2015 March

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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The-Coconut-Telegraph-w-CoconutsSince 2002. Anonymous Letters to the Editor with pictures. Published Monday through Friday by Noon.

waitress wine trayThe businesses a poster listed yesterday as being for sale, presumably because they are not profitable, all have one thing in common: they require a high level of customer service.
I personally like and patronize all or most of those mentioned and don’t want any of them to close, however being profitable in the food and bar business requires repeat business and a high degree of customer loyalty.
Most people don’t go out to eat or drink because they’re hungry or thirsty, they go out for the convenience and the enjoyable experience. If you have to wait a long time for a waitress to take your food or drink order, or, what seems to happen to me a lot, wait a long time for your bill so you can leave, it creates frustration, not loyalty.
This is not Key West, with an endless supply of tourists. It’s a big seasonal crowd backed by a smaller crowd of locals. For gods sakes, ramp up staff for the high season and maximize profits!
Is it that expensive to hire extra waitstaff or to ensure great service?
I think not.
I firmly believe having adequate (dare I say, superior?!) staff to sell your product is the key to profitability.
Further on obamacare, just saw the figure of 24 BILLION per year in subsidies as the cost.
[Sewers] “This is going to be fun trying to get hook-ups done in the Keys” I had the same experience until I got a postcard from 3rd Generation Plumbing in Marathon. Their rep came out measured the job, sent me a quote and they got the job.
[Property Taxes] The Third District Court of Appeal has ruled that several Key West properties which the Navy owns in partnership with a private housing company, Balfour Beatty, are not subject to local property taxes. The honest taxpaying citizens lose again.
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blackout9[Sewers] Check out the big blacked-out area on Google Earth’s 2014 image of Cudjoe! It completely blacks out the leachate-leaking Trash Mountain that is about to be relieved of the 20 year “long term maintenance” provision of its DEP closure permit. It completely blacks out the undersized, overbuilt, dumps-everything-down-a-shallow-well-with-a-fast-track-to-the-ocean-disposal-system Cudjoe Regional sewer plant that used hazardous municipal incinerator waste as part of its fill to save the cost of legally hauling it away. It completely blacks out the surrounding shallow waters that are heavily polluted and algae-choked from the accumulated sewage sludge, septage, and incinerator ash that was piled high in layers for many years with no barrier beneath. The big black mark may be God saying He has had enough of these abominations and He has already marked them for removal from the face of the earth. Don’t worry about what will happen to your sewage if there is no treatment plant- it probably will not make it there anyway in a few years with the designed-to-fail collection system. I wonder if God will replace the blacked out areas with something nice or just leave a big black hole as a reminder and as a place to drop the souls of those that were responsible? Oh wait, I forgot that these people already sold their souls. There is a big black mark on them, too.
It’s time for the truth. The Keys is a great place to “winter” but I wouldn’t want to live there full time.
The only one who likes a center console boat is the self-centered owner who sits up on his comfortable covered and protected center throne with the great view while everyone else on board is left to their own devices desperately looking for something to hang on to while bouncing around out in the salt spray and sun all day.
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“You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common, they don’t alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views, which can be uncomfortable, if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.” — Doctor Who
Armed Forces/Unarmed Parenting by Dr. Pam Feeser  6pm till 7:30pm at our Headquarters mm97.6 O/S.The Rev. Dr. Pam Feeser, a well known long time member of the Upper Keys community, authored the award winning book; Becoming: A Spiritual Journey.  A United Methodist pastor known for her focus on Spirituality and developing community healthy responses to Domestic Violence and Addictions, will be discussing, “Parenting”.   You don’t have to have children to learn from this because every time we interact with anyone children or our own grandchildren we are parenting to some degree.As manager of Community Health Ministries, a program of the Pastoral Care Department of Baptist Health South Florida, Pam collaborates with A Long Walk Home to offer this vital weekly workshop for Veterans and their families which are open to the public, for we are all part of the healing process.
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Why you should always carry a large piece of chalk in your car.
I would rather take my chances with a Miami plumber rather than the three companies down here who are making a fortune off of this sewer debacle. It takes balls to charge $4500 for 10 feet of PVC pipe and some trenching that any idiot could do. It ain’t rocket science, but it is legalized robbery.
Whe are the bars and restaurants in the Lower Keys going to wise up and lower prices so people can buy stuff. When the economy goes to shit, the merchant class turn into real asses and raise prices when they should be lowering prices so people can afford to buy. Stupid is that greedy does! If you cannot make your greedy living in a few months of season, get out of that business and get a real job on the mainland.
gay-marriage12[Gay Marriage] Key West, Monroe County Florida. Plaintiffs for Marriage Equality (Huntsman v. Heavilin), Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones, accompanied with their legal team, Restivo, Reilly & Vigil Farinas and PR/case support announce travel plans to attend the US Supreme Court hearings in Washington DC on April 28 2015. Departing on 26 April from Miami, the team, representing Key West, Monroe County and the State of Florida, has also announced plans for a reception in Washington DC for nationwide State and Federal case Marriage Equality petitioners and their respective legal teams for a historic gathering prior to the following hearings.
Just how much should we expect to pay for connecting our sewers? How much if there is a grinder pump?
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I deleted the cookies for your site and still no update for Wed. as of this moment 2:47 pm.
Please make finding the Coconut Telegraph, like it used to was. In other words…let me hit the refresh button…and see if the latest version comes up. If it doesn’t, I’ll try again in an hour. I was able to see it all editions this week but G0d knows how. I sure worked hard to find them. By the way, I know it’s free and a labor of love, so I do appreciate everything you do. You too FTR. You’ve helped unclog my head from the waste that built up in my left wing inculcation center. Or college as we used to call it.
It’s not just me.  At a meeting last night, everyone in attendance, who usually views “Coconut Telegraph” said they couldn’t get the current day’s page.  Last night I was able to read Tuesday’s edition by clicking on Classifieds (from the Monday edition), then returning to “Home”. Major problem? (Ed: Yes, and I don’t know how to fix it. I’m ready to quit. I’ve had enough, though I had planned to go out on a higher note.)
Just thought I’d let you know that I tried to find today’s (Wed) CT during the early to mid afternoon. No Joy! But I tried again after dinner, about 7pm or so and it was up and running……happy days are here again.  I’m curious, why am I having a problem….I did all that you suggested and (or at least I think I did) and no joy.  Are you changing the way that the CT goes to the web? (Ed: I’m trying something different on my end this morning. I’m publishing early today, so if you can see today’s CT after I publish at 9:30 this morning please let me know.)
