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Posted September 19, 2016 01:11 pm - Updated September 19, 2016 01:21 pm
By Candidates for U.S. House, District 4

Rutherford, Bruderly and Koniz
bios and questionnaires

U.S. Rep., District 4 Candidates bios and questionnaires for John Rutherford (Republican), David Bruderly (Democrat), and Gary Koniz (No Party Affiliation).

JOHN RUUTHERFORD BIO (Rep):

John Rutherford has lived in our community since 1958. Educated at Florida Junior College and Florida State University, John heard the call to serve his community at an early age. Beginning his law enforcement career as a patrolman at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 1974, he rose through the ranks and gained more responsibilities and leadership experience, especially when John served as Director of Corrections.

Becoming Jacksonville’s Sheriff in 2003, John managed nearly a half-billion dollar budget and oversaw over 3,200 employees. John ran the Sheriff’s Office like a business, operating under a bottom-up, cost-efficient “lean management” system. As Sheriff, John tackled one of our area’s toughest problems: crime. Because of his leadership, in 2011, crime in Jacksonville was at a 40-year low for violent crime.

John reduced crime through “Community Problem Solving.” He spearheaded initiatives to bring our community together, hired more police officers, and used intelligence-led policing. One such community program was Jacksonville Journey. It put more cops on the streets, and helped keep our neighborhoods safe. Another initiative was ShAdCo, the Sheriff’s Advisory Council. That brought police officers and civilians together to talk about neighborhood problems, and solve and prevent crimes. When John became Sheriff, ShAdCo had 600 members. After his service, the group had 3,000 members.

Moreover, John tackled another persistent problem in Jacksonville: mental health issues. Working with the Department of Children and Families and Florida Partners in Crisis, John laid out a plan to curb the recidivism rates of the mentally ill and provide them with necessary treatment options.

John served as the Chair of the Florida Sheriff’s Association, where he gained critical legislative experience, protected our constitutional rights, and made sure the Legislature passed crime-reducing laws.

Jacksonville’s 40-year low in violent crime and crime-reducing efforts were testaments not just to good law enforcement, but to a community that came together to improve its neighborhoods.

In addition to serving as Jacksonville’s Top Cop, John is a proud husband, devoted father of two, and grandfather of six.

Now, John is ready to take up a new challenge: to represent us and our interests in Washington. This is just a natural extension of John’s commitment to our community.

Simply put, Washington is too big and does too little. But luckily for us, John is a results-oriented community leader with the right experience, the right message, and the right priorities to fight for us, solve our nation’s issues, and get results.

Rutherford’s Questionnaire

1. What is your major accomplishment in public life?

Serving the people of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida in the protection of our citizens, families, and homes. Leading a force of more than 1700 sworn officers we succeeded in driving down the violent crime and murder rate to historic lows while spending less per citizen than any major Florida metro area.

2. Have you ever been sued, arrested or declared bankruptcy? If so, please give relevant details.

Never arrested or declared bankruptcy, nor sued as an individual citizen. However, the Sheriff is typically named as a party to any suit regarding law enforcement actions and officers in the subject county. These suits are all public record at the Clerk of the Courts and General Counsel’s offices.

3. Please list your endorsements.

• Duval County Mayor Lenny Curry
• Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams
• Duval Clerk of the Court Ronnie Fussell
• Duval City Councilwoman Anna Brosche
• Duval City Councilman Aaron Bowman
• Duval City Councilman Al Ferraro
• Duval City Councilman Scott Wilso
• Duval City Councilman Matt Schellenberg
• Duval City Councilman Jim Love
• St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar
• Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper
• Nassau County Property Appraiser Mike Hickox
• Fernandina Beach Chief of Police Jim Hurley
• Fraternal Order of Police
• Jacksonville Association of Firefighters
• Julia Fletcher; Former Congressional 4 Candidate

4. Do you endorse the following Open Government Pledge from the First Amendment Foundation? If you have any misgivings, please explain:

I believe that open and transparent government is essential to our democracy. Florida’s citizens have both constitutional and statutory guarantees of access to government records and meetings, and access to this information is vital for citizens to exercise their political power.

I pledge to abide by the spirit and letter of Florida’s Public Records and Open Meetings Laws. I will also uphold citizens’ constitutional right of access as established by the Florida Constitution. I will make diligent efforts to ensure that my employees and colleagues understand and promote compliance with open government laws.

Further, I agree to use mobile electronic communications or social media for public business only if the proper systems are in place to capture and retain these public records. I will also support efforts to place government information online whenever possible in order to facilitate access for Florida citizens.”

I strongly support both Florida’s Public Records laws and its Open Meeting or government in the sunshine laws and have worked diligently to comply with them in my twelve years as Sheriff. I believe that all state records should have proper stewardship and that all state business be done in the sunshine as required by law.

In federal office, I will work diligently to apply the same standards of compliance with the stewardship of federal records and the conduct of congressional business required by federal law.

5. Should LGBT people be included in federal anti-discrimination laws?

Federal attention to LGBT non-discrimination rights is, frankly, unavoidable. The federal government will have to take the lead in considering legislation that balances hard-won and long-protected rights: those of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of individual conscience, freedom of association, and more recently (legislatively) freedom from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. I don’t believe that anyone should be discriminated against because of who they are or whom they love,

Certainly, as a purchaser of goods and services and as a funder of specific operations, the federal government has the right and the obligation to specify the terms of employment, contracting, and operation – including non-discrimination – of those to whom federal funds are allocated. Careful attention to non-discriminatory operations is a core responsibility of a civilized government, and in federal spending in general LGBT protections should be considered.

I do not think that the federal government should attempt the immense task of regulating normal local commerce and relationships. That power is best lodged in the individual state government – the one closest to the people. The individual state should have the primary role in balancing the rights of individuals, businesses, employers, employees, and others who engage in commerce, trade, and contractual relationships.

6. Should the St. Johns River be dredged? If so, how would you protect the environment?

Yes. We need to rely on the expertise of the Corps of Engineers, the EPA, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection along with the St. Johns River Water Management District to ensure the environmental soundness of the Corps’ plans for dredging.

7. What should be done to improve mental health programs nationally? Do you support Rep. Tim Murphy’s legislation?

Representative Murphy’s bill entitled the “Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act” is an excellent starting point for legislation addressing the mental health crisis in America. We are woefully short in mental health professionals, lagging in funding, and in urgent need of bridging the first responders – law enforcement and fire/rescue – with a system of psychological health and treatment. Having run as Sheriff the largest mental health care facility in North Florida, I am far too aware of the urgent need for pulling together a coherent system of prevention, intervention and treatment.

I am less supportive creating a new Secretary-level position to address these challenges. More focus and intensity should not require a new bureaucracy. Right now, eight different departments with one hundred twelve federal programs spread across them attempting to support people with often urgent mental health needs is fractured, ineffective, and costly. Properly prosecuted, the $130 billion spent annually should be driven to the state level at which local mental health providers and first-responders can organize themselves successfully and more effectively.

I support the bill’s grant-reform and restructuring approach (Title II.) I support the bill’s attempt to create peer-review, outcomes-driven metrics that can measure success and pinpoint areas of greater and/or emerging need through the proposed National Mental Health Policy Laboratory.

8. Are you willing to work across the aisle for common goals? Give an example.

I am not an ideologue and will not allow perfect to get in the way of good in my support of legislation. In my 9 years of working with the Florida legislature as the legislative chair of the Florida Sheriff’s Association we had many successes in mounting bi-partisan approaches to policy making in the areas of mental health, metal recycling, derelict motor vehicles, local law enforcement policies, standards, and funding.

I helped bring together diverse groups including law enforcement, the judiciary, prosecutors, public defenders, and the human services community to pass the Habitual Misdemeanor Statute, saving millions of dollars and countless human lives by allowing for the extended treatment of mental health and substance abuse victims whose lifestyle led them to a continuing life of crime. This required bipartisan consensus and a broad coalition of diverse interests and political parties and ideologies. This was the case with numerous bills over the nine years that I served as legislative chair for Florida’s Sheriffs, building many diverse coalitions and effecting positive change.

9. Are you concerned about the $19 trillion national debt? If so, what should be done to reduce it?

We need a balanced budget amendment. We must cut the size of federal government, ending corporate welfare and reining in out-of-control federal regulatory overreach. We simply must stop spending money “off-the-books” including our defense and anti-terrorism expenditures. These are important efforts and should be funded, but they must be included in the budget and the budget is the budget.

We must forego new spending (without matching offsets) until the budget is balanced and we must aggressively seek cuts where we can to bring the budget into balance.

The Congress must adopt a budget. To wander along with continuing resolutions inspires no confidence and demands no restraint.

Finally, we are never going to cut our way to a balanced budget or to reduce meaningfully the $19 trillion debt. We need to Grow our GDP (limping along at less than 2%,) take care of regulatory overreach (through the REINS act) and the tax structure (individual and corporate,) and repatriate offshore funds ($ 2 trillion currently.) It is estimated that these things alone would enhance GDP growth to 4%. This means wage growth, jobs, investment, economic security, and quality of life for everyday Americans.

10. What are reasonable steps for dealing with illegal immigration?

Immigration is the lifeblood of American history. But ignoring illegal immigration is foolish, dangerous, and erodes public and international confidence in our rule of law. We must first enforce border security. Second we must overhaul our immigration system from top to bottom. Currently immigration policy is dominated by “who’s already here” and “who wants to come.” We are ignoring large swaths of the world population who want to immigrate to America and who can contribute (safely) to our economic prosperity and our way of life.

We must insist on proper vetting of all immigrants and refugees and we should be transparent as to where refugees are being settled. E-Verify should be enforced for employment. Appropriate federal funding to local communities must follow federal replacement of international refugees and the individual states should have input into the levels of refugee resettlement. There must be coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement into potential impacts of refugee resettlement.

DAVID BRUDERLY BIO (Dem)

Professional Engineer Dave Bruderly is a 42 year resident of North Florida. He came of age in his birthplace (Salem, Ohio -- The Quaker City) and graduated Norwin High School, near Pittsburgh (sorry Jag fans) in 1965. His two children, David Robert and Heidi, have given him five grandchildren. Dave earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering & Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1969 and his commission in the US Navy. He earned his Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from Columbia University, NY in 1971. Dave is passionate about preserving our clean air and conserving the water resources and ecosystems that sustain Florida’s high quality of life. He has worked his entire life as an environmental consultant, clean fuel entrepreneur and advocate for more sustainable and renewable energy systems. He has been self-employed for 26-years.

“The Lord has blessed Florida’s First Coast region with some of the most beautiful natural resources in the nation. Our sandy beaches, pristine rivers, coastal marshes and maritime forests are ours to preserve and our children’s to inherit. We need leadership that knows how to protect and fight for our shared heritage.” - Dave

Dave began his career as a cadet-midshipman serving on ocean-going break-bulk cargo ships, a converted C-4 container ship and the flagship of the US merchant fleet, the passenger liner SS United States. After winning his USCG licenses as 3rd Mate - Oceans and 3rd Engineer - Unlimited Horsepower, he served on civilian oceanographic research vessels in the Pacific (RV Robert D. Conrad) operated by Columbia University and the support ship for the Johnson SeaLink submarines (Harbor Branch Foundation, Ft. Pierce, Florida). He active duty service in the US Navy was onboard a destroyer, a destroyer escort and ashore at the Naval Undersea Center, San Diego. During the height of the Cold War, his merchant ships took Dave across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans to many countries in Europe, West Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, the Caribbean and South America.

After returning from his duty at sea, Dave began the 2nd phase of his career with Roy F. Weston, opening their office in Houston, Texas. He joined the RS&H family of companies in 1974, at ES&E in Gainesville, Florida. He implemented projects in 20 American states and Canada, Israel, Egypt, Germany and Japan. Some of his achievements include environmental licensing for coal-fired electric power plants (including Crystal River 4&5), military bases (including the Kings Bay FBM Sub Base), and many manufacturing, petrochemical and mining facilities. Dave also analyzed urban and agricultural non-point source contamination in the St Johns River Basin, evaluated lake and river restoration projects and directed the investigation and clean-up of dozens of contaminated petroleum and chemical sites created by spills, leaks and legal and illegal waste and chemical weapon disposal activities.

In 1990, Dave started Bruderly Engineering Associates, Inc. to pursue opportunities to bring cleaner fuels, renewable energy sources and more efficient energy technologies to widespread commercial and retail use. Most of his client work in this 3rd phase of his career was outside Florida. Dave is a founding member of the ISO/TC 197 Committee - Hydrogen Energy Technologies, the Energy Committee for Governor Chiles Commission for Sustainable South Florida, and in 1999 was appointed to Governor Bush’s Clean Fuel Florida Advisory Board. He has worked with manufacturers and developers of hydrogen fuel cell technologies, battery electric vehicles, compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and fuel stations, liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage, fuel stations and trucks. In the renewable sector projects included biogas, cellulosic ethanol production from sweet sorghum and waste wood, and photovoltaic generation. In addition to his business activities, he served as President of the North Florida Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society, Chair of the Suwanee-St Johns Group, Sierra Club and on the Board of Florida Defenders of the Environment. He has been a long-standing member of the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and made his first visit to Capitol Hill with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Climate Action Team in 1999.

When Dave was a young man, he wanted to serve his country and travel the world. He earned a Congressional appointment to the USMMA and his life was changed forever. He represented the United States in uniform during the Vietnam War, a time of tremendous uncertainty, with an all too real possibility of nuclear war. His experience instilled him with a passion for service and a sense of duty that he carried over to his private career. His travels through active wars zones (Nigeria/Biafra, India/Pakistan, Egypt/Israel, North Korea/South Korea gave him a first-hand appreciation of how United States foreign policies impact lives around the world. He has seen the consequences of “dumb” power and understands how “smart power” and informed foreign policy can achieve benefits for ALL the American people.

“When I was young, I wanted to serve my country, travel the world and get a first-class education. The military gave me all three and I’m grateful for it. I wanted to pursue my passion, become a scientist and a small business owner. My government helped me achieve those dreams, and I’m grateful for it. But now, I see all those opportunities disappearing. I want to fight to preserve them for the generations of young men and women following the baby boomers .” -Dave

Dave is running for Congress because the people of Northeast Florida deserve better. Our middle class is suffering from decades of shortsighted policies written by and benefiting multi-national corporations and their well-paid armies of lobbyists. Our veterans are suffering from bureaucracy, delays, neglect and all to often denial of basic care and decency. Our best and the brightest are paying the ultimate price because shortsighted politicians couldn’t be bothered to think through the consequences of their own actions. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security financing is inadequate because of short-sighted anti-tax thinking combined with resistance from Wall Street, insurance and drug company lobbyists. Our young people are saddled with crushing debt directly impacting innovation in the market place. Common-sense gun reforms that could strengthen 2nd Amendment rights are blocked by the NRA fear-mongering; gridlock that will inevitably lead to knee-jerk solutions that would ultimately diminish our personal freedoms. We can do better. We deserve better. People First!

BRUDERLY QUESTIONNAIRE

1. What is your major accomplishment in public life?

David Bruderly: l was key part of the RS&H / Plantec / ESE team that helped the US Navy decide to bring the FBM Sub Base to Kings Bay in the mid-1970’s. I then worked to minimize the impact of this facility and submarine operations on the ecosystems of Cumberland Sound and the St. Mary’s River.

2. Have you ever been sued, arrested or declared bankruptcy? If so, please give relevant details.

David Bruderly: No.

3. Please list your endorsements.

David Bruderly: I have no formal list of endorsements at this time; however, if you follow the link on my web site (www.Bruderly.com) to my 2006 web site that is archived in the Library of Congress you will see that I have had the active support of many National and State leaders of all political views. For example, I was appointed to the Clean Fuels Florida Board by then Governor JEB! Bush after serving on the Energy Subcommittee of Governor Chiles Commission for a Sustainable South Florida. Formal endorsements will come as I ramp up my campaign.

4. Do you endorse the following Open Government Pledge from the First Amendment Foundation? If you have any misgivings, please explain:

“I believe that open and transparent government is essential to our democracy. Florida’s citizens have both constitutional and statutory guarantees of access to government records and meetings, and access to this information is vital for citizens to exercise their political power.

I pledge to abide by the spirit and letter of Florida’s Public Records and Open Meetings Laws. I will also uphold citizens’ constitutional right of access as established by the Florida Constitution. I will make diligent efforts to ensure that my employees and colleagues understand and promote compliance with open government laws.

Further, I agree to use mobile electronic communications or social media for public business only if the proper systems are in place to capture and retain these public records. I will also support efforts to place government information online whenever possible in order to facilitate access for Florida citizens.”

David Bruderly: I so pledge.

5. Should LGBT people be included in federal anti-discrimination laws?

David Bruderly: Absolutely YES! The Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Amendment granting women the right to vote and the Civil Rights legislation in the 1960’s provide ample justification to extend the concept of “equal protection under the law” to every minority group that suffers from intolerance and discrimination. The current controversy is NOT an issue of government infringing on religious freedoms and liberties. This is an issue of organized religious institutions attempting to use the laws and police powers of the State to impose their religious belief system and doctrines on all of us. This is not just wrong and divisive public policy, this political movement is an attack on the principles upon which this Nation was founded.

