Mayor Jones, Councilman Yates, et al,
I wish I could say it was a pleasure to meet you both of at the Boulder Book Fair but here we are weeks later, ten months after my first letter, and nothing has come of my complaint as regards the matter of my being mobbed and convicted of ‘harassment’ at the Boulder North Rec. Center some five years ago. I get it, I understand, one of you is on your way out the door and for the other an election is scheduled for next month, so why make waves?
But it’s a shame that after thirty years of civic service in the case of Ms. Jones the best she can come up with regarding my particular case is a political answer; to kick the can down the road. Meanwhile Mr. Yates, as well as any of the other city councilmen, has yet to be heard from on the subject, despite almost a year of sitting on the issue. I’m beginning to suspect all of you may just be political hacks. Furthermore, I’m afraid these are the kind of representatives that have made Bolder Boulder what it is today, a money-making Machine, serving politically expedient narratives to the detriment of individual citizens.
What is it that makes my complaint so difficult to address in a straightforward manner? I’ve written each of the Council members individually, written a book on the subject of mobbing, and false allegations based on rumor and innuendo, An Immoral Imperative, citing both the legal and psychological ramifications, as well as its other long-term, deleterious effects on the accused and the community, and now have met each of these two individuals personally; all to no avail.
If I were female and making an allegation of ‘harassment’ against either John Stavley or Ms. Cole, would my reception by the City Council be any different in the histrionic, panic-stricken mania of the #MeTooMovement? Is it impolitic for me to start the #NotMeTooMovement on your watch, on Bolder Boulder’s doorstep, just before an election? What ever happened to equal protection under the law? Is that now, in light of Third Wave Feminism, just a one-way obligation? Are your politics following political fashions?
Do any of you feel put upon by these questions? Well, ironically, me too.
I say again, I didn’t ask for this fight, it was put on me, just like it was put on you, by the City’s Aquatics Director, Ms. Cole, when she gave legitimacy to a spasm of disparaging derogatory remarks against me as a ‘Toxic’ human being that was then fostered and given life by her staff, and that also slimed the City Attorney’s office and the Judge. I ask again, now that we have a manuscript that can put us on the same page, why can’t we all sit down and talk, like civil people, and have a rational conversation about the malfeasance displayed in the hearing?
The fact is you can’t kick this issue down the road. You’ve all, not just Ms. Jones and Mr. Yates, have had ten months to look into the matter, ten months to make a finding, and ten months to defend your city’s employee’s actions against my allegation of Ms. Cole’s administrative incompetence that resulted in a vigilante mobbing. Now that you have Coulder North, a complete book with a crime scene narrative to follow, the crime of slander, the cancer of a metastasizing cover-up of incompetence and bureaucratic entropy can be addressed; stat.
I say again, you are indulging in the same kind of willful blindness in not discharging your official duties as was undertaken by Judge Stavley. This continuing legal morass of covering up a vigilante mobbing is a cancer that is metastasizing and is slowly but surely engulfing both of you and the rest of the current Council members. The asterisk by Ms. Jones’ thirty years of public service will be what happened to her leadership, and the City Council’s, behind the Coulder North book case, on her watch? Did it get swept under the rug; thereby condoning and abating criminal acts of slander by city employees? Ditto Mr. Yates?
And what does this rather seemingly small injustice say about what Ms. Cole’s actions have taught all those involved? Is the City Council, by backing her actions, saying that lying to ensure a corrupting political status quo is okay if we can label and libel someone into silence? Even if it’s only alleged and never proven that he is some sort of toxic human predator? Buying into that lie, as the Council is doing by doing nothing, means that not only were the young lifeguards involved induced to lie, and the Judge enticed into perhaps participating in an ex parte conspiracy, but that each of you is now up to your eyeballs in willful blindness and yes, are now co-conspirators in a cover-up of official malfeasance. Did anyone on city’s staff ever read Shakespeare’s Lady MacBeth?
Do none of you see the writing on the wall? That I am currently building a case against the City Council with each open letter I send? Did you know there are now five open letters on my blog addressed to the City Council? Ms. Cole’s machinations and manipulation of the facts is now inducing the city’s leadership into what lawyers call willful blindness. The case itself is an open, publicly available file so why am I still, all these months later, just corresponding by one-way open letter format? Why aren’t we talking to each other face-to-face?
Why can’t we come together as fellow citizens concerned with where the culture of the city is headed in its reputation destroying jurisprudence and bring this problem of legalized lynching based on falsified and spurious evidence of ‘harassment’ out into the daylight and look at the particulars of this situation of ongoing public slandering by city officials with sober, unbiased, as in non-pejorative, perspectives?
For me, speaking from the outsider’s perspective of a writer who just happened to wander into your town on a peripatetic philosopher’s whim, looking for the days of old when speech wasn’t criminalized, the lynching of my reputation based on what I wrote in a few short stories looks a lot like the Ramsey case wherein the cover-up of institutional incompetence has ruled the debate ever since, and in that process of blaming the victim has smeared the town’s good name, not to mention the Ramsey’s reputation, over the role the city government took in covering for the incompetence of faceless bureaucrats in the DA’s Office and Police Department, from the beginning of the investigation; regardless of their institutional entropy and incompetence. Have the city leaders learned nothing these past twenty-plus years in addressing such bureaucratic fiascoes?
