2020 August

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Letters to the editor with pictures since 2002. Published on Big Pine Key’s garbage days, Tuesdays and Fridays.


[Virtual Wetstock] Since they are cracking down on large boating groups,  I propose that they have a virtual Wetstock this year.  People can sit in their docked boats at home while watching musicians perform at a remote location. There are some benefits to this such as: Easy access to snacks and alcohol supply  (your house). Some privacy if you want to get intimate with your partner. The option not to watch musicians you may not appreciate. No marine patrol hassles. You don’t have to pee (or worse) in the water. Bonus points:  The marine life around Picnic Island will be much happier!

Lost Lennovo laptop on 8/16 near Winn Dixie to Watson on Big Pine Key. 305-395-8372 or 305-731-4142 or

[Evil in America] No matter how I vote, no matter what I say, something evil has invaded our nation, and our lives are never going to be the same. I have been confused by the hostility of family and friends. I look at people I have known all my life so filled with hate that they will agree with opinions that if they were in their right minds they would never express as their own. It is unbelievable.


We adopted a kitten from Forgotten Felines and he was a feral at birth, then tamed by a FF rep. That is a difficult task! The cat is now 14 and lives with another tamed feral cat, from another entity, who is his soul mate. I was able to trap part of my feral cat colony and three of them live in my mansion, bringing my cat population to 5 wonderful happy, loving cats. If you’re able to adopt a cat or kitten from Forgotten Felines, you will not be sorry. The tamed ferals are so playful even in their senior years. I bought my old friend a fancy dinner down in Key West for giving me my sweetest cat yet. Forgotten Felines does great work and I hope you find your new cat soon.

[Magellan] At break of day we saw two boats (barcas). The canoes would convey from thirty to forty men. The paddles for these canoes resembled shovels. The rowers were usually black men. The people ate human flesh, but only at feasts of triumph. They then served up their enemies. An observer draws the following grewsome picture: “They do not eat up the whole body of a man whom they take prisoner; they eat him bit by bit, and for fear that he should be spoiled. They cut him up into pieces, which they set to dry before the chimney. They eat this day by day, so as to keep in mind the memory of their enemy.  ~1522 Magellan South America



[Rescue Critter] Apparently it’s rude to ask the parents of a toddler on a leash if was a “rescue.”

I tried to call the Junior college (FKCC) to see if they had a certain course and couldn’t no matter how I tried. Their phone “tree” is worse than Comcast’s. There were no live persons only voice mails.
Napoleon Bonaparte always said that men were only to be governed by fear and interest. The free expression of opinion through the press has been always regarded by those who are not led away by interest or power as useful to society. But Bonaparte held the liberty of the press in the greatest horror; and so violent was his passion when anything was urged in its favour that he seemed to labour under a nervous attack. Great man as he was, he was sorely afraid of little paragraphs. ~Joseph Bonaparte.
PS Napoleon was also very mistrustful of his intelligence gathering police. He never believed anything they told him.



Masks can be useful. A very good idea and she’s wearing a mask!

Since 1919, North Dakota has operated its own state bank. Florida uses a for-profit private bank, like most other states and local governments. Imagine the billions of dollars of taxpayer money that this private bank has available, and the fees it collects. Economist Richard Wolf gives a 4 minute summary of the issue on YouTube. Video



The first worthless thing you could get rid of is the phone book.

If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill
[Darwin Award Front Runner] He posted a video of himself showing off his .45 caliber 1911 pistol, then pressing the muzzle against his genitals. After a few seconds, the gun discharges. The wounded man documented what happened next in a series of posts, writing: ‘Hey buys, I might have f**ked up.’ Link



I found this old tape so I gave it a play. I don’t recommend it at all. Head Cleaner- worst band ever!

The Catacombs under Rome were built by miners, mostly Christians, who wanted their chapels close by. Not as a place of hiding their religion. ~Gibbon
White lives matter. What about 5-year old Cannon Hinnant?

[Heroes] I don’t see any color here,
The headstones look the same;
No black no brown no white skin tone
There’s no one here to blame.
These soldiers fought and died for you;
Their color you can’t see;
Your rights are still protected;
Here’s the place to take a knee

[Crying The Blues] This teacher’s COVID-19 song made our hosts cry with laughter. No one was expecting those deep and moving lyrics. Video



[Masked Man] Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would walk up to a bank teller with a mask on asking for money.

[Amazon] Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man and on top of the pile. How could the critics of the start-up Amazon have been so wrong when he came up with the idea to sell books? They all said he would fail.