6. Should the St. Johns River be dredged? If so, how would you protect the environment?

[David Bruderly] JaxPort is advocating dredging to 47-feet based on the assumption that this depth is necessary to accommodate larger, deep-draft containerships serving Asian-Pacific Trade Routes. The Port of Mariel, Cuba was recently dredged to 58-feet to have the capacity to serve as a Transshipment Terminal for Asian cargo bound for the East Coast United States. This raises the question: How deep is deep enough?

David Bruderly: JaxPort has NOT answered this question. A binding Treaty, signed by every maritime Nation (IMO Annex VI), is forcing foreign flag ship owners who want to continue to use oil as fuel to build larger, slower, more fuel-efficient ships. This has created a situation where US East Coast Ports are telling the public that they are in competition with each other because the Panama Canal has been expanded; that “market forces” require American taxpayers to spend BILLIONS to dredge deeper, wide navigation channels to accommodate bigger, wider, deeper ships built in Asian shipyards, operated under foreign flags with low-cost foreign crews. This is a deceptive argument that ignores economic reality and the fact that alternative solutions may prove to be more beneficial to American taxpayers and workers.

The environmental movement in Florida ramped up in the 1960’s, when leaders like Marjorie Stoneman Douglas and Marjorie Carr exposed the folly of massive dredging projects, like the Cross-Florida Barge Canal, that were based on assumptions about obsolete technology and business models. Sponsored by short-sighted Jacksonville business interests the Barge Canal was a boondoggle that destroyed the Ocklawaha River and waste millions of taxpayer dollars.

The proposed deep-dredging projects, in all US East Coast Ports, are founded on the assumption that ocean going ships will continue to increase in size and draft, thus requiring a deeper navigation channel, and that cargo volumes will continue to increase. This assumption has NOT been tested nor have alternatives been developed and rigorously evaluated in the market, let alone the court of public opinion.

With respect to the environment, the St. Johns River, the Florida Everglades and our fresh and saltwater wetlands have been slowly dying the death of a 1,000 cuts since Henry Flagler and Plant started construction of the railroads that opened Florida’s lands and waters to real estate speculators, charlatans and robber barons – and millions of Yankees seeking refuge from winter snows. Historically our legislators and local government officials have treated Florida’s unique ecosystems as an inexhaustible resource, ripe for short-term exploitation with readily available technologies. Unfortunately this “frontier mentality” still dominates the Republican Party of Florida. It is time to bring Florida’s economic development focus and planning for taxpayer funded infrastructure projects into the 21st Century reality.

7. What should be done to improve mental health programs nationally? Do you support Rep. Tim Murphy’s legislation?

David Bruderly: ] It is a tragedy that mental health treatment is not given the same weight in our health care funding system as obvious physical ailments. Science is now learning that mental health, as well as other behavior problems, are controlled by bio-electrical-chemical processes within the human brain. In other words, mental health is a physical ailment, just like diabetes or heart disease. It is also a tragedy that far too many mentally ill people are locked up in prison because their illness was not detected and treated before they committed criminal acts, such as drug possession, petty theft or inappropriate, often violent, behaviors. I am not familiar with Tim Murphy’s legislation, but I suspect that it is quite limited in scope and does NOT address the root causes of the mental health crisis that is the root cause of much violent, anti-social behavior in our society. The treatment of mental illness must be decriminalized and integrated into our national health care financing system. An ounce of prevention is a whole lot cheaper to society than a pound of cure, especially if the cure does not work.

8. Are you willing to work across the aisle for common goals? Give an example.

David Bruderly: Since 1974 I have been working with Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and NPAs, not to mention good people of every religious belief system, to promote federal, state and local policies and laws that empower the average citizen and business owner to take action to reduce, if not eliminate, the sources of pollution and violence that have been poisoning “the Commons” the clean air, healthy communities and ecosystems, productive farm land and abundant surface and ground water resources that are, quite literally, the lifeblood of Florida’s economy. In 1990 I expanded my efforts to develop pathways to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to levels that will NOT destabilize Earth’s climate and accelerate the rate of global sea level rise. Failure of my Republican friends to work across the aisle to solve these problems will deny our kids and grandchildren the same opportunities for a happy, healthy life that my generation has enjoyed. Florida has the opportunity to “Lead by Example” and place “People First”.

9. Are you concerned about the $19 trillion national debt? If so, what should be done to reduce it?

David Bruderly: While I am committed to working across the aisle to weed out wasteful government spending, I do not believe the $19 trillion national debt justifies radical cuts in the operating budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency as the GOP controlled US House just voted to do. The federal agencies that are focused on domestic issues and foreign aid are NOT the cause of out-of-control annual budget deficits. I will lead an effort in the US House to provide facts that will show the American people the root causes of this $19 trillion debt; free of political posturing. Case-in-point: Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has estimated that the failure of the US Congress to raise taxes to properly fund the build-up of US military capabilities in the oil-producing regions of the Middle East since the mid-1980’s and the active wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and throughout Africa accounts for approximately $4 to $5 trillion of this debt.

10. What are reasonable steps for dealing with illegal immigration?

David Bruderly: A reasonable step is to have a serious, rational, fact-based debate by members in the US House that will start the process of developing a Comprehensive Immigration Policy for this Nation and an enforceable implementation plan. The American People deserve a NATIONAL policy that treats ALL people fairly and equally in accordance with the guiding principles set forth in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

When I was young, Eastern Europeans, Irish and Catholics in the gritty steel towns of Pittsburgh and Chicago, in addition to African-Americans, were the subject of irrational bigotry and discrimination because they were taking jobs from an earlier generation of German-English immigrants. The passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960’s started the process of ending institutional discrimination based on ethnicity. The current immigration controversy can only be solve by eliminating the economic forces that motivate people to live their homes villages in Third World Nations to seek a better life in the United States. A wall is not the solution.

GARY KONIZ BIO (NPA)

I am on the ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 4th Congressional District in the November 8, 2016 General Election running as an Aggressive Independent Bi-Partisan Conservative in a Campaign to confront the obvious Existing Errors in our Government; particularly as they are occurring to our Economy; and especially to Represent, Defend, and Protect the Working Class Population in the War of The Have’s versus The Have Not’s from the current trend of Class Discriminating Exploitation, and as to bring about a caring regard for the benefit of all of the people in keeping with the Moral and Ethical Integrity of our Nation’s Governing Ideology. Our Motto Is: “A Democracy That Works For All The People.” This active brand of Socialized-Capitalism will call for: a Prevailing Middle Class Cost-Of-Living Minimum Wage Legislation with an Anti-Trust Fair Price Cost-of-Living Monitoring Agreement, an Affordable Graduated FICA Payroll Deducted National Medicare Health and Dental Care Plan, and for Full Faith Supplemental Currency Issue; to meet all necessary Government Payrolls, provide for; Infrastructure, Public Employment, The Environment, Emergency Disaster Relief; and All Other Urgent Economic Concerns of State; and so to Eliminate Budget Deficit in Taxation Shortfall by Issuing Currency from the Treasury instead of borrowing the money from Banks and Foreign Governments. This plan will end the Lending Collaborations that are tied to the Annual Congressional Approval of the National Debt Ceiling. The plan will also ensure that the Stock Market is not further subjected to Panic Manipulation by Placing a Cap on how far a stock can fall, 3% of its value, in one Trading Day, and by ending Short-Selling Gambling Speculation. That will in all (and along with Enforcing a Fair Balance of Foreign Trade,) produce the Consumer Purchasing Power We Need To Secure our Nation’s Domestic Economic Vitality, Growth, and Stability.

KONIZ QUESTIONNAIRE

1. What is your major accomplishment in public life?

My most Major Accomplishment while in Public Life was To Resolve this Drug Warfaring Crisis here in America while I was Press Aid and Personal Assistant/Advisor to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (DNY); during the era of the Clinton Administration, from 1989-2000, when Senator Moynihan retired. Who, and together with myself acting in his behalf, oversaw the Coordination of the entire Intervention to the Drug War; to what I was also the FAA Coordinator and Press Correspondent to. I was particularly involved with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the Drug Chemical Warfare occurring to pilots, that I undertook the roll of Senate Coordinator about; with Government Agencies orienting to the Drug Interdiction Program in National Anti-Drug Efforts, Civilian Forces; Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, and Military Units, in Joint Investigations; to mount a coordinated and sustained attack on the Drug Warfaring Enemies to The United States. That was finally put down at that time by the means of; Aggressive Intervention, Creating Public Employment, Massive Drug Screenings, and by a sustained Anti-Drug Media Educational Campaign appealing to a Drug Free America. But this Drug War is far from over however!

What we need to do now is to confront this War On Drugs as a real War to be Intervened Upon; (and particularly to do with the Insidious Soporific Drug Opium/Heroin, to what that Cocaine is the Invigorating Antidote to;) of deadly intent upon American Lives, and upon Our Society in the Ruin of its; Social Degeneration, Generated Crime and Corruption, and Guns on the Street. This is to be accomplished by; Decriminalizing Drug and Substance Abuse for the addicted users who are its victims, and by treating the matter as a Medical Issue to be resolved by strict Quarantined Detoxification Rehabilitation; and for the Major Drug Traffickers; Growers, Producers, and Distributors, to be rendered into the hands of The United States Military operating systematically under the War Time Articles of Martial Law with unlimited Search and Destroy Warrants based to Obviousness of Suspicion to be Field Tried by Military Tribunals for Immediate Executions.

I am on the ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 4th Congressional District in the November 8, 2016 General Election running as an Aggressive Independent Bi-Partisan Conservative in a Campaign to confront the obvious Existing Errors in our Government; particularly as they are occurring to our Economy; and especially to Represent, Defend, and Protect the Working Class Population in the War of The Have’s versus The Have Not’s from the current trend of Class Discriminating Exploitation, and as to bring about a caring regard for the benefit of all of the people in keeping with the Moral and Ethical Integrity of our Nation’s Governing Ideology. Our Motto Is: “A Democracy That Works For All The People.” This active brand of Socialized-Capitalism will call for: a Prevailing Middle Class Cost-Of-Living Minimum Wage Legislation with an Anti-Trust Fair Price Cost-of-Living Monitoring Agreement, an Affordable Graduated FICA Payroll Deducted National Medicare Health and Dental Care Plan, and for Full Faith Supplemental Currency Issue; to meet all necessary Government Payrolls, provide for; Infrastructure, Public Employment, The Environment, Emergency Disaster Relief; and All Other Urgent Economic Concerns of State; and so to Eliminate Budget Deficit in Taxation Shortfall by Issuing the Currency from the Treasury instead of borrowing the money from Banks and Foreign Governments. This plan will end the Lending Collaborations that are tied to the Annual Congressional Approval of the National Debt Ceiling. The plan will also ensure that the Stock Market is not further subjected to Panic Manipulation by Placing a Cap on how far a stock can fall, 3% of its value, in one Trading Day, and by ending Short-Selling Gambling Speculation. That will in all (and along with Enforcing a Fair Balance of Foreign Trade,) produce the Consumer Purchasing Power We Need To Secure our Nation’s Domestic Economic Vitality, Growth, and Stability.

2. Have you ever been sued, arrested or declared bankruptcy? If so, please give relevant details.

[No.]

3. Please list your endorsements.

Jacksonville Journalist Louis William Rose: “Gary L. Koniz is my favorite candidate. While we do not agree on everything by far, he is courageous in his convictions, does not lie or disseminate, freely debates anywhere on any subject, and is a gracious gentleman in his demeanor and approach to others, especially those with whom he disagrees.”

Florida Former Governor Charlie Crist:
Currently Running for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District:

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Endorsed by Florida’s United States Senator Bill Nelson: For my “Two State Resolution” Work with The United Nations on the Mid-East Peace Stalemate.

Russell Harper – President: 5/21/2016
North Florida Central Labor Council

Mayor Lenny Curry
Subject: RE: Black Peoples Movement Against Heroin, Drugs, and Violence

Dear Mr. Koniz,

Thank you for taking the time to make me aware of your concerns.

As you may know, I have made public safety a top priority in my administration. We are working to provide our police officers and firefighters with the resources they need to do their jobs and do them well. I know Sheriff Mike Williams agrees that this is our highest priority as a government, and I am personally committed to making Jacksonville the safest city in America.

Best regards,
LB Curry

4. Do you endorse the following Open Government Pledge from the First Amendment Foundation? If you have any misgivings, please explain:

“I believe that open and transparent government is essential to our democracy. Florida’s citizens have both constitutional and statutory guarantees of access to government records and meetings, and access to this information is vital for citizens to exercise their political power.

I pledge to abide by the spirit and letter of Florida’s Public Records and Open Meetings Laws. I will also uphold citizens’ constitutional right of access as established by the Florida Constitution. I will make diligent efforts to ensure that my employees and colleagues understand and promote compliance with open government laws.

Further, I agree to use mobile electronic communications or social media for public business only if the proper systems are in place to capture and retain these public records. I will also support efforts to place government information online whenever possible in order to facilitate access for Florida citizens.”

[Yes:] 100% Government Transparency = 100% Government Accountability

5. Should LGBT people be included in federal anti-discrimination laws?

Yes: However, I prefer they use the legal term of “Civil Union” (amounting to the same legality as a marriage) in the form of an officially binding Social Contract to describe the union between two same-sex partners; and to honor The Sanctity of the term “Marriage” to define the Union between a Man and a Woman that upholds our Nation’s Traditional Family Values In Virtue defining a Marriage.

6. Should the St. Johns River be dredged? If so, how would you protect the environment?

[Yes: However,] all Environmental Safeguards must be strictly adhered to. Here are the details.

I am very much for the environmentalist in concern to the protection of our environment and the life dependent to it, including our own; and I am quite satisfied here to side with the experts with The St. Johns River Alliance and The Environment Protection Agency. This is indeed a most complicated matter both from the Environmental/Ecological and Economic Standoff Points of Issue, the details of what are critical to review. Here now are the arguments to be considered.

The federal channel along the St. Johns River is maintained at a depth of 40 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently managing two harbor projects in the area. The first project will improve the flow of the St. Johns River at Mile Point, where intra-coastal and river currents pose navigational hindrances for deep draft vessels during certain tidal conditions.

In January 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a commitment of $38 million in state and local funding to complete the Mile Point project. The investment enables JAXPORT to jump-start the final phase of fixing this navigational hazard in the St. Johns River. Deepening the harbor is essential to meet the needs of larger cargo ships transiting the Suez Canal today - and the expanded Panama Canal in just a couple of years - as those vessels deliver cargo to JAXPORT terminals. A 47-foot depth for the federal channel would position JAXPORT as the first U.S. East Coast port of call for fully loaded New Panamax class vessels.

St. Johns Riverkeeper (SJRK) has reviewed the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Jacksonville Harbor Navigation Study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

St. Johns Riverkeeper however has serious concerns that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

• Underestimates the environmental impacts
• Overstates the economic impacts
• Proposes a mitigation plan that is woefully inadequate
• Denies the public of the opportunity to engage in meaningful public participation due to the lack of detail, depth of analysis and critical information and data that is missing from the DSEIS.
• Has not completed numerous studies required for a thorough evaluation If the above concerns are not sufficiently addressed, St. Johns Riverkeeper will be forced to take legal action to avoid potential harm to the St. Johns River due to the inadequacies of the DSEIS and the significant uncertainties that still remain.

7. What should be done to improve mental health programs nationally? Do you support Rep. Tim Murphy’s legislation?

[YES – HOWEVER:] This Bill by Rep. Tim Murphy “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015” does not go far enough to Protect Mental Health Patient Rights.

The Fifth Amendment stipulation that no person: “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be witness against himself,” is hereby clarified to stipulate for and to include for any non-criminal Civil Law matters as they pertain to self-incrimination, and as well is to extend and to guarantee The Right Against Self Incrimination to persons from being compelled to so testify against themselves, in penalty of monetary fine or incarceration, before convened Congressional Committee Hearings and Grand Jury proceedings, and is to preclude inquiries in mandatory disclosure in direct questioning of self-incrimination testimony, to the aspect of the questioning itself, in all regard whether Penal or Civil, Congressional Committee, or by Congressional Authority of Government Agencies.

That The Medical Terminology Technicality of Mental Hygiene Psychiatric Law that falls under the heading of Civil Law, Two Physician Consent, 2PC, Commitment Procedure, on Medical Grounds, in that no crime has been committed under Mental Hygiene Law to be charged for and thereby to be accorded the protective safeguards of Miranda Rights Legislation to be prosecuted for and processed fairly for under The Constitutional Rights accorded to Criminal Penal Law Legal System under the protection in Rights To The People, of The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to The U.S. Constitution, and reinforce by the protection of The Miranda Legislation, is hereby clarified of Its Civil Law Constitutional Rights, in meaning to have the same Rights of Due Process as are established under Penal Law, in guarantee to the people of:

8. Are you willing to work across the aisle for common goals? Give an example.

[YES] As a No Party Affiliation Candidate I am able to work and move independently on both sides of Democratic Republican Stand-Off Grid-Locked Monopoly on our Government. My Independent Ability To Think in Spark of Persuasion Power will provide the necessary catalyst to get most of our stalled legislation through.

