John Bartus

Hey, Mr. Tambourine Girl – Play a song for me…

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Most of the people who visit the Keys are wonderful people with a real appreciation for our islands, our environment and our way of life....
John Bartus

Larry Kahn – 56 is just too damn young…

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I met Larry Kahn the first week he moved to the Keys. It was in the long-ago pre-smartphone-Internet days of 1994, springtime. I was already...
John Bartus

One Out of Five…Lies, damn lies, and statistics

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We Baby Boomers will likely remember the old Trident gum commercials that used to start with the phrase, “Four out of five dentists recommend Trident...
John Bartus

The Fragility of Life – Not going gentle into that good night…

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This past Tuesday, there was a very bad accident on U.S. 1 near the entrance to Fiesta Key Campground on Long Key. It was a...
John Bartus

The Original American Frenemies – An Independence Day Story

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John Adams (our second president) and Thomas Jefferson (our third president) died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826 — the 50th anniversary...
John Bartus

The Original Lady – And how Universal Studio ad execs need to go back...

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Headlines were made in entertainment news recently when the country group Lady Antebellum decided to change its name to the simpler, less racially insensitive Lady...
John Bartus

Welcome Back! Help us love you even more!

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On June 1, the roadblock ended and visitors were welcomed back into the Keys. In the time between then and now, hotels and resorts and...
John Bartus

Despair, Grief, Outrage – The crime? Living while black.

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that...

Astronauts blast off from U.S. soil once again

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Hopefully by the time you read this, two NASA astronauts — Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — will have flown in the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to...
John Bartus

Doing the Right Thing? Fingers crossed as we begin our long-awaited reopening

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As time moves on while COVID-19 still affects just about everything, we have come to the point many of us have been awaiting for weeks:...