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Twentynine Palms – It hasn’t taken long for the newest member on the city council to incorporate political rhetoric as a means of misleading in speech by speaking or acting in two different ways.

Council Member Cora Heiser’s latest political journey of apostasy — a total desertion of or departure from one’s principles or causes — has her in an exchange with former eight-year 29 Palms City Council Member, Steve Spear.

At issue, Heiser speaking at length at the last council meeting about seeking a “compromise” to praying (invocations) during council meetings . She endorsing a “moment of silence” rather than continuing with invocations to kick-start council meetings.

She expressed a popular belief that with a “compromise” in the stead of praying during meetings, everyone in the community can participate by either praying silently or having a moment of silence to reflect or meditate in a spiritual manner.

Council Member Dan Mintz and Heiser both strongly favored a solution of “compromise” (moment of silence) rather than co-mingling prayer with city business.  Both just sat  there like stumps when it was  time to walk-the-walk. And they both stuck it to Council Member Jay Corbin, and twisted the blade when he needed a second to his motion for diversity in local government.  This would have open up the discussion, but Mintz and Heiser slammed the door shut on diversity and an intelligent discussions on the matter.

Further, during the last council meeting, Jim Harris and Joel Klink acted and talked just like third graders in their manner and to the depth of their discussions. Having taught third grade, it was Déjà vu watching and listening to them speak like children on the issue of invocations. They were egocentricity like children and emotionally giddy.

Now comes Heiser with strong rhetoric in her exchange in the TRAIL with Steve Spear that she (now) supports praying during meetings. Either she supports a moment of silence, compromise and diversity  or she doesn’t. She wants it both ways. In the exchange she abolished her belief on record for what she then believed was best for the  entire community — a moment of silence.   Video Link , here.

Heiser who speaks with some interesting tongue splitting rhetoric responding to Spear’s concerns about “the political astuteness of both Heiser and Mintz.” They speak one way, then vote another way. Heiser seems to have lost her way from day one when she was sworn in.

It’s something like “The faces of Eve” where aberrant behavior occurs when assuming other selves. To wit, Heiser campaigning platforms have largely been scuttled.

Spear wrote, “November 2014 and 2016 are approaching one sooner than the other. Perhaps it is time for a change.” Heiser response, “There are over 30 churches in 29 Palms.”

The 2010 United States Census also reports that Twentynine Palms has  a population of 25,048. Now, however, Heiser chose to plow her way through a lack of convictions and neophyte political maneuvering by placing God at her side.

A political trick as old as the Adam’s rib.

Invocation or no invocation was not the thrust of Steve Spear’s letter to the Editor. Heiser tainted the water by attempting to placing God on her side.

“When the chance to achieve that “compromise” was presented inaction struck,” that is thrust of Spear’s concern.

It’s time for new faces on the city council with servants who can be believed.

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Branson Hunter

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"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.


  1. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    Good observations Branson. I too provided the benefit of the doubt for the "newness" factor.

    I was wrong. As several influential people have said to me of late.

    "She can research well. But she is no leader", Can't argue with them any longer. I tried to be in her court but there have been may too many errors that can't be explained away to being new.

    She has left her campaign promises for the thrill of being part of the perceived elite. What a pity.

  2. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    Some slower than others, it took you boys a while. I still have hope for you guys maybe one day we can have a meaningful debate on the viability of even having city hood .


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