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.

Tourists should get to vote on Florida’s Amendment 1

Where's a good, ol' fashioned voter fraud when you need one? Let's let the tourists vote in Florida. Especially this November on Amendment 1, which would pony up big chunks of already collected tax dollars to buy, manage, improve and preserve Florida land. It only...

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Five tips from oldtimers to get rid of trolls

We know them as web trolls, but they are also the playground/workplace/parking lot bullies. They’re the angry men who wear sheets, burn crosses and turn children back at the border. They are the disenfranchised and disenchanted, the powerless, the puppets of power. And, although the web has multiplied their offspring and concentrated their voices, they’ve been around forever. It’s time to hang up on them

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Our distaste for 60,000 Central American children makes us ugly Americans

There is a disconnect between our tolerant, y’all-come Cuban immigration policies and our inexplicable distaste for immigrant children from Central America. There are few differences between the “dry feet” Cubans and these children. They flee their homes in politically oppressed countries that offer little hope for futures of economic, social or governmental stability. With such similarity, why should we not be welcoming these children?

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Gay marriage in Key West: Time to book the venue

Florida Judge Luis Garcia’s same-sex marriage decision is going to be most excellent for Key West’s economy. The island’s decades-long libertarian (little “l;” not caps) history of live and let live and its powerful local gay and lesbian communities have made Key West a safe, accommodating and supportive destination for same sex couples — whether for a week, a month or a lifetime. Key West is a straight wedding mecca, and it doesn’t take much of an imaginative leap to know there’s not going to be much better than a same-sex wedding celebration in Key West. Ka-ching for everything from wedding planners and upscale clothing retailers to sunset cruises, bars and restaurants. The allure of a Key West wedding — gay and straight — is simply too good to pass up.

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Gay marriage: It will happen in Key West. And soon.

They were a comfortable as old shoes married couple, except they weren’t. And a decade ago, even a domestic partnership in urbane New York City was little more than an oh-so-aware cocktail conversation.
They could get married today in New York. Not in Florida, not today, and not ever if Florida Attorney General Pam Biondi has her way. She intends to fight marriage equality every step of the way.
But Florida has its own marriage equality warriors. Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, two Key West residents denied a marriage license in Monroe County, took their lawsuit before Chief Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Luis Garcia this week. Garcia said he would issue a ruling shortly.
In less than 15 years, marriage equality has morphed from a not-in-my-lifetime cocktail conversation into a reality as state after state recognizes what gay couples throughout history — always knew. We are like you. We are you.

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Supreme Court birth control ruling: Can corporations get married?

In its decision, the U.S. Supreme Court majority said for-profit, crafts store Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties could refuse to provide insurance coverage for certain types of birth control because of their religious beliefs. Corporations are not people. No matter the religious, political, social and cultural beliefs of its board of directors. Real people don’t cuddle up with a corporation for a bedtime story. This is not Disney World.

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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.

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