I remind you all, along with the accolades of office, along with the Chamber of Commerce awards, and the cocktail parties, and the visits to sister cities as representatives of one of the most touted cites in the country, touted for its natural beauty and high level of education, come the responsibilities you have to the least of your constituents, which are citizens like me, laboring under the tyranny of the clueless, gutless, soulless money Machine that Boulder has become. Profiles in Courage rarely begin by sweeping problems like these under the rug.
Rhetorically I ask, have all those years of public service taught you nothing about the human side of the job, wherein the great unwashed are as deserving of individual sovereignty, the right to write, just as much as the shiny, wealthy newcomers? Please, take off your politician’s hats for a few minutes and put on your human hats. I know it will be difficult at first because it’s been after all thirty years inside the Machine, but try to embrace your and my humanity, because we are after all, charged as human beings not to bear false witness against our neighbors, and that is because it’s good for all in the community, not just me.
Although I feel that it will be futile, this letter will also be circulated to both the local Daily Camera, and The Weekly news outlets, and is to be forwarded, as all my other correspondence is, to Capital City and National News outlets, because in the end it seems no one in Boulder currently sees it my way. This seemingly minor case reveals, in a grain of sand, a world of hurt for all those involved in creating a better world.
As I said, a storm is coming. The issue of the City’s legal liability and financial accountability, due to the damage done to individuals in giving legal sanction to false allegations against so-called ‘Toxic’ men by ideologically driven city employees with political agendas, based on the hearsay words of hysterical agent provocateurs, rumormongers, and acted upon by civic officials bent on trying to create a perfectly sterile culture by crucifying innocent men in the current sexual political hysteria of the times, like the Red Scare of the fifties, is going to reap the whirlwind of the #NotMeTooMovement.
I’ve offered now on three different occasions to get to the bottom of this particular case with like-minded people interested in finding a civil dialogue around identifying the social vectors of harassment and mobbing as legitimate issues that can be discussed openly, but there you are trying to tread water in the one case, and a foot out the door in the other.
As I said before, I’ve only begun to fight for my good name.
I won’t have Ms. Cole’s incompetence, or Judge Stavley’s lack of due diligence, or any other Boulder public official judge me capriciously, corruptly, incompetently without an open hearing in the court of public opinion. I’ve worked all my life with my hands to build a good life and a good name and I won’t have them, or any of you, take that from me without a good fight because hack bureaucrats and politicians decide that the topic of false allegations of a sexual nature, and a city employee’s sponsorship of a public mobbing, is too hot to handle in an election season. Just as a side note, I quit school when I was working on a Masters in Public Administration, which as you probably know is the educational background prep for city governance. I quit after a year for the very reason I see displayed in your current actions; I didn’t want to become a political hack.
Do the right thing now or expect that there will always be an asterisk by each of your names because I fervently believe that eventually the truth will prevail in this matter and some of those that participated will come forward to clear their consciences. So that in addition to the public side of things, I will become a flea in your ear, in your conscience, if you have one that is otherwise not political, and I will grow louder with each year; a niggling, nagging buzzing that will eat away at your accomplishments, because at the bottom of all of it, in my shoes, you’d probably fight the same fight if your name was dragged through the cesspool of an unproven sexual predation charge for the rest of your lives. Being libeled, being slandered for life by a kangaroo court, is no joke.
This issue of judicial overreach, for the benefit of an ideological and political sense of expediency in a perfectly politically correct utopia cascades through the whole city’s sense of its culture; just as the Ramsey case has forever stained the reputation of the city this case too I fear will come to mark an era in city governance for Bolder Boulder that none of you will be proud of because ultimately, if you tell the citizens that it’s all right to lie to maintain and protect this type of status quo, this type of culture of deception and manipulation of its laws for ideological purposes, well, then all the citizens will lie to protect themselves in an authoritarian, bureaucratic utopia and become apparatchiks, lying and reporting on each other for PC violations.
Ultimately you have to ask yourselves, is that really the agenda of the Bolder Boulder’s City Council and its Mayor? To be or not to be a society of apparatchiks (people that lie and manipulate the law to insure that the status quo is upheld, no matter how corrupted) and thought police, and that my friends is the real the question before you now, so quit playing politics and do the dirty work of the job you were originally elected to do! Expose the corruption and your children’s children will thank you for delivering to them what you inherited without really earning.
I have a different vision of the Boulder Book Fair if you are interested; I would hope all the outlaw writers from all over would come to Boulder’s next book fair, and the city would have tables and stalls ready for them along the creek, like the book vendor stalls on the Seine, you know, in Paris. But with the current climate of insular self-righteousness and lack of imagination there’s no chance … drat!