Feb 242018
 
GUNS

  by Bert Sise……. To the Editor, The events of this past week have proven, without question, the power of money! NRA money to be specific. If I hear one more politician say “thoughts and prayers”, I might have to be restrained!!! What can we do? For one thing we can ask every candidate what their stance is on the issue and if they have taken money from the NRA. We can also make sure we vote out of office every one of the “now [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #257, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Feb 112018
 
Distracted Driving

by Donald J. Lee Jr., Chief of Police……. Passage of House Bill 33 Can Help Save Lives Yesterday, eight people lost their lives. Eight sons, daughters, mothers and fathers were taken from their families and friends. Today, another eight were killed. Tomorrow, eight more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight is the number of people who are killed each day in the U.S. due to distracted driving. Since being appointed Chief of Police for the Key West Police Department more than [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #255, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Feb 042018
 
Over-Development To Begin

by John Donnelly……. Monroe County Commissioners, County Administrator Roman Gastesi & Planning Director Mayte Santamaria are on the verge of executing a plan that will end life as we know it in our beloved island homes, neighborhoods and communities. My message to them is as follows: I’m at the Miami VA and unable to attend this important meeting. I adamantly oppose and will do all within my power to resist these specious, fallacious and unconstitutional changes under consideration that will destroy our way of life [continue reading…]

Feb 042018
 
The Desecration at Gettysburg

by LTC William D. Hewitt……. Dear Editor, When Americans join the military, they surrender their rights, even unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In return they have certain expectations. Their service will be used in vital efforts regarding national security. Should they be a casualty the nation would, as Abraham Lincoln said, “Care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” For those who gave their last full measure of devotion their remains would be [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #254, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jan 272018
 
The Numbers Don't Lie

by Jerry Dykhuisen……. Dear Editor: Having been raised in Chicago, I figured that I had witnessed government corruption raised to a fine art. After living here for a couple of decades, I must admit, however, that the Windy City has nothing on the powers that be in Monroe County.  With a school superintendent who steals nearly a half million dollars and does no jail time, a principal (who just happens to be the son of a previous superintendent) has tens of thousands of dollars disappear on [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #253, Letter to the Editor 6 Responses »
Jan 272018
 
"The Uniqueness Is Gone"

Dear Editor: My name is Brian Smith and I just wanted to say that I really respect your relentless pursuit of the truth. I too believe that the rules should apply to everybody. I recently moved back to Key West after 20 years up north, and I’m very surprised at the dramatic change Key West has taken. It’s nothing like what I remember. It used to be such a magical place, completely different from another city in America. Now the uniqueness is gone, and we have CVS and Starbucks on every corner. The city government has clearly helped a handful of people take complete control [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #253, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jan 272018
 
Affordable Second Homes

by Joe Messer……. Dear Editor, Over the last 15 years extreme development has taken place in Key West and Marathon via hotels, resorts, restaurants and tourist service businesses. Add to that the elimination of downstairs enclosures and housing for employees has become a significant issue. Affordable housing projects have been continually promoted as the solution. If correct, why is the issue now worse than ever? It is time for Monroe County, Key West and Marathon to do some serious investigation before approving any more affordable [continue reading…]

 January 27, 2018  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #253, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 292017
 
FEMA Trailers

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Editor: Where are all the FEMA trailers?  At one point, the community was promised that there would be 80 FEMA trailers on the property of the old Road Prison.  It was touted as an ideal location as it would be easy to make the necessary electric and water connections.  Now, I cannot find anyone who will admit to ever having made such a promise. I have communicated with a number of people at the county and none of them have any [continue reading…]

 December 29, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #249, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 222017
 
Florida Keys SPCA Responds to Margaret Blank's Piece Questioning Agency's Tax Returns

To the editor, Key West The Newspaper: Had Margaret Blank bothered to contact the Florida Keys SPCA (FKSPCA) before writing her inaccurate article that was a mixed bag of topics about our tax returns, conflating the cost of our new shelter at our Key West campus with our recently increased contract for animal control in Marathon, and the identities of professionals we have retained to design and build the Key West shelter, we would have been pleased to have given her the information she claims [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:46 pm Issue #248, Letter to the Editor 7 Responses »
Dec 222017
 
Affordable Housing

by Walter LaGraves……. Dear Editor: It is a very good thing that more and more folks in our lower Keys are irate about the affordable housing situation.   Hurricane Irma brought this Gordian problem into stark focus. One can only hope that in the ’18 election cycle that in the field of BOCC candidates there will be one or more candidates who have the courage to tackle this mess. On Big Pine Key alone there are at least 50 rental units that advertise vacation rental [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:45 pm Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 222017
 
I Will Miss The Pelicans

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Editor: The powers that be are in the process of converting the old railroad bridge at Spanish Harbor Channel to a fishing platform.  That entails installing metal railings from one end of the bridge to the other.  I expect it will make a great fishing location. Unfortunately, the old bridge was a popular roosting spot for large numbers of pelicans and other water birds.  The new railings disrupt the roosting areas.  I will miss the pelicans, much like I miss the [continue reading…]

 December 22, 2017  Posted by at 1:07 pm Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #248, Letter to the Editor No Responses »