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From Jerry Weinstock, M.D., Psychiatry, retired,
on the demise of the popular Solares Hill, a Sunday weekly heart and soul, blood, sweat and tears, magazine published by the Key West Citizen for decades:
Sloan: sad, sad, Mark Howell, Diane Roberts
and all those associated with Solares Hill
will be horribly missed !! A stake in the
heart of freedom, Quality, journalism.
They were very kind to me and I thank
On Key West Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Robin Lockwood, M.D.’s assertion during Sunday night’s channel dredging forum at the Tennessee Williams Theater at Florida Keys Community College, that he did not say at the next previous channel-widening study referendum forum, that the dirtiest cruise ships in the world are calling on Key West, as had been reported by the Key West Citizen and by me, who had attended that forum:
Sloan: Lying seems too polite and euphemistic
Lockwood is misleading everyone on a crucial issue.
I would have trouble sleeping doing such a dirty
deed. Over the past few months I have been
studying the catch of the party boats—meticulously
scrutinizing archives, and going there and meeting
the boats at Garrison bight. Compared OUR historical
past these party boats are bringing in less than 2% of
the catch compared to before the extensive pollution
from multiple sources,of course, but the dredging seems
most prominently to be a huge adverse factor and the
cruise ships killing the food chain—silt is as potent
as sodium cyanide. Their catch is ludicrous compared to
to 50?s, 60?s, 70?s and 80?s and could be an absolute
disaster should our marine environment deteriorate
further as dredging will accomplish.
your ecological scientist: Jerry
As a second calling, Jerry indeed did become an ecological scientist.
A Key West friend told me yesterday that the news that it will be q0 years before the channel widening could be completed left him wondering what was the point of a channel-widening study? What was the point of all of this commotion and dissension in Key West? I agreed. When he said both sides are making statements at forums, which do not hold up to the facts, I said the reason for that is both sides are dodging what this is really about, the elephant in the living room – cruise ships. The real question is, should cruise ships even be calling on Key West at all? Should Key West be moving toward weaning itself from cruise ships?
We talked some about his friend Mayor Craig Cates.
I said, when I had bumped into Craig the other day, he haid said, if reelected this year, he will run again next year, because he wants to see to the end the building of Key West’s new city hall at the old Glynn Archer Elementary School. I told my friend yesterday that I am inclined to hope Craig is reelected this year, and next year, because I believe he should be around to see how his projects turn out. If they turn out well, he gets the credit. If they do not turn out well, he gets the credit. I said I would not want to be the one who beat him and then I had to finish up what he had put into motion. My friend agreed.
Riding my bicycle around Key West yesterday,
I also ran into an old sidewalk artist friend (not in that photo), who has pedaled his original art on the sidewalks of Key West for decades. He lamented having to pay for a permit and liability insurance to ply his craft. I lamented with him. He said it was due to a few jealous, greedy business owners. I agreed, said just the other day, I had talked with another sidewalk artist, who had blamed homeless people posing as artists, for the city requiring permits and insurance from sidewalk artists. I told that artist that I had run for mayor of Key West three time, and I had been deeply involved in opposing that change. I told him the change came about because Duval Street business owners, who had to pay rent, did not like it that sidewalk artists did not have to pay rent. Homeless people had nothing to do with the change. My sidewalk artist friend said Key West has lost its soul. I agreed.
On TV news yesterday,
I saw where George Zimmerman’s wife called 911 on him, on her and her father’s behalf. Zimmerman apparently went berserk, hit his father-in-law, broke things, threatened them with a gun. They later refused to press charges. I thought to myself, yes, they had the same experience with Zimmerman that Trayvon Martin had with him. I wondered how the six women who acquitted Zimmerman will feel after learning of Zimmerman’s behavior toward his wife and her father? I wondered how the many Zimmerman supporters will feel? I wondered when I will hear about Zimmerman going off the reservation again?
Also on TV news yesterday,
it seems President Obama might not get a nod from Congress for him to order a cruise missile attack on the Assad regime, even as Russia now suggest that Syria let an international force take control of its chemical weapons. Russia comes out looking like the voice of reason. President Obama says Russia’s proposal has promising potential, but he has not ruled out attacking the Assad regime even if Congress does not give him the nod, and he hopes Congress gives him the nod, because it will strengthen his hand and provide leverage against Assad.
What is going on in Syria is horrible. It was horrible before chemical weapons were used. It is horrible now. However, I don’t see how a US military attack on Assad’s forces will stop the killing on both sides. It’s a civil war. If a civil war erupted in America, Americans slaughtering Americans, would Syria get involved? Would Russia? Would Great Britian? Would Israel? Would the UN? Would Canada? Would Mexico? I doubt it, other than maybe offering humanitarian aid and allowing American refugees to come to their countries.
When I saw this recent online photo of President Obama yesterday,
I thought that is the look of a man who has lost his soul.
All above was only a small part, timewise, of my yesterday. For several hours, I played chess with Gazzo at Harpoon Harry’s. An old friend, Gazzo is a world-famous street performer. Magician, joke teller, entertainer,
he got the best of me yesterday. I got the best of him the day before. He got the best of me the day before that. Today, he heads to London for the rest of this year. He is a Brit. Then, he will come back to Key West to ply his craft on Mallory Pier, where he has been performing since before I met him there in late 2000. A former Royal Marine Commando retired by a physical injury suffered during a training exercise, Gazzo doesn’t get involved in, or talk, about politics. I look forward to his return.
In its own way, politics is chess. In its own way, all the work I do is chess. I far prefer this kind of chess.
I also had an operation of sorts yesterday, not the medical kind, about which more might be said another day.