9. Are you concerned about the $19 trillion national debt? If so, what should be done to reduce it?

[YES] It is obvious to each of us that our modern day Government needs more income revenues in public responsibility to maintain its Vital Services than it is capable of taking-in under Supply and Demand GNDP Taxation; and it is also clear that we cannot continue to incur untenable and catastrophic Nation Debt to what Full Faith Issue, (that is based upon the Full Faith in integrity of The United States and Its Amassed Wealth and Resources,) is the only Intelligent Solution.

Full Faith Certificate Currency to meet the needs of our Government and to Provide for the Public Well-Being; is to be respected in Sound Economic Policy, as “Legitimate Currency,” to augment any Federal Deficit Budget Shortfall; to meet Federal Payroll Necessity, Provide Work for the Nations Unemployed, Fund for Disaster Relief, and for other Emergency Crisis Issues affecting; Education, the Environment, and U.S. Agriculture, and to Augment failing City and State Budgets in their own regard of these matters in yearly contingency.

The Hybrid Fiscal Budgetary Solution of Full Faith Currency Issue is not designed to replace Standard Taxation for the purchase of Goods and Services in the Private Sector that is derived from the Nation’s Gross National/Domestic Product Taxation, GNDP, to what the Value of our U.S. Dollars is configured. Currency based on Taxation will be used in all U.S. Money Dealings with; Private Sector Contractors, Foreign Governments, and for the Repayment of our National Debt. Sound Economic Analysis calculates that 1/4 of the Nation’s Budget can be Subsidized with Full Faith Issue without harm to the Value of the U.S. Dollar; and that will in turn be “Reabsorbed,” back into Federal, State, and Municipal Treasuries by taxation to further “Strengthen” our U.S. Budgetary Future and provide Needed Economic Stimulus.

10. What are reasonable steps for dealing with illegal immigration?

This Sovereign Nation of the American United States imperatively needs to Secure its Borders now at this critical time in our history from all Illegal Foreign Invasion Immigration (and otherwise from over-extended immigration sanctuary;) and to return those people to their own countries of origin who have previously already crossed our borders illegally and who have taken up with illegal residences now throughout the United States. These people have broken our Immigration Laws in coming here and as such are invading criminals to be regarded as such and who are to be rounded up to be put into Detention Refugee Camps awaiting their Deportation.

To Clear The Air: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was never intended to foresee Invading Foreign Peoples en-massing themselves here, and in conspiracy with other domestic groups of Decidedly Foreign Persuasion Blocs; (and by methods being used of Inter-Racial Procreation Absorption Assimilation;) to usurp the Heritage and Government of the American People (Not To Be Confused with White Supremacy) but to the stated terms of the Sovereignty of the Founding Fathers of English European Descent who Created this Great Nation based on their Faith in God to the Principles of Liberty and Justice for All; and who Framed the Constitution for the United States of America,) that is not by any methods of means about to be Overthrown by Overrunning Overpopulating Foreigners in Occupation of our Sovereignty Territory of these United States. That hereby rests with the Vested Interests of the Founders Descendants, their Immigrated Nationalized Alliances, and Displaced Minorities who have been given protected refuge here.
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9480 Princeton Square Blvd. S., #815
Jacksonville, FL  32256
September 2, 2016

Mr. Jeremy Schiffress – City Editor
Kingston Daily Freeman
79 Hurley Avenue
Kingston, NY  12401

Dear Mr. Schiffres:

What do you say that we band together as an American Society and put an end to the Duplicitous .08 BAC DUI Law, Nationally, and specifically detailed to occur for our Interests in New York State.  This Law was tragically designed to entrap innocent people into assuming that it is all right to Drink and Drive as long as they remain under “The Legal Limit;” which of course, no one does.  This tragic law was designed by Enemy Subversion (left unstated) and Organized Crime Alcohol and Drug Related Interests to undermine the backbone of American Integrity by making (and along with their Drugs,) Criminals out of otherwise Law Abiding Citizens for the motive of rendering us demoralized and unwilling to defend our Nation from Foreign Intrigues.  

I am running an Aggressive Congressional Campaign to confront the obvious Existing Errors in our Government particularly as they are occurring to our Economy and to bring about a caring regard for the benefit of all of the people. Our Motto Is: “A Democracy That Works For All The People.” This active brand of Social-Capitalism will call for: a Prevailing Middle Class Wage Legislation with an Anti-Trust Fair Price Cost of Living Regulation Agreement, an Affordable Graduated FICA Payroll Deducted National Medicare Health and Dental Care Plan, and for Full Faith Supplemental Currency Issue; to expand and to meet all necessary Government Payrolls, provide for; Infrastructure, Public Employment, The Environment, Emergency Disaster Relief; and that will Eliminate Budget Deficit in Taxation Shortfall by the Issuing Currency from the Treasury instead of borrowing from Banks and Foreign Governments. This will end the Lending Collaborations that are tied to the annual Congressional Approval of the National Debt Ceiling. The plan will also ensure that the Stock Market is not further subjected to Panic Manipulation by placing a Cap on how far a stock can fall, 3% of its value, in one Trading Day.  And in all (along with Enforcing a Fair Balance of Foreign Trade,) that will produce the Consumer Purchasing Power We Need To Secure our Nation’s Domestic Economic Vitality, Growth, and Stability.

Most Respectfully,

Gary L. Koniz
Journalist Correspondent
Independent Candidate for
U.S. House of Representatives, 4th CD, FL
(904) 730-2055 Office
www.garykonizforcongress.com
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Nation’s D.W.I. Law Is Tragically Flawed

There are things that are not being managed properly in this Nation which affect the public well-being that need to change. One of which is The Nation’s D.W.I. Law that is tragically flawed in its design. And in a similar pattern of ill-conceived approach likened to The Nation’s Drug Laws, that are designed to apprehend and prosecute only “those who get caught,” and that do not deal effectively with the core of the problem, to eradicate it completely and in finality from the public peril, threat that it is; The Nation’s D.W.I. Law is also inconclusive and ineffectual in preventing the onslaught of drunk drivers on the road and what has also caused great hardship to the public.

The D.W.I. Law a good and just Law that is necessary for society and very much needed for the public safety. But the flaw in The D.W.I. Law established The Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels, for Driving While Intoxicated, at .08 Grams per Deciliter of Blood Alcohol Content (G/DL), and .05 (G/DL) for (DWAI) or Driving While Ability Impaired, which allowed for the indulgence of “some” alcohol consumption “over the road;” in rough “rule of thumb” terms according to literature put out by The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, the equivalent of “two” twelve once bottles of beer, “one” eight once glass of wine, or “one” once of whiskey in estimate to the .08 (G/DL) legal limit, that dissipates at the rate of .1 (G/DL) every eight hours. That should have in all prudence of rational foresight of judgment been established at .00 (G/DL), or at least in a minuscule amount to be set at .04 (G/DL) (allowing for a trace and insignificant amount associated to cooking and medicines and lingering residual effects in good judgment.) But The Law should always have stated to address the problem in the realistic terms of, “No Alcohol Consumption Whatsoever” over the road.

And of what .08 (G/DL) limit also, is “not reliable” as a strictly legal and impartial indicator of intoxication for the entire population, and which has a lot to do with the idea of “tolerance” to alcohol as well. That means one thing for the average height and weight person, and a different thing for people of slighter build, and still a different thing for heavier built body types. And in example that a frail elderly lady who never drinks alcohol would be totally intoxicated at .08 (G/DL), while a heavy set man who drinks frequently would not hardly feel the effects at all.

And perhaps there is the situation of having a beer, “or two,” with lunch, or a cocktail with dinner, in the good and well-meant intentions of The Legislature in enacting such a socially polite condition to The Law; but and however, as it is with the case of alcohol consumption, that the more alcohol that people drink, the less rational in the prudence of their judgment they become. And so that, as it applies to the real and the practical aspect to the setting of “social drinking,” that persons, in condition to the allowing of .08 BAC over the road, are then lured into social situations where one or two drinks, over the extended course of a social function, inevitably becomes “more,” as they lose control of their inhibitions and the occasions of more “social drinking“ present themselves over the course of time, and especially concerning “the alcoholics,” (and most people who drink are, “alcoholics,” in some phase of the addiction, who “can’t stop” at one or two, literally, and who drink themselves inevitably into intoxication, “for effect,”) and who then can’t stop drinking until they have achieved the effect of getting drunk.

This gross error in legislative judgment invites people to get involved in “drinking situations,” with the best of intentions of observing “the legal limit“ of at the outset, but to which they then find themselves, after consuming “a few drinks” going over the limit, and who are thereby afterwards “trapped” with no way to drive themselves home.  And not only is it a tragedy for its matter of ineffectiveness, concerning The D.W.I. Law itself, in the way that it was designed, that our society has to be concerned about, but for the important reason too, that the current D.W.I. Law has thoughtlessly ruined the lives, literally and statistically, of many millions of people, in the twenty odd years since it came into effect. And going beyond the issue of accident damage and the injury and death toll incurred that it has caused, to include for the huge numbers of people, who for no other reason than to engage in the activity of social drinking, and itself that is “no crime” in any conceivable sense to call anyone a criminal about, who have been made needlessly into criminals, and who aren‘t really criminals in the real sense of what a criminal is and represents, in the terms of real crime, to society, concerning these people, who then find themselves with a devastating “criminal history,” resulting in the loss of self-esteem, loss of livelihood due to their immobility of having their licenses taken away, and for the loss of livelihood resulting from their criminal histories themselves, which is a Misdemeanor for the first offense, and a Felony for any second and subsequent offenses, and who then become disenfranchised citizen victims of the law, unable to vote.

And specifically why it is that this D.W.I Law was “set-up” the way it is, to allow “some” alcohol consumption over the road to motorist, and not to ban its use completely from the start is a complete absurdity. That perhaps was intended to keep “The Road House” and “Restaurant/Tavern” and “Alcohol Beverage Sales” Industry alive. But the effect of it, in real terms, has resulted in “the sinister entrapment” of the naïve and innocent public into acquiring criminal histories en masse, and which has weakened the public spirit and the political structure in consequence in conditioning the society to the idea of doing nothing about “Politically Organized Crime” in the terms of alcohol, drugs, vice pornography and prostitution, and economic corruption, taking over as a result.

Another important problem face us, as motorists, to realize concerning the alcohol issue on the highways where our lives and the safety of our passengers are at peril, is that “The Use Of Drugs” affects the use of alcohol also; and in particular Heroin, (that when “snorted,“ only needs to be breathed upon a person in close space to induce a “blackout state,“) and any type of Sedation Chemical (whether taken, or that can be slipped into a person’s drink, will induce a stupor effect,) in tragic results. Cocaine “snorting” around the use of alcohol induces “the wooden leg” effect, in which persons do not “feel drunk,” no matter how much they drink.

The Penal Laws pertaining for Public Intoxication, a Violation, and for Sales of Alcoholic Beverages To Intoxicated Persons, a Misdemeanor, are both set at .1 BAC; and which in all regards “are never enforced,“ as we bear witness to. And as we also all bear witness to it, as Law Enforcement does also, to the cars parked around the road houses, and patrons drinking in those establishments as they are, and knowing full well that they have to drive away, and as the bartenders do know that too; and who need to know when they are serving alcohol to their patrons specifically who is driving and who is not, and who, as to say of the bartenders and proprietors of these establishments, are guilty of complicity to The Crime of Driving While Intoxicated/Under The Influence, and as well to The Crime of, Serving Alcohol To Intoxicated Persons, over the .08 BAC G/DL Legal Limit.
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Plea Bargaining Injustice

New York Times Commentary
September 7 2012

     Justice in this Nation must be emphatically oriented to The Safeguarding of The Innocence of anyone, as well to be concerned with The Prosecution’s Case and The Sentencing of The Guilty.  And regarding the subject of Plea Bargaining, that The Justice Department, in its role as Public Defender, needs to be concerned with Justice about and not in playing head games over "Time Served," in its ability to coerce and manipulate the heavy handed pressuring of the innocent poor, in intimidation of the maximum sentence for a demand to jury trial proceedings, Suborning Perjury, into “Pleading Guilty To A Lesser Time Served,” and who are otherwise innocent and have been accused of having committed a crime, and who cannot afford to retain the expense of an appropriate private defense attorney to be concerned with a vigorous defense of their innocence in their behalf, and who otherwise lack the financial resources to post bail to be able to await a jury trial proceedings unencumbered by the pang of incarceration.
     And who therefore have to sit in jail in a twelve by eight foot cell, eating prison food, in noisy overcrowded warehoused conditions, for an intolerable length of time awaiting the slow processes of the court, of months on end awaiting a court date, and which are often postponed, to a jury trial, (in violation of The Constitution in The Right to a swift and speedy trial, which in all reasonableness of justice should never be more than thirty days to await a trial date,) without anyone of the court or the justice department caring at all for the sense of justice in the matter, and who only want the innocent to plead guilty to a crime they did not commit, "Time Served," to satisfy the interests of The Court, in use of “The Public Defenders Attorneys” in serving only as “Processors” for The Prosecution and The Convenience of The Court, for the sake of persons being allowed to get out of jail early in return for the innocent victims of this system freeing up the court's docket and satisfying the court's necessity for a case disposal.  
     And who otherwise, of these indigent people, might be able to prove their innocence at a later court date of jury proceedings, were they free on bail to await such a court date and to have the opportunity to confront their accusers and provide their testimony before a jury.  And who otherwise of these indigent who need to be free to work and pay their rent and other bills on the threshold of survival at stake.
     Which raises the issue of justice that if The Court is able “to legally free” people after a period of "time served" in good conscience by their plea of guilty, that it can also free them on their own recognizance after the same time period of, "time served," in an equally fair rendering of justice, to await a formal jury trial for their alleged offence, and to a fair rendering of justice, to be able to plead “No Contest” to “Time Served” without a Criminal Conviction History.
     The United States stands morally obligated to be concerned with this issue of whether or not a person is Guilty or Innocent, first and foremost, and to vigorously defend the innocent as well as “to process” and prosecute the guilty.  And, in knowing what they are doing in plea-bargaining the innocent into guilty for the sake of manipulation to the court’s convenience, both The Court and The Public Defenders stand ethically and morally in violation of the integrity of Civil Rights.
     And what matter grows perversely worse when The Court, By Order of Two Physician Consent (2PC) Psychiatric Evaluation, and without the presence of a Defense Attorney to the conduct and determinations in psychiatric diagnoses labeling of such illegally conducted interviews, attempts to manipulate individuals into a Plea Bargained Psychiatric Commitment Profile, (to be sentenced to an Indefinite Period of Time in a Mental Facility based to Medical Determination in lieu of a Criminal Conviction,) and to thereof, of The State’s Right under Mental Hygiene Law To Force Treat with Deadly Chemical Drugs, termed as Strong Tranquilizers, Without Due Process of Law, that is a much worse fate.
     And to what in all regards that everyone needs The Right to a reasonable and soundly defined Statute of Limitations in established Legal Age Limits for the mandatory disclosure of these, justified or otherwise contrived, psychiatric condition labeling history records, which in most instances is to be worded, to any current treatment for any serious, and as worded obvious, ongoing psychiatric condition, or to within the past three years in age limit concerning The Public Record for employment, licensing, and court related matters.
     And as well that a Uniform Statute of Age Limits pertaining for employment application concerns and to government licensing matters is also to be instated for The History of Criminal Arrests and Convictions Records conveyed under Penal Law depending to the severity and nature of the crimes committed and not to exceed The Statute of Limitation for any crime or offense, if any.  
     Infractions and Violations are to be absolved from the public record in three years, misdemeanors in five years, and most felony records after a span of ten years, depending on the nature in severity of offense not stipulated for to a greater time interval by a Court Of Law.
     It is also worded that no person shall be infringed upon or denied their Vested Right To Voting Citizenship in The United States due to conviction of a Felony Offense after said offense is duly discharged and the person is free and clear of any probation or parole.
     And in all regard that it is the inherent nature of this Nation in standard of integrity and in principle of fair and humane conscience not to discriminate against any persons and to prevent any such discrimination from occurring.  Which extends as well to the prevention of needless discrimination in bias of prejudice occurring to anyone on account of their prior criminal conviction or psychiatric history in this Nation, as it is deemed reasonable and prudent to dissolve these matters.   
     And that each person is to have The Right to a Self-Fulfilled Destiny instilled in the reverent promise of hope in opportunity of success and of healing recovery from stigma, and to the actualization of their highest potentials among the population of The United States to the outlook of being deemed and classified as good, solid, useful, and productive citizens in the eyes of society, and in the spirit of good will, without the infringement of bias, discrimination, and alienating prejudice of social stigma and concerning the hardship of sanctions to such records history being permanently attached to anyone in constant reminder of being negatively classified in downgrade of second class inferior citizenship, to be conceived in permanent ruin to their lives, as to stigma of social embarrassment, and with critical jeopardy of their livelihood and well-being affected, being imposed upon them.
     We are guided here by a strong moral sense of duty and obligation of propriety and correctness to do what is right for the people of our Great Nation, under the directed Guidance of The Hand of The Creator, for God and Country, to what Ethical and Moral Intent, that WE intend to bring these desired attributes Civil Excellence to the governing body of this country, and with the entire public being able to participate in what America can be like at its Potential Best in the Ideal and as a Model Society upon the Earth, at long last, for all the Earth to emulate, in a hands-on approach to persuade and influence the Mature Processes for Positive Change.
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The Second Chance Law

That each person residing in the Community of The United States is to have The Right to reasonable and soundly defined Statute of Limitations in established “Legal Age Limits” for the mandatory disclosure of previous psychiatric condition labeling history records, or to the disclosure of legally carried-out psychiatric commitment history records, based to the nature and severity and to the extent of such psychiatric conditions in legal stipulation and to the length of time of such conditions in interval, to be imposed for mandatory disclosure of records, not to be in excess of a reasonable and prudent time interval regarding the public removal of stigma and liability of such records history; which in most instances is to be worded, to any current treatment for any serious ongoing psychiatric condition, or to within the past three years in age limit concerning The Public Record.

d.  A Uniform Statute of Age Limits pertaining for employment application concerns and to government licensing matters is also to be instated for The History of Criminal Arrests and Convictions Records conveyed under Penal Law depending to the severity and nature of the crimes committed and not to exceed The Statute of Limitation for any crime or offense, if any.  Infractions and Violations are to be absolved from the public record in three years, misdemeanors in five years, and most felony records after a span of ten years, depending on the nature in severity of offense not stipulated for to a greater time interval by a Court Of Law.  Civil Rights and as pertaining for Voting Privileges for Non-Violent Felony (DUI) Convictions are to be restored after their Period of Probation is concluded.

e.  It is also worded that no person shall be infringed upon or denied their Vested Right To Voting Citizenship in The United States due to conviction of a Felony Offense after said offense is duly discharged and the person is free and clear of any probation or parole.
    
