Dec 022016
 
Open Letter: White Flight?

by Larry Murray……. Andy: In today’s Keynoter, you are quoted with regard to the proposed Collegiate Middle School: “How can we be sure that this will not result in one more white-flight school?” Very interesting comment that is likely to have the community talking and then some. When you say “ONE MORE white-flight school” (emphasis added), I assume you are referencing Poinciana School, Montessori Charter School and Sigsbee Charter School as existing “white-flight” schools. Correct? Or, are you referencing other schools? You cannot be identifying [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #195, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 252016
 
Profitability of Advanced Placement Courses

by Larry Murray……. We are all familiar with the profitability of Advanced Placement courses for students. That is their main purpose. First of all, students receive a higher level of instruction in AP classes than is ordinarily the case. Because of the additional training given to TEACHERS, the quality of instruction is much higher. Equally important is the fact that students who score a 3 or higher on a 5 point scale are usually given college credit for the class. The net is that they [continue reading…]

 November 25, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #194, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Nov 252016
 
Smith is Not a Scientist But He Did Try to Play One on TV

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: A recent Facebook video put up by NEVER AGAIN FOUNDATION LLC (slick name isn’t it!) featured a Mr. Smith damning the use of GMM to protect the public against Zika is worth checking out. Just for the record, Never Again Foundation LLC is a brand new group dedicated to halting the use of GMM in protecting you and I from Zika and other diseases. Smith immediately began misleading the viewer by stating that he was “down here testifying.” I don’t think [continue reading…]

 November 25, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #194, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 252016
 
Raining on the Sunshine

Public Comment by Captain Ed Davidson, Monroe County School Board, District 3……. Board comments at last evening’s school board meeting raise some serious, cautionary concerns about impending potential violations of Florida’s Government in the Sunshine law. When the issue of extending Superintendent Porter’s contract was raised, Andy Griffith stated that he wanted to vote on it at the very next meeting, though Chairman John Dick responded that the board had not yet publicly discussed the issues involved. This pressure to immediately extend the existing superintendent [continue reading…]

 November 25, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #194, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 252016
 
Just Another Bull Shit Artist?

by Eugene E. Nanay Jr…….. An Open Letter to President Elect Trump: Sir, you ran on a platform of LAW and Order. It was the people’s hope that elected you, myself included, that you were the New Hope. You would stop Americas slide down the drain, you would begin the repairs to the Constitution that eight years of attacks and the prospect of four more of the same might bring. Now it appears that you’re just another sleazy politician. Here’s a person in the most sensitive [continue reading…]

 November 25, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #194, Letter to the Editor 8 Responses »
Nov 182016
 
State Attorney Catherine Vogel Asks for Community's Kindness after Tragic Death of Beloved Assistant State Attorney Manny Madruga

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Office of the State Attorney I wish to thank everyone who has expressed their condolences on the unexpected passing of Chief Assistant State Attorney Manny Madruga.  Our wish is that we honor his memory by acknowledging his great accomplishments.  Manny was a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.  He was first hired by State Attorney Kirk Zuelch in 1990 straight out of Law School.  While at the State Attorney Office Manny distinguished himself by prosecuting some [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Nov 182016
 
Big Pine Key Florida.circa..........2066

Dear Editor, by John Gerace……. An Excerpt from an upcoming true to life novel……… Oliver found himself riding on the 200 Mile per hour electro-magnetic monorail that went from Atlanta down to Key West………. As the 200 m.p.h. train crossed the East coast of Big Pine he heard a voice come over the intercom……. ‘ Ladys and Gentlemen………out your right window is the Island of Big Pine’ Once upon a time it was home to the now extinct Key Deer… and yes there used to [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:53 am Issue #193, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 182016
 
