Auroran Letter Writer Has Some Facts Wrong
Posted by auroracitizen on November 8, 2011
This week, Alex Vander Veen wrote a letter to The Auroran (pg 4) supporting former Mayor Phyllis Morris. That’s his right and we support his right to state his opinion.
However, like many of her supporters, he has some of his facts wrong.
The truth is, Phyllis Morris did not sue anonymous bloggers. They were anonymous — so she didn’t know who they were. Result — the anonymous bloggers never spent 1 thin dime on this lawsuit.
What really happened was that Phyllis Morris sued 3 local families who were required to spend tens of thousands of dollars to defend their names and the right for citizens of Auroran to freely criticize their local politicians.
In the end, the courts found no fault in anything they had done and she abandoned her lawsuit.
You may agree that anonymous bloggers should be held accountable for their words.
You may even agree with using your tax dollars to initiate a lawsuit.
But do not for one minute think this lawsuit was about suing anonymous bloggers.
The truth is that the 3 families Phyllis Morris sued were not anonymous bloggers. But they were the target of her attack.
So if you want to defend Phyllis Morris — at least have the courtesy to get the facts straight and admit what she really did.
Phyllis Morris used our tax dollars to launch a lawsuit for her own personal financial benefit and she sued 3 families who had nothing to do with the blog comments she was complaining about.
To carry Mr Vander Veen’s analogy further about schoolyard bullies — this sounds more like a bully who was afraid to fight their own fight — instead they got a gang together to intimidate and bully 3 smaller people — just because they happened to be standing in the schoolyard when snowballs were thrown.
Who’s really the coward?