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Issue #36 — Friday, November 15, 2013

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Guest Editorial: If You Tell A Lie Often Enough, Does It Becomes The Truth?

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       The Navy is sending down its new F-35 fighter jets to add to a training program which will execute 52,000 flight operations a year out of Boca Chica Field.  This will make NAS Key West one of the busiest training facilities on the east coast, but many fear it will also turn Stock Island and Key Haven into a living hell.  
    Politicians and local activists have been unable to get the Navy to reconsider the program or bring mitigation measures.
     But the residents of Stock Island and Key Haven may have found an unlikely hero:  Twenty-five year Navy veteran, John Hammerstrom. Hammerstrom is a company man.  He retired as a Navy aviator with the rank of Commander and is the most lethal type of government Whistleblower:  He loves the Navy.  But he has come across what he believes is a pattern of blunders and misrepresentations in the impact assessment of the flight program.  
        He wants it straightened out and by the book.  Here in his own words, he explains how the Navy failed in carrying out the procedures which were meant to protect residents around the NAS Key West Boca Chica Airfield.
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IF YOU TELL A LIE OFTEN ENOUGH,
DOES IT BECOME THE TRUTH?
by John Hammerstrom

Encroachment in the form of new land development near Naval Air Stations is rightfully resisted by Navy authorities. Those who knowingly build or buy a home within noise areas and then complain about the din have encroached and deserve little audience. However, when the Navy replaced the F-14 Tomcat with the Super Hornet, it was they who encroached on the community. Patriotic citizens in the vicinity of NAS Key West who dutifully bought homes outside of the published noise zones are currently living inside of noise zones because of a much-louder aircraft with a larger sonic footprint. (more…)

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The Greenwashing of 'America Recycles'

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Today is America Recycles Day. Brought to you by Pepsico, Nestle Water, Johnson & Johnson, Glad plastic bags, Rubbermaid, and Waste Management.

Do you see a pattern? These are the same corporations that contribute to the problem of the large volume of trash that Americans generate every day. The ones that want to head off bottle bills and restrictions on packaging. They are all against mandatory recycling and against banning certain materials from disposal.

In the flyer that announces all the happy events associated with America Recycles Day the sponsors point to Barbara Bush Elementary School in Texas that celebrated America Recycles Day “by promoting plastic bag recycling through ‘It’s a Bag’s Life’ program – which educates individuals on the importance of plastic bag and film recycling. They worked in conjunction with their local Kroger grocery store to educate their community and hosted a collection event during the week of America Recycles Day. A total of 5,000 pounds of plastic bags were recycled!”

You’ll notice that there’s no mention of reusable bags. Or of reusing plastic bags after an initial use. The State of Florida has mandated that local communities cannot ban or tax plastic bags.

So is recycling actually worth it? (more…)

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The Greenwashing of ‘America Recycles’

Garbage Truck

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Today is America Recycles Day. Brought to you by Pepsico, Nestle Water, Johnson & Johnson, Glad plastic bags, Rubbermaid, and Waste Management.

Do you see a pattern? These are the same corporations that contribute to the problem of the large volume of trash that Americans generate every day. The ones that want to head off bottle bills and restrictions on packaging. They are all against mandatory recycling and against banning certain materials from disposal.

In the flyer that announces all the happy events associated with America Recycles Day the sponsors point to Barbara Bush Elementary School in Texas that celebrated America Recycles Day “by promoting plastic bag recycling through ‘It’s a Bag’s Life’ program – which educates individuals on the importance of plastic bag and film recycling. They worked in conjunction with their local Kroger grocery store to educate their community and hosted a collection event during the week of America Recycles Day. A total of 5,000 pounds of plastic bags were recycled!”

You’ll notice that there’s no mention of reusable bags. Or of reusing plastic bags after an initial use. The State of Florida has mandated that local communities cannot ban or tax plastic bags.

