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Letters To The Editor

Rainbow that is Key West High

As a mentor for the scholarship program, Take Stock in Children, I had the opportunity to hear presentations from Key West High School graduates who had made significant successes of their lives. Sadly, one woman of color told of the first time she had heard the “N” word which occurred on her first day at[…]

Public Art improves life

At the May 1 City Commission meeting, I was shocked to see the lack of respect that the commissioners, [except for Kaufman], showed for public arts. They voted to excuse the Catholic church and Poinciana housing from donating a measly one percent of their construction costs by beautifying their properties with art. Both projects claimed[…]

The death of the reef

Imagine being able to transport yourself back in time to the year 1851 and diving the reefs of the Florida Keys — giant stands of elkhorn and staghorn corals, crystal clear water and abundant fish life. It must have been incredible. This is the same year that the US Coast Survey (predecessor to NOAA) commissioned[…]

Please accept ROGOs

Dear Governor Scott and fellow elected FL Keys officials, Representing more than 570 businesses in the Middle and FL Keys, the Marathon Chamber Board of Directors understands the economic importance of having a healthy and vibrant business community that supports, sustains, and creates jobs. We also understand that our community is not sustainable without an adequate supply of[…]

Supports Ponciana as official tree

There was a meeting of the Tree Commission this week. It was suggested to make the Royal Poinciana the official tree of Key West. I want to set the record straight to this commission. There was someone who spoke up and said “No one has done more for the trees of this Island than Merili[…]

Remembering a man and a time …

I attended a memorial recently and was sublimely struck by the history in the room. Many in attendance were from the post-hippie wave of the mid-1970’s so fictional facts and factual fiction was tossed out like so many stems and seeds. The chest-puffing, remember-when starts innocently enough, “Pardon me, do you have the time?” “TIME!”[…]

Key West, City of Arts

Some years ago the people voted their will and established that Key West,”City of Arts,” would provide its residents and visitors alike with a welcoming city full of culture and art. Now we see that there are segments of the city within and outside of the government that think that art is not important nor[…]

Lower Matecumbe canal filled with sand

Lower Matecumbe canal filled with sand It’s too bad that the luxury vacation houses on beautiful Sunset Drive can’t get their yachts into their private docks during low tide since Hurricane Irma washed some sand into the mouth of their canal. Google Earth shows the canal remains deep enough for skiffs.  Those houses were wrongly[…]

Grateful for help of Outreach Coalition

We wanted to take a moment to share how the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition helped my husband and me. They are true professionals with a sincere desire to make things better for all those affected by Hurricane Irma or in need of assistance. We, like many, were greatly affected by Irma. Our boat, which is[…]

Foreign Service Day is Friday, May 4

As someone who retired from the Department of State after 32 years of service, and as a resident of Key West, I am proud to have been a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. However, I’m sometimes surprised at how little is generally known about America’s diplomats. We serve at 270 posts around the world,[…]

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