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.

Feb 052016


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.

Over-development and over-population on our string of tiny islands are gradually turning our neighborhoods, and the waters in which we secure our livelihoods and recreate, into a wasteland. Our lives, homes and families are being disrupted and disturbed over the almighty dollar.

Chronic traffic congestion, litter, pollution and hazardous accidents on our road and waterways have reached epidemic proportions. According to many divers and boat captains that I’ve spoken with, approximately 90% of the coral reef has already been destroyed.

Inquires from conscientious residents concerning the demise of our environment are often met with denials, obfuscation and feigned concern. ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ on the part of those running roughshod with our future, requires the selling and telling of falsehoods, in the hope of minimizing and concealing the extent of devastation accrued via their actions.

Perhaps it’s not a lie, if you’ve been indoctrinated with inaccurate information and become committed to an ideal that has taken on a life of its own. We’ve all been betrayed and led astray. Conceivably, a more accurate expression identifying this skewed reality, might be ‘delusional’.

Although the ruse has been uncovered, the ‘Trojan Horse’ continues to be paraded around as though it’s actually a benefit, offering a real solution for a perceived problem.

The sweet deals created vis a vis accommodations exchanged in kind, between consenting and conspiring partners is the real news. This ‘Trojan Horse’ has been examined, exposed and compromised, taking hits and being unmasked as an empty and barren enterprise, offering no relief for the targeted population.

Marketing and promoting an idea, which by design undermines the proposition that it purports to support, has a mischievous and treacherous undertow to it. Millions of dollars have been spent to exert a myopic and hypnotic pull upon many conscientious, intelligent and compassionate citizens so they’ll mesmerizingly embrace a belief in something that doesn’t exist.

Before I continue, what I’m about to say is not applicable to the esteemed members presently serving on our county commission nor does it relate to our distinguished county manager and his staff.

I’ve lived here a long time. Going back some years, turbulence, dishonesty and corruption were a part of Monroe County’s effort to promote “affordable and workforce housing”. Many misguided relationships between commissioners, staff and developers were agreed upon. Far too many of these transactions had damaging consequences that caused environmental destruction, decreased property values and ‘quality of life compromises’ deleterious to family life.

In a bid to stir the gravy, it seems the City of Key West is seeking to enter into another ‘affordable housing misadventure’ with the Peary Court properties. Predictably, it appears that the arguments for the project are not going to be based in fact. Twisted words, distorted reasoning, convoluted contractual agreements, veiled threats, stonewalling and prevarications will attempt to rule the day, as social media and public promotion will be the chosen methods to control and manage the debate. Referendum outcomes are frequently determined by such designs.

During my lifetime, I’ve come to the conclusion that the government should not be in the real estate business. As a simple man from the South Bronx, “Affordable Housing” is: “Living in a house that you can afford.” “Workforce Housing” is: “Living in an apartment or home that you can afford to live in.”

The Florida Keys are “built out to the max,” thus the need for deceptive (feel good) language, myths and notions that are politically correct (affordable housing//workforce housing). These descriptions are necessary, so a justification of sort may be given for the excessive building and development that is eroding the quality of our lives and communities.

Denser, congested and crammed ‘housing projects’ are being built throughout the Keys. Some of these developments lack proper planning and access for emergency vehicles. Many of them appear to have insufficient parking, along with inadequate accessibility for vehicles to safely merge onto and exit from US 1.

With these types of politically correct projects it becomes simple and convenient for governments to give developers what they want. ‘Waivers’ have been granted to builders allowing them to by-pass ‘set back requirements,’ while ignoring ‘space ordinances’ that at one time required homes to have a set distance from one another. In many instances, re-planting trees and plants, which have been illegally destroyed because of the “excessiveness” of a particular development are not required of the builder.

Traveling the Keys, I’ve witnessed construction materials being amassed at some development sites, which appear to be significantly inferior in quality to the products I utilized in building my home. Craftsmanship and adherence to hurricane building code practices do not seem to be strictly enforced.

Profitable businesses and cities taking in billions of dollars in taxes, revenues and fees have the capacity to pay their employees’ salaries commensurate with the wealth they’ve accrued.

Some businesses and municipalities provide unique living quarters which are extremely clean and beautifully constructed for their employees. Both private and public domains have offered these benefits and services to staff with extraordinary success.

In closing, keeping one’s eye on the ball concerning South Florida’s vanishing water supply is another area of critical concern. A clear and present danger for the ‘sustenance maintaining all life’ will become a reality when the cessation of a clean and secure source of drinking water is upon us.