Anti GMO FaceBook Groups Serve Up Lie Pie

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, As of today there are more than 1177 reported cases of Zika in Florida. There are no 8 known cases n our Keys community. The other day “Never Again”, probably the loudest anti-GMM voice on Facebook, served up yet another lie pie. It was a noxious pastry chock full of falsehoods and seasoned with mendacity. Never Again has no respect for your intelligence. They believe you to be sufficiently inane to not check them for truth. They claimed that Oxitec was [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #193, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 182016
 
Building 103 as the Boxing Gym

by Paul Williams……. Dear Editors, There is, perhaps, a readily available solution to the cultural threat posed by locating a citywide, multi – ethnic boxing gym 50 feet from Shine Forbes’s old house… uh, even though Kermit, himself, might have been fine with precisely that picture. Other people are not. They wish something else could be arranged. Well, it could; but Islanders, Both white and black, would, first, actually have to Stop for a moment and Think …. about what a suitable PAL alternative might [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #193, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Nov 182016
 
Are We Being Fooled Again?

by Eugene E Nanay Jr. ……. Dear Editor, Climate Change, it’s been going on for Billions of years without Man’s help. Don’t believe me, ask the Rocks. Lately there is a growing movement that is claiming that man and his machines Are what’s causing this phenomenon. A study in 2010 showed that Human activity was Estimated to be in 35Billion MetricTones of CO2 thrown into the atmosphere annually. Now the Industrial Revolution started Approximately 270 years ago. You figure the math. Now let’s look at [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #193, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 112016
 
A US Attorney that followed THE LAW!

by Eugene E. Nanay Jr…….. Dear Editor, Just read this week that Janet Reno just passed away. Janet was a Florida girl who is remembered as being the 1st Female US Attorney. However, Janet’s most important action taken on her watch was to send the “Illegal Alien” back where he came from. There was extreme pressure from the Government and the Cuban population of Miami to let Elian Gonzolez stay in Miami with his grandparents. Elian’s Father and Elian himself wanted him to be back in Cuba. [continue reading…]

 November 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #192, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Nov 112016
 
Whiny Liberal Cry Babies!

by Rick Roberts……. Who has noticed how whiny the press is that Trump won? At least give him a shot at it? $10,000,000,000,000 in expenditure and the guy before him was still the worst president EVER! He f-ing blew that much money and still sucked more than any president ever has. Trump can’t be worse, only equal, it just can’t be any worse. You will all get this email in a few years with your biting replies and realize he did what you thought he [continue reading…]

 November 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #192, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Nov 112016
 
Poker Run: Careful What You Wish For...

by Eugene Nanay….. It’s NOT about the Noise, it’s NOT about the Law, it’s about THE MONEY 💰. Heard this famous quote on US1 radio from Mayor Weekly In response to the winers and crybabies complaining about the noise the motorcycles make when Peterson’s Porker Run/Key West Bike Week comes to town. Well, it appears that you are getting what you wished for. Just heard that the Key West Rotary club is pulling the plug on the sponsorship. When the folks at Peterson’s Harley Davidson [continue reading…]

 November 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #192, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 112016
 
Right to Representation

by Greg Daniels, KES Advisory Committee Representative District 2……. Dear Editor, The Keys Energy Services board voted in 2002 to change the name of “City Electric System” to “Keys Energy Services”. One of the reasons for this change was electric system no longer just served the citizens of Key West, but the entire Lower Keys. The new name, Keys Energy Services better reflected the utility and their customers and services. The inclusive attitude of the Keys Energy Board is continuing today with a move to [continue reading…]

 November 11, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #192, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 042016
 
Local Physicians: "Vote NO on GM Mosquitoes"

by John Norris, MD……. Dear Editor: Vote NO to the GM mosquito. Three dozen Key Haven, Florida area physicians have petitioned for the adult-to-be-released genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to be cultured for resistant bacteria before any release. The issue of unintended promotion of bacteria resistance through the GM creation process has sparked at least one political campaign to demand more information related to 3rd party safety data. The World Health Organization points out that 700000 men women and children will die each year from resistant [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:09 am Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Nov 042016
 