Ed: Can’t seem to read the daily post….cookies on or off. What’s up? (Ed: Cookies off should do the trick–they say, but tech support has been wrong about everything from the start and that’s how I got into this mess in the first place.)
ED, Again I cannot get to the CT. I tried everything I know, rebooted the router, cleaned out all cookies, all links, all everything. My system connects to all other web sites. Have you checked your incoming filters in your sw? Has your Ct  EMA changed by mistake? I do not know what browser you use. Maybe it is your ISP doing something? If I can help let me know!
My guru Jorge could help you, but he is stuck in Cleveland OH.  If you give me some idea what is happening at your end, I can email him for help! He is an expert on systems and web sites. (Ed: If I knew I could fix it. I’ve tried everything I could think of. There is one thing left and that is restore the website to an earlier date through the server, but that is highly risky and I will lose all CTs after the date I restore it to, probable Friday the 13th [the irony is not lost on me].)
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[Site still not showing up] Cookies cleared, browser restarted and even using a few proxies so the IP is different. The site is just not being published, it’s 2:40 PM Wed/11 and yesterdays site is still up. Good luck tracking the gremlin down.
Once again I can’t get todays CT on either of my PC’s or on our phones.  I’ve done all that you said to do, and still no joy.
Dog yoga. Video
Just curious to see a list of words that ought to cause one’s computer to blow up when used???
What became of that old “sticks and stones…….”   thingy?
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I think Hillary is done. Benghazi was just a scandal in Republican’s minds, but this private email scandal will sink her ship.
Ten seconds of drug commercials are spent telling you what the drug is for and the rest is spent basically daring you to take it.
The only difference between today’s kids and their cell phones and us old farts with our laptops and desk tops is the chair we site in, ours usually has wheels!
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banging head on computerThe next meeting of our Big Pine Computer Club is coming up this Saturday, March 14, 10 am at the senior center.  Hope to see you there. Events
[Property Taxes] The Groton, Conn. assessor, John S. Philip, said this would also mean a lot of work for his office, since the units have never been subject to a formal valuation process because they were federal property. He estimated that apartments are worth $16,000 to $40,000 each and will raise the town’s tax base by at least $32 million and tax revenues by some $700,000. Link
To Gun Nuts! Really? do you really believe there are less firearms in the home? I disagree! The reason the surveys show less is that Folks are not admitting that they have them in the home. Look at the recent Ammo shortages. Look at the increase in concealed weapons permits, and the increase of gun sales. Your statement is just a survey, that I for one would also say, ” I don’t have any”.. You see no one is taking my firearms EVER!
talapia12A commenter said yesterday said that the shallow wells would seep into the water and the fish would be exposed to sewage. The fact is that almost all the fish sold in the lower keys is Tilapia (aka hogfish) and they have been raised on poop. The only difference would be where the poop originated- Keys fish- local poop and Tilapia- asian poop.
A surprising statistic came out in the news last week. According to one expert 5.8% of Key West’s population is homeless and lives in the mangroves. We’re not even kidding. This is actually the conclusion of a $20,000 study presented by Dr. Robert Marbut to a straight–faced City Commission on August 6th, 2013. At least 1,422 people, according to Marbut, are homeless in Key West and have been for years.
Game players get Mouse-a-tosses where they get cramps and tendon problems. Try playing games like Solitaire with your other hand, It is amazing how crippled we are if we are not ambidextrous!
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easter bunny blinks eggs
Time to start planning for the Community Easter Egg Hunt at the Blue Heron Park on April 4. If anyone would like to donate candy for the event please call Holly to arrange for pick up or drop off at News Barometer. 305-872-0106. This is a free event for all children to age 10. Events
Let’s think back to the vote on if the voters wanted the sanctuary. When it was all over the People spoke with a resounding not no but HELL NO. And then our Elected Rep. Peter Deutch made the infamous comment –You People don’t know what’s good for you so the government will decide. So much for the Government Of The PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE. Yes folks WE the PEOPLE don’t matter, the concept of democracy is and always has been B. S. We get our way when it’s convenient for those in POWER. Have a nice day.
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A Great Civilization Is Not Conquered From Without Until It Has Destroyed Itself From Within. ~Will Durant 1885- 1981
old table fanCool it! That is, go to Radio Shack and buy a couple of quite computer cooling fans in 120 volt with a standard wall receptacle plug. Stick a fan behind your desk bound laptop, your printer, your desktop computer and whatever else you feel is getting too hot when running. A old trick is to stick a larger quite fan in back of your refrigerator or freezer to help the machine run cooler hence more efficient. This works well to reduce running costs.
I wonder if the Ed ever catches any heat for being  “The Messenger“? (ED: Yes, Bistro 31 is mad at me for my messenger service thinking I write them.)
Not sure “”Business“” is tough on Big Pine Key. If all the restaurants are closing it might be due to Piners not eating out at these restaurants. But it no suprise to me about Big Pine, seems they do not care about anything there.
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Buy a Shotgun Song
and Video by Flying Robots with Joe Biden. Video
The people whining against a box store on Rockland probably own a lot of stock in Home Depot.
No matter how you try and dress it up or no matter what someone else did years or decades ago the Republicans letter to Iran was treason.
Heres the Logan act you decide if they broke the law. Theres also other Republicans admitting they broke the law its not a dem or republican issue its an American issue.“Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”Treason charges should be brought by both sides of the aisle.
How is that voting in people to end the bickering working out America? More of the same.
Republicans don’t believe in any facts that don’t suit their paranoid agenda. They don’t believe in science, the believe in religious myth and now they don’t believe that there is less gun ownership. They should have their own country. They could call it 1930s Germany.
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I can see it now, Iran agrees with Obama’s demand to swear off nukes forever, but US Republican Congress refuses to accept this deal unless Obama cuts US welfare benefits and Hillary turns over all her Emails.
from the right
The results of a survey recently released by NORC at the University of Chicago is very disturbing.  It is a highly regarded study because of its long running and comprehensive set of questions of public views concerning social trends.confidence12This survey reveals that Americans’ confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows compared to 40 years’ worth of data.  Perhaps the most disturbing component of the survey is that America has markedly more confidence in the military than in any of the three branches of our government.  That mindset has the potential to lead to military control of our governance. That is to be avoided at all costs.The atmosphere in DC is toxic. Our political parties have become armed camps. There is nearly no dialog between the parties and what little there is, is vituperative.

