Feb 242018
 
Why Pay for Anything That's Free?

by Rick Boettger……. Air is free.  Water is almost free. The Blue Paper has been free for 20+ years.  Why do we want you to pay us for it now? So far, only a small percentage of our readers are contributing, so far less than a hundred.  Please, do not stop reading here if you are not among them.  I’m NOT going to guilt-trip or even ask any of you for your money.  I want to ask those who do contribute why they do so, [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:56 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #257, News, Rick Boettger 5 Responses »
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 242018
 
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Russiagate

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “An epidemic terror seized upon the nations,” wrote Charles Mackay in his 1841 masterpiece, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. “It was a crime imputed with so much ease, and repelled with so much difficulty, that the powerful, whenever they wanted to ruin the weak, and could fix no other imputation upon them, had only to accuse them of witchcraft to ensure their destruction.” Sound familiar? It’s a recurring theme. There’s always some specific group to blame for all [continue reading…]

 February 24, 2018  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #257, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Feb 182018
 
Downlisting: Don’t Leave Manatees Out in the Cold

Op Ed by Anne Harvey Holbrook, JD, MS Save the Manatee Club……. Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service downgraded the West Indian manatee’s status from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Save the Manatee Club is concerned that downlisting will further slow efforts to secure key habitat protections needed for the species’ longevity in Florida. In order to sustain the progress made toward recovering the manatee, increased reporting of manatee boat strikes and a stronger emphasis on preserving and restoring warm [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #256 No Responses »
Feb 112018
 
"Affordable Housing": Are the Wolves at the Gate?

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. On January 30, 2018 the Monroe County School Board voted to vacate the parcels of land it owns on Trumbo Road. Their goal is to assist with the workforce housing crisis. One of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the Keys, the 6 acres of waterfront property in downtown Key West, could be transferred, for free, to developers. Under a proposal put forward by Key West’s multi-millionaire, John Padget, developers would then build 480 “affordable” studios and one-bedroom [continue reading…]

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 »