And in all regard that it is the inherent nature of this Nation in standard of integrity and in principle of fair and humane conscience not to discriminate against any persons and to prevent any such discrimination from occurring.  Which extends as well to the prevention of needless discrimination in bias of prejudice occurring to anyone on account of their prior criminal conviction or psychiatric history in this Nation, as it is deemed reasonable and prudent to dissolve these matters.   
    
And that each person is to have The Right to a Self-Fulfilled Destiny instilled in the reverent promise of hope in opportunity of success and of healing recovery from stigma, and to the actualization of their highest potentials among the population of The United States to the outlook of being deemed and classified as good, solid, useful, and productive citizens in the eyes of society, and in the spirit of good will, without the infringement of bias, discrimination, and alienating prejudice of social stigma and concerning the hardship of sanctions to such records history being permanently attached to anyone in constant reminder of being negatively classified in downgrade of second class inferior citizenship, to be conceived in permanent ruin to their lives, as to stigma of social embarrassment, and with critical jeopardy of their livelihood and well-being affected, being imposed upon them.
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June 9, 2016

Dear Ms. Jill Underwood,
Senior Account Executive
Times-Union Media:

Good Morning to you.

I did not see any "attached" rates coinciding to your email if you would advise me of what they are that way. Otherwise we are awaiting sufficient campaign funds to advertise with you and hopefully to be back in touch. 

It seems the Working Class people that we are trying to help don't seem to have the money to spare/invest on their political outcome future and go about election after election cycle voting on the same vague and empty rhetoric of the stock politicians who never do fulfill their campaign promises and live up to the public's primary hope of Social Economic Justice for the Working Class.

Now we have a guy as seen in a CBS WJKT TV advertisement last night running for Congress galloping around his ranch on a horse trying to impress everybody with his rich macho toughness telling us Washington is in a mess and to vote for him to run them out all of town.  What does he have to do with the Working Class struggling Americans?  WE have a "Plan" (Our Democratic Platform) to modernize the economy so that it works fairly for all the people.

This "Economic Plan," among other aspects of our "Social Architecture Modernization Plan" would mandate a Cost-Of-Living Wage to be set locally here in Jacksonville at an agreed to $10.55 an hour.  This does not require enactment in Washington to do it here locally.  And that only requires a favorable vote to that mandate for Improved Wages by the City Common Council and as signed in law by our Mayor Lenny Curry to be enforced by our local Sheriff's Department

This would also help us out (with the increased consumer spending being generated by the Increased Minimum Wage,) to the resolution of the Unfunded Police/Fire Pension Fund of half pay for life (extended beyond that to the life of their spouses) after twenty five years of service (that has lately been modified to a 401K type of Plan by our Mayor Curry,) but which the Working Poor "still have to be pay for out-of-pocket" for those Police and Firemen who are already retired (or who have  long term employment on the job already invested in "the previous plan") and who the City is under Legal Contract To fulfill its original Contract Agreement with that won't put us legally on the newly and fairly adopted Police/Fire Retirement Plan for 30 years that the tax paying public will have to continue to "over-pay" for the remaining life these PFPF Retirees.

And who, of these tax paying Working Class Families (who are being force to pay the Billions of Dollars to support this PFPF) struggle week to week as it is to survive and whose wages are being hijacked to pay the hiked up sales tax when go to buy their groceries and other staples to feed and clothe their families on, for these "Golden Parachute PFPF Retirees" that was not wisely thought about (in prudent city planning) when this foolish contract was enacted and which needs to be Prudently Revoked in the Interests of Justice, and modified appropriately to suit the realistic realities (as it would have been,) of a Savings and Investment type Pension Plan.  And as always to add that we Highly Respect and Honor the Heroic Services of our First Responders, but realistic wages and benefits in keeping to the economics of our region is the first priority.

And on that resounding note, it would seem that what the candidates are doing and are planning to do "would be news worthy" and of vital interest to the public in and of itself, (as long as it doesn't say "Vote For") and that "The News" should welcome for these candidate discussions of our plans and strategies on how the government should and needs to be run.

Please let me know how much you would want to charge me to place, "Our Democratic Platform," (attached) with a photo promotion of myself "To Vote For" in the Business Section of your Daily or Sunday papers?

Thank you so much for your time and interest, Ms. Underwood, and have a pleasant day.

Most Sincerly,

Gary L. Koniz
Journalist Correspondent
Independent Candidate for
U.S. House of Representatives, 4th CD, FL
“United Labor Unifying The Nation Providing Jobs
And A Fair Cost Of Living Wage For The People"
(904) 730-2055 Office
www.garykonizforcongress.com 
www.news4jax.com/politics/gary-koniz/29170618
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Our Democratic Platform 2016
A Democracy That Works For Everybody

The Right Formula for Peace and Prosperity in Our Time:

A.  Government Authorization For The Use Of Full Faith Fiat Issue directly from the Treasury To Provide for Taxation Shortfall to the U.S. Economy.

B.  Fair Deal Middle Class Wages with a Cost Of Living Minimum Wage.

C.  An Affordable Graduated FICA Payroll Deducted National Health and Dental Care Plan Medicare Card that covering 100% of Health Expenses. 

D.  The Creation of a Bureau of Jobs To Provide Work for the Unemployed.

E.  Fiat Issue Currency Funding for EPA Environmental Protection matters, Education, National Disaster Relief, and Subsidies to the Arts and Sciences.

F.  Eliminating the National Debt with Fiat Issue, Transparent Government Management Control, and the Eradication of All Waste and Corruption.

G.  A Fair Balance of Foreign Trade that Favors our American Workforce in Providing Full Tariff Protection for Our American Markets and Agriculture.

H.  Producing the Consumer Purchasing Power necessary for U.S. Economic Vitality, Growth, and Stability through Full Employment with Cost Of Living Middle Class Wages, Consumer Price Index Regulation, and Tax Reduction.

I.  Undertake the War On Deadly Drugs as a Real War Under Martial Law. 

J.  The Adoption of a Noble Moral Standard for The United States to live by Upholding Our American Values and Unifying the Nation’s Family Strength.

K.  A National Statement of Humane Rights to be Honored with Compassion.

L.  The Restoration of the Native American Indians Heritage as Indigenous Sovereign with their Ancestral Tribal Lands Depicted on our National Maps.
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Unfunded Police Fire Pension Fund

The Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund was created by the adoption of House Bill 1700, creating Chapter 18615, Special Acts of Florida during the 1937 session of the Florida Legislature. Chapter 18615 was the second Pension Fund created for the Police Officers and Firefighters. This act provided:

A Pension Fund for all members of the Police and Fire Departments, who were not members of any other Pension Fund.

Provided for full time service credit for service in the Police and Fire Departments, including time with the City of South Jacksonville.

For a deduction of 3 ½ %, from all salaries or wages from all members, together with an additional sum necessary to administer the Fund.

The Treasurer of the City was to be the custodian of the Fund; the Trustees were to make all reasonable rules and regulations; investments were to be made in bonds of Duval County, the City of Jacksonville or the United States of America, that were approved by the City Attorney.

Provided for time service retirement after 25 years of service and age 50, on a monthly pension of one half the average salary for the 3 years immediately preceding retirement. Members who became permanently incapacitated were granted the same 50% benefit, regardless of time of service or age.

Widows' benefits while unmarried of two thirds of the pension the deceased member was receiving or would have received, provided the widow was married to the deceased members at and before the date of retirement. The term widow could not apply to a common law wife.

     The public has been concerned that the City cannot afford the Police and Fire Pension Fund. The TRUE Commission has concluded that affordability is a valid concern. In May of this year, the Administration, the PFPF and the Police and Firefighters Union came to terms on changes to the pension plan that purportedly would have saved the City $1.1B over 30 years. It should be noted that the bulk of those saving would only have been realized in approximately 23 years from now. Until then, the City would still have to make payments each year ranging from $150 million to over $400 million by 2036 – if the actuaries are right. The problem with this current solution is that it leaves those already in the pension plan unaffected. By not addressing the current employees, the so-called option only addresses half the problem, leaving the next 23 years of escalating payments, unresolved.

     It seems that in the wealthy upper middle class Police and Fireman's Unions, (and the backbone of Florida's AFL-CIO along with the rest of the Upper Middle Class Government Unions that it classify themselves as its members,) you work for 20 years, make $55,000 a year at the end of this period, and retire on 50% of your gross annual income for life at a retirement age of 50.

     While Walmart workers can't get any Cost-Of-Living help in solidarity support out of the AFL-CIO, (or from any of these high paid government workers unions preying on the city's destitute taxpayers to its financial ruin,) in assistance provided to them to rise above their minimum wage incomes in hardship, and who have to no benefits besides; no health care, no paid holidays, no vacation time, and no sick time, and no retirement; due to the forced imposition of the Part Time 29.5 work hours per week rule.  

     I say shame on these Socially Irresponsible Government Unions and all who side with them.  
What we need to do is to drastically curtail and modify (to comparable Corporate Retirement payouts at age 65,) the taxpayer pension arrangement of the Police and Fire Unions and take a hard line at their overinflated levels of income as well at this time in the immediate sense of the City’s Budget Crisis in the saving sense, that are bankrupting The City of Jacksonville at this hour of need, and all of our major cities across the nation in the same way, in having to pay for while there are other Budgetary Necessities (and other people’s lives depending to their incomes,) being forced to be abandoned because of this over inflated Pension arrangement.  
     The Police and Fire and all Municipal/Government Workers Unions need to get their heads out of the clouds and back down to subsistence reality where everybody else being taxed to support them are being forced to live.

     This is pure Special Interest Political Intrigue at its worst buying the paid-for local politicians who arranged this Pension Swindle Scheme for the Police Fire Unions years ago back in the '90s to now be piling up with retirees and bankrupting us.   Who the City Legislators knew then, (back when the contract was drafted and introduced,) when they agreed to the "Contract" (now null and void as a sheer case of government fraud,) that the  "Taxpayers Golden Cash Cow" was going to run out eventually in unmitigated burden of impending collapse to be financially able to pay for, when the hundreds became the thousands upon thousands of these Government Workers beginning to pile up on us to live lavishly off of the Overinflated Golden Retirement Packages of $30,000 plus a year set up for them that goes exponential in the year after year for decades and decades of it.  You can do the math.  And who are then free, at the age of 42, these “Retirees” on the PFPF after 20 years to take another Civil Service Position and collect double income and retirement benefits from the City, or else way to continue working up to their legal retirement age of 66 when they should each be retiring from their Police and Fire jobs.

     A "Corporate Pension Retirement Fund Program" where the workers contribute their fair share of the invested capital to be matched by their Civil Service Contract and deposited into a Managed Trust “to be drawn upon at age 65,” after 40 years of service, and not after 20 years, as is currently the case, at age 42, would serve these Government Workers, (as it does for everyone else in society,) just fine as a model. 

     "On resolving" the issue of The Government Pension Cash Cow (now become untenable and growing each year that has cost $3,000,000,000 in Unfunded Pension Plan Liabilities for the Police Fireman’s Pension Fund in tax burden alone for the residents of the City of Jacksonville since 1997,) and being levied at the expense of all the hard working and underpaid taxpayers who have to support it, let us say that the problem being faced is that the Legislatures of the Municipal Governments affected by overzealous Police and Fire Unfunded Pension Funds, in suspect RICO Violation, (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act,) such as Sacramento, CA, and Detroit MI, as well as The City of Jacksonville, FL, and elsewhere need to change the Government Workers Pension Contracts (by declaring each of them to be null and void as a case of premeditated fraud on the grounds that “the projections” were not realistic and affordable to begin with.) 
   
     This way we can start over with a Funded Pension Plan for the City and with fair minded lowering of the current status of those already retired of reduced monthly payouts.) Otherwise changes in the City’s Contract Agreement with PFPF (Police Fire Pension Fund,) won't have any alleviating effect on current demands on Municipal Budget Expenditures for the next 23 years until the new crop of retires takes a new Contract into effect, and if the 20 Year Retirement Age is still going to be approved of as an option.  So that won't do us any good in the mathematical immediate common sense of fiscal relief for the crisis at hand unless it includes lowering the current monthly payouts to current retirees to the equivalent of realistic and affordable Funded Pension Fund levels.

     The Police and Fire and Fire Unions and all Government Workers Unions have gotten out of hand with their overriding financial demands upon the public and have been charging us too much for their services needing to be voluntarily or otherwise by legislative decree, Cut Back, and that has been a big part of our Nation's Budgetary Problems on every level.
    Under any solution, the TRUE Commission emphasizes that all future payments have to be reasonable and practical as to the City’s capacity to make those payments. City Council, in 2013-14 budget cycle, restored many proposed cuts in spending and opted for a millage increase. The budget shortfall is directly, but not solely, related to pensions.

In June of 2015 the Jacksonville City Council passed the pension bill after years of negotiation. The city will have to pay about $350 million over the next 13 years, and police officers and firefighters will face benefit cuts.

     The approved agreement is projected to provide $1.5 billion in savings to taxpayers over the next 30 years. The new agreement also improves the transparency and accountability of the Police and Fire Pension Fund (PFPF).

     “This is a big win for Jacksonville, not just on retirement reform but also for the city’s future prosperity,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “This agreement took a true team effort from various leaders across the city, all focused on what’s best for our community. I am proud that we were able to find meaningful compromise and agree on a plan that both protects taxpayers and respects police and fire employees.”

     The signing took place shortly after a vote of approval from the PFPF Board of Trustees earlier this morning. City Council voted 14-4 for the agreement on June 9. The legislation (2015-304) was sponsored by Councilman Bill Gulliford.

     Annual Unfunded Pension Costs to the City have increased from 9.9 Million in Fiscal Year 2001-2002,  to 154 Million in Fiscal Year 2014-2015, and escalating. 15 times greater than the amount a decade ago.  If you do the math, half of the average Police/Fire Income of $55,000 annually after twenty-five years comes to nearly $30,000 X 40+ years of expected retirement age = $1,200,00 having to be paid to every Retiree over the course of their, and their spouses, life times under the Unfunded Plan.  While the rest of us struggle with our 401K Plans, if at all.

     Probable Scenarios if We Don’t Act Now.  City’s annual PFPF contribution will continue to rise, topping out at $469M in Fiscal Year 2036. COJ will pay $143M in higher pension costs to replace 600 Police/Fire Employees exiting DROP in next 5 years (Deferred Retirement Option Plan.)  Every new class of 100 Employees will cost $800K more annually ($24M over 30 years). Without reform the City faces years of costly uncertain litigation while issue remains unsolved.