Both parties are at fault. But, I am convinced that this current President and this set of Democrat legislative leaders have done more to poison the well than any who have come before.  Our legislative process is fully dependent on dialog and compromise, read the Constitution and the rules of legislative procedure.  The entire process is designed to produce legislation that is in our nation’s best interest.

Personally I believe that the current ill wind blowing in DC began during Regan’s term when it became chic to ridicule the President. It gained momentum in Bush 1’s term, Death_of_a_presidentand began to really boil during Clinton’s stint. But during GWB’s tenure it exploded with the massive hate campaign that was launched against him. Remember the liberal chortles about a movie depicting his assignation? It set the stage for what we are now enduring.

Somehow we must return to the days when we could disagree with grace and comity.  Remember that Reagan and Tip O’Neill (Democrat, very liberal Speaker of the House for many years) were fierce political opponents with political views that were worlds apart, yet they were friends who could enjoy each other’s company.

This administration is an armed camp that is dead set on drastically changing all that is American, not simply attempting to encourage evolution of our political views.

The Senators who sent the letter to Iran reminding Iran that the “deal” being negotiated with Obama did not have the force of law in the US were absolutely right in their message, but the message should have been delivered in an open letter to the President published in every American newspaper, read on every TV news cast, and sent to flood the social media.

Obama must abandon his pell mell pursuit of power and begin a campaign of compromise with the Legislative branch of our government.


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