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.

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 »
Feb 122016
 
Liberating Students & A Nation From The Bondage of Self...

by John Donnelly……. Penetrating the implacable nature of invertebrate malefactors is not a task for the faint of heart. However, it can be done. Initiating a series of remedial actions via a multipronged strike upon illegitimate government and corporate practices, will resuscitate an abused citizenry reeling from the strangulating clutches of ‘exploitive authority and control’. Characterless and power driven pursuers of money and influence must be shown the door, if we as a community and nation are ever going to enjoy the liberating glow and [continue reading…]

 February 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #153, John Donnelly 4 Responses »
Feb 052016
 
"Unaffordable Housing"---The Gift That Keeps On Giving...

by John Donnelly……. Bamboozled, hoodwinked and indoctrinated for many years by government and developers into believing an inauthentic maxim has damaged our fragile aquatic ecosystem, while allowing the introduction of virulent toxins into our communities. Widespread fraud and deception by government officials are nothing new to the citizens of Monroe County. Research has produced evidence identifying a long-standing, cozy and quid pro quo type of relationship existing between politicians and developers. This arrangement has been eloquently described on numerous occasions in a plethora of periodicals. [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #152, John Donnelly 13 Responses »
Jan 292016
 
Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth

by John Donnelly……. Dr. Kelly McGonigal is an award-winning health psychologist teaching at Stanford University. Dr. McGonigal states: “It took evolution millions of years to deliver a prefrontal cortex capable of everything we humans need.” However, once born, is our value, worth and promise enduringly set in stone; before we even get out the gate and have a chance to live our lives? Is the ‘biological brain organ’ a fixed innate structure, rigidly wired and immutably developed into its full potential at birth? Are we [continue reading…]

 January 29, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am Issue #151, John Donnelly 3 Responses »
Jan 152016
 
A Tale Told By Idiots...

by John Donnelly……. We all die. Before we do, shall we strive to authentically live a complete and awakened existence, recognizing our transcendent potential and incorporeal permanence? Making a fuss over the infinitesimal irregularities existing in the material world, which delusively masquerade themselves as factually important, during our brief stay, is impractical and unproductive. Living on Park Avenue or a ‘park bench’, the cosmic play proceeds, each one with their part to play. Sustaining and expanding upon a ‘conscious awakening’ via the lessons learned and [continue reading…]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #149, John Donnelly 11 Responses »
Jan 082016
 
Fellow Growlers & Grumblers - Let's Flip the Script...

by John Donnelly……. The malfeasant malignancies chronicled in the school district, FKAA, city government, state attorney’s office, KWPD and FDLE et al.; pose serious concerns for many conscientious citizens. Are these foreboding descriptions real, fictitious or imaginary? The burden associated with incompetency, negligence and criminal conduct; which may be affiliated with the aforementioned agencies, rests squarely on the shoulders of the citizenry that placed and make it possible for these characterless individuals, to be situated and maintained in positions of power and authority. Shuffling e-mails [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #148, John Donnelly 13 Responses »
Jan 012016
 
Missed Opportunity--Keeps Students In Darkness & Blinds The World...

by John Donnelly……. Children and the world at large continue to unnecessarily suffer in pain and ignorance. Abundant “Answers and Solutions” await these young ones, however, leaderless adults within the fabric of a broken society beckon approval from their Masters, while cowering before the ‘god of political correctness’. Empirical data with proven results are available to anyone seeking clarity and sound outcomes; when it comes to devising effective strategies and techniques that actually advance and educate our children. On the ‘firing line of life’ empty [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #147, John Donnelly 9 Responses »
Dec 112015
 
Twisted Logic & Demagoguery Kills People

  by John Donnelly……. I Am The NRA….My life membership in this esteemed and enlightening association, has provided me with the means to advance my commitment towards peace and non-violence. Having witnessed barbarity and slaughter during war; an awakened acknowledgement and realization ignited my determination to seek a better way at resolving differences, while developing effective strategies to relate with my fellow man. Motivated by anguishing recollections and spiritual discontent, I set out to understand the internal and external causes that precede the killing of [continue reading…]

 December 11, 2015  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #144, John Donnelly 25 Responses »
Nov 202015
 
