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 […]