‘Wastewater treatment mismanagement and confusion’ along with sewage dumping and leakage added to threats stemming from excessive demand and waste of this invaluable resource have coalesced into a menacing and emergent crisis that will only become more severe.

Contamination of the Biscayne Aquifer via a plethora of intrusions still hasn’t been adequately shored up. It appears the official response to these foreboding breeches has been continued building and development, by whatever means possible, while inventing kinder and gentler terms (affordable & workforce housing) along the way, so as not to alarm the masses to the imminent hazards awaiting them.

Continuing to strangle ourselves on copious amounts of debris, waste and filth, resultant from disproportionate development, is an extreme and regrettable form of suicide.

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #152, John Donnelly 2 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #134, John Donnelly, Letter to the Editor No 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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, […]

 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 […]

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

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, […]

 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 […]

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

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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 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 […]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:30 am Issue #106, John Donnelly, Uncategorized 11 Responses »
Mar 062015
Tasers and Force Unnecessary in Securing Unwilling Young Buck

by John Donnelly… Please allow me to acknowledge and describe the magnificent manner in which Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies Dave Campbell and Frank Delgado addressed a delicate and threatening situation on Barracuda Boulevard in the Anglers Park Subdivision of Key Largo. At approximately 4 PM, I observed a muscular young man behaving erratically along US 1. […]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:40 am Issue #104, John Donnelly 14 Responses »
Feb 272015
A Short True Story--Based Upon An Actual Event...

by John Donnelly Explosively erupting from head and face wounds, the blood created a slick surface upon the instruments delivering the blows. A mixture of cascading flesh particles and fluid descended onto the concrete floor. A slick red glaze pooled within the area of contact, destabilizing the movement of these assailants. Scurrying about, the frenzied […]

 February 27, 2015  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #103, John Donnelly 6 Responses »
Jan 302015
The M Ensemble Presents "The Gift Horse" by Lydia R. Diamond...A Must See...

On ‘opening night’ this critically acclaimed production, via intrigue and genius, captured the hearts and souls of its audience. Magnificently produced, this drama addresses extraordinarily delicate issues with creative depth. From start to finish, the brilliance and beauty of this production embraces sensitive themes with laughter and ingenuity, while captivating one’s imagination. It’s appearing now at […]

 January 30, 2015  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #99, Special Events No Responses »
Jan 232015
Get Me A Tissue...

by John Donnelly A pampered society, which rebukes the notion that character building, spiritual growth, self-esteem and gratitude are developed and advanced through one’s personal struggles, has set out to insulate our children and citizenry from the normal patterns of growth acquired via facing and mastering difficult situations. The ‘nanny state’ has conditioning the populace […]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #98 16 Responses »
Jan 162015
"World Worshippers" Proffer Dissociative Paradigms...Promulgating Despondency & Angst...

by John Donnelly Good and bad, corrupted or “effective crisis management”, terrorist or freedom fighter; choose your flavor, they’re all expressions of a ‘relativism’ that’s an intricate mixture of culture, conditioning, economics and evolutionary stature. One’s ‘conscience, instincts and intuition’ are integral attributes enabling us to establish a foothold, as we gradually progress towards a […]

 January 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #97, John Donnelly 2 Responses »
Jan 092015
Florida Senate Examines Police Brutality & Excessive Use of Force...

by John Donnelly How many times have FDLE Investigators discovered evidence that indicated a law-enforcement officer had committed a crime? On how many occasions were ‘criminally deficient cops’ brought to trial and found guilty? The following excerpts (In bold black print) were taken from a brilliantly authored document that was prepared by Chairman Allison DeFoor’s […]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #96, John Donnelly 8 Responses »
Dec 192014
Dismantling A Nation--To Protect Rogue Agencies & Individuals...

by John Donnelly… In accordance with my scientific training and the evidence that I’ve been able to review, as it relates to the ‘in-custody death’ of Charles John Eimers, along with my personal experience investigating and remedying a law-enforcement cover-up, as well as my conversations with an insider from the State Attorney’s Office; it is […]

 December 19, 2014  Posted by at 12:40 am John Donnelly 3 Responses »
Dec 122014
The Sun Is Always Shining.....

The duality of nature, with its accompanying ‘yin and yang’, have caused me pause. Through the years I’ve sought measures that would allow me to more effectively process these complimentary, yet opposite, realties. As a young child in the South Bronx my grandmother pierced through these metaphysical philosophies with a clear and pointed revelation: “When […]

 December 12, 2014  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #92, John Donnelly 2 Responses »