     By law the City of Jacksonville cannot alter the pension benefits of retired employees.  By law it cannot alter the pension benefits of current employees already in DROP or eligible for retirement (have worked 20 years of more).  By law the City cannot alter the benefits that current employees have already earned. Police and Fire Employees in the PFPF (who contribute 10% of their incomes to the plan,) do not receive Social Security. The Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) is an optional benefit that allows eligible police officers and firefighters to accumulate a lump–sum of money for retirement.
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Cherished Ideals Of Our Democracy

It's not about the empty rhetoric voting politics of the Republican Bloc versus the Democratic Bloc in fighting for control of the U.S. House and Senate Seats anymore, to sit and do nothing in gridlock about the bad things happening to us here, is it, and never was intended to be that way.   
And nor is about the upper class and upper middle class "haves" maintaining their economic and social hegemony ascendancy in exploitation and blatant abuse over "the lower down the food chain" lower class, and now the formerly middle class, "have nots" who have succumbed to it. 
    
It's about Economic and Social Justice Politics to prevail here "as a way of life," as it should be, and about the life and death struggles to survive matters in dire straits suffering of the Working Class Public in the heart of this Nation to be resolved, "Being Resolved," that are the issues at hand.  Either do as you are instructed here and get involved in the process of overhauling our government for the good of all its citizens, in the immediate sense of the meaning, as a real government; of the people, by the people, and for the people, or to all suffer the consequences.   

The Christian Culture of our Nation, is an intriguing mix of religion and culture, piety and patriotism (and not in purely religious terms, but in the terms of what the meaning of religion is all about to do with, and upon which sacred principles inherent in the trust of our fellow man to do the right way of things that our Nation Under God was founded,) concerning what this Nation stands for in its heart; which is the embodied state of inherent goodness and noble forthright intentions.   Our Government should exist to serve the needs and best interests of its people. 

We are embarking here on a new level of consciousness for the earth of putting good will and forcefully applied common sense of discipline in the path of negativity and centering mainly to making ample good paying jobs available and combined with a good sound economic structure to sustain everyone.  It is my plan to organize and to go to Washington as your Representative, as a Group of Citizens, with the Power, Knowledge, and Technical Resources put together, to Soundly Manage the Good Government of The United States, and to virtually be able To Resolve Any Conflict and To Solve Any Problem facing us, here in American and Around The World.  What this Government and this Country needs right now is a leader who can be decisive.

I know what is wrong, I know how to fix things, and I have the power in resources to do so.
I intend to Legislate Forcefully to Carry Out a Ten Point Plan to Overhaul The United States Government into a Model Society, Establishing a fresh new Social Contract To Transform our American Society into a more Humane and Economically Sound and Morally Just Way of Life.

Love is stronger than hate; faith really is more valid than cynicism. Non-violence really is more powerful than brute force… The question for us is – do we dare to believe in it? Do we dare to try to make the Leap of Faith into a bold new Country, to shape the vision of a Model Society with the promise of prosperity and a bright new future for everyone?  We can do it all together if we put our minds and hearts and collective wills into the project.  And you know we can, as I feel it too in my own heart, Transform our Destiny.  Everyone needs to get personally involved

to Take Charge of the Affairs of State as if they were The President.  People Matter To Us Here.
Thank you so much for your loyal support and for your sincere interest and civic-minded intent.
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"All Things"

I have a thought for you here of the Faith I learned from a Yaki Spirit Guide, termed, “ALL THING;”  that was my truly first Religious Enlightenment in my wandering years after college searching for God; wracking my mind to understand what I was thinking, and why, and what life was all about, as was taught to me.  Let us join forces here together and become men and women of power in the Name of The Father.

The Religion of The Yaki Faith, as it was taught to me by The Yaki Indians, is a very simple Faith to understand and to practice, based to the certain knowledge that Everything To Exist, Exists In The Concept Of The Creator Mind, As Spirit In The Form Of Matter, and that there is nothing to exist that is not a Spirit Form In The Mind Of The Creator, Who Is “All One Thing” To Exist In Many Separate And Universally Equal Parts, All Being “The Same Self” As The Creator Is, To Exist.

And as such, that Everything To Exist, can the virtue of that comprehension, communicate with Itself of Its Separate and Equal Parts of The Relationship Together In Unity With The One Self Of The Creator Mind, by The Telepathic Communication, of the sense, known to each of us as The Thought Process in all its powers to manifest, in verbal thought communication and by thought images.

And to the understanding of The Yaki Mind in that way, that the Creator is therefore affectionately referred to by The Title of, “ALL THINGS,” Who Is reverently spoken for as “The Maker of All Things To Exist,” and Who is thereby Cherished, of All Its Separate Manifestation, with Great Affection for the reason in that way of understanding The Creator‘s Necessity to be fondly regarded AS A Being, for The Unique Self of What The Creator Is In The Profound Need Of Being Well Thought Of And Cared After, and so on in the manner Of Being Cherished, To Respect All The Life and Well-Being of Everything That There Is To Exist of The Creator’s Mind, named The Creation, as we find it, or to say, as we are immersed in It, and inextricably connected to everything there is in the course of our daily pursuits at life here among The Rest of What Is, in need to be fondly cared after in regard.

So therefore, everything then is to be regarded equally in the manner of respect for the value of its existence, whether It be a living organism in the animated sense, to exist as vegetation, or as inanimate objects, in the need to be respected and regarded in cherishment and in the manner of reverence for Its existence.

The Creator is also in that light of comprehension not to be thought of in the way of Human Anthropocentric terms entirely, and also not so to be thought of in the terms of sexual gender entirely, in that The Creator is not exclusively male or female, and neither animated life, vegetable, or mineral inanimate, to be thought of, but “All Things” to be conceived of simultaneously, and with an orientation that is neither personal or impersonal in regard to us.

The Creator is Something, or Someone, of a Being in definition who we are incapable of comprehending, and so therefore we do not try.  But we rest in the knowledge that we exist within The Mind of, “All Things,” Who Is A Supernatural Being Unfathomable To Us, neither to be regarded as benevolent or hostile but only as we find It to be, and in the learning to get along with Everything To Exist.  And Who is not thought of as a Human Being with Supernatural Powers.

And in that The Creator is a Supernatural Power, there is no limit to what the imagination of The Creator can produce At Will, To Respect of such Unlimited Thought Description To Become Real.  And that to be a part of such description, we only need to be in silence posture for a while and attune ourselves with the proper way of The Creator’s Intent to do what is right upon the way of the life we face.

Be humble about your ways upon The Earth as you go, and take precautions not to scare anyone.  For in so frightening anyone you lose the nature of the supernatural quality you are seeking to inspire within you.

Neither ask for, nor receive, any sum of money from anyone, unless it is earned respectfully in a decent way by working for it in the legitimate fashion of the market place.  For in doing so you will either be at a loss of respect for the one you give the money to, or the one who gives you the money unearned will less respect you.  Such is the nature of personal power.

Neither go to brothels or dribble your seed upon the ground in needless fornication upon yourself, and do not ever be involved to homosexual behavior, nor to any engaging of sex with the animal kingdom, and in all which demeans a man and weakens his spirit.

And don’t dwell of sexual topics in the mind.  For in everything that way you are less of a man to yourself and to The Creator Who Is Always There with you in your mind, and with Whom that you always need to be courting for bonding with in Eternal Nature.  And such is the condition of Personal Power as well.

Never believe that you are capable of doing anything without The Creator, Who Is Always Ever-present To You, and Who is always standing by you to give you counsel and consent.

Don’t lie, or cheat, or steal, or kill anything, or do anything bad, and you will know the way.

Never ask a woman her name, if you are a male, and if you are a female, never ask a man his name, or inquire if they are married or available.  For you will never find true love in that fashion of inquiry.  You will only prove yourself silly and make yourself weak in the nature of personal power. 

Don’t cast “eyes” on the opposite sex, and especially for the males in sizing up the women in attraction for sexual pastime.  And especially for the males, don’t talk with another person’s spouse or relationship without their invited permission, as you will lose the grace and friendship of that person to jealousy for such uninvited involvement

Become old gracefully.  Don’t try to be younger than your years permit in your garb or habits of style about the town.

Always find someone who is more knowledgeable than you to explain things.

Forget where you have been and what you have done, they are worthless to ruminate on and ultimately will bring you to a bad place in your head.  Worthless things are to be forgotten completely and rumination will be the death of you.

Avoid strong alcohol drink, and don’t do drugs needlessly for sport.

Walk carefully about The Earth and do not regard The Insects as your enemy, although you will have to kill a few and more than many of the biting ones before your time is at an end here.

Be Mindful of The Life Beneath You as you walk and try not to step on any of the tiny creatures as you pass, although you may not be able to help it. 

If you have to cross a certain way and there are too many ants, in example, to negotiate without treading on the ants who are in your path.  Don’t think about it as you walk, and pass on, and try to walk lightly and not to “scuff” your feet, as an ant may survive a light footfall, but a scuff might damage their tiny parts.  The Ants will respect you if you have no mind in innocence to their being trod upon in necessity to your pursuit of travel.

Be careful when you walk in the woods not to break any of the limbs and tiny branches of the bushes and the trees and not to step needlessly on the vegetation of whatever variety of plants beneath your feet as you go.  All the vegetation values its parts and reflects to them in their way, as you value the external members of your own body, of your fingers and toes and your arms and legs.  In that way you will find peace there.

Behave in all necessity with the animals you encounter, and don’t go startling them for sport.  Be respectful and you will always be welcome.  And be mindful of the killer animals, not to infuriate them, and nor to antagonize them into attack for your sport of killing them in a needless way.      

Always respect The Inanimate, don’t throw things around and break the dishes or the glassware in your home, as these things regard themselves in a special place of sentiment to you.  And take care of all your personal possessions with that same care of regard, and extent that throughout your travels upon The Earth.  For in any disrespectful regard of The Inanimate, you will lose the happiness of your way upon The Earth. 

Don’t be a bully to your fellow man, and you will see the end of your travails here by your destiny to be pure of heart in intent.

Have an Impeccable Will about you, and in that you will be happy and satisfied with yourself and all you do.

There is no end to the lessons to be set down here for contemplation.  But in the things as are set down, and in your abiding to of what has been discussed, you will be a healthy being and will join in on The Creator’s Eternal Path in good composure.  Trust that you are Entrusted To The Creator’s Care and To Always Respectfully Regard The Creator’s Mind As Your Own.    

Belief In God, is not the Right term to use for us here.  For WE possess the direct Knowledge of God.  We live with The Heavenly Father and HE lives with us.  We Know The Father.  And HIS thoughts are always with us as a part of our daily lives.  The Father is our Constant Companion and WE are HIS Companions, To Abide With In Faith, as HE Made US To Be, from the Power of HIS Lonely Mind in the Darkness, and HIS DREAM OF LIFE.  The Question of Who Made God, and the Nowhere HE Originates From, Remains a Mystery, even to HIM.  Let us thereof count our blessings and be thankful for the life we have to share with one another In True Faith.

Too many people mistakenly make the Human Sex Impulse into Mortal Sin and condemn themselves to Hell needlessly in alienation from The Father as hopeless sinners estranged from God.  The Rule here is, according to The Heavenly Father, "No Harm, No Foul." (There are Sins of a Sexual Nature to be declared of course, and obvious of what they are; but not for the normal course of human sexual desires and occurrences that is the compelling force that drives humanity and keeps it perpetuating itself relentlessly into the cycle of birth, suffering, and death as the Cycle of Life continues on eternally in the Father’s Design to endure the Boredom of Eternity.)

The Fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden in the Christian Era Tradition of Lore had to do with the Ingestion of Opium/Heroin, “The Forbidden Fruit,” and the only Fruit of the Tree of Life that God Forbade Mankind to Eat of “lest ye die,” and not for the normal course of Human Sexual Desires and Impulses of the Flesh which God hath made for the pleasure of mankind, IN HIS OWN IMAGE, to delight in and has Judged Himself, “To Be Good.” Judge that way for yourself then and be at peace with yourself and with The Father. God's unending love has declared itself.

“All Things” is a crucial chapter in the transcending work, “The Orders Of The Day.”

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Black History Month

From: Carole Fader, The Florida Times-Union/Jacksonville.com (carole.fader@jacksonville.com)
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2016 11:45 AM
To: Gary Koniz
Subject: Designated History Months

February is Black History Month, while March has been designated as Women's History Month. Do you believe that it is beneficial to have such recognition months? Why or why not? Please respond in 200 words or less to feedback@jacksonville.com and please also include your name and area of town in which you live.

Thanks,

The Florida Times-Union/Jacksonville.com
1 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville Florida  32202
United States
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From: Gary Koniz (gary.koniz@hotmail.com)
Sent:  Fri 1/15/2016 2:10 PM
To: Carole Fader, The Florida Times-Union/Jacksonville.com
Re:  Carole Fader, The Florida Times-Union/Jacksonville.com

This being then the history of the Colored Race upon the earth and something that is not taught in Black History Month, of Hannibal’s March on Rome over the Alps with a herd of Elephants in 219 BC, The Ottoman Turks and the Byzantine Islamic overrun and conquest of the Holy Land in 1299, and the Moorish Occupation of the Iberian Peninsula from the 11th through 13th Centuries that ended in 1492 concurrently with the sailing of Christopher Columbus to the New World. Who were, The Mulatto Moors, subsequently Vanquished by the Crusades, only to be beaten back into Africa, where the Moors then overcame and enslaved their Black Tribal Negro Heritage and sold them to the Drug Smuggling Pirates for Trade with the Colonists in the emerging Colonies of the Americas, and with the idea of their clandestine Mulatto design to eventually guile a retaliatory revenge over the White Race by inter-breeding assimilation annihilation. In Point-Of-Order being; that the kind and benevolent American Farmers of the White Race; who had no part of any Slave Trade on these shores of the Americas to where these boatloads of Negroes were brought with no place of the Earth for them to go other than to be “dumped back into the sea;” who out of the kindness of their hearts “took in” and “befriended” those poor tortured Black Negroes and “gave them a home and a place to belong upon the Earth.” Let them be forever grateful and proud to be among us of the White Race, and not to go on embittered as they are in a revengeful attitude of Racial Hatred.

Gary L. Koniz
Journalist Correspondent
Independent Candidate for
U.S. House of Representatives, 4th CD, FL
“United Labor Unifying The Nation Providing Jobs
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Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments. The amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws, and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War. The amendment was bitterly contested, particularly by Southern states, which were forced to ratify it in order for them to regain representation in Congress. The Fourteenth Amendment, particularly its first section, is one of the most litigated parts of the Constitution, forming the basis for landmark decisions such as Roe v. Wade (1973) regarding abortion, Bush v. Gore (2000) regarding the 2000 presidential election, and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) regarding same-sex marriage. The amendment limits the actions of all state and local officials, including those acting on behalf of such an official.

The amendment's first section includes several clauses: the Citizenship Clause, Privileges or Immunities Clause, Due Process Clause, and Equal Protection Clause. The Citizenship Clause provides a broad definition of citizenship, overruling the Supreme Court's decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), which had held that Americans descended from African slaves could not be citizens of the United States. The Privileges or Immunities Clause has been interpreted in such a way that it does very little.

The Due Process Clause prohibits state and local government officials from depriving persons of life, liberty, or property without legislative authorization. This clause has also been used by the federal judiciary to make most of the Bill of Rights applicable to the states, as well as to recognize substantive and procedural requirements that state laws must satisfy.

The Equal Protection Clause requires each state to provide equal protection under the law to all people within its jurisdiction. This clause was the basis for Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Supreme Court decision that precipitated the dismantling of racial segregation, and for many other decisions rejecting irrational or unnecessary discrimination against people belonging to various groups.

The second, third, and fourth sections of the amendment are seldom litigated. However, the second section's reference to "rebellion and other crime" has been invoked as a constitutional ground for felony disenfranchisement. The fifth section gives Congress the power to enforce the amendment's provisions by "appropriate legislation". However, under City of Boerne v. Flores (1997), Congress's enforcement power may not be used to contradict a Supreme Court interpretation of the amendment.

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Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Background

Section 1 of the amendment formally defines United States citizenship and also protects various civil rights from being abridged or denied by any state or state actor. Abridgment or denial of those civil rights by private persons is not addressed by this amendment; the Supreme Court held in the Civil Rights Cases (1883) that the amendment was limited to "state action" and, therefore, did not authorize the Congress to outlaw racial discrimination by private individuals or organizations (though Congress can sometimes reach such discrimination via other parts of the Constitution). U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Bradley commented in the Civil Rights Cases that "individual invasion of individual rights is not the subject-matter of the [14th] Amendment. It has a deeper and broader scope. It nullifies and makes void all state legislation, and state action of every kind, which impairs the privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States, or which injures them in life, liberty or property without due process of law, or which denies to any of them the equal protection of the laws."
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Florida Times-Union Interview - TUESDAY JULY 22 at 10:00 a.m

From:     gary.koniz@hotmail.com
Sent:    Tue 7/22/14 5:50 PM
To:    Brown; Roger

Dear Roger:

Thank you so much for your help in arranging the interview with the Times Union Editorial Board for me.  I did enjoy meeting you and appreciated the serious intent of your interest.  What an event for the memory book.  It was thoroughly rewarding and productive for me, and for everyone I thought, with a good vetting of the issues of the hour in opportunity, with the four Candidates for The U.S. House in the 4th CD FL and the entire Editorial Executive Board present including Mr. Frank Denton, The Executive Editor of The Times Union, himself, and as thoughts and ideas go forth, to perhaps have an effect on the outcome of the election and in mainstay upon the frame-workings of our government and the people of the Nation itself.