Courage Under Fire--Key West Shootout...

by John Donnelly……. Law-Enforcement Officers within the United States have broad and expansive powers. They have immense discretion and legal authority to determine under what circumstances lethal force can be applied. This far-reaching authority, along with the capacity to justifiably determine under what circumstances a perceived threat shall be terminated, has been determined by the Supreme Court of the United States to be legal and constitutionally sound conduct. On Monday, November 9th, 2015; the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state trooper does not have [continue reading…]

 November 20, 2015  Posted by at 12:58 am John Donnelly, Letter to the Editor 10 Responses »
Nov 202015
 
Losing The War On Terror//There's No Substitute For Victory//Let It Be...

by John Donnelly……. A hungry tiger cannot be reasoned with. Animals of a predatory nature thirst for blood and crave flesh. Their drives to sustain life are the primary focus of their existence. It’s under this imperative that they roam the earth. Precociously confronting the evolutionary drives of such creatures, under a   hypnotic  maze of misinformation, causes injury and death. Gravelike unawareness, bordering on the ignorant, is destructive and dangerous.  When such obtuseness insolently masquerades itself as truth, via the instruments of corrupted leadership within the white house, [continue reading…]

 November 20, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #141, John Donnelly 28 Responses »
Oct 302015
 
Will The Chickens Come Home To Roost?

by John Donnelly……. The ramifications of an irreverent society devoid of ethics and integrity, constitute a tipping point whereby the satiated irrelevancies and ideologies of a vacuous culture; births confusion, restlessness and distrust. As discontent increases it saturates the vacuum created by a civilization lacking forthrightness and veracity. Without a credible scientific standard to evaluate ourselves and the world about us, discomfort and instability will manifest proportionally to one’s inner disturbance. Lacking verifiable truths and facts required to accurately assess the progress and direction of [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #138, John Donnelly 7 Responses »
Oct 022015
 
Higher Education - Unbridled Hypocrisy - Advancing An Inferior Product...

Dear Editor, It’s troubling that an accomplished individual would be leading the charge to expand his organization’s ‘carbon footprint’ in the Florida Keys. Particularly, when such action is based upon antiquated data and pernicious principles governing the manner we educate our students. Florida Keys Community College President Jonathan Guevara is pushing for an expansive, unnecessary and ill-advised construction project, which will significantly add to the erosion of our fragile aquatic ecosystem. The massive compilation of concrete, asphalt, glass, noise and pollution; which Mr. Guevara desires [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #134, John Donnelly, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Sep 252015
 
Leadership Sets Law-Enforcement Standards High

  by John Donnelly……. Difficult criminal cases involving marine theft, without any leads, ranging over 112 miles of coastal waterways, adjacent to a crime ridden Miami; might cause a lesser man to relent and look to bury the problem. Not so our Sheriff Rick Ramsay and the gallant men and women of law-enforcement that he consolidated into a ‘task force’, which appears to have smashed and broken a crime wave that has plagued the citizens of Monroe County. The brazenness of these burglaries had been [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #133, John Donnelly 4 Responses »
Sep 252015
 
Open Letter to County Commissioners & County Manager

  Greetings County Commissioners & County Manager, May this note find you in the best of health and spirits. The proposed construction of a FKCC building in Key Largo, adjacent to the Jacobs Aquatic Park is not a good idea. It will rob that extensive and well established community of the ethos, charm and residential viability for which the residents purchased their homes. In addition; the peace, quiet and safety of the park will be destroyed by this mammoth construction, parking and traffic nightmare. All [continue reading…]

 September 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #133, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Sep 182015
 
Broken Trust Destabilizes Communities & Nations

by John Donnelly……. Madmen and women rushing through a valley of delusion, skirmishing in the froth of ignorance, as they proclaim their wisdom and importance. As each one of them dies, the world goes laughingly on without them. Materialists and ‘world worshippers’ spend their lives battling to ‘get theirs’. Upon their departure, they leave with nothing. Don’t you dare question my conduct; for my money, position and prestige has its perks and privilege. It buys influence, ascendency and admission into a perplexed, bewildered and aggressive [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #132, John Donnelly 7 Responses »
Sep 042015
 
