Dear Connor | The day the young ones took charge

History will remember the march as the coming-to-power of Xers and Millennials. Though there were aging baby boomers aplenty in the crowd and at the microphones, the marches around the world saw these elders step aside to open the way for younger women.

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Dear Connor: Breaking the loop of endless despair

The 2016 presidential election will, on hindsight, be recognized as the precursor to the catalyst that ignites the transformation of America from fragmented, angry and disillusioned into cohesive, collaborative and powerful. America will move away from six decades of tearing down to four decades of building up and then we’ll start the process over.

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Dear Connor: There’s no shaking off the coal dust

We will draw the line at the hard-core wingnuts at the fringes. I’m not inviting willful haters to my table. They’re not welcome. Period. We need to do whatever we have to to keep the haters corralled. And we must recognize there’s such a thing as hate born of unknowing.

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Dear Connor: Hang on; the mess is almost over

Every 80-85 years, we enter this final generational shift that culminates in what can only be understood as a conflagration that burns off the accumulated mess and re-positions us for growth.

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LGC Says

Editor and Proprietor Linda Grist Cunningham continues her four decades of reporting and writing in her Key West blog. Her columns explore local and national news and the political and governmental issues and decisions most likely to affect our property investments and future of the Florida Keys.

Build two parking garages in Key West? Please, no

The most popular tourist game these days is searching for that single, elusive parking spot. Top down on the signature rented orange Camaro, there they go around the block, the one riding shotgun pointing to, oops, not that one. If locals talk ceaselessly about...

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Mosquitos and Zika virus: A challenge to Key West tourism

Nothing said summer in the old South like the taste of boiled peanuts, the smell of tobacco drying in the barns and a big, ol’ cloud of DDT wafting on the evening breeze. I was one of the mid-century modern barefoot kids running down the dusty North Carolina street...

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Sharing bathrooms: The 1970s ERA argument redux

Seriously? We are arguing about sharing bathrooms again? Didn't we get that out of our collective political systems in the five years it took to kill the Equal Rights Amendment? On March 22, 1972, Congress sent the simply worded, proposed 27th amendment to the states...

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What are we going to do with Florida’s old people?

Given our graying population and rising sea levels Florida should be the role model for managing old people and coping with flooding backyards. We aren't, though in fairness to Florida, neither is any other state. Americans -- outside of deep-thinking tank people --...

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Can you see the Havana lights from Key West?

Despite persistent local legends and the occasional Sarah Palin-esque tweaking of the tourists, you cannot see the night lights of Havana from Key West. Not even on a clear evening. Not even if you squint. But Havana, a mere 90 miles from Key West, is closer to Duval...

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Dear Connor

“Dear Connor” is a collection of occasional blog posts written for Connor Cunningham by his grandmother, Linda Grist Cunningham. She began writing these as her construct for making sense of the unraveling American community. Connor may never read them, nor might others; but they’ll help her distill solutions from the cacophony that passes for discourse as America enters its crisis turning.

Dear Connor: Put on your listening ears

While I can’t fix or change it as an individual, I can write about it, I can teach my son and give him the tools to deal with the mess he and his generation are going to inherit in 20 years. And I can pray that there will be others that do the same.

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Dear Connor: Nine promises that we will be OK

Being OK doesn’t mean the next several years will be moonbeams and unicorns. The next decade will be harsh, unsteady, inexplicable and frightening. We will, as a country, walk with that awesome shadow of the valley of death. History tells us that we must face our worst selves before we can create our best.

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Dear Connor | Key West Pokemon and the Outrage Button

Good afternoon, Connor. I did the eye roll thing over the latest iteration of Pokemon and figured it was just another mindless time suck best left to the younguns. That was before I read these two words: AUGMENTED REALITY. No self-respecting, shiny-ball-loving geek...

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Dear Connor | Being a grownup sucks

Good morning, Connor. Being a grownup sucks. You're three so you're thinking about things like blue PlayDoh. You think Henny-Penny is a great kids' book about a nutso chicken, not a description of this summer's run amok world. But, yeah, being a grownup sucks because,...

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Dear Connor | What’s for dinner? You decide

Good afternoon, Connor. Did you know there are only two kinds of people in the world? Yeah, I know it looks like there are millions, but I think all those millions can be divided into  two groups: the ones who know what they want for dinner -- and the ones who don't....

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Dear Connor | Which super hero will you be?

  Good morning, Connor. I loved the picture of you and Charlie Rex Junior that your MamaDada texted this morning. You're both wearing striped gray "cat" pajamas and that made me smile. Nothing beats a kid and a kitten with my morning coffee. Did you sleep in your...

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