I was most impressed by you, Roger, and will always carry the memory of your sincerity and depth of genuine interest in my heart.   It was a day of strong mature character in all regards of the people present there and charged with the electricity of real dynamic power for positive action.  It was not just another ordinary day.

And so you perceive the nature of our American Patriotic Organization together that moves as one body politic to address, engage, and produced the required responses of those issues and persons adversely affecting each of us and our Nation together to do something about, and otherwise to maintain our course of a proper and mature State on the correct and guided path to fruition.  When large enough numbers of people organize to do something, things get done.  Public Attitude, the social pressure of what we like and dislike, can sometimes prove more powerful than the written law as a force to be reckoned with.  The obstacle to overcome is our social inertia of entropy, of our decline into disorder, and where I feel the press plays its vital role in both regards of the endeavor to rally the public in continuous outcry to concerted action.

Gary L. Koniz
Journalist Correspondent
Independent Workers Party Candidate for
United States Representative, 4th CD, FL 2014
"United Labor Unifying The Nation"
(904) 730-2055 – Office
gary.koniz@hotmail.com
www.garykonizforcongress.com     


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Mr. Koniz,
 
Thanks so much for the e-mail and, as a member of the editorial board, I really enjoyed the candidate session. I admire your thoughtful approach to the issues and your obviously passionate desire to serve the public. Thanks again!!
 
Roger Brown
Times-Union Editorial Writer
904-359-4251
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Endorsed by Florida's United States Senator Bill Nelson

For my "Two State Resolution" Work with The United Nations on the recent 2013 Mid-East Peace Stalemate, and as was indicated for by former President Jimmy Carter in his book about the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict entitled, "Peace Not Apartheid."  Here now is the line of reasoning to be taken:
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Palestine Liberation

As a well-known quote states: Your first mistake might be assuming that people are rational and/or Ethically and Morally Motivated. Your second mistake could be assuming that people are eager for change.  And a third mistake is in assuming that once someone knows things the way you know them, they will choose what you chose.  I have also found this, about "assuming things," to be the case.  But I always assume too that there may be a proper chance for changing "people’s minds;" with a presentation of reasoning factors, and with that: to change the ways that things are ... for the better, in telling people right from wrong and when they are on a dangerous course and not perceiving things in the way that they need to be perceived  in the correct way to stave-off disaster; as is the case of Israel's (The Jewish State’s,) refusal to accept our ongoing Appeals, to reverse its holocaust/apartheid attitude towards the Indigenous Palestinians, and to take a benevolent approach towards them; and that failing that, there is the need then to forcibly “take charge,” over these affairs where “Injustice Prevails” to reverse their improper course.

As it stands, We are now fast approaching the end of the Jewish State, called Israel, and as it is situated on Palestinian Territory outright; that was founded on Palestinian Soil, and in atrocity, "taken from the Palestinians" by force; (as in Biblical Times;) and for what is the cause of the Hostilities in that region, and concerning what Terrorist Aggressions, for our support, that are occurring to us here in the U.S..   To be understood: that in 1947, the United Nations partitioned Historic Palestine, giving 55% to the Jewish population and 45% to the Palestinian population. The indigenous Palestinians rejected the division of the land on which they had lived and farmed for centuries.  At the time of partition, the Jewish population owned less than 6% of Palestine.
Historically, the land of Palestine was populated by a people known as the Palestinians who have always been religiously diverse, with the Muslim majority maintaining friendly relations with their Christian, Jewish, and Druze brethren.  At the turn of the 20th Century, a new Jewish Nationalist Ideology called Zionism was developing.  Zionism called for the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, and elsewhere.  During this time, increasing numbers of Jewish Europeans immigrated to Palestine, causing the Jewish population to grow from a tiny minority to 35% of the population.  In 1948 Israel declared its "independence," but chose not to name its borders. Following its founding war of 1947-49 Israel came into existence on 78 percent of Palestine, a percentage it has steadily increased in subsequent years, that continues to this day.

The Holy Land, as it is called, needs to be "taken over" at this critical time in our history, and supervised and managed by a United Nations Peace Keeping Force, and maintained as an International Zone," until further notice, or at least for the next "generation," or two, 40 years, until things settle down in the area and the animosities of the immediate setting are forgotten.
Take notice at this time: that The United States, as the Chief Principle Ally and Financial Military Backer of Israel in the Middle-East, Can No Longer Support and Abide With the continued Israeli Aggressions towards the Palestinians, and must take the side of the Palestine Liberation Organization, (the PLO,) against Israel, in forcing a "Two State" International Zone in the region, to be Enforced and Supervised over by The U.N., returning Palestine to the original 1947 United Nations Charter Agreement for a Two State System; and in which Jews, Arabs, and other Nationalities abiding throughout the region are Equal Citizens of either State’s Territories.
File:UN Palestine Partition Versions 1947.

 

Source:  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
UNSCOP (3 September 1947) and UN Ad Hoc Committee (25 November 1947) partition plans. The UN Ad Hoc committee proposal was voted on in the resolution.   
Date    November 29 1947
Meeting no.    128
Code    A/RES/181(II)

Vote    For: 33 — Abs. 10 — Against: 13
Result    Recommendation to the United Kingdom, as the mandatory Power for Palestine, and to all other Members of the United Nations the adoption and implementation, with regard to the future government of Palestine, of the Plan of Partition with Economic Union set out in the resolution

Earlier proposals for partition
The League of Nations granted Britain a mandate over Palestine as part of the Partitioning of the Ottoman Empire following World War I. A British census of 1918 estimated 700,000 Arabs and 56,000 Jews.

In the 1917 Balfour Declaration, the British foreign secretary stated that the British government viewed “with favour the establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish people [with the understanding that] nothing should be done to prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine . . . .”.  Neither partition nor statehood was mentioned as the means of accomplishing the National Home. Lord Curzon, who later succeeded Balfour as foreign secretary, wrote a memorandum expressing concern about what would become of the Arab inhabitants of Palestine who had “occupied the country for the best part of 1,500 years” and would “not be content either to be expropriated for Jewish immigrants, or to act merely as hewers of wood and drawers of water to the latter."

In 1937, the Peel Commission proposed a Palestine divided into an Arab state, a much smaller Jewish state (about 15%), and an international zone. The Arab leadership rejected the plan. The two main Jewish leaders, Chaim Weizmann and Ben Gurion had convinced the Zionist Congress to approve equivocally the Peel recommendations as a basis for more negotiation. These proposals contained provisions for the relocation of Arab population to areas outside the borders of the new Jewish state, modelled on the population exchange between Greece and Turkey; they were also rejected by the Arab side.

The British Woodhead Commission considered several additional plans for partition. In 1938 the British government issued a policy statement declaring that "the political, administrative and financial difficulties involved in the proposal to create independent Arab and Jewish States inside Palestine are so great that this solution of the problem is impracticable". Representatives of Arabs and Jews were invited to London for the St. James Conference, which proved unsuccessful.

The MacDonald White Paper of May 1939 declared that it was "not part of [the British government's] policy that Palestine should become a Jewish State" and sought to eliminate Jewish immigration to Palestine. The Jewish Agency hoped to persuade the British to restore Jewish immigration rights, and cooperated with the British in the war against Fascism. Aliyah Bet was organized to spirit Jews out of Nazi controlled Europe, despite the British prohibitions. The White Paper also led to the formation of Lehi, a small Jewish terrorist organization which opposed the British, and, at one time, sought to make an agreement with the Nazis.  However Lehi had less than 100 members and after an investigation by a minor official, the Nazis lost interest. Nothing was ever decided.

Background

After World War II, despite pressure to allow the immigration of large numbers of Jewish Holocaust survivors to Palestine, the British maintained limits on Jewish immigration in line with the 1939 White Paper. The Jewish community rejected the restriction on immigration and also organized an armed resistance. These and United States pressure to end the anti-immigration policy led to the establishment of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry. In April 1946, the committee reached a unanimous decision. The Committee approved the American condition of the immediate acceptance of 100,000 Jewish refugees from Europe into Palestine. It also recommended that there be no Arab, and no Jewish State. US President Harry S. Truman angered the British government by issuing, without forewarning, a statement supporting the 100,000 refugees, but refusing to acknowledge the rest of the committee's findings. Bevin told the committee that he would accept their decision if it were unanimous.  But the British government had conditioned the implementation of the report's recommendations on the US providing assistance if force would be required to do so, but that was not offered. The US War Department had issued an earlier report which stated that an open-ended US troop commitment of 300,000 personnel would be necessary to assist the British government in maintaining order against an Arab revolt.

On 7 February 1947, Britain announced its intent to terminate the Mandate for Palestine. On 2 April 1947, Britain formally asked the United Nations to make recommendations regarding the future government of Palestine.  On 15 May 1947, the UN appointed the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), composed of representatives from eleven states. To make the committee more neutral, none of the Great Powers were represented. The UNSCOP spent three months conducting hearings and a general survey of the situation in Palestine.

On 18 July 1947, the SS Exodus, a ship packed with Holocaust Survivors wanting to immigrate to Palestine, arrived off the coast. The ship was intercepted by the Royal Navy and a struggle ensued in which two passengers and a crew member died. UNSCOP members watched as the Exodus passengers were forcibly transferred to ships bound for France. The passengers refused to disembark in France, and the British ultimately decided to transfer the passengers to Hamburg, Germany. The voyage resulted in spectacularly bad press for the British and was followed by UNSCOP members as they deliberated in Geneva.

Both the Arab State and the Jewish State proposed by the Plan of Partition with Economic Union set out in CHAPTER VI: RECOMMENDATIONS (III) of the UNSCOP report of 3 September 1947 were composed of three major sections, linked by extraterritorial crossroads. The Arab State would receive the Western Galilee, with the town of Acre, the hill country of Samaria and Judea, and the southern coast stretching from north of Isdud (now Ashdod) and encompassing what is now the Gaza Strip, with a section of desert along the Egyptian border. The Jewish State would receive the Coastal Plain, stretching from Haifa to Rehovot, the Eastern Galilee (surrounding the Sea of Galilee and including the Galilee panhandle) and the Negev, including the southern outpost of Umm Rashrash (now Eilat). The Corpus Separatum included Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the surrounding areas.

The Plan tried its best to accommodate as many Jews as possible into the Jewish State. In many specific cases, this meant including areas of Arab majority (but with a significant Jewish minority) in the Jewish state.  Thus the Jewish State would have an overall large Arab minority. Areas that were sparsely populated (like the Negev), were also included in the Jewish state to create room for immigration. According to the plan, Jews and Arabs living in the Jewish state would become citizens of the Jewish state and Jews and Arabs living in the Arab state would become citizens of the Arab state.  By virtue of Chapter 3, Palestinian citizens residing in Palestine outside the City of Jerusalem, as well as Arabs and Jews who, not holding Palestinian citizenship, resided in Palestine outside the City of Jerusalem would, upon the recognition of independence, become citizens of the State in which they were resident and enjoy full civil and political rights.

The land allocated to the Arab State in the final plan included about 43% of Mandatory Palestine and consisted of all of the highlands, except for Jerusalem, plus one-third of the coastline. The highlands contain the major aquifers of Palestine, which supplied water to the coastal cities of central Palestine, including Tel Aviv. The Jewish State was to receive 56% of Mandatory Palestine, a slightly larger area to accommodate the increasing numbers of Jews who would immigrate there. The Jewish State included three fertile lowland plains – the Sharon on the coast, the Jezreel Valley and the upper Jordan Valley. The bulk of the proposed Jewish State's territory, however, consisted of the Negev Desert. The desert was not suitable for agriculture, nor for urban development at that time. The Jewish State would also be given sole access to the Red Sea.

Between the time of partition and the declaration of Israel on 78% of historic Palestine in 1948, the newly formed Jewish state had depopulated (through massacres, expulsion orders, and fear tactics) over 400 villages and made refugees of at least 726,000 Palestinians (see U.N.).  As Moshe Dayan put it, “Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist, not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either.”

In 1967, Israel occupied the remaining 22% of historic Palestine: the West Bank and Gaza (as well as large sections of Syria and Egypt). Since then Israel has transferred many of its citizens to Jewish “settlements,” (colonies, which are illegal according to the fourth Geneva Convention). Today 40% of the West Bank is off-limits to Palestinians, as they are not allowed to live in Israeli settlements, drive on Israeli-only roads connecting these settlements, or even live or travel through “security zones,” surrounding the settlements.

It is to be categorically understood here at this point, that Representatives of our U.S. Federal Government, who are making critical decisions affecting us and our U.S. Policies concerning Israel, Palestine, and the Mid-East, cannot continue to accept Campaign Contributions, and other forms of bribery, for Jewish Political Favors, from the Jewish American Israeli Political Action Committee,  “AIPAC,” to the effect of The United States and its Public Body being made into a “Puppet Regime” for Israeli Policy Appeasement, to be dominated over by Foreign Power.
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                       American Israel Public Affairs Committee

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC /ˈeɪpæk/ AY-pak) is a Zionist Lobbying Group that advocates Pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the United States. The current President of AIPAC is Lillian Pinkus.  [From Wikipedia.]

One of several pro-Israel lobbying organizations in the U.S., AIPAC states that it has more than 100,000 members, seventeen regional offices, and "a vast pool of donors." California Congressman Brad Sherman has called AIPAC "the single most important organization in promoting the U.S.-Israel alliance." In addition, the organization has been called one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States. The group does not raise funds for political candidates itself, but its members raise money for candidates through PACs AIPAC helped establish and by other means.

Its critics have stated it acts as an agent of the Israeli government with a "stranglehold" on the United States Congress with its power and influence. The group has been accused of being strongly allied with the Likud party of Israel, and the Republican Party in the US, but an AIPAC spokesman has called this a "malicious mischaracterization." The Washington Post described the perceived differences between AIPAC and J Street: "While both groups call themselves bipartisan, AIPAC has won support from an overwhelming majority of Republican Jews, while J Street is presenting itself as an alternative for Democrats who have grown uncomfortable with both Netanyahu’s policies and the conservatives’ flocking to AIPAC."

AIPAC, on the other hand, describes itself as a bipartisan organization, and bills it lobbies for in Congress are always jointly sponsored by both a Democrat and Republican. AIPAC's supporters claim its bipartisan nature can be seen at its yearly policy conference, which in 2016 included both major parties' nominees—Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump—as well as high ranking Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, and high-ranking Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee was founded in 1951 by Isaiah L. "Si" Kenen. Kenen originally ran the American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs as a lobbying division of the American Zionist Council. Before that, Kenen was an employee of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to journalist Connie Bruck, AIPAC was incorporated in 1963 and headed by Kenen until his retirement in 1974. "In 2005, Lawrence Franklin, a Pentagon analyst pleaded guilty to espionage charges of passing US government secrets to AIPAC policy director Steven Rosen and AIPAC senior Iran analyst Keith Weissman, in what is known as the AIPAC espionage scandal. Rosen and Weissman were later fired by AIPAC. In 2009, charges against the former AIPAC employees were dropped.

[Territorial Zionism preaches the formation of a Jewish collective in Palestine, or anywhere else, to establish “a secure haven, under public law, for the Jewish people on the basis of self-rule, and that the solution to the anomaly of Jewish existence is the emigration of Jews to, and their concentration in, a territorial base, spearheading the Jewish National Liberation Process.  Zionism is a form of Racism and Racial Discrimination,”]
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NORTH FLORIDA CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL

2014 QUESTIONNAIRE

General

1. How do you believe your service can benefit North Florida and its citizens? Why should this organization endorse your candidacy?  

I am a proven fighter for the Rights of The Working Class and have a definite plan in motion for fixing the economy by enacting a Prevailing Wage Legislation based to the Government’s GS Rates with an Anti-Trust Regulation to replace the existing Minimum Wage; to what Labor Unions can easily organize and prosper around.  I am also planning to replace Dependency on Borrowing with Full Faith Certificate Issue.

2. Briefly describe what you know about the North Florida Central Labor Council and the Labor Movement as a whole.  What role do you think this movement should play in the political system and the process of policy making?  

I came to the NFCLC and was interviewed by President Russell Harper in 2010 after deciding to run for Florida’s 4th CD as a Journalist covering Labor Concerns on a mandate from the Working Class to secure a Cost-Of-Living-Wage for the America’s Working Class Poor, as has not as yet been realized.  I feel that the entirety of the Organized Labor has the responsibility to Act Together on this to the Benefit of All Workers.