So is recycling actually worth it? (more…)

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TRYING TO CRAFT CITY LAWS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS THAT MAY BE VIRTUALLY UNSOLVABLE

Over the almost two decades that I wrote Page One Commentaries for Key West The Newspaper, I was often critical of the “just pass another law” mentality of the various generations of mayors and city commissioners. In addition to the question of whether or not a new law was needed, it also seemed that laws were often passed that were not well thought out (gasp!) and, perhaps, didn’t really focus on the problem that lawmakers were supposedly trying to solve. But having said that, the most interesting law-related news stories and commentaries we published over the years were stories about the city commission debating the passage of laws to try to solve problems that may be virtually unsolvable. Two random examples: Loud music on Duval Street and the shortage of residential parking in Old Town.

If you don’t live in Old Town, parking in that area is probably not much of a problem for you. And if you don’t live near Duval Street, loud music on Duval Street is probably not a problem for you. But if you do live in Old Town, parking is maybe even a serious problem for you. And if you do live near Duval Street, loud music may be a serious threat to your peace and happiness. We should give our law-makers some credit for at least trying to address these problems. And we should also recognize that, if they have looked bumbling and stumbling in the process, it isn’t necessarily their fault. They were simply trying to solve problems that may be virtually unsolvable.  (more…)

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'Happy' Veteran’s Day?

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Issue 36 Alex S

After our Veteran’s Day Parade flag waving and show of love and pride of those who have served their country, after all the metaphorical confetti settled to the ground and had been swept up, I was left with a nagging anxiety that something is wrong with this picture.

I must apologize for raining a little on this parade, but I am in a severe quandary. How do I speak to our national passion for war without upsetting those with that passion? I’ve tried to examine this blind faith in empire and been met with chilling hostility and often by the very people that hate government, big or otherwise. These same patriots that vocally “support the troops” and the billions of dollars it takes and lives lost or ruined trust in the military with frightening totality. Ironically they would be the same people that hate all things government right down to the post office and the park service. This double standard vexes me. (more…)

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‘Happy’ Veteran’s Day?

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Issue 36 Alex S

After our Veteran’s Day Parade flag waving and show of love and pride of those who have served their country, after all the metaphorical confetti settled to the ground and had been swept up, I was left with a nagging anxiety that something is wrong with this picture.

I must apologize for raining a little on this parade, but I am in a severe quandary. How do I speak to our national passion for war without upsetting those with that passion? I’ve tried to examine this blind faith in empire and been met with chilling hostility and often by the very people that hate government, big or otherwise. These same patriots that vocally “support the troops” and the billions of dollars it takes and lives lost or ruined trust in the military with frightening totality. Ironically they would be the same people that hate all things government right down to the post office and the park service. This double standard vexes me. (more…)

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Key West High School Academic Challenge Team Needs Your Help
Academic Challenge Team members pictured are (L-R from back) Alexandra Mercurio, Katie Upshaw, Sam Kearney, sean Barber, Humberto dos Santos, Alexis girard d'Albissin, with team sponsor Elizabeth Ford [not pictured: Edgar Romero, sherman Kaplitz]

Academic Challenge Team members (L-R from back) Alexandra Mercurio, Katie Upshaw, Sam Kearney, Sean Barber, Humberto dos Santos, Alexis Girard d’Albissin, with team Faculty Sponsor Elizabeth Ford [not pictured: Edgar Romero, Sherman Kaplitz]

Two years ago six Key West High School students brought home the state title in the Academic Challenge Tournament in Orlando. But, they almost didn’t make the trip. School budget cuts had stripped the team of its funding and the situation was not looking too promising. When the students made a public appeal for help, the community responded and within 24 hours the team was fully funded!

This year the school district is still struggling and the team has no funding for participation in competitive events – even at the County level.   The KWHS Academic Challenge Team needs our help once again.

Here is a note from team captain, Key West High School Senior, Sherman Kaplitz:

Due to a lack of funding, the Key West High School Academic Challenge Team, which has placed within the top three teams in the state of Florida for the past four years, may not be able to compete on the county or state level this year. (more…)

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"A Night in France”

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The Key West High School French Club is hosting its annual fund raiser dinner at Croissants de France on Saturday November 23rd at 7 PM to benefit students travelling to France and England during Spring Break! Dinner tickets ($ 25) are available in advance at the High School front office and Saturday night at the restaurant. Come help support our youths intercultural learning experiences through international travel! For more information call KWHS 293-1549 Ext: 54433. Hope to see you all there!

