‘Foundation’ shaky on its facts | Letters
March 29, 2012 · 11:02 AM
Just when it appeared that the Freedom Foundation had gotten the message in my guest opinion on Feb. 22, (“Foundation relies on falsehoods”, Journal pg. 7) and in Jon Christoffersen’s letter to the editor on Feb. 29, (“Freedom Foundation in SJC?”, pg. 6) that its involvement in our community is not wanted by the majority of our citizens, this Olympia-based, right-wing, special-interest group has reared its ugly head again with another dishonest editorial on its website about Friends of the San Juans and the Charles Dalton case on Orcas.
In its new editorial on March 12, the Freedom Foundation stated that Stephanie Buffum of Friends, “...had been given direct access to the San Juan County database for code-violations—including a log-in name and password so that she could track or assist in managing how the county was dealing with the neighbors she had turned into the county authorities over time.”
But this statement is dishonest and not true.
Instead, Rene Beliveau, director of Community Planning & Development Department, told me that, “I can assure you that the above allegations are a complete fabrication and have no basis in reality.”
He also said that neither Ms. Buffum nor any other private citizen has direct access to CDPD’s databases, and that no private citizen or outside organization has a log-in name and password that would allow them to track or provide assistance to the county in the management of complaints.
In fact, Mr. Beliveau himself is not even able to access this database from a computer outside of county offices. Mr. Beliveau went on to say that the Freedom Foundation has never contacted him to confirm the accuracy of its accusations.
This is strange indeed for an organization with a multi-million dollar budget and 25 employees, including at least four Orwellian “Thought Leaders”. With this level of resources, couldn’t the Freedom Foundation even check the accuracy of its alleged facts?
Or perhaps the facts don’t mean anything to the Freedom Foundation.
Given its history of distortions and fabrications in the Dalton case, how can anyone in San Juan County believe anything the Freedom Foundation has to say?
David Dehlendorf/San Juan Island