Mosquito Control: Rebuttal

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: Last Friday Ralph DePalma wrote a letter to the editor slamming certain members of the current Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board and promoting the candidacy of certain persons now competing for a seat on that Board. He wrote in support of incumbent candidate Commissioner Steve Smith and others. Mr. DePalma’s letter made good reading if you are a fan of fiction. But it is redolent with the aroma of sour grapes and mendacity. While you’re reading what follows please consider that [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am Issue #191, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Nov 042016
 
Some Mosquito Control Candidates Funded by Anti-GMO PAC

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: When I first heard the wailing and rage that a large American operation with ties to Britain had been spending money on a local PAC to influence the vote on the Key Haven Oxitec field trial….I yawned and said “so what”…this is America, free speech rules. There is much more to the story. An examination of public records reveals that a current Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board member and two candidates for the board have taken substantial sums of money from [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:07 am Issue #191, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Oct 282016
 
Vogel's Legacy

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, One of the most important local races to be decided In the upcoming election is that of State Attorney. The State Attorney is responsible for protecting you, the public, by vigorously ferreting out and prosecuting crime and corruption wherever it may be found in our community. You must decide which of the candidates is the most competent. The safety and integrity of our community rides on your decision. Fortunately, in this race, we have the incumbent’s track record to examine. The [continue reading…]

 October 28, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #190, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Oct 212016
 
Last Stand: Vote NO on GM Mosquito Trial

Dear Editor, Last Stand recommends citizens vote NO on the non-binding polls about using genetically modified mosquitoes in an effectiveness trial in Monroe County that appear at the end of the November 8th ballot. Three prior trials have shown significant reduction in Ae.aegypti mosquitoes that can transmit disease to humans. But that is all those trials measured. The introduction of these mosquitoes into the United States will not allow Monroe County or the FDA to learn anything from the Oxitec experiment about the impacts to [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #189, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 212016
 
Mosquitoes / Zika: Not Amused

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: Yesterday, for the first time, the Feds urged that every pregnant woman who has spent time in Miami Dade be tested for Zika. 30 new known cases of Zika per week are being reported by the Florida Department of Health. On 10/19 there were 1044 known cases. 1044. On 10/12 there were 1014 known cases. It’s estimated that 80% of Zika victims are asymptomatic. You decide how many cases go unreported. Here in Monroe County the annual birth rate is about [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #189, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 142016
 
Falsehood

by John Prosser……. In the last few weeks, I have read several newspaper articles that included quotes, and heard a radio interview with FKAA’s Executive Director that were fraught with misinformation. FKAA appears to be intentionally misleading public opinion concerning the recent lawsuit against coerced placement of sewage pump stations on private property. Zuelch claimed that the DOAH already heard a similar complaint: “we have been here before.” He claimed the grinders were judged fine. That is untrue. The Dump the Pumps complaint protested construction permits [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #188, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Oct 142016
 
Trauma Star vs. LifeNet Fees

by Larry Murray……. Editor: Recent reports suggest that the Sheriff’s Department Trauma Star medical evacuation program should break even this year and be in the black in 2017. That indeed is good news. Given those reports, I contacted the Sheriff’s Department regarding Trauma Star costs. Finance Director Mike Rice provided me with the following data. A medical evacuation from Lower Keys Medical Center to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami costs $24,471. Costs from Fishermen’s Hospital and Mariners Hospital to Ryder Trauma Center are $21,353 and [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #188, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 142016
 
1021. One thousand and twenty one. FLORIDA ZIKA CASES

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: As of 10/13 The Florida Department of Health was reporting on 1,014 known cases of ZIKA in Florida. More than 10% of those cases involve pregnant women. That’s only the “known” cases. 80% of cases are asymptomatic. It was only about a week ago that they were reporting on 980 known cases. The count has more than doubled in the last 60 days. Last week it was reported that even more ZIKA infected mosquitoes had been trapped in Miami. ZIKA [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #188, Letter to the Editor 4 Responses »
Oct 142016
 
