On September 6, 2006, the day came when the recall group had to turn in the signatures and there were not enough. The recall group was about 1,000 short.
I sent out an email to everyone on my list to inform them that I set up a new forum, told them I enjoyed working with them and we all agreed it was time to move on. I ended it with:
Blessings to everyone … we fought a good fight and accomplished a lot. I’ve been honored to work with each and every one of you and hope that somehow we’ve only just begun.
I meant that sincerely – and for a time, we had truly just begun. There were a lot of good people involved who seemed to truly care about our city, as I did. We weren’t about to allow the failed recall to make us just “go away”. Quite the contrary, the group made quite an impact and managed to get a lot of information buzzing around the city with their effort – information that would never have gotten out to the public otherwise.
Anyone visiting the recall site, from this day until the domain name expired in May, 2007, was forwarded to a newly developed site I made called Sheboygan Spirit. In the forum, discussions continued regarding dissent with the mayor and other city goings-on.
The recall group had done their best, and I certainly did my best on their behalf, in spite of what I felt was some pretty timorous behavior on the part of many involved, but I decided to chalk most of it up to emotion and nothing more than inexperience on my part – different ideas and a different approach. The world of politics was truly quite foreign to me (in spite of the Press touting me as a “political activist”), while many of them lived it most of their adult lives. In spite of everything, I sincerely liked every one involved and enjoyed what I thought was their friendships.
In short, I chalked the entire experience up to quite a learning experience. Now it was time to look forward, and that is precisely what we did.
We eventually grew to 160 plus members in the new Spirit forum and had lively discussions along with some successful efforts in fighting shenanigans going on at city hall. The remainder of 2006 flew by, with Medusa attempting to inject her poison, but at this point, everyone just ignored her and I would simply delete her proxy produced hate.
During this new beginning, it never occurred to me to keep copies of her despicable behavior – that just seemed like a waste of time and disk space. She was like a fly buzzing around that we couldn’t swat – a nuisance, a nasty, unwelcome, childish playground bully, but not worth any effort.
Sadly, no matter how much “swatting” i.e., ignoring we did, that fly kept on buzzing…
I did keep copies of forum topics and postings from the Sheboygan Spirit forum. Following are two examples of typical topics and the dialog that took place. I share these as they are all typical of the tone of all the postings. I am including them to show how we truly were concerned with the degradation of our city and discussed topics that affected us all as members of the community. PERIOD. We strongly supported the police, who were having great difficulties with the then-mayor, along with a stronger fight against crime and corruption, which was – and still is – running rampant.
We had zero desire to engage ourselves in personal attacks
According to my history classes, my reading of the Bill of Rights, Constitution and The Federalist Papers, all of that was quite within our rights. However, in the mad, mad world of Medusa, only those she chooses to speak should be allowed free speech…
FYI – “UBO” was how we often referred to the then-mayor. Warning: May be boring; lol.
Examples of Spirit Conversations
Topic: The police station saga continues…
Post by: [deleted] on October 17, 2006, 08:36:31 AM
UBO won’t listen to anybody – so why bother? He just pushes his way thru, no matter what anybody else wants (or NEEDS) – time after time. It’s been this way, right from the beginning. [Deleted] doesn’t have the problem – [deleted] does! If he doesn’t get his way, he throws a fit!!! Now he’s dragged [deleted] into this crap, along with 11 other alder persons (who I’m sure felt that if they didn’t vote his way now, the station would never be built). That’s what he’s been doing all along – threatening and bullying the city’s department heads, police personnel, fire dept. personnel, city attorney & clerk, etc.! And since the D.A. doesn’t seem to care enough to press charges for any of his criminal behavior, it will continue… who knows how long!
Post by: Jeni on October 17, 2006, 02:15:03 PM
“What grieves me the most, is that it will be innocent, undeserving citizens that will pay the highest price for this seduction from morality, allegiance, and duty.”
