Sunday, May 16, 2010
Havre Witch Hunters Gathering Wood for the Fire
The Corrector was going to just ignore Havre’s newest Witch hunt phenomenon but it is getting too widespread to not make some mention of a community gone bezerk. Several of our blogging team met for lunch today to discuss what has been happening around our fair city and in particular the amount of names that have been offered for “sacrifice” around town as the dirty SOB’s that are responsible for this blog. Usually we find great amusement in this guessing game but now numerous individuals are “naming names” so to speak and are calling for the sacrifice of certain individuals on the altar of retribution. We are ok with that as the person penning this blog probably has some torture coming but it is a little disheartening to think that maybe some damage, personally or professionally, may fall on individuals that are possibly innocent. These accusations without fact are nothing short of the same panic that beset the early settlers in the witch hunts whrn everyone was looking over their shoulders watching for the boogey-man.
We find it unbelievable the mass hysteria that this blog can wield in the local “blame your neighbor” attacks. Many individuals about town are getting accused that are not a part of the team that publishes this blog. We have heard of a certain no good reporter that is stymied by editorial policy of the newspaper and loves to kick the groin of the management with cowardly anonymous stories designed to make the paper look bad. That accusation actually hurts our feelings as we do think we do a better job of writing than any of the so called reporters that pitiful paper employs
A few days after the school election certain school officials were laying the “blame” on a person involved with taking Shad Huston out with alleged distortions and half-truths about the school’s lack of management abilities. They said that “voters just don’t understand” and Shad had done one heck of a job and didn’t deserve this humiliating defeat because of the Corrector author. Yes, we complained vigorously about the stupid antics of the school board but to blame one person for causing all this havoc with your precious mill levy election at the hands of one blogger is just pure ignorant. The school board caused their own defeat. The fact that newcomer Magelssen won by a landslide wasn’t due to what one poor old blogger wrote but by the stupid top-secret stance of the board. Before you tie the responsibility to one of Mark’s supporters by naming a writ for his public sacrifice you should be certain of your facts. Interestingly, we have received many comments questioning whether we print facts that lack full research and here these frightened folks go do the same.
Councilman Jerry Vies and a couple employees down at city hall are positively so certain that they have “discovered” who is responsible for this blog that Vies reportedly attacked a local person at the last council meeting with his accusations. What we find most humorous about the old cueball going after someone is the fact that according to our source at city hall the Havre Daily Corrector’s web page is up on at least one or more City computers every time they have happened to wander through city offices. Why isn’t Councilman Vies calling for his good buddies at city hall to get back to work and quit wasting time on the internet during working hours? I think the Corrector will pursue the fact that maybe we have way too many City employees if they have so much free time that they spend half their day reading opinion blogs and e-mailing jokes around to their friends.
The next sacrificial lamb offered is one of those bad people connected with the Democrat County Attorneys race. Several around town have been throwing out a name that is supposedly printing this blog to scorn the local Democrat group that failed to let a Democrat primary come and go without taking sides and attempting to usurp the power of the local party hierarchy. Good grief, are they really so concerned that they would boycott a fellow Democrat because that person wants someone not blessed by the party to win? Are they also willing to sacrifice that community member without basis or fact for the good of the liberal order?
No sense blaming only dissatisfied Democrats as also included in the disclosures in this witch hunt is a conservative that has been accused of instigating another of those “vast right-wing conspiracies” to just mess up the good works at Hill County Courthouse. Just a little tip from me to you; this accused doesn’t even like pork rinds so you better get back to your detective work.
No matter who it is that is getting the blame for this blog what concerns us the most is the amount of comments we receive and hear about how people are going to “punish” one person or another for having actually volunteered their time in a public service position. If you read back through the comments you will even see that people have said they were going to boycott Shad’s pawnshop over school board action. While we were glad to see Shad get beat in the election we also remember that he was on the school board as a community volunteer. Why should a person’s business have to suffer because he showed some civic responsibility and some of us disagreed with his actions? Just vote him out and move on. It is unbelievable the retaliation some people in this community heap on those that try to make a difference. A few years ago a guy with a seat on the council had his fast food place boycotted by city employees unhappy with his work as a member of the labor negotiation committee. How do we expect to entice anyone with some business sense to run for one of these positions if they are going to lose business because of their service? On top of that it appears that now we also are including accusations that name various suspects as dirty SOB blog writers’ to that mix.
Let history guide you. Before you burn that witch that is being accused because they go to some public meetings as an audience member, make sure you have the right person before you light the fire in your panic-induced search for that perceived wrong-doer. At the very least test those accused by strapping them to the dunking chair and give them a few dips in the Jim Hill Fountain to see if they float before you send them to straight to hell.
Now you understand why we choose to remain anonymous