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Issue #86 — Friday, October 31, 2014

Ebola…

Ebola: Are We Ready?

“What do you think? Of course we are preparing for the possibility of the Ebola virus.” That was Randy Detrick last Tuesday. Detrick is the PR Director for Lower Keys Medical Center.  What The Blue Paper wanted to know was whether our local hospital has the necessary isolation units and whether it is stocked with Read More...

GUEST EDITORIAL: The Key West Height Referendum

This legislation is a proactive measure to protect our homes against flood waters.  Today, 85% of the City of Key West is in the regulated floodplain.  The majority of New Town and Mid Town homes are 2-3’ below floodplain.  Although a section of Old Town is in the  X- zone, over 50% of all Old Read More...

Intelligence Deficits: The National Debt, My Internet Trolls, and George Neugent

The main event today is why Carlos Curbelo’s main talking point, fighting the so-called national debt, is fiscal folly. My best acolyte for the book I got published 20 years ago, The Deficit Lie: Exposing the Myth of the National Debt, is finally writing his own book on this vital topic. He took a break Read More...

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 Read More...

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 Read More...

ENVIRONMENT vs. PERSON

Before reaching Spain this year, I had to pass through New York in obligatory attendance of a family function. In so doing, I found myself chatting with the husband of a cousin, a likeable, intelligent fellow I’ll call Ben. Ben’s wife (my cousin) has spent the better part of her life in public education and, Read More...

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Race Card Revisited: Recovery Starts With an Admission There is a Problem

My usual “fan club” was out in force last week. I really felt the love. Thank you for reading my essay with an open mind and weighing in with your comments. A simple re-cap; Slavery of Africans on US soil happened. Said slavery has had continuing negative repercussions to this day. Some of my die-hard Read More...

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  NOWHERE TO RUN:  NEW VIDEO DEVASTATING TO KWPD CREDIBILITY [CHIEF LEE DEPOSITION VIDEO] EIMERS IN-CUSTODY-DEATH UPDATE: MISSING VIDEO SURFACES KATHY SMITH, LEAD FDLE INVESTIGATOR IN CHARLES EIMERS CASE PUT ON ADMINITRATIVE LEAVE KWPD & FDLE, PARTNERS IN CRIME? CHARLES EIMERS UPDATE: Police, Death, and Missing Videotapes   THE BURGLAR, THE VIGILANTE, AND THE AXE OF Read More...

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DEATH IN PARADISE:  A YEAR LATER [CHARLES EIMERS MEMORIAL] NOWHERE TO RUN:  NEW VIDEO DEVASTATING TO KWPD CREDIBILITY [CHIEF LEE DEPOSITION VIDEO] EIMERS IN-CUSTODY-DEATH UPDATE: MISSING VIDEO SURFACES KATHY SMITH, LEAD FDLE INVESTIGATOR IN CHARLES EIMERS CASE PUT ON ADMINITRATIVE LEAVE KWPD & FDLE, PARTNERS IN CRIME? CHARLES EIMERS UPDATE: Police, Death, and Missing Videotapes   Read More...

A Note from Roger Cousineau, Candidate for Mosquito Control Board District 2

I am Roger Cousineau, and I am running to be your Mosquito Control District Commissioner in District 2. I’m a 20 year resident of the Keys. I have a BA in English, served in the US Army, am a former school teacher, an active real estate agent for the past 18 years, and a volunteer Read More...

The Importance of Background and Experience on the Mosquito Control Board

The Mosquito Control Board (MCB) has a very important mission that affects many aspects of our lives in the Florida Keys. The life experiences of each board member are very important to our success.  Mosquito Control involves a broad range of disciplines from business, finance, accounting, administration, biology, entomology, chemistry, chemical engineering, diseases, flying, law, Read More...

Money is Available for a Top Notch Sewer System / Enough is Enough…

We are Monroe County. We are the people. Many of us have served the visitors, tourists and winter residents one way or another over the years. Without us there is nothing. We pay the taxes, we bring in the money. We are the reason the money is available for a top notch Central Sewer System. Read More...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM TUNA!

CONGRESSMAN GARCIA ANNOUNCES HURRICANE BILL COMPETITION WINNER

In honor of the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, voting for Congressman Garcia’s Hurricane Bill competition has been closed and a winner has been named. The contest was launched in August, with the beginning of Hurricane Season, and encouraged constituents to submit ideas for hurricane related legislation, the best of which would be introduced in the Read More...