Energiewende

by Erika Biddle……. Last century the US led the world in renewable energy research and production, and Jimmy Carter’s White House was the first government building in the world to install solar panels on its roof. For a time, the United States led the world in developing renewable energy. The Carter administration’s Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) made the dream of a renewable energy economy so real that it set off alarms in the oil-rich countries of the Middle East. “The big powers are seriously trying [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #188, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Oct 142016
 
Who's Pulling Mr. Zuelch's Strings?

by Eugene E. Nanay Jr. Ret…….. Editor, Kurt Zuelch, what hat is He wearing when he’s speaking. Everyone knows that Mr. Zuelch, the Former States Attorney, IS the executive director of the FKAA and when he speaks it is in his Official capacity as ED. HOWEVER! if Mr. Zuelch is being queried about THE CRWS, Mr. Zuelch has NO official position other then the head of a Construction Co. In the Context of The CRWS, FKAA DOES NOT exist. The entity formally known as the FKAA [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #188, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 072016
 
Help Make FKMCD Great Again

by Ralph De Palma…… The recent endorsements by the Keynoter for Florida Keys Mosquito Control District are amazing contortions. First they endorse the opponent of Steve K Murray-Smith because Steve is a FKMCD Board Member and the Board is responsible for the current fiscal mess. Then they quickly twist into a pretzel and endorse Commissioner “I’ll Say Anything To Get Re-elected” Jill Cranney-Gage because of her “fiscal experience” and she is on the same Board that created the fiscal mess and voted for everyone of [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #187, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Oct 072016
 
GM Mosquitoes: Forget the What-Ifs; Zika is a Public Health Emergency

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: On Saturday, 10/1, the national news and the Miami Herald reported that more Zika carrying mosquitoes had just been trapped in Miami Dade. On Saturday, 10/1, the Fla Health Dept reported that there were 11 new cases of ZIKA in Florida. As of that date there were 808 known Zika cases in Florida…most of them in Broward and Dade. More than 1 in 10 of the cases involve pregnant women. Now there are at least 5 known Zika cases in Monroe [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #187, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Sep 302016
 
GMO Mosquitoes and the Selling of Bad Science

by David Bethune……. Dear Editor, Your most recent letter from Water Lagraves, GMO mosquito advocate, brings out a number of important issues in an already complex and multi-sided debated. Let me contribute some additional clarity and perspective so that informed citizens may make their own choice without undue influence from outside interests. I must first dismiss the ad hominem attacks as exactly that. While I’m delighted that Mr. Lagraves finds my original social media posts “slick and professional,” I create them voluntarily out of genuine concern [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #186, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Sep 302016
 
The Save the Skeeter Squad

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor, Thursday, August 30th 2016. Florida’s Department of Health in its daily ZIKA reports states: “There are three new non-travel related cases today in Miami-Dade County, one is associated with the Miami-Beach investigation.” “There are 16 new travel related cases today, five in Miami-Dade, three in Palm Beach, two in Broward, two in Orange, one in Polk and three involving pregnant women.” It is astonishing and shameful that some folks are so hysterically opposed to the use of all safe and [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #186, Letter to the Editor 6 Responses »
Sep 302016
 
Property Insurance Rate Increase

by Ron Cole……. To the Editors: Response – “Rate hike won’t be taken lightly” by Mel Montague, FIRM Regarding FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates for Monroe) board president Mel Montagne’s letter regarding proposed 2017 windstorm property insurance rate increases and threat to “seek redress through the courts” – Thank you on behalf of all Monroe County residents and property owners. How much longer do you think the issue (& consequences) of “climate engineering” can be concealed from the general public – the federal government’s “gag order” on [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #186, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Sep 232016
 
