Updated: May 8, 2022
US Courts have repeatedly ruled that personal blogs are Constitutionally-protected expressions of free speech.
This is a personal blog.
Six weeks ago, a FB page (not mine) dedicated to life on and around our Flow published a post about Jeff Cohen's (Lot 22) recent appointment to the GFA board. I shared my sincerely held view that every fellow Flow lot owner needs to be very careful about this appointment. Jeff kindly replied thusly (I have edited out the superfluous stuff. The entire thread is here:)
I have many specific concerns and so wrote to Jeff a total of four times. More than six weeks later, Jeff has never replied beyond posting nasty untruths and a very thinly veiled threat on FB.
I have written to the currently sitting GFA President Steve Rodriguez (Lot 301) three times so far in 2022, yet again asking them to simply ask people to please stop stealing other Flow lot owner's personal property, and to please provide me with a list of current GFA committee members and their contact details. Steve has also never replied.
(EDIT: Just a couple of hours after this post went live, a very disjointed, rushed-looking and unsigned e-mail was sent to Flow lot owners with committee member's first initial and surnames, but no contact details. Coincidence...? 🤷🏽♂️ I do not see the point of this information when we do not know their names and cannot even contact the committee members.)
I cannot ask my questions on the board's FB page because I am banned from it for my allegedly failing to be "...following warnings to abide by the policy on postings." I asked Steve to please show me where I violated any "policy". Steve refused to do so because I did not fail to follow any "policy" -- I simply presented opinions differing from those of the board's, as any American is free to do.
My 0.02 Worth:
It's very easy for one to sit comfortably behind a keyboard and just talk a very good, convincing-sounding game. And it's very comforting to most folks when our "leaders" tell us what we want to hear. The problems with this are:
1.) What we want to hear and what is the truth is not always the same thing.
2.) Picking and choosing which parts of a given issue to relay is, at best, extremely disingenuous and obviously incredibly deceptive.
3.) For one to sound so sincere when they say that they seek engagement, but then rudely ignore another's repeated attempts at precisely that SAFE engagement in the midst of a global pandemic, makes quite plain their deeply disingenuous nature.
My numerous repeated offers to SAFELY work with the board stand. It shocks me to see how comfortable some "leaders" are with spin over simple honesty. As much as anyone, I want to believe that the currently sitting board genuinely has the best interests of all Flow lot owners at heart, but their actions and inactions clearly prove this is often not the case, and that they instead just remain shockingly good at dishonourably spinning the details to their own advantage. This is why the REAL Goodnow Flow Community needs to exist for now.