Letter to the School Board: Computer Literacy in Monroe County Schools

Chairman Griffiths: I listened with great interest to your comments last week on “Morning Magazine” regarding “Monroe Compute$”. I share your enthusiasm and praise for John Padget and Jacob Dekker for creating the program which enables students to earn industry certificates in computing and computer science programs such as Microsoft Office and Adobe. Of course, the success of this program is directly related to the financial incentives provided by Padget and Dekker, more than $75,000 for the 256 students who have successfully completed their course [continue reading…]

Jul 082016
 
A Letter in Favor of Federal Legalization of the Evil Weed

Editor: Just read an article about the Deaths from Using Marajuana. According to the CDC last year 17,465 Deaths from using Hard Drugs-Heroin, Cocaine, Crack, PCP, etc. An additional 25,760 Deaths from Prescription Drugs. And Over 30,700 Deaths from Alcohol consumption Plus an Estimated 2.5 TIMES more from Drunk Driving. The TOTAL DEATHS from Marajuana Consumption. ZERO, as in 0, Nada, None, Nulla (I’m Hungarian), Ling (Chineese), Nul’ (Russian), So while the Alcohol Lobby is actively Bribing congress to keep Pot illegal Thousands of Americans are going [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #174, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jul 082016
 
Florida Keys Environmental (Oops, They Removed the Environment From the Bill) Stewardship Act

Editor, I recently read Mayor Carruthers rebuttal to criticism of the Fl. Keys Stewardship Act in the Blue Paper. The gist of her rebuttal was simplistically: trust your Elected Officials to do the right (correct) thing. Well, Mayor, if history is an indication of what we can expect from our Elected Representatives and leaders, what will follow is the Cape Coddling of the Florida Keys, as Pritam Singh predicted years ago. Let’s look at the honesty and integrity of our leaders Mayor. Who was it [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #174, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jul 012016
 
County Mayor Heather Carruthers: Get The Facts About the New Florida Keys Stewardship Act

Dear Editor, I don’t know where to begin. I read with incredulity last week’s opinion piece by Mr. Kevin Diaz regarding the Florida Keys Stewardship Act (FKSA). It’s hard for me to comprehend how someone seeking to represent the citizens of Monroe County could so totally misunderstand what the Keys are about and it worries me that he could so totally misread this significant legislation. He has egregiously mischaracterized the Stewardship bill. Let’s start by explaining that there are some unique realities of land management [continue reading…]

Jul 012016
 
Mosquito Control: Precious Time is Being Wasted...

Dear Editor, While the Oxitec controversy swirls around us, precious time is being wasted. Time that could be put to use to push back against Zika. Why is that important? Because the CDC has determined that Zika causes microcephaly and other severe fetal brain birth defects! Until last Friday evening, it had not been revealed that Zika may already be in Monroe County. Mosquito Control Board, Vice Chair, Steve Smith, revealed for the first time that at least one probable case of Zika is under [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #173, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jul 012016
 
Shame on Those Who Use the 4th of July...

…to promote the false flag waiving Judeo-Christian & Military/Industrial/Political Complex agenda of perpetual war. “War is a racket” – WWI Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcuStxJHv4c “Why we Fight” trailer (2 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDo55KoKlyM “Why we Fight“) full length (1:26:46) It is time to embrace the second half of the American Legion Preamble: To foster and perpetuate a 100 percent Americanism To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation. To combat the autocracy of classes and masses. To make Right [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #173, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jun 242016
 
"Occupy" the establishment

To the Editor, Conch Republicans – “We the people” need to “Occupy” the establishment. Too many have unknowingly(?) been co-opted by the Dark side. GMO mosquitos are designed to get us comfortable with the transhuman agenda (Google it) – a corruption of God’s agenda. Long live the Conch (& American) Republic. May the FARCE be with us! E PLURIBUS UNUM Ronald Cole

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #172, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jun 242016
 
We Have Met the Enemy And He Is Us

Dear Editor, How did the sanitary sewer project go so wrong? It all goes back to the one cent sales tax extension that was used to pay for the sewer system. This is an unconventional way to finance a local sewer system, but it eliminated the need for an environmental assessment plan that would have been carefully reviewed by the Corps of Engineers. There was widespread public support for the sales tax extension. It looked like the ballot would easily pass, since it was sold [continue reading…]