An Open Letter To The School Board

Gentlemen: At your recent Board meeting, you received a report from your Human Resources Department. The undated report was entitled “2015-2016 New Employee End of the Year Survey Results” and included ” Employee 2015-2016 Survey Results Comparison”. (The District continues to have problems properly titling and/or dating documents, particularly reports.) When I first saw this report, I was pleased and complimented HR Director Dr. Ramon Dawkins. It appears that my compliment was premature. That is what I learned when I read the “2015-2016 New Employee [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #185, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
ZIKA Is On The March / GM Mosquitoes Are Safe

Dear Editor, My thanks to Mr. Bethune for taking the time to comment on the ZIKA crisis. I must note that I disagree with nearly everything that he put forward. I’ll do my best to keep it brief and to respond to each point, paragraph by paragraph. First and most important: ZIKA is on the march. As this is written there are at least 874 cases in Florida. One out of 10 persons who has been tested has been found to be positive. At least [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #185, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Sep 162016
 
Straight Facts on GMO Mosquitoes

Dear Editor, I was dismayed to read Friday’s letter to you on GMO mosquitoes which was so full personal attacks and so scant on scientific information. I’m not sure where the writer got his facts, but on behalf of the over 50,000 concerned citizens who view our Facebook page, Never Again, each week, I’d like to set the record straight on a number of issues that the GMO mosquito salesmen have left out. If Zika is “knocking on our door,” it’s the door of an [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #184, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Sep 162016
 
Start the GMO Test

To the Editors, The Mosquito Control Board is “fiddling while Rome burns.”  They should authorize the GMO test immediately. I just returned from Europe where all my friends asked if it was still safe to come to the Keys.  [This week], the Miami Herald documents the economic impact already felt in Miami in just a few weeks. A word about regulators:  In Europe, Naled–used here in Monroe–is banned as too risky.  Monroe’s beekeeper’s would agree.  The impact on humans?  Probably unknowable right now.  Are America’s or Europe’s regulators smarter?  [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Environment, Issue #184, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Sep 162016
 
Thumbs Up on the Ditching of the Skeeter Taj Mahal

It appears that the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board is in the process of regaining it’s sanity In its most recent meeting they ditched the Big Coppit Skeeter Taj Mahal.  The vote was 3-2.  Only two very old line commissioners voted for the Taj Mahal.  Commissioners Shaw and Smith.  Shaw is not seeking reelection.  Smith is!  Remember that he wanted to raise your skeeter taxes by 45%,  that’s what it would have cost to build the Taj Mahal that he and Shaw wanted.  Commissioner Craney-Gage [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #184, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Sep 092016
 
Zika

Dear Editor. While our skeeter killers dither and fail to use every safe and effective weapon that they have in their arsenal, ZIKA is knocking on our door. On Wednesday it was reported that we now have at least 3 cases of ZIKA in Monroe. That’s only the cases that have been discovered and proven. Given that many infected persons have no symptoms, we could have scores of infected persons. It is safe to assume that the authorities ae keeping the number of cases under [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #183, Letter to the Editor 5 Responses »
Sep 022016
 
Zikagate

The fight to keep zika out of our community has devolved into a bubbling pit of controversy. Vicious attacks are being made against organizations and individuals who are convinced that the use of GMM can be an effective and safe tool in the fight against mosquito borne disease. GMM is the use of genetic engineering to break the reproductive cycle of the mosquitos that are the carriers of not only the zika virus, but other diseases such as dengue fever. By so doing the resident [continue reading…]

 September 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #182, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Sep 022016
 
The City Hall Carports: An Open Letter to the City Commission

Dear Mayor & Commissioners, Two things I’d like brought to your attention: I now have evidence showing that the solar array structures are, according to the architect himself,  carports – something clearly prohibited by the HARC guidelines.  The letter, below, from the architect to USBGC Florida, states, “Solar arrays were designed as carport structures”. Therefore, they are in direct violation of HARC guidelines which prohibit new carports highly-visible from the right-of-way.  HARC guidelines state, “The construction of new accessory buildings such as garages or carports [continue reading…]

 September 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #182, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »