John Donnelly

John Donnelly, a resident of Key Largo was born, raised and went to high school in the South Bronx. Upon graduation he was awarded several scholarships to college. He chose to enlist in the United Sates Marine Corps. While serving in Vietnam John was wounded in action. He received two meritorious promotions, one during combat. Upon discharge and return to America, John had a difficult time transitioning back into civilian life. He found himself homeless for the next 4 years. As he worked out some troublesome concerns, he began to yearn to make some sense of his experiences via education. He sought and received his GI Bill benefits. He later graduated frpm the University of Miami on the President’s Honor Roll. While working at a Maximum Security Prison Facility for criminally insane adolescents, he earned a Master of Science degree from Florida International University. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More Articles by John Donnelly prior to November, 2014.

Jul 212017
 
Vehicular Assaults, Gridlock & Environmental Destruction...Endanger Our Lives & Islands...

by John Donnelly……. Being scolded and threatened by individuals visiting the Florida Keys with their large vehicles and trailers as they create traffic jams and dangerous driving conditions for the citizens that live here, because we’ve asked our County Commissioners to decrease their destructive impact, via the creation of a “toll road” for entry onto our islands, identifies a certain type of contempt, insensitivity and indifference for the safety and basic needs of Monroe County residents.

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am ~ Column ~, ~ Opinion ~, Issue #228, John Donnelly 7 Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Disintegration of a Nation...

by John Donnelly……. Has the United States Government under the tutelage of Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Reagan, along with the many thousands of congressmen and women who’ve served under their leadership, had enough time to formulate “comprehensive immigration reform”? Why is it that the leaders of our nation have been unable to develop a  plan of action that contains clear, cogent, humane and enforceable immigration laws?

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #226, John Donnelly 10 Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Immigration Uncertainty  

by John Donnelly……. Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Reagan had 32 (thirty-two) years to competently address the “disastrous debacle” that has devolved into our nation’s present immigration policy. All of these politicians with their extravagantly paid consultants, advisers and experts specializing in the field of immigration law; failed miserably. Thousands of elected members to congress, along with their extensive and excessively compensated staffers, sat idly by as the immigration crisis worsened; exacerbating the pain and suffering of millions seeking safety, food and shelter for their [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am John Donnelly 13 Responses »
Jun 162017
 
Fake People

by John Donnelly……. Toxic barbs by design are authored with the intent to weaken and disable their target.  Enlightening and illuminating  discourse are not sought nor desired by such poltroons. Absent the wisdom and creative genius accrued by Self-Realized and Self-Actualized individuals, these bottom feeders haven’t anything of authenticity to write about. Not dazzling you with brilliance, they shall baffle you with their bullshit. For generations these types of ideologues have given rise to the bureaucracies and ineffective policies proffered to remedy our defective educational [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #223, John Donnelly 7 Responses »
May 262017
 
A Memorial Day Remembrance

by John Donnelly……. The youngest United States Marine killed in action while serving in Vietnam was 15 years old. This teenager doctored his birth certificate at age 14 in order to join the Marines. This courageous African-American Marine from New York City was killed a month after I was wounded, while running to the aid of his heavily outnumbered colleagues with ammunition, so they might prevail in battle and not be killed.

 May 26, 2017  Posted by at 1:14 am Issue #220, John Donnelly No Responses »
May 192017
 
Love Is All You Need

by John Donnelly……. High browed Psychiatrists and Psychologists, along with many credentialed mental health professionals; frequently lack an ability to relate, understand and identify with their disturbed patients. Outside a clinical or classroom setting, their deficiencies are highlighted by an experiential absence and ineptitude, which diminishes their capacity to grasp the underlying realities of mental illness. An understanding that can best be awakened via wounds endured on the firing line of life. Friction generated by the rubber meeting the road, creates the requisite heat for [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #219, John Donnelly No Responses »
May 192017
 
SAVE THE DATE!! M Ensemble Company Presents FLYIN' WEST, June 8-25

FLYIN’ WEST by Pearl Cleage Directed by Jerry Maple, Jr. June 8-25, 2017 Sandrell Rivers Theater At Audrey M. Edmonson Transit Village 6101 NW 7th Avenue Miami, Fla. 33127 Dear Readers, Contributors & Friends, As President of the Board of Directors, for The M Ensemble Theater Company, I invite you as my guest, to come and join us for our Opening Night Performance on June 8th at 7:30 PM. After the show we will have a cast party, buffet dinner and dance music for your [continue reading…]

 May 19, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #219, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 072017
 
Walking Dead...

by John Donnelly……. If people recognize no force superior to their desires; then they must fight when their desires collide. Penetrating an eye socket with one’s fingers, so as to detach said eyeball and disable an opponent, might be the outcome from such collisions. Syrian atrocities and “child murder” have been established as the new normal. Acceptable levels of violence and killing have become “standard operating procedure”, as long as such destruction appears to be occurring at a safe distance. Indifferently disposed leaders and media [continue reading…]

 April 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #213, John Donnelly 15 Responses »
Dec 302016
 
Wounded Warrior Bicycle Ride

Warriors will arrive at the VFW Post 10211 in Key Largo at Mile Marker 102 Oceanside, at approximately 8 AM, on January 6th (Friday). After gathering their bikes, they will begin their journey South on US 1 headed to Key West. First rest stop will be at Coral Shores High School. They will then continue their ride on down to Holiday Isle. After visiting the Dolphins Facility in Marathon, they will ride across the seven mile bridge. The following day, they will enter Key West [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #199, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 232016
 
Norm Higgins Remembered

Dear Editor: Mere words are unable to describe the brilliance, magnitude and unyielding compassion possessed within the personhood of Norman Higgins. His uncompromising love and ability to forgive, under all circumstances, were qualities he was never without. Mr. Higgins is a far better man than I. To a certain extent we were cut from the same cloth. Born and raised in big cities, he from Chicago, myself from New York City; we both enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served combat tours in [continue reading…]

 December 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #198, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Homelessness...A Journey & Memoir...

by John Donnelly……. An individual chooses their shelter in accordance with the realties facing them. Affordable Housing is living where you can afford to live. In fact, ones’ only true residence is lodged between their ears. Mother Earth is our home. Tangential structures and morsels of food do not equate to the nourishment required to maintain a healthy “Self”, the “Thinker of the Thought”. No human power, bathroom towel, soup kitchen, principality or government will alleviate the so-called homeless issue. Successful civilizations thrived because they [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #195, John Donnelly 6 Responses »
Nov 252016
 
Confined--Unaware & Content...

by John Donnelly……. So filled with delusion and ignorance. Bound to ego consciousness and anger, unable to separate the wheat from the chaff. Violent in our thoughts and judgments, we’ve not learned much of anything, say to strike out and find fault. The manner in which the United States and most nations of the world educate their young stinks; and has stunk for a very long time. Thus, a steady stream of war and violence. In one American city the murder rate doubles that of [continue reading…]

 November 25, 2016  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #194, John Donnelly 9 Responses »
Nov 252016
 
Giving Thanks...

It has been brought to our attention that the beautiful stories and poetry that Barbara Mungovan so eloquently shares with our “Marine Corps Birthday” audiences each year, has gone for the most part unrecognized. Ms. Mungovan’s brilliant prose and poetry, captures the essence of the Marine Corps. Her impassioned and spirited delivery embodies our time tested traditions. She touches the hearts and souls of all in attendance, year after year. We’re certain that Barbara Mungovan’s two grandsons, both United States Marines, are basking in the [continue reading…]

 November 25, 2016  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #194, John Donnelly No Responses »
Nov 042016
 
Divisiveness & Conflict Sweeping Through The Nation....Good Fortune, Security & Equanimity Can Be Reinstituted Locally....

by John Donnelly……. “Truthfulness, Accountability, Competence & A Sound Mind”; are qualities usually “Required of a State Attorney”. Given their unbridled power and authority over our lives; they must be stable and fit to govern. During this election cycle , the integrity and uprightness of the citizens residing in Monroe County, will be assessed via the ethical bearing and character of the State Attorney they elect. Returning a confused and duplicitous individual to this esteemed position, with inordinate power and influence; will be a societal [continue reading…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #191, John Donnelly No Responses »
Oct 282016
 
Corruption & Lawlessness Normalized...Double-Standard of Justice & Ineptitude Uncovered At State Attorney's Office--Misery Index Rising In Monroe County...

by John Donnelly……. Credible sources of information have devolved into putrefactive purveyor’s of decadence. Institutions of government, education, propagandized media and the judicial system; in too many cases have shamelessly prided themselves in distorting and manipulating data to suit their needs and ideologies. Carrion connoisseurs versed in amalgamating “empires of wasteland”; these paradigms of deception specialize in broken dreams and destroyed lives, as they arrange the place mats and set the banquet table for their “Malignant Overlords”. Conditioned as we are to accept the abuses [continue reading…]

 October 28, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #190, John Donnelly 2 Responses »
Oct 142016
 
Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste death but once. - - - - William Shakespeare "Julius Caesar" (2.2)

by John Donnelly……. The 200,000 + children and civilians murdered in Syria, have not fared very well under the Obama and Clinton Regime. Of note, 25% of those killed by explosive weapons in this hell hole have been women and children. Since Obama publicly threatened the Syrian leader, while Clinton was Secretary of State, with his “Red Line” strategy; the slaughter of “Innocence” has exponentially increased. Obama’s targeted drone strikes and bombings of at least 2 “Doctors Without Borders Hospitals”, along with assorted civilian deaths [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #188, John Donnelly No Responses »
Oct 072016
 
Methodically Extinguishing--The Last Full Measure Of Devotion...

by John Donnelly……. Such confusion and self-righteous indignation coming from the crusaders sitting comfortably behind their computer screens in the safety of their air-conditioned abodes, condemning the conduct of those facing a committed, effective and credible enemy; whose murderous pursuits have grown exponentially, while morphing into an epidemic of genocidal proportions. With meager and scant interest, lacking any real skin in the game; how quaint and sanctimonious of the media and journalistic elites to critique and judge the conduct of those fighting against an enraged [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #187, John Donnelly No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
Dancing Through The Betrayal...

by John Donnelly……. Some journalists and authors from established media outlets, to include “The New York Times”, have devolved into proliferating merchants of misery for anyone thinking differently than they. If a real or imagined challenge threatens the sanctity of their beliefs, a reflexive conditioned response will provoke them to unleash an iron-fisted attack upon the perceived menace; collateral damage be dammed. Although such conduct has become all too familiar and accepted, it’s not the mark of an accomplished publication that has boasted of only [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #185, John Donnelly 6 Responses »
Sep 022016
 
American Indian Movement--Black Panther Party-- Black Lives Matter--Irish Republican Army (IRA)....

by John Donnelly……. The United States of America was founded upon an individual’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These unalienable rights identified in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution do not come from government; we’ve been endowed with them by our Creator. Once becoming acquainted with the ‘Law of our Land’, citizens are required to acknowledge and abide by these founding principles. If they’re unable to subscribe to the premise upon which this republic was founded, perhaps it’s time for them [continue reading…]

 September 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #182, John Donnelly 3 Responses »
Aug 122016
 
For Every Action There Is A Reaction...

by John Donnelly……. Conditioned into believing that this delusive creation (material world) is solid and real; continues to cause many civilizations confusion, suffering and pain. Throughout the ages enlightened individuals have attained a state of awareness and consciousness, whereby they were able to pierce through the veils of indoctrinated ignorance, which had determined that this transitory creation has an objective existence. Many scientists, logicians and metaphysicians serving as pioneers and trailblazer in the field of quantum physics were persecuted and labeled as heretics. Some were [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #179, John Donnelly 9 Responses »
Jul 292016
 
Forsaken, Not Forgotten

by John Donnelly……. Perhaps if I patronize those that find fault with me, their aggressive attitudes and actions towards me will decrease. It may disarm them. They’ll cease directing their menacing and threatening behavior in my direction; for the animus behind their deeds will be without a target. Pondering another accommodating remedy, if I enroll in some speech classes and improved the manner in which I pronounce and enunciate my words, while learning how to charm those in my company with a sweet and pleasant [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #177, John Donnelly No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Please Bear With Me---Just Wanted To Describe A Simple Telecast...

by John Donnelly……. Former President of the United States, GW Bush, sometimes referred to as ‘baby bush’; made a disturbing spectacle of himself during the funeral service for those Dallas Police Officers recently murdered. Having dyed what’s left of his hair with a brownish feculent colored substance; the visual impression formed in the minds of my assembled guests, viewing this tribute, was one of shock and distress. The application of some type of liquid or paste on his head, exacted an unwelcomed reaction. It accentuated [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #176, John Donnelly No Responses »
Jun 102016
 
Knowledge Acquired By Systematic Study...

by John Donnelly……. Ignorance has never been Blissful. Indoctrinated absurdities presented as intelligent discourse, proffered by like-minded elitists has brought civilization to its knees. Educational systems producing paradigms of idiocy, have conditioned their protégés to accept purposeless nonsense; as unadulterated fact. Unchallenged volumes of opinionated rhetoric, presented in classrooms as immutable truth, is the established academic standard that all must adhere to; if one is to succeed. Brainwashing and punishing the creative genius that lies within each child, is the backbone of what has been [continue reading…]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #170, John Donnelly No Responses »
May 202016
 
Cream Rises To The Top...

by John Donnelly……. Dare say, the rants denigrating law-enforcement officers, along with the chants calling for their murder, are difficult for me to reconcile with; while watching and listening to accounts of their extraordinary bravery and steadfast courage under fire, as President Obama decorates them with the ‘Medal of Valor’ at the White House. Just today, these ‘officers of the law’ appeared on TV as our president reverently draped this distinguished award around each of their necks. One mother was presented her son’s medal posthumously, [continue reading…]

 May 20, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #167, John Donnelly No Responses »
May 132016
 
Creations of a Lesser God...

by John Donnelly……. ‘Kitten Cuddlers’ are needed. Our more advanced, enlightened and humane neighbor to the North, Miami-Dade County, is seeking ‘Kitten Cuddlers‘. Although Miami-Dade Animal Services receives approximately 30,000 discarded animals a year, rather than preemptively killing these abandoned creatures, they’ve networked with citizens in the Greater Miami Area to provide 24 hour a day care, for the most defenseless of these animals. During their twice a month workshop for the public, Miami-Dade Animal Services teaches the proper handling and treatment of discarded kittens. [continue reading…]

 May 13, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #166, John Donnelly No Responses »
Apr 082016
 
As You Kill Me, So It Is Done Unto Thyself...

  by John Donnelly……. Recent cries by some to expedite the killing of cats, illustrates a callousness and depravity not often found in a civilized society. The justification proffered for slaughtering these sentimental creatures is riddled with flaws  and inaccuracies. These animals are not responsible for any of the complications attributed to their species. They are not, nor have they ever been ‘the problem’. Citizens abandoning and discarding their pets as garbage into the wild are the problem. Rather than emphasizing an ‘accelerated killing program’ [continue reading…]

 April 8, 2016  Posted by at 7:56 am ~ Column ~, John Donnelly 7 Responses »
Feb 192016
 
"Brain Training Indoctrination"--Replicates Disquietude--Promotes Continued Conflict & Unrest...

  by John Donnelly……. Brain power commensurate with changing the world’s civilizations into a set  of enlightened societies is an inherited birthright. We’re not the perpetual angst and aggression manifested in our endless cycles of “violence and war”. This addiction and compulsivity to wage war is symptomatic of a diseased mind, poor judgment and virulent emotions. Embracing stress and ignorance as an integral requirement  of reality, provides many with the means to fit in with fellow sufferers and secure some semblance of protection and comfort from [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2016  Posted by at 1:01 am ~ Column ~, Issue #154, John Donnelly No Responses »