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #172, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jun 242016
 
Surplus Sales Tax

Dear Editor, According to the News/Barometer’s front page article, it appears that the BOCC doesn’t know what to do with the SURPLUS Infrastructure Sales Tax Monies. First of all why is there a Surplus?? If there’s a Surplus then the continuation of taxing the citizens isn’t needed. Hey BOCC, I’ve got a suggestion on what to do with the SURPLUS Infrastructure Sales Tax Monies(I-S/T monies). Spend the Money as the Voters Mandated. Quit trying to screw with George Neugeant’s LOSERS. Spend the $1600 each for [continue reading…]

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #172, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jun 172016
 
A Glimmer of Hope in a Crises of Success

Dear Editor, This week the TDC passed a $55,000,000 budget to advertise Key West and The Florida Keys. And The Key West Bight Management Board unanimously and resoundingly voted NO parking garage on the already congested Greene St. that the City of Key West proposed. The neighbors applauded, the tenants of the Bight were elated, Reef Relief which would have lost its space was relieved. A show of hands at City Hall showed that every individual and group in the room was sending a message [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #171, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jun 172016
 
An Open Letter to Monroe County

Dear Editor, The Taxpayers and Voters would have you explain how $2.7 million dollars were taken from the Monroe County Infrastructure Tax Fund intended for complete and fully funded Sewers System, which the voters approved to be extended to 2033, and Given to the State of Florida to repair their Infrastructure. How does the State of Florida’s Infrastructure become a tax burden of Monroe Counties taxpayers?? The CRWS is NOT complete and must not be fully funded as the BOCC and their “Partner” FKAA are [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #171, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jun 172016
 
Distractions

Dear Editor, When will we have enough distractions to start paying attention to things that nationally have meaning. We’ve been bombarded by nonsencia by mainstream media till our heads are spinning. Their Big Guns-POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. Political Correctness thrust into daily life brings an individual’s Feelings as a controlling factor. I(an individual) feel Uncomfortable seeing George Washington’s statue on top of the Capital Dome because he was a Slave owner, I don’t feel comfortable when the salesperson won’t speak my native language, I don’t feel comfortable [continue reading…]

 June 17, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #171, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jun 102016
 
Gentle Rebuttal

Dear Editor, A recent press release from FKAA and the County very unjustly and incorrectly attacks two homeowners for filing a lawsuit May 9 that seeks to get those two mega-powers to follow their own rules. The lawsuit simply requests the Court to confirm that the law specifically requires that a gravity connection for people’s sewers be placed in the right of way, not in the yard. So why all the hostility and chest thumping by FKAA and the County? It’s their own rules these [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #170, Letter to the Editor 6 Responses »
Jun 032016
 
My Tribe is BETTER than your Tribe

by Dr. Geno……. The seven magic words that have tumbled planet Earth into becoming the insane asylum of the Universe. So what’s the latest example?? Members of the German Parliament(Former Nazis??) have labeled the Turks as having committed Geoncide of the Armenians in 1915. Now how’s that the pot calling the kettle black?? Don’t forget the 23MILLION exterminations by our Ally Uncle Jo Stalin. And, what about the Invasion of the Americas?? The Europeans Extermination of the native populations. And don’t forget the WMDs used [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #169, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
May 202016
 
"All Thoughts of GMO Mosquito Release Should Be Abandoned."

Dear Editor: Following my past Letter to Editor, I authored a 2,000+ word article in TheBluePaper.com outlining additional research and questioning why GMO mosquitoes are even considered. I continued my research, wondering why Zika suddenly became serious enough to spark recent media hysteria and predictions of epidemics. I found some disturbing correlations that suggest all thoughts of GMO mosquito release should be abandoned. Consider the cause of the Zika epidemic a mystery to be solved. Here are some clues: The Zika virus was isolated by [continue reading…]

 May 20, 2016  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #167, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
May 202016
 
Response to County Mayor Carruthers

Dear Editor, In a recent letter to the editor, Monroe County Mayor, Heather Carruthers, discussed her opposition to single-member districts. The letter glosses over very real and very significant problems with the current system. Carruthers claims that the at-large system allows voters to influence county commissioners from other districts. With SMD elections, you vote for one Commissioner every four years. In our current at-large elections, you get to vote for all five Commissioners every four years, and for at least 40% of the Commission every [continue reading…]

