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 […]

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 […]

IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N ROLL

 
IT'S ONLY ROCK 'N ROLL

My daughter the lawyer calls me an “accidental academic.” After high school, there was no way that I could afford to go to college. So I joined the army and learned how to jump out of airplanes. After the army, I used the GI Bill to finance a degree in journalism and landed a job […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 VA HOSPITAL SCANDAL

 
THE VA HOSPITAL SCANDAL

The developing scandal at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospitals makes another strong statement about the sustainability of government-run health care. The problem here–the scandal– is not the quality of health care provided to our vets at the VA hospitals; the problem is access. And the problem of access is the result of sheer government incompetence. […]

SUPREME COURT RULES THAT SOME FLOATING HOMES MAY NO LONGER BE REGULATED BY FEDERAL ADMIRALTY LAW

 
SUPREME COURT RULES THAT SOME FLOATING HOMES MAY NO LONGER BE REGULATED BY FEDERAL ADMIRALTY LAW

If you still think that you can’t beat city hall, consider Fane Lozman’s story. It started with a dispute over dockage fees for Lozman’s floating home and ended up in the US Supreme Court– and the results of that case may have ramifications for many houseboat owners in Key West. In 2006, Lozman’s floating home […]