I had to register to be able to respond to MichaelV’s question about why so few people use this forum to get involved in local issues.
I was registered to comment here on Cactus Thorns years back but I quickly learned how certain persons will use a forum like this to attempt to intimidate you and to bring harm not only to you and your property, but also to those they believed were associated with you in one way or another. I thought it best to avoid getting involved in local issues any further when these people were looking to cause trouble and bring harm to people while some here – knowing full well what they were doing — posted comments clearly meant to encourage those who WOULD do harm others.
But that was in the past. I don’t see that happening anymore. I remained a regular visitor of Cactus Thorns and find it to be much more informative than the local papers or radio station which tend to serve astools for those politicians and local leaders they can benefit from.
I recently became interested and involved inand issues again after seeing for myself how unprofessional our Town Manager, his Deputy Town Manager, the Captain of the SBCSD and his could be. I learned how local and county , justice and and many of those whose job it is to SERVE the public were easily irritated and angered by anybody in the public that spoke out with an opinion or simply asked questions.
Because I dared to say that I was a witness to the arrest of a man who did not commit the crime he was arrested and charged for, and because I dared to ask local leaders and government agencies for help with this issue, I’ve become “one of them.”
Yep. “ONE OF THEM.”
That’s what I was called by a staff member of Congressman Cook when I attended a meet and greet for the Congressman here in town. I didn’t just show up at this meet and greet, it was an RSVP event and I let Cook staff member, Dawn Rowe, know I would be attending and she and other staffers were already aware of the issue I wanted to speak with the Congressman about.
Dawn Rowe was kind enough to try to introduce me to Cook’s District Director, Matt Knox, but he was having none of it. He stood two feet from us and completely ignored us. After some time I told Ms. Rowe that she could leave and I’d wait there for my chance to speak with Mr. Knox. When he realized I was going nowhere, I introduced myself and was met with “I know who you are. You’re one of them and I know what you’re up to.” He then demanded that I show him my cell phone, turn it on and prove to him that I was not recording anything he said to me.
I asked him “who are ‘them’?” and “what are ‘them’ are up to?” He refused to answer and made it clear that he was not going to speak to somebody that was sitting at the same table with people who were some of “them.” I told him that if that was the problem – who was sitting at the same table as my neighbor and I – that he should know I had never met or spoken to “them” until that very evening.
Because he refused to speak with me without being rude and nasty and because Congressman Cook visited each and every table to speak with those who attended but avoided the table I was sitting at – because “them” were sitting there, also – I approached Congressman Cook to speak with him about an issue I was concerned about. Mr. Knox saw this and rushed over to end the conversation before it began and again demanded that I turn on my phone and prove to him I was not recording anything.
To his credit, Congressman Cook did speak with me after first trying to walk away from me.
When I returned to my table I found my neighbor speaking with piece of shit” to my face. I didn’t respond at all. I was too shocked to see all those local friends of Congressman Cook watch it happen and apparently think nothing of it. As Councilmember Harris walked away he stopped and turned towards me and screamed out loud in a maniacal wail – “You’re a lying piece of shit!”Town Councilmember Dr. Lombardo and 29 Palms Harris. It took only a moment for Councilmember Harris to figure out who I was and to begin calling me a “lying
THAT and more – THAT and WORSE – is what you can expect if you dare to get involved in local politics and local issues and you’re not part of the Cook / Mayes / Rowe / Nuaimi / Lombardo / Melland political and social clique.
Recent incidents have made it very clear to me that they and those they associate with don’t want people who don’t bow down to them and agree with every word they speak and every move they make “involved” in their business … even though it’s the public’s business.
It’s somewhat amusing to me that, simply by getting involved in my town’s issues and the civil rights case of a man arrested in front of my home – in front of me – for a crime he didn’t commit, I’d be called “one of them.”
I know who the Cook / Mayes / Rowe / Nuaimi / Lombardo / Melland group and their loyal fans are referring to when they refer to somebody as “one of them.”
I’m not “one of them” … but I respect and admire “them” a great deal for putting so much time and effort into getting as much information out there as possible for the public to read and consider.
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