 May 20, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #167, Letter to the Editor 13 Responses »
May 202016
 
Response to County Mayor Carruthers

Dear Editor, Mayor Caruthers comments in her letter: “Being a County Commissioner requires many practical things, including a flexible schedule, accessibility and travel. It is difficult to manage a normal 40-hour work week and effectively serve, and more difficult to support a family solely on a Commissioner’s salary.” This validates citizen’s concerns that new entrants must be wealthy or beholden to special interests for funding a Keys wide campaign. Ask yourself: “Who would possibly be against letting citizens decide how they elect their local representatives?” [continue reading…]

 May 20, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #167, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
May 132016
 
County Mayor Heather Carruthers: On Single Member Districts

The Mayor’s Letter to the Editor: There’s some talk right now about changing to single-member district (SMD) voting for Monroe County Commission seats. From my perspective, SMD elections would diminish voter representation and lead to legislative gridlock. With SMD elections, you vote for one Commissioner every four years. In our current at-large elections, you get to vote for all five Commissioners every four years, and for at least 40% of the Commission every two years. Suppose your SMD-elected Commissioner disagrees with you on a particular [continue reading…]

May 132016
 
Open Letter to the School Board: Cash Settlements and School Discipline

Gentlemen: According to news reports, MCSD is considering a lump sum $550,000 payout to the family of a profoundly autistic elementary school student. Purportedly, the child was molested by a substitute teacher who is now in federal prison. Again, according to news reports, the suit in federal court was brought not entirely because of the molestation, but because of the allegations that the child’s mother reported the incident(s) to officials at Sugarloaf School and was ignored. One expects that there is a foundation, a truthfulness, [continue reading…]

May 132016
 
Stock Island's Taj Mahal

Dear Editor, At last month’s BOCC meeting, the commission approved funding renovations for Bernstein Park in Stock Island. It is a small park which kids and adults use who live in Stock Island as well as other groups in the keys. The cost will be 8 million dollars. In 2013, when the project first came up, the cost to lift the field for flood, build new bathrooms and a storage space for equipment to maintain the park, was estimated at 3 million. Why now should [continue reading…]

 May 13, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #166, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Apr 292016
 
“The Voice From the Other Side of the Band Room Controversy”   

Dear Editor: On January 20, 2016, the six (6) members of the City Commissioners voted to approve funding for the “White Boxing” of the Douglass School Band Room & Shop Building and held their vote on whether the building should house the Roosevelt Sands Health Clinic.  The members of the Frederick Douglass School Black Educators Memorial Project (FDSBEMP) had asked for consideration to be given to the fact that Commissioner Clayton Lopez had met with and promised their group over a 5 year period that [continue reading…]

Apr 292016
 
Peary Court:  The People Said No

Dear Editor, So now we know what PLAN B was for Peary Court, should the March referendum fail as it did. We had been told there were other buyers waiting in the wings…. but they weren’t interested in the deal the city was offered for $55 Million – they wanted MORE for LESS! And it looks like they may get it, despite the voters’ wishes. With a great NEED for ACTUAL affordable housing we need to look at the pros and cons of this latest [continue reading…]

 April 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #164, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Apr 152016
 
We Don’t Have a Parking Problem - We Have a VEHICLE Problem

by Christine Russell……. Uncontrolled numbers of cars has lead to increased parking demand and building more garages and surface lots. When will this short-sighted thinking end?! Instead of building 1 or even 2 parking garages – total $11 MILLION – in Old Town, let’s be a little more forward thinking. Maybe take some of that money and create Park and Rides on some unbuildable lots in the lower Keys, Stock island, and entry to KW for tourists, and workers commuting to KW. Maybe spend some [continue reading…]

 April 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #162, Letter to the Editor 5 Responses »
Apr 082016
 
Affordable Rental Nightmare

by Cindy Cody……. I have just realized that I never need to go to Disneyland ever again. If you want the wildest ride in your life do what I just did. I listed a nice clean 2-bedroom mobile home with a big yard cheap on Craig’s List. That’s when it started. I am looking for a long-term renter that takes care of the yard and let’s me know if something needs fixing. It’s 24 hours later and I am tearing out my hair on the [continue reading…]