Jan 162015
 
JE SUIS CHARLIE!

by Dennis Reeves Cooper This is a followup to my letter to the editor that was published last week. It was in reference to the massacre of eight employees at a small newspaper in Paris by Islamic terrorists. The newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, which specializes in satire, had published cartoons that made fun of the Prophet […]

 January 16, 2015  Posted by on January 16, 2015 Issue #97, Journalism as a Contact Sport Tagged with: ,  16 Responses »
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 […]

INEQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE: It Is Not Illegal Or Immoral To Pay Different Employees With The Same Job Title Different Wages. Here’s Why

 
INEQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE: It Is Not Illegal Or Immoral To Pay Different Employees With The Same Job Title Different Wages. Here's Why

Government efforts to tell business owners how to hire and pay employees continue to be in the news. While I do not represent myself as an expert in this field, I have had the opportunity to work as a middle manager in New York City with one of the largest corporations in the world as […]

 October 31, 2014  Posted by on October 31, 2014 Journalism as a Contact Sport Tagged with:  1 Response »

NEW RESIDENTIAL PARKING LAW, THE BALLOT PROVISION TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND OTHER LOVE STORIES

 
NEW RESIDENTIAL PARKING LAW, THE BALLOT PROVISION TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND OTHER LOVE STORIES

EARLY VOTING. One more time: If you want to consider yourself a good citizen, you need to register to vote and then vote in every election. There is almost no good reason not to do this. Election day this year is November 4– but Early Voting started last Monday. The Key West location for Early […]

 October 24, 2014  Posted by on October 24, 2014 Journalism as a Contact Sport Tagged with:  2 Responses »

NO AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND

 
NO AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND

With the advances of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist army in Iraq and Syria, America is once again reacting to the argument that we have to confront the bad guys over there or we will have to fight them over here. So our anti-war president has reluctantly authorized the use of American air strikes on […]

 October 2, 2014  Posted by on October 2, 2014 Journalism as a Contact Sport Tagged with: , ,  4 Responses »

BODY CAMERAS FOR COPS?

 
BODY CAMERAS FOR COPS?

Apparently, enough is enough. Use of  excessive force by police officers, that is– real or imagined. More and more police departments across the nation are equipping officers with body cameras that can record both audio and video. The increasing use of this new technology has two goals: (1) Help try to catch cops who might […]

VOTER ALERT: IN THE WAKE OF THE EIMERS GRAND JURY SCANDAL, STATE ATTORNEY VOGEL IS UP FOR REELECTION IN 2016

 
VOTER ALERT: IN THE WAKE OF THE EIMERS GRAND JURY SCANDAL, STATE ATTORNEY VOGEL IS UP FOR REELECTION IN 2016

State Attorney Catherine Vogel’s office is corrupt. This statement might appear to some readers to be an attempt on my part to be a bit sensational. But it’s not. Informed government-watchers reading this are more likely to simply yawn and silently ask, “So what’s your point?” I have been reporting to my readers for years […]

FOLLOWUP 2: THE BLUE WALL OF SILENCE

 
FOLLOWUP 2: THE BLUE WALL OF SILENCE

Last week, I again wrote about the Blue Wall of Silence, the unwritten “commandment” in law enforcement that cops don’t rat on cops– no matter how illegal or near-illegal a police officer’s conduct may be. I pointed out that this rule is almost absolute, not only because of peer pressure, but also because, typically, whistle-blowers […]

FOLLOWUP: BLUE WALL OF SILENCE

 
FOLLOWUP: BLUE WALL OF SILENCE

If you are a regular reader of Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper), I hope you read John Donnelly’s thoughtful commentary on the “Blue Wall of Silence,” published here two weeks ago. If you missed it, click on “back issues” on this website’s home page and call up the August 8 issue and scroll […]

THE WAR TO END ALL WARS STARTED 100 YEARS AGO

 
THE WAR TO END ALL WARS STARTED 100 YEARS AGO

The fact that various wars, large and small, continue to rage around the world suggests that, sometimes, it’s really easy to start a war. Maybe too easy. Perhaps the classic example of too-easy might be World War I– which started almost exactly 100 years ago. The Great War, the War to End All Wars, started […]

 August 8, 2014  Posted by on August 8, 2014 Journalism as a Contact Sport Tagged with:  1 Response »

THE BLUE PAPER AND BILL O’REILLY

 
THE BLUE PAPER AND BILL O'REILLY

Since I have been writing a weekly column for the new Blue Paper online, the editors have periodically accompanied my column with a photo of me appearing with Bill O’Reilly on his show on the Fox News Channel. A number of readers have asked me when and why I was invited to appear on the […]

THE BLUE PAPER AND BILL O'REILLY

 
THE BLUE PAPER AND BILL O'REILLY

Since I have been writing a weekly column for the new Blue Paper online, the editors have periodically accompanied my column with a photo of me appearing with Bill O’Reilly on his show on the Fox News Channel. A number of readers have asked me when and why I was invited to appear on the […]

CLIMATE CHANGE: How Do You Sell Florida Keys Real Estate That May Soon Be Underwater?

 
CLIMATE CHANGE: How Do You Sell Florida Keys Real Estate That May Soon Be Underwater?

Back in the summer of 2009, there was a big meeting up in Marathon about climate change and its implications for the Florida Keys. Officials of the Nature Conservancy and others, quoting reports from international panels of scientists, predicted that by 2100, the Keys will have lost about 59,000 acres of real estate valued at […]

A POTPOURRI OF UNSOLICITED OPINION AND COMMENT

 
A POTPOURRI OF UNSOLICITED OPINION AND COMMENT

Here is a compilation of opinions and comments that either do not lend themselves to complete columns or which are left over from some of my previously-published columns. Some are tongue-in-cheek and some are reasonably serious. I will leave it up to you to tell the difference. IRS SCANDAL. For months and months, congressional investigators […]

 June 27, 2014  Posted by on June 27, 2014 Journalism as a Contact Sport Tagged with:  1 Response »

SAVING THE WORLD: Where Do We Draw The Line?

 
SAVING THE WORLD: Where Do We Draw The Line?

Should Americans continue to try to save the world? If so, it seems pretty obvious that we can’t save it all. And if that is true, how do we pick and choose? Where do we draw the line? And the big question: Is the life of one American soldier worth the lives of the entire […]

HURRICANE SEASON: BOGUS FORECASTS AND PREPARING FOR THE "AFTER"

 
HURRICANE SEASON: BOGUS FORECASTS AND PREPARING FOR THE "AFTER"

Last week marked the beginning of the 2014 Hurricane Season and this year, the so-called hurricane experts are predicting a fewer than average number of storms. Of course, they are just guessing. But they have been humiliated over the past couple of years by predicting busy hurricane seasons only to see almost nothing happen. Two […]

HURRICANE SEASON: BOGUS FORECASTS AND PREPARING FOR THE “AFTER”

 
HURRICANE SEASON: BOGUS FORECASTS AND PREPARING FOR THE "AFTER"

Last week marked the beginning of the 2014 Hurricane Season and this year, the so-called hurricane experts are predicting a fewer than average number of storms. Of course, they are just guessing. But they have been humiliated over the past couple of years by predicting busy hurricane seasons only to see almost nothing happen. Two […]

THE PRISONER EXCHANGE: He Did What?!

 
THE PRISONER EXCHANGE: He Did What?!

Longtime readers know that, of all the adventures I have had in my life, I rank my three years of military service at near the top, especially my time as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne. That time changed my life. I was discharged back into the real world, still young, but way more mature […]