FLORIDA MAKING PROGRESS IN FIXING PROBLEMS THAT LED TO 2012 VOTING EXPERIENCE WOES

State improving accessibility at polling places, training of poll workers; should adopt online voter registration, expand opportunities to vote before Election Day Common Cause report looks at 10 swing states’ records implementing recommendations of Presidential Commission on Election Administration WASHINGTON, DC— As the 2014 election enters its final days, Florida is making progress in addressing Read More...

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, November 6 thru Wednesday, November 12

Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Thursday Polar Opposites Opening Reception, 6 PM Lucky Street Gallery, 540 Greene St. 294-3973. Luckystreetgallery.com James Barr-Nobles, B. Lucy Stevens. (more…)

Call to Artists for the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival

The Key West Art in Public Places Board announces a call to artists for the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival.  November 19-23, local and visiting artists—from novices to world-class artists—will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for elaborate and colorful chalk art creations, with prizes awarded in Read More...

Florida Ranks 5th Best on Business Taxes

Annual Release of the State Business Tax Climate Index Washington, DC (Oct 28, 2014)—Florida has the 5th best tax climate in the U.S. according to the latest edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, released this morning by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. The Sunshine State’s rank has remained unchanged from its 5th place ranking Read More...

Love Lane Gang! They're Just Plain Fun!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and Read More...

Love Lane Gang! They’re Just Plain Fun!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and Read More...

Monthly Artisan Market Kicks Off New Season

The much anticipated Key West Artisan Market will kick off a new season on Sunday, November 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot. The event gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local. The parking lot at 1111 Eaton is transformed into a showcase of art, photography Read More...

Key West Art & Historical Society Museums Free for Monroe County Students

When most people think of history, they don’t often look to the future. But that’s exactly what Key West Art & Historical Society, one of the Florida Keys’ oldest not-for-profits and steward to The Lighthouse Museum, Fort East Martello and Custom House Museum, has in mind. With a mission to promote and preserve the island’s Read More...

Key West Art & Historical Society Museums Free for Monroe County Students

When most people think of history, they don’t often look to the future. But that’s exactly what Key West Art & Historical Society, one of the Florida Keys’ oldest not-for-profits and steward to The Lighthouse Museum, Fort East Martello and Custom House Museum, has in mind. With a mission to promote and preserve the island’s Read More...

City of Key West Sightseeing Franchise Input

The Key West City Commission wants to hear your views and ideas regarding the franchise agreements between the city and sightseeing enterprises. These agreements will be reviewed by all commissioners from now until February. The commissioners want to hear from the community. Please click the following link for the online form. Or you can send Read More...

The Beach Boys at The Tennessee Williams Theatre November 7th

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history.  The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world. The Beach Boys will pull into Read More...

Key West Poetry Guild Has A New Home!

Effective Sunday Nov 2nd  Key West Poetry Guild monthly meetings will be at Andy’s Cabana 308 Petronia Street 7:00 PM Featured Poet for Nov 2nd is Edgardo Alvarado Vasquez.

Dance Key West Returns to the Waterfront Playhouse

‘After These Messages’ November 7-8th ‘After these Messages’ will take you on an uplifting journey with two dancers as they deal with the pressures of conformity, pop culture and media while searching for a sense of connection in this age of technology. This full length, original Dance Key West (formerly KW Contemporary Dance Company) production Read More...

Participants Sought For Key West Veteran's Day Parade

Key West’s Veterans Day Parade organizers are looking for military units, veterans’ groups and all other units to march through the streets of Old Town Key West Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. to pay tribute to America’s veterans, past and present, during the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade. The Veterans Day Parade will travel Read More...

Participants Sought For Key West Veteran’s Day Parade

Key West’s Veterans Day Parade organizers are looking for military units, veterans’ groups and all other units to march through the streets of Old Town Key West Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. to pay tribute to America’s veterans, past and present, during the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade. The Veterans Day Parade will travel Read More...

NAVY LEAGUE COMMISSIONING COMMITTEE CELEBRATION AT THE BOTTLECAP ON NOVEMBER 14TH, 2014

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