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“A Night in France”

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The Key West High School French Club is hosting its annual fund raiser dinner at Croissants de France on Saturday November 23rd at 7 PM to benefit students travelling to France and England during Spring Break! Dinner tickets ($ 25) are available in advance at the High School front office and Saturday night at the restaurant. Come help support our youths intercultural learning experiences through international travel! For more information call KWHS 293-1549 Ext: 54433. Hope to see you all there!

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Chalk Artists to Transform Truman Waterfront Promenade
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Key West ChalkFest 2013 is November 21-24. Pictured here, last year’s 1st place artist Truman Adams consults preliminary sketches as he puts the finishing touches on his work.

November 21-24, the Key West Art In Public Places Board presents ChalkFest 2013, to take place along the promenade adjacent to the USCGC Ingham Museum at the Truman Waterfront.

From 10 am to 6 pm each day, the public is invited to experience performance art in progress as local and visiting artists use colorful chalks to transform the walkway into a series of individual artworks.

Specialty chalks are provided by AIPP to professional and non-professional artists who will work both individually and in teams in blocked-off sections of the promenade. Artists will begin creating their works on Thursday, November 21 and must finish by noon, Saturday, at which time judging will begin, followed by presentation of awards at approximately 2pm. Viewing will continue through Sunday, November 24.

A listing of ChalkFest 2013 artists registered to date includes last year’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners: Sarasota-based Truman Adams and Stig Lindow and Key West-based artist Rick Worth, along with Eddie Bricker, Angela Byarlay, Andrea Celani, Alexandra Durso, Antoinette Jude Golden, Elio Hinds, Amanda Johnson, Marlene Koenig, Alisa Mealor, Victoria Stambolis O’Neal, Nzingah Oniwosan, Kate Peachey, Suzanne Pereira and Jack Hackett, Ronda Rinald, Jane Rohrschneider, Mark Christopher Straiton, Peter Weitling, and 7th and 8th grade students from Key West Montessori Charter School.

The public is invited to bring a picnic and experience this performance art as it unfolds. ChalkFest is sponsored in part by Ibis Bay Beach Resort and is a pet-friendly event. Bring your own four-legged friend or meet a new one; adoptable critters from the Florida Keys SPCA will visit ChalkFest Saturday morning. Other Saturday events include a Key West Montessori Charter School bake sale and a kid’s creativity area for any children who wish to chalk.

For more information on ChalkFest, visit artinpublicplaceskw.com or contact Michael Shields at (305) 394-3804 / javastudios@gmail.com.

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CONCH-A-DOODLE!

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Vendors Wanted for Holiday Bazaar at St. Peter’s Church

Vendors are wanted for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s First Annual Holiday Bazaar to be held at the Church on Saturday, November 30, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We are looking for vendors to sell artisan, home-made seasonal and holiday arts and crafts, baked goods, stocking stuffer items, etc.  Registration is $ 25.00/space.   Registration forms are available at the Church’s Thrift Shop at 800 Center St in Key West; by email stpeterskw@bellsouth.net or by calling Marcia Sweeting-Somersall at (305) 294-8051 or Gary Schott (305)292-3130.  Deadline for registration and payment is Sunday, November 24, 2013.

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Southernmost Magnolia!

Southernmost MagnoliaSouthernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a variety of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass, and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your toes tappin’, your feet movin’, and your head boppin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s Fish Wagon every Thursday 6 – 9 PM. Also, if you have a military ID, you can see them every Wednesday 6 – 9 PM at Sunset Lounge on Sigsbee Navy Base.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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Love Lane Gang!

green parrot 03The Love Lane Gang plays music that spans generations, as well as embodies them. The emphasis is on swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, and tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles and The Kinks, all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras. Offbeat instrumentation like mandolin, accordion, ukulele, washboard, and a kazoo horn section add to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creating a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances. But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

Following are scheduled appearances for the rest of November.

McConnell’s Irish Pub & Grill

900 Duval St.

Friday 11/15 8-12 PM (more…)

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