Justice Department - Please Bid Our Pleas To Cleanse & Correct Wrongs...

by John Donnelly……. Words are insufficient in describing the outrage felt by citizens from all walks of life, regarding the lenient consequences dealt out to Special Agent Kathy Smith by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; resultant from her misconduct. Many are inflamed by the degree of deception and malfeasance characterized by this misconduct; for which she received a 5 day suspension. Prior to this punishment, she was on a 91/2 month paid vacation (suspended with pay). Her $93,000 yearly salary, would bring it to [continue reading…]

 September 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #130, John Donnelly 27 Responses »
Aug 282015
 
Once Upon A Time - A Light Was In The World...

by John Donnelly……. The ‘American Press’ was adjudicated specific constitutional rights by the founders of this nation. It was hoped that as the ‘Fourth Estate’ they would rigorously expose the institutional excesses that are systemic within the corruptive influences of a powerful government. The architects of this new nation knew that politicians would be insulated from the citizenry once elected to the positions they coveted. Their authority and privilege would shield them from the consequences associated with misdeeds and violations accrued while in office, as [continue reading…]

 August 28, 2015  Posted by at 1:55 am Issue #129, John Donnelly 12 Responses »
Aug 142015
 
Societal Reflections of A Monster

by John Donnelly……. It’s difficult for me to understand the mindset and thought process of an individual, when as a member of law-enforcement or the Armed Forces they abuse, injure or kill an unarmed prisoner under their control. The United States Marines that I served with were hardened and resourceful; pledging their last measure of devotion to one another and the innocent Vietnamese civilians dependent upon them for their very lives. We were determined to optimize our chances of survival and mission success, while cognizant [continue reading…]

 August 14, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #127, John Donnelly 2 Responses »
Aug 072015
 
May The Force Be With You

by John Donnelly……. Can individuals witness or study an identical event, and come away with an entirely different understanding as to what they just viewed? Can they have contrasting perspectives to what they just experienced? Measurement, in classical physics, means evaluating a pre-existing definite event or state of an object. However, in quantum theory, objects do not possess a predetermined and definite state; rather, they are in superposition of every probable state simultaneously. As in ‘human consciousness’, there is never a fixed or absolute interpretation [continue reading…]

 August 7, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #126, John Donnelly 3 Responses »
Jul 312015
 
Broken Trust

by John Donnelly……. The United States of America was attacked again last week, on its homeland. It was not a sneak attack, concealed and unannounced, without the knowledge of our government. Those who’ve openly declared war on us, have been gathering intelligence, recruiting soldiers and training said recruits, while formulating precise battle plans that have successfully targeted and killed the Americans identified in their stated goals and mission. This time, unarmed members of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy were massacred [continue reading…]

 July 31, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #125, John Donnelly 21 Responses »
Jul 172015
 
Et tu, Brute..?

by John Donnelly……. If Obama, Clinton and the Bushes (28 years worth of American presidents) had put forth the effort to become illumined leaders, and worked together with the world’s heads of state, they could have within a few years banished war and poverty from the earth. What an abject waste these presidents have been, when compared to the power they wield and the unlimited possibilities they squandered. Weakened by the chronic exposure we’ve undergone via the propaganda and prescribed indoctrinations rendered to us by [continue reading…]

 July 17, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #123, John Donnelly 6 Responses »
Jul 032015
 
Breed Airedales - Get Airedales

by John Donnelly……. An un-awakened consciousness, triggers all manner of mayhem and confusion. I’m not startled by the acts of horror, violence and degradation that are committed by human beings. There aren’t any limits to the violence and pain that an individual will inflict upon another; after they’ve been brainwashed, duped and deluded via an upbringing constituted upon the propagandized conditioning set forth in our ‘materialistic world’. The types of dogmas and teachings proffered by the orchestrators of said ‘rat race’, frequently produce desperate individuals, [continue reading…]

 July 3, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #121, John Donnelly 4 Responses »
Jul 032015
 