3. Are you now, or have you ever been a union member? If so, please state when, where, and the union with which you were affiliated.  

CONSTRUCTION - LABOR ORGANIZATION – EMPLOYMENT - RESUME:  INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS: Heavy Equipment Operator (1967 -2000) LOCAL 137, BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY - LOCAL 17, WEST SENECA, NY
Greater Buffalo Building And Construction Trades Council - 1992- 2000 – Construction Trades Agreement
New York AFL-CIO, New York, NY – with former President Edward Cleary – Policy Writer
AFL-CIO International - with former President John Sweeney - 1995-2009 – Currently Richard Trumka
North Florida Central Labor Council – Currently with President Russell Harper Secretary – 2010-Present
International Brotherhood Of Golf Course Maintenance Workers Union - Secretary and NLRB Agent
DeerCreek Country Club Maintenance Department – UNITED LABOR ORGANIZATION (2001- Present)

4. What are your thoughts on the rights of workers to form unions and collectively bargain? What limitations do you feel should exist regarding the formation of unions and their role in both the workplace and society?  

I feel that all workers have the Right and indeed the Imperative Necessity (in Self Preservation,) to Organized and to Conduct Concerted Activities with their Employers on issues that affect them and their dependent family loved ones. These issues involve maintaining a Fair Annual Level of Income for their labors in service and other matters involving Health Care Benefits and the Right To Be Fairly Treated.  That being stated; I feel that ethical and practical limits ought to be established to prevent Labor Organizations from Demanding “To Much” from their employers, who have Rights Too regarding entitlement to profits.
The goals of All Organized Labor inter-depend on each being proper and responsible in their demands.

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5. In recent years, government has greatly increased the scope of services that are contracted out to private vendors. What are your thoughts about the contracting of public services to private entities? Are there any services that you believe should or should not be turned over to private companies?  

The benefits of opening public services to private competition are potentially enormous.  Competition is ultimately aimed at getting better results for the taxpayer's money. To bolster this initiative, government should create a Permanent Review Commission to recommend ways the government can cut costs, reduce waste, and improve efficiency and service levels.  This makes sense do with All Matters of Government Accounting that a Review Commission would help eliminate redundant or outdated programs and services about through a transparent public process. With the exception of vital Government Agencies, such as; The Federal Aviation Administration, The F.B.I., The U.S. Department of Labor, and so on, this would allow government to take advantage of the competitive mechanisms and efficiencies that drive private sector.

6. How should government ensure that private contractors are accountable to the taxpayers?

This is fairly straightforward to be reasoned with and needs to be accomplished by establishing an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT between the private contractors and the contracting Government Administration.  Contractor will perform the services so required as stipulated in agreement for the Services specially ordered and commissioned by the Government as an independent contractor entered into this Agreement as an independent contractor.  All Services shall be performed only by Contractor.  

7. When compared to other states, the salaries of Florida’s non-management employees rank among the lowest in the nation. What possibilities do you see for increasing salaries for non-management workers?  Do you have any ideas about non-monetary changes to the personnel system to make it easier for Jacksonville to attract a high-quality workforce to the public sector?  

My plan to be implemented on a National level is this:  The Right Formula for Peace and Prosperity in this Nation: Calls For a Fair Minded Gainful Prevailing Middle Class Wage Legislation with an Anti-Trust Fair Price Cost of Living Regulation Agreement, an Affordable Graduated FICA Payroll Deducted National Health and Dental Care Plan, and for Full Faith Fiat Issue; On Demand, To Fund Our Government and To Preclude Fiscal Deficit by Issuing Taxation Shortfall directly from the Federal Reserve instead of borrowing it at excessively high rates of interest; that will, in all, Produce the Consumer Purchasing Power We Need for Economic Vitality, Growth, and Stability.  The other issue that we need to stress for with The Florida Department of Labor is To End the idea of Constructive Termination, or call Turn-Over, in which employees are mistreated when raise time comes in order to induce them to quit so that cheaper employees can be hired.

8. Do you believe that public-sector workers should have a defined benefit or a defined contribution retirement plan?

I believe that a Defined Benefit Plan is wiser choice.  In Defined Benefit Plans, current employees and their employing agencies contribute money to the retirement system. The system uses that money to pay annuities and health insurance costs for current retirees. The system assumes the risk for investment performance. Defined Benefit plans are the backbone of many long-standing retirement systems.  As time has gone on, retirement systems have added Defined Contribution Options for employees to save additional money for retirement. By this lawmakers have diminished the overall attractiveness of retirement systems in several ways by forcing employees to contribute more money while holding benefits the same for the same retirement payout.  Lawmakers have also shifted risk from employers to employees by making Defined Contribution plans a greater part of the system while chipping away at Defined Contribution plans. This gives employees more uncertainty about their standard of living in retirement. Employees can work toward a target annuity in a Defined Benefit plan, but they cannot do so with certainty in a Defined Contribution plan.

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9. North Florida has many boards, commissions, councils and other such groups that are composed of concerned citizens. Would you introduce/support provisions to ensure that organized labor be adequately represented on these boards as a voice for working families?
I feel that The North Florida Central Labor Council, NFCLC, and as  a member group of Florida AFL-CIO  has the obligation of involve itself with local, state, and federal legislators to ensure that Organized Labor be strongly represented on All Boards, Commissions, Councils, and other groups composed of concerned citizens. It is a forum to allow these groups to act responsibly and discuss labor friendly language with other members. These meetings are an opportunity for labor to meet with the corporate and non-profit leaders and provide feedback to legislators to ensure that the Rights and Concerns of Labor are being taken care of.
Education

10. What is your position on the School Board being an appointed position rather than an elected position?
The question before us is whether the voters prefer to have elected school boards or ones appointed by the mayor have rekindled a debate that has raged in school districts throughout the state for years.  Proponents of the elective process say it is more democratic and prompts citizens to take a greater interest in their schools. They also contend that elections shield schools from municipal politics and allow board members to act independently and in the best interests of the schools.  Those favoring appointed boards say that many qualified individuals are reluctant to subject themselves to the difficulties and expense of an election campaign. They also say there is more accountability in the system, because the mayor can be held responsible for the integrity of school board members and for any misuse of the schools. Adding to the confusion are a number of national studies that indicate that no one system produces a stronger school board than the other. Rather, the studies say that it is the community's attitude toward its schools, as measured by its interest, responsiveness, enthusiasm, and pride, that largely determines how effective a board will be.
11. Education funding is often cited as a major problem in Florida. How do you believe education should be funded and what are your thoughts about increasing funding for our schools?

My plan here, as I will ensure the enactment of, if elected, is for Full Faith Certificate to be Issued directly by our Federal Reserve, (on appeal of a Grant from individual local school districts experiencing financial difficulty,) to supplement and to augment any local Taxation Shortfalls to occur in the year to year.  This will ensure that All Public Schools be sufficiently funded to provide the highest quality education to its students.

12. What are your thoughts regarding the non-enforcement of the constitutional amendment on class size?

Millions of public school students across the nation are seeing their class sizes swell because of budget cuts and teacher layoffs, undermining a decades-long push by parents, administrators and policy makers to shrink class sizes.  And here again to say, that Government Shutdown Is Not An Option to us, and especially when it matters concerning the education of our Nation’s Youth.   Our plan here is as stated, to supplement and to augment any future Government Budgetary Shortfall of the failing Supply and Demand Taxation System, with Full Faith Certificate, to be made available On Demand by application of Grant Subsidy Necessity.  The United States currently places 17th in the developed world for education.  Finland and South Korea top the list of 40 developed countries with the best education systems. Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore follow. The rankings are calculated based on various measures, including international test scores, graduation rates between 2006 and 2010, and the prevalence of higher education seekers.  Good teachers are essential to high-quality education. We are here Not About To Sacrifice our Nation’s Youth to the lack of proper finances.

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13.  Should appointments for State University Presidents be weighed toward academic rather than political achievements?

Appointments should be without question weighed on academic achievement.  Reporting directly to the Florida State University Board of Trustees, the President serves as the chief executive officer of the University and is responsible for its continuing pursuit of excellence and effective operation. The University community and Trustees have developed a list of ten attributes integral to the role of president:
•    Proven leadership skills.
•    Strong strategic planning capabilities coupled with a visionary outlook.
•    Student centered – a dedication to making the student experience an optimal one.
•    Excellent communications and listening skills who listens to the thoughts and ideas of others.
•    Goal oriented – an individual who sets aggressive goals and knows how to achieve them.
•    An understanding of the legislative process and its impact on higher education.
•    An enthusiastic fundraiser – who enjoys this aspect of Presidential responsibilities.
•    Loyalty to Florida State and a passion to continue the advancement of the institution.
•    Approachable – enjoys and welcomes the opportunity to interact with all constituents.
•    Appreciates and values faculty and staff…sensitive to their needs and input.

14. What are your thoughts regarding the FCAT and how it is currently used? What changes would you advocate for or support to the FCAT as a tool for school accountability?

FCAT the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test  is an annual test given to students in grades 3-11 that measures their skills in the areas of reading, math, science and writing according to Florida's Sunshine State Standards. All public school students are required to take the FCAT.  Students' results from the FCAT are compiled to generate a grade for each public school. Under this plan, public schools receive a grade from A to F, based on what percentage of students pass the exams and what percentage of both the entire student body and the bottom 25% of the school demonstrate adequate growth on the exam over their previous year's performance. If a school improves a letter grade (including schools that improve from an F to a D), or maintains an A, the state direct-deposits "reward money" to the school in the amount of $75 per student enrolled (this amount used to be $100 before the 2008 recession). This money is not collectively bargained or funneled through the recipient school's district. Schools can use the money for staff bonuses, educational equipment, materials related to boosting student performance, or to hire temporary personnel to assist in improving student performance. Most of the money typically goes toward teacher bonuses, however.
Though the system is designed to reward public schools for excellence in teaching, many educators and community members have criticized the program, claiming that the program takes funding from schools which need it most. It has also been criticized by many students and teachers because the schools put too much emphasis on the FCAT and not enough on preparing students for the real world. The parochial and private schools of excellence, recognized under the federal guidelines separately from state guidelines, and proclaimed as superior by the Federal Government, in fact receive no public funds and are exempt from requiring their students to take the FCAT.  The FCAT tests have also come under fire from education groups and parents for encouraging teachers to teach students how to pass a test, rather than to teach students the fundamental material in the core subjects such as English. Another point of criticism on the FCAT is that all students of the same grade take the same test, despite the fact that different students are enrolled in different courses. To compensate for this, in many schools, teachers are directed to cover FCAT skills, regardless of what subject they are supposed to be covering.  "Children are being terrorized with a test called FCAT."
Students now must pass the 10th-grade FCAT in order to graduate.  In June 2003 The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would give high school seniors a chance to graduate even if they fail the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.  The bill (HB 23B) would give students who fail the FCAT a chance to earn a diploma by meeting other criteria such as achieving certain scores on standard college entrance exams.

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Construction and Building Trades

15. Do you believe the Prevailing Wage concept that sets the wage rates for workers on federal funded construction projects should be applied to city funded construction projects?

Yes I do.  And furthermore, I feel that the Prevailing Wage (that is based to the Federal Government’s General Schedule Wage Rates as arbitrated for annually by the American Federation of Government Employees, AFGE,) concept should be applied to all jobs in the Private Sector as well; that are now unconscionably being left up to the arbitrary and corrupt mercantile whim of every unscrupulous employer in the United States to be handed a Free Capitalist Rein in Tyranny to plunder and exploit their workers.  And it is truthfully what it is.  I do have a different idea of how things should be handled here from now on.  This can be accomplished, as I am proposing, by Legislation for a Prevailing Wage Act, to benefit all workers.

16. Would you be in favor of allowing local governments to enact and enforce examination, certification and licensing requirements for skilled construction craftsmen?

No, (and with the exception of certain technically hazardous jobs, such as; high crane operators, electricians, plumbers, certain types of maintenance, and so forth,) the skill of one’s craft is either there in demonstrated proficiency, or it isn’t, as far as Carpenters, Masons, Painters and Equipment Operators.  

17. Would you support and/or sponsor a bill requiring a local hiring preference?

I am fully committed to Local Hiring Preference, and have worked closely with the NFCLC and with former Jacksonville’s Mayor John Peyton to secure Local Preference for our local Union Workers at the New County Court House and Parking Garage, and otherwise.  And that was successful, with the stipulation that Contractors have the right to retain their permanent employees but could not “bring-in” additional workers from outside the Local Trades Unions’ Districts without permission of those respective Local Unions.

18. If you are endorsed, do you agree to the publication of the endorsement by this Council and the Florida AFLCIO?

Yes, I do agree.

The Florida AFL-CIO and North Florida Central Labor Council thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.
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CANDIDATES FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE
Please include a BIO and complete the questionnaire below then email to Carol.boone@jacksonville.com by NOON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4.
Any questions, call Carol at 904-359-4633 or Mike Clark at 904-359-4307

1. Do you support the Simpson-Bowles budget plan or something similar to rein in the deficit? Describe what you do support.

I support the efforts of the Simpson/Bowles Budget Plan in regard to The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (or NCFRR created in 2010) to Reduce All Nonessential Unnecessary spending, increase Revenue Collection by allowing Upper Income Tax Cuts to Expire, and by introducing legislation to make Social Security and Medicare sustainably solvent.  
However: It is obvious to us all that our modern day Government needs more income revenues in public responsibility to maintain itself than it is capable of taking-in under the present Supply and Demand GNDP Taxation structure; and it is also clear that we cannot continue to incur untenable and catastrophic Nation Debt; and it is as well unmistakably clear that we as Nation need to come up with a New Plan of Conduction our Governments Business on a day-to-day basis other than what is presently Is Not Working and being negatively experienced; to what our only intelligent and viable solution is to implement the contingency of Full Faith Resolution, that is based upon the Full Faith in integrity of The United States and Its Total Amassed Wealth and Resources, to Issue Currency, called Fiat Issue, directly from the Federal Reserve and what is not to be confused with Printed Money as termed, but as Real Viable Currency to be used as needed.

Full Faith Certificate Issue is mandatory in these times to meet the needs of our Government and to Provide for the Public Well-Being; is to be respected in Sound Economic Recovery Policy, as “Legitimate Currency,” to augment any Federal Deficit Budget Shortfall; to meet Federal Payroll Necessity, to Provide Work for the Nations Unemployed, to Fund for Disaster Relief and for other Emergency Crisis Issues affecting; Education, for the Environment, and for U.S. Agriculture, and to Augment failing City and State Budgets in their own regard of these matters in yearly contingency; and is not designed to replace “Hard Currency,” derived from taxation for the purchase of Goods and Services in the Private Sector, that is based upon the Nation’s Gross National/Domestic Product Taxation, GNDP, to what the Value of our U.S. Dollars is configured.  Hard Currency is to be used in all U.S. money dealings with Private Sector Contractors, Foreign Governments, and for the Repayment of our National Debt.  Sound Economic Analysis calculates however that 1/4 (One Forth) of the Nation’s yearly Budget can be supplanted with “Full Faith Issue” without harm to the Value of the Dollar; (and that in turn will be “Reabsorbed,” back into the Federal, State, and Municipal Treasuries by taxation to further “Strengthen” our U.S. Budgetary Future,) and as well as to provide Needed Economic Stimulus.

This Economic Stimulus in Prosperity is also to be bolstered by providing; a Fair Minded Gainful Prevailing Middle Class Wage Legislation with an Anti-Trust Fair Price Cost of Living Regulation Agreement, an Affordable Graduated FICA Payroll Deducted National Health and Dental Care Plan, and for Full Faith Fiat Issue; On Demand, that will, in all, Produce the Consumer Purchasing Power We Need for Economic Growth, and Stability.

The United States is facing two big risks to its economic prosperity, but of which both are avoidable with careful economic planning. In the near-term, a still fragile recovery is struggling to take hold. Over the medium and long-term, our debt is projected to continue growing faster than the economy. It is simply on an unsustainable path. We have to act now in haste with a new and completely modern revised agenda for economic planning, providing jobs for the public, and at the same time providing for everything in detail that we need to be sustaining us as a nation.

2. Do you support the Affordable Care Act? If not, what would you replace it with?

I do not support the Affordable Care Act, (and although that there is a valid point there to be made about everyone needing to be covered by a basic Health Insurance Plan;) however to add that the plan is just Too Expensive for everyone other than the Wealthy and the Upper Middle Class Income People; and in that regard, it is Untenable and a Hardship to the majority of the population, workers and their dependent families, who live on, or below, or near the Poverty Threshold of imminent survival based to their annual incomes who need that money to survive.  

The Premiums for these Policies are Too Expensive, between $500 and $700 a month and the least expensive ones have Deductibles of $1,500 which make them worthless in terms of routine doctor’s visits and Preventative Health Care medicine and Pharmacy.  They are only good for catastrophic illness/injury and even then there is a high price to pay in Co-Pay stipulation that ranges from 20% of the total bill and that would bankrupt anybody of less than affluent means.

