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Hi-Desert Water Director Graham Silences “Free Speech”

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Hi-Desert Water District Director Sarann Graham’s letter to the editor quoted Thumper’s Rule, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it at all,” which may be a teaching moment for a great-grandchild, but what about the right to free speech protected by the First Amendment?

Specifically, Graham criticized Mr. David Peach for expressing his opinion as an individual. Not once did he speak out while seated on the dais of the San Bernardino Municipal Advisory Council or related meetings.

Peach has always supported protecting our Warren Basin aquifer and continues to express his concerns about the unfair assessments loaded onto the backs of the Phase One sewer project, which contains the largest population of low-income residents compared to other phases. This was his concern even before his appointment to the San Bernardino County MAC, so why was he removed?

Graham launched a four-minute verbal rant while seated on the HDWD dais against Mr. Peach, stating she would have him removed. As if she had waved her magic wand, it was done without comment on the consent calendar at the last supervisors’ meeting. Graham admitted in an email she did not personally contact Supervisor Ramos but she knows “others who did.” Same difference, right?

We Americans have the right to criticize and question the actions taken by elected officials. When “others” conspire behind closed doors to silence our voices, I can openly refer to them as “thugs,” as my opinion. Perhaps co-conspirators acting in collusion sounds better? Same difference, right?

While I may not always agree with Mr. David Peach, I will defend his right to free speech. Serving with honor in our military to protect our rights, he has been unfairly railroaded.

Why should elected officials suggest to silence free speech? MAC members have free speech rights…the larger question is: What is the HDWD trying to hide by silencing their critics?

God bless America and please pray for Yucca Valley.

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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

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