Redemption

Dear Editor, Having been disgraced, seriously injured and punished for his mistakes; at what point in time shall a man be forgiven? Perseverating upon another’s imperfection is the mark of a weak and enfeebled individual, fearful that their own flaws and shortcomings may be called to light. For many years Randy Acevedo served the children, parents and taxpayers of this county in a distinguished manner. He was a popular, dynamic and effective Superintendent of Schools. As our chief educator he was a brilliant, inspirational and [continue reading…]

 July 3, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #121, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jun 192015
 
Irish Need Not Apply

by John Donnelly……. I grew up around a lot of cops. Most adult men in my neighborhood were employed as construction workers, firemen or police officers. Many of these individuals were tough, hard drinking and athletic. They were identified via their Irish Heritage, Catholicism and love of America. They took their jobs seriously, while excelling in the performance of their duties. They valued knowledge and made enduring sacrifices, so that their children might receive a real education; the formal schooling that many of these men [continue reading…]

 June 19, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #119, John Donnelly 3 Responses »
Jun 122015
 
Solidarity...

by John Donnelly……. The tree planting project along US 1 in Key Largo is absolutely magnificent. Strategically placed in an especially creative and effective manner, these beautiful natural barriers have significantly decreased the nighttime headlight glare, which has blinded many drivers traversing this stretch of highway. In addition, these native plantings providing shade and a resting place for many of our migratory bird populations, while dramatically reducing the traffic noise penetrating into our neighborhoods. A steady stream of traffic is congesting our roadways, while adding [continue reading…]

 June 12, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #118, John Donnelly No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
"Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's"

  by John Donnelly……….. Something happened on the way to Key West. My mind was stretched in a new direction. It was different; nice and smooth; welcoming and unafraid. Kind of like that ‘Rocky Mountain High’ taken to verse by John Denver. My spiritual condition had been suffering of late. I had been too busy to participate in my devotional practices or give thanks to the God of my understanding, for the many miracles and protections, which my Creator has provided unto me throughout my [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #117, John Donnelly 6 Responses »
May 012015
 
They Paved Paradise And Put Up A Parking Lot....

by John Donnelly… They paved paradise and put up a parking lot -Joni Mitchell, 1970… The filth and debris strewn along US 1 and in the neighboring communities bordering the highway in Key Largo has reached epidemic proportions. Accompanied with traffic congestion and exacerbated decibel levels from illegally rigged motorcycle tail pipes, the quality of life that we once valued and enjoyed, has been dangerously eroded. Of particular concern are the startling number of vehicular burglaries committed in areas that were once devoid of such activity. [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #112, John Donnelly 2 Responses »
Apr 242015
 
Partisan Vigilantism Fuels Feeble Political Discourse--As Children Are Starved, Murdered & Join Terrorist Groups ...

by John Donnelly… There’s always enough money to fight a war. Eradicating the slums of the world, while feeding children starving to death, has not been a priority nor adequately funded by the industrialized and technologically advanced nations of the world.     Individuals create and generate their own suffering and painful experiences. The immutable law of ’cause and effect’ can best be understood in the following manner: “for every action there is a reaction”. The force and power projected by negative thinking and violent actions [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #111, John Donnelly 4 Responses »
Apr 102015
 
An Introspective Analysis & Thesis on Military Designations

by John Donnelly… Special Soldier Designations Are Often Insignificant–When Compared To Ground Warriors. Although this article is lengthy, I ask that you read it in its entirety before formulating an opinion. I’ve been troubled with how to best publish my thoughts. For clarity’s sake, I’ve presented my ideas on a continuum, consolidating them into an expression that I hope will be illuminating and informative. It’s not without many nightmarish moments, that my story comes to you.                   [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:25 am Issue #109, John Donnelly 35 Responses »
Mar 202015
 
Fractured Department--Free Falling In Disrepair...

by John Donnelly… The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has a significant number of ineffective leaders, compromised supervisors and rogue agents being recycled within their ranks. A plethora of documents and investigative reports have surfaced, attesting to this fact. A local (Key West) FDLE special agent is alleged to have violated her own “Ethical Standards” on how to conduct an accurate and viable investigation. In addition to disregarding these policy guidelines, it appears that this agent may have broken the law regarding her questionable [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:30 am Issue #106, John Donnelly, Uncategorized 11 Responses »