Post by: stilljuanarecall on October 21, 2006, 11:14:00 PM
This is the kind of CHIT they don’t need to be doing,man — the police station WAS SUPPOSED TO START BUILDING IN SPRING OF 2005 — read that tons of times. Man they mislead!
Post by: [deleted] on October 23, 2006, 04:34:40 PM
I truly think our mayor should take a class or do SOMETHING to learn how to communicate with people! He keeps claiming this same problem with so many people – those who don’t AGREE with him.
If only ALL of the people in Sheboygan who’ve been slandered, insulted, back-stabbed, ignored, etc., by our current mayor would only just stand up and admit to this in public! THAT would be quite the list – EVEN longer than the 3,035 who signed the recall papers – I’m sure of it!
Post by: Jeni on November 06, 2006, 10:47:31 AM
Sure could change the tone if they would understand what it means to communicate with the public instead of with their own little groups, pushing their own agendas w/o even caring what the taxpayers think, feel, need, want, etc.
Post by: Woodstock on November 08, 2006, 12:42:18 PM
I cannot figure out this Mayor or this council. Furthermore, when the Mayor DOES speak, I have an awfully hard time understanding what he is saying. Also, he looks like a child learning a new game, and he can’t understand the rules.
Post by: Rondie on November 09, 2006, 08:36:17 AM
I get the feeling [Mayor] is about to blow a gasket. He seems to be getting angrier and short tempered lately. More than usual.
Topic: What’s new with the Council?
Post by: Jeni on October 18, 2006, 09:53:17 AM
PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Council No. 13-61 Communication from [deleted] regarding the Storm water Fee (tax) stating “the Sheboygan County Taxpayers Alliance recommends that the fee (tax) be abolished.
Even the SCTA acknowledges (in a round-about way) that the storm water fee needs to go — but funny how they don’t word it, “Holds Mayor to Campaign Promise”…
Post by: stilljuanarecall on October 21, 2006, 11:36:48 PM
Just proves that there is no way UBO can keep a promise — probably doesn’t even know the meaning of the word
Post by: Alberto on October 21, 2006, 11:42:30 PM
We all know that already.
Post by: booboo on October 24, 2006, 01:44:28 PM
…do you think I should email all the alder persons, and invite them to come here and view our comments, and our confusions as to what they are up to? They even admitted last night about themselves being confused. I would like to see or hear something concrete about what is happening.
Needless to say, I want the PD to have it’s 60,000 sq ft building for all of their needs, and a 20,000 sq ft garage that is not a butler tin can. And I want them to have tasers, which wasn’t even brought up last night.
by: Alberto on October 24, 2006, 01:59:17 PM
Don’t think its a bad idea…but they will most likely not take you up on the offer. Or they will say something like, you are hateful and angry blah blah blah..
Post by: Rondie on October 24, 2006, 02:16:23 PM
I’m not sure about that one. Only a few Alder people would do it.
Post by: Jeni on October 24, 2006, 06:12:46 PM
Heaven knows our local media isn’t a big help these days — well, let’s just say our print media is ZERO help. Shoot, they do more harm than good.
Post by: Joan on October 24, 2006, 06:33:05 PM
Intensify our prayers, I guess.
Post by: Jeni on October 24, 2006, 09:33:31 PM
A-men. Funny you said that now — I just, I kid you not, read this Bible verse: “…The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
Post by: [deleted] on October 25, 2006, 09:25:46 PM
Yup, let’s all keep praying and doing whatever we can on our own end to make a positive difference. The real truth about all the corruption will come out – some day. Let’s all keep hoping and praying that it will be sooner than later (and keep asking those ‘in charge’ why charges haven’t been filed)!
So, there you have it – a couple of typical discussions amongst people with nothing more than the best interest of the city in which we reside. Discussion and debate more than welcome – personal attacks? NEVER. Consequently, every time Medusa felt her sick need to attempt to lambast us with one of her proxy-produced hate posts, I deleted it and we carried on.
This was my “ignore the ignorant” stage.