Our plan here, (instead of the Affordable Health Care Act,) is to provide the option to the public of an alternative Affordable Graduated FICA Payroll Deducted National Health and Dental Care Plan, the same as Medicare is now, to be levied in percentage of earned income upon the entire population, and in which everyone in the Nation will be issued Medicare Cards to cover their basic Health Care needs, to be managed by the existing Health Insurance Companies, and in which persons can opt to have their Private Insurance Coverage as well for supplemental plans.
Furthermore, in all regard, The Medical Industry, (as to state for; the Medical Doctors, the Hospitals, and the Pharmaceutical interests,) are all demanding Too Much Money for their services in these modern times, and with all regard need to be Reigned Back by Legislative
Decree to the wording that if these respective Health Care Concerns are to continue to be Licensed and to Operate as Health Care Providers within The United States that they have to agree to the terms of the Social Contract to Provide their Vital Services at a Fair Market Value.

3. Do you support deepening the St. Johns River for the port? Describe your environmental concerns related to the deepening.

I am very much for the environmentalist in concern to the protection of our precious environment and the life dependent to it, including our own; and I am quite satisfied here to side with the experts with The St. Johns River Alliance and The Environment Protection Agency.  This is indeed a most complicated matter both from the Environmental/Ecological and Economic Standoff Points of Issue, the details of what are critical to review.  Here now are the arguments to be considered.

The federal channel along the St. Johns River is maintained at a depth of 40 feet.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently managing two harbor projects in the area. The first project will improve the flow of the St. Johns River at Mile Point, where intra-coastal and river currents pose navigational hindrances for deep draft vessels during certain tidal conditions.

In January 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a commitment of $38 million in state and local funding to complete the Mile Point project. The investment enables JAXPORT to jump-start the final phase of fixing this navigational hazard in the St. Johns River. Deepening the harbor is essential to meet the needs of larger cargo ships transiting the Suez Canal today - and the expanded Panama Canal in just a couple of years - as those vessels deliver cargo to JAXPORT terminals. A 47-foot depth for the federal channel would position JAXPORT as the first U.S. East Coast port of call for fully loaded New Panamax class vessels.

St. Johns Riverkeeper (SJRK) has reviewed the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Jacksonville Harbor Navigation Study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

St. Johns Riverkeeper however has serious concerns that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
• Underestimates the environmental impacts
• Overstates the economic impacts
• Proposes a mitigation plan that is woefully inadequate
• Denies the public of the opportunity to engage in meaningful public participation due to the lack of detail, depth of analysis, and critical information and data that is missing from the DSEIS
• Has not completed numerous studies required for a thorough evaluation If the above concerns are not sufficiently addressed, St. Johns Riverkeeper will be forced to take legal action to avoid potential harm to the St. Johns River due to the inadequacies of the DSEIS and the significant uncertainties that still remain.

Unfortunately, due to the expedited time - frame established by the “We Can’t Wait Initiative”, we are concerned that the USACE may not have enough time to resolve these deficiencies and the shortcomings of the DSEIS analysis.

The purpose of the DSEIS is to address the potential environmental impacts and economic vitality of the proposal to dredge the existing channel of the St. Johns River from 40 to 47 - feet, which is the Locally Preferred Plan (LPP). Thirteen miles of the river would be deepened, from the mouth of the St. Johns River to just west of the Dames Point Bridge near Blount Island, and two areas of the channel close to Chicopit Bay and Ft. Caroline National Memorial would also be widened for large cargo ships to turn around. This would result in the removal of 18 million cubic yards of dredged material. In addition, up to 56 million cubic yards of dredge material would be removed from annual maintenance dredging over the 50 - year life of the project. The report estimates the cost of the dredging project at $733 million, including nearly $80 million for mitigation of anticipated environmental impacts.

Unfortunately, the fast tracked DSEIS fails our river and our community in the following ways:

“Salinity:” changes may modify the biological community, altering or eliminating vegetative composition (i.e. SAV or wetlands) and thus altering or eliminating habitat for species using those communities.

“Residency Time:” The St. Johns is already plagued with excessive nutrient loading and frequent algal blooms.  Harbor deepening could exacerbate this problem, making it more difficult to restore the balance of flora and fauna in the river.

“Threatened and Endangered Species:” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have recently stated that the potential use of confined blasting techniques to deepen the Federal channel is a concern. Also, in early scoping, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stated that the no-action alternative should be selected because they felt that threatened and endangered species could not be adequately protected during blasting operations.”

“Storm Surge:”  Even slight increases in storm water elevation beyond ambient conditions will increase flooding and damage along the low elevation lands that bound much of the river and its tributaries.
“Sedimentation and Turbidity:” The proposed deepening – be it at 45 - ft or 47 - ft -- will clearly have a significant impact upon the river’s hydraulic and sedimentation patterns which is not adequately discussed in the DSEIS.  For example; by increasing the hydraulic efficiency of the channel in the center of the river, both the tidal and riverine flow become increasingly concentrated to the middle of the river, further changing the flow patterns along the banks and side channels.

“Aquifer Impacts:”  The DSEIS’s claims that the proposed deepening will not affect the surficial aquifer is based upon a study conducted by the USGS in 1981 – thirty two years ago – which is claimed to be included in the report, but it is not. An update of the study is said to be in preparation, but neither its scope nor findings are available. The National Park Service (NPS) also expressed concerns that “deepening of the channel may impact the surficial aquifers and indirectly affect the coastal marsh plant community (change community composition and diversity of plants), streams and tidal creeks.” NPS continues stating that “saltwater has a higher content of dissolved salts and minerals; it is denser than freshwater, causing it to have higher hydraulic head than freshwater. The higher pressure and density of saltwater causes it to move at a faster rate into freshwater aquifers where mixing occurs through dispersion and diffusion and in particular affecting the Volusia-Floridian Aquifer that supplies drinking water to thousands of people.

“Shoreline Erosion:” The DSEIS claims that there will be no increase in ship wake or riverbank erosion. This is based upon the “design vessel” which apparently was not changed to reflect the deeper channel. Indeed, if a primary purpose of the dredging is to allow larger ships to navigate, then larger ships and larger ship wake should be predicted. For all other factors remaining essentially the same (such as draft –to-depth ratio, speed, etc.), a 30% increase in ship length will likely result in a 60% to 80% increase in ship wake. This will be a substantial increase in ship wake and consequent bank erosion and property damage. The erosion will lead to further increases in riverbank armoring – which further decreases natural habitat.

None of this is described in the DSEIS. This is a major shortcoming of the DSEIS which testifies clearly to the inappropriate speed -- and consequent lack of due diligence – applied to the preparation of this report.  SJRK concurs with the following concerns stated by the National Parks Service: The NPS has expressed concerns about the rate of shoreline erosion along the St. Johns River at Fort Caroline and impacts to visitor facilities (trails, boat ramp, observation deck and exhibits) and natural resources (loss of mature oak and pine trees to erosion and saltwater intrusion in the root zone).

”Offshore Disposal Expansion:” The proposed offshore disposal area is not clearly defined in the DSEIS. The present offshore disposal area has less than 4 million cubic yard capacity, yet the project requires disposal of about 18 million cubic yards. In addition, up to 56 million cubic yards of dredge material would be removed from annual maintenance dredging over the 50 year life of the project.

Clearly, all prudent analysis of all these environmental and economic interests needs to be examined and carefully thought about before reaching a definite conclusion on how to proceed, while at the same time maintaining the degree of “practicality needed” to maintain the proper character of Jax-Port as a viable entity in the realm of International Commerce in the modern age.  Harbors, being Harbors, do need to be maintained and operated in good proper functioning order.  Into our Harbor here at Jax-Port comes; coal, petroleum products, food, farm products, vehicles and parts, construction materials, and container vessels with liquid and dry bulk products, that create jobs and industry for many people far beyond our local area, and that is vital not only to us, but to the Nation itself, and Internationally all around the globe. We have to think wisely and be practical about our Natural Port Resource here, as it speaks for us Commercially as well as Esthetically and Environmentally.

4. Washington has been described as in partisan gridlock. What would you do to change that? If you disagree, explain why.

What I would do to end Partisan Gridlock is to personally TAKE CHARGE OF LEGISLATURE in appeal to the Fundamental Wisdom and Practical Common Sense of the hour.  

Having been involved in Civic Responsibilities as a Practicing Journalist since 1977, and Practicing in the meaning of Problem Solving, I have long worked for positive change in America when and where I have found the need and now feel that the time has come for me to seek elected office, rather than to continue to act as a go-between, to effectively change in a hands-on arrangement the course of the many errors here as they adversely affect the destiny of The United States and its people, as I do see occurring, and as I am sure which you do see occurring too as well of the prevailing issues that are leading us into disaster.

I want to bring a new fresh approach to overhaul the Social Contract of our Nation in a sense of organizing a Continental Congress to convene To Resolve every of our Nation's Problems as One Act of Legislation, like The Bill of Rights, with strong positive solutions in their immediacy to the resolutions of the many Major Conflicts facing us.  And guided by a strong moral sense of duty and obligation of propriety and correctness to do what is right for the people, under the directed Guidance of The Creator, for God and Country, and to what Ethical and Moral Intent that I intend to bring these desired attributes, of what America can be like in the Ideal, at its best, to the governing body of this country, individually one by one, and together as a legislative body, in hands-on approach to persuade and influence the processes of our legislation for positive change if I am elected to the Office of United States Representative to do the job.

And to make you aware, that I have been most concerned about the issue of our U.S. Economy, as you are and as you have been, and its effect in negative ways of exploitation upon the Working Class People of this nation that has left our Country's Economy starving for Working Capital, that I fully intend to put-a-stop-to and fully believe with forceful conviction that there are workable solutions available to us, with everybody's mutual cooperation, that will improve the business opportunities available to us and enhance the quality of life for every U.S. Citizen who is willing and able to work for a living, to be provided with suitable cost of living employment, and money to spend in the economy, as being Good For Business, and for all concerned in the long run, and for Full Employment to be financed for by the special use of Full Faith Monetary Solution if not totally provided for by private employment.  I would like to see the results of this Economic Solution succeed, and I am sure that will provide the basis for an enduring harmony and prosperity.  The overall economy needs the public to have money to spend to keep it alive and thriving and the people need to be able to survive economically.

Another important issue that I am sure that you visualize as being mishandled is the subject of Drugs ever prevailing here that never does get resolved and that is only getting worse by the day.   This condition being caused by Addiction is also being fueled by and resulting from the lack of employment and impoverished circumstances overall that I intend to rectify by providing gainful Public Employment to the population, as discussed, and by the Use of Military Involvement under the Articles of Martial Law to Interdict the Drug Trafficking occurring under War Clause with Capital Punishment of the Major Traffickers involved, and otherwise De-Criminalized to be treated as a Medical Condition of Addiction.  Without the removal of the Drugs, primary the Heroin and other dangerous controlled substance that destroys our youth and undermines our vitality, this nation will only further become an Impoverished Narco-State, like Mexico, and other drug ruined countries, that will never heal properly.  We need to find ways to convince the legislative body To Take Action on this grave crisis issue for immediate forceful resolution before it takes over the government and become too late to do so.

In order to serve the people of the 4th Congressional District here in Duval, Baker, and Nassau Counties in the State of Florida, I must conduct an aggressive campaign.  The Republican Incumbent in all the years that he has been in office since 2001 has not addressed the essential resolutions of the key elements of our survival here to any extent despite our exhaustive efforts in appeals of research and reasoning to work with him to do so; which are: the plight of individual working class economy and the issue of the removal of the drugs.  Nor has he bothered to address any of the other major topics adversely affecting us; that I intend to embark on The Ten Point Plan to do; that in addition to Fiat Resolution, Jobs, and the Drugs, concerns Resolving the Native American Indian Matters, Pollution Remedy, Protecting American Industry and American Jobs, Health, Education, and Welfare Reform, Regulation Monitoring the Cost of Living to prevent Consumer Gouging and Inflation, Protecting American Agriculture and the American Family Farm, Protecting American Standard of Morality and Humane Standard, and the Resolution of Civil Liberties Errors; involving Psychiatric Due Process Rights, Statutory Limits in the Right To Privacy for Criminal and Psychiatric Histories, and the Rights Against Self-Incrimination, and Retrial for the Same Offense under different venues.

For the resolutions of these issues, and many other matters too numerous here to bring out in detail, I feel I must step forward and offer the voters of the 4th CD FL a suitable and viable choice for Congressman in this critical election time.  I am not in the sense acting as a Politician, but as a Senior Statesman and Negotiator who knows what to do and importantly How To Get Things Done.
For this campaign to be successful, it will require a strong and organized grassroots support system.  I have spent many long and arduous hours in personal communication with a great many people gathering their ideas and developing strategies for success.  I have been in the Public Service in the Private Practice of my Journalism Profession as a dedicated professional for four decades now in effective communication of ideas on the local, state, and national levels, and in dissemination of vital information to the public through the news media and to the various government legislatures and agencies responsible for policy, in the gathering of support and to solicit feedback to shape the course of the many social projects that I have been and am involved to directly in support of positive change and to the outright championing of their resolutions.

I cannot do the job all alone.  That is why I am turning to the people who believe in the American Ideal of; "ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL," and to the support of the Guiding Principles that we stand for as a Nation, and inviting them to get involved in my campaign and help make a difference; with brochures, flyers, yard signs, and with local group support and advertising.  Your generous contributions made payable to the Gary Koniz for Congress Campaign, or to donate online at my website:  www.garykonizforcongress.com, will help me raise the critical funds needed to successfully wage this campaign.  Our common and collective goal is to get elected as a Body Politic and from there to have the power and influence collectively to re-create and to shape the destiny of this country out along sound and strategic lines, as it needs to be, and not left laissez-faire to founder, as it is being left at present with no directing leader to take charge over it in calamity.  I am such a leader.  I hope that you will support me to bring the best government possible to the people and to the Nation overall.  Help Is On The Way!

Note: We will be contacting you in the future to set up an appointment to meet with the Editorial Board of The Florida Times-Union.

Thanks,
Mike Clark
Editorial Page editor
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Thank you for filling out our candidate questionnaire.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at mallory@eqfl.org.

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Federal Candidate Questionnaire

Name     Gary Koniz

Address     
9480 Princeton Square Blvd. S. Apt. 815
Jacksonville, FL 32256
United States

Phone Number (required)     (904) 730-2055
Email (required)     gary.koniz@hotmail.com
Website     http://www.garykonizforcongress.com

Candidate for     
U.S. House Of Representatives
District 4 FL

1. Would you vote against efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban access to marriage recognition for same-sex couples?     
No

2. Would you support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and prohibits interstate recognition of same-sex marriage?     
No

3. Would you support legislation that would provide domestic partner benefits for same-sex partners?     
Yes
Would you co-sponsor?     
Yes

4. Do you support full marriage equality for same-sex couples?     
Yes

5. Would you support a bill to include domestic partners in the Family and Medical Leave Act?     
Yes

Would you co-sponsor?     
Yes

7. Do you support the Uniting American Families Act, which would eliminate discrimination in immigration law by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens to obtain permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses?     
Yes
Would you co-sponsor?     
Yes

8. Would you oppose any legislation that restricts the ability of qualified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples or individuals to adopt?     
No

9. Would you support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would make it illegal to discriminate in employment based on real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity?     
No answer
Would you co-sponsor?     
Yes

10. Do you support the right of gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly in the US military?     
No

11. Would you oppose any attempts to reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?     
No

12. Do you believe that a woman has the legal right to terminate her unwanted pregnancy?     
No answer

14. Would you support efforts in our public schools to provide HIV/STD prevention education?     
Yes

15. Do you support teaching comprehensive age appropriate sex education programs in our public schools?     
Yes

Signature *        
Gary L. Koniz
Date *        Saturday, July 26, 2014

 It's not my place to remark, I know, but in my estimation you would be better off with a "Domestic Partners Act," than to try to attempt to bludgeon the grating idea of "Same Sex Marriage" on Traditional America.  Politeness and Correctness here, I feel, in my personal and professional estimation, is the key to being politely accepted. 

And here also, in my opinion, about Domestic Partners let us together not confuse the idea of "Personal Intimacy" between two people of the same sex, with the idea of condoning depravity or of making excuses to anyone and attempting to rally support for "Sexual Addiction To Orgasm," in trying to make everyone "go along with it," that is like a "Drug Addiction" to be dealt with. 

Personal Strength is more satisfying and self-fulfilling than abandonment to lust and depravity, and no one want that sort of thing to be perpetrated offensively and forcefully upon them by someone of that vein of ill-reasoning and what is the reason behind not wanting these sorts of sexually irrational persons around in our schools and the workplace or anywhere else.  So, let's draw lines here and not be all one way of your demands for equality and accept that there are technical and psychological limits to our Social Acculturation.
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