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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thin Skin and Foul Mouths

Wednesday evening (October 27, 2010) I attended the Queen Anne's County Farm Bureau Candidate's Forum, at the Ruthsburg Community Center.  In the moderator’s opening comments was the request that everyone remain civil.  County commissioner candidates Paul Gunther and Dave Olds failed miserably with respect to that request.

After an answer by Bob Simmons on a question related to farming, Gunther responded by telling Mr. Simmons that he “should have stayed in the furniture business because you know jack about agriculture.”  Gunther went on to declare that there were farmers in our county netting $15,000 per acre raising strawberries.  This remark illustrated Paul’s immediate disregard for the rules on politeness.  It also raised concern that Paul didn’t know as much about farming as he claimed.  If there was a $15,000 an acre profit in raising strawberries, our farmers would not be planting corn, wheat and soybeans.

At the end of the forum I went to ask Mr. Gunther for a name or two of the farmers raising strawberries when suddenly Dave Olds, one of the candidates, went out of his way to throw a shoulder into me as I walked by.  Olds immediately squared up inches in front of me and asked, “What are you going to do about it you f#@%king a##hole?”  I asked him to leave me alone and continued my course to Mr. Gunther.

Upon reaching commissioner Gunther, I pointed out that my wife and I had just purchased a small farm and that we would most certainly be interested in meeting with a couple of the strawberry farmers so we too could net $15,000/acre on our land.  Gunther quickly denied he ever said that and when I attempted to show him my notes which contained his exact words he angrily replied, “Storm, maybe you should get your f#@%king ears cleaned out so you can hear better.”

A short time later I was speaking with a few people at the back of the room when Dave Olds again approached me.  He stated rather loudly, “Storm, you just know every f#@%king thing don’t you.”  I replied, “Did you just say that?”  His answer was, “You mean, you just know every f#@%king thing don’t you?”

Several people quickly left the confrontation, obviously taken aback by Olds’ behavior.  I took out my pen and pad and informed him that I was going to record his statements.  He grabbed them from me and said, “You don’t have to.  I’ll write it down for you.”  He wrote “kiss my butt” which I pointed out was far more polite than the words he had just been using.  I suggested that perhaps he wasn’t as proud of his language after all.

Clenching a fist around my notepad, Mr. Olds then punched me in the center of my chest and said,”Here’s your pad back.”  I took a small step back and told him not to hit me again to which he replied, “You mean like this?” as he hit me a second time.  As in his earlier bullying he shoved into me and asked, “What are you going to do about it? Do something you f#@%king a##hole.”

A short distance away with his back turned to the altercation was one of the sheriff candidates, Livingston Banks.  Mr. Banks at first thought I was kidding when I asked him to intervene but quickly realized that the situation was serious when he witnessed Mr. Olds shoving into me a final time.  Thankfully, Mr. Banks’ presence quickly brought an end to Mr. Olds’ belligerent assault.

No matter what areas of disagreement people may have, verbal and physical bullying solves nothing.  If we were to elect Paul Gunther or Dave Olds as our county commissioners, others in disagreement with them would no doubt be subjected to their abuse.

Mr. Olds and Mr. Gunther, thin skin and foul mouths are not positive attributes for a public servant.

Sveinn C. Storm

22 comments:

  1. This is absolutely incredible, Storm. Gunther and Olds are perpetuating precisely the same kind of behavior that is leading this country down the wrong path.

    Dave Olds and Paul Gunther not only have thin skin and foul mouths, they appear to have small minds. I hope Queen Anne's County voters have the good sense to keep these guys out of the liberty building.

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  2. Storm, you would have every right to take Olds to court for assault. I PRAY that neither of these two get elecfted. Please I implore EVERYONE reading this to share it with everyone they know and so on. That is complete madness and is getting totally out of control.

    Mr. Gunther professes to be a Christian..... I wonder what HIS definition of that is???!!!

    As far as Mr. Olds...... just DREADFUL!!

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  3. I was building a house on a 20 acre piece of property, but now I am having second thoughts. If I can get $15,000/acre for strawberries, I'm going to tear it down and plant strawberries.

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  4. The behavior of both candidates does sound terrible. However, Storm you do seem like an instigator. Is this what you were kind of hoping for? One thing is certain - none of this is constructive,perhaps we all need to grow up.

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  5. I am the first to admit that I have a desire to hold public officials and politicians accountable for their words as well as their actions. A great deal of what is wrong with our country today is the result of self-serving, dishonest politicians who ignore the needs and desires of those who elect them. We must hold them accountable or things will never change! I easily understand how some people would view me as an instigator but it’s worth a black eye or a bloody nose once in a while to stand for your beliefs. A lot of people have fought and died for this country and some of those were my relatives. To stand by and take no role in the pursuit of good government is not my nature. What I hope and pray for is good, honest people to run our government.

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  6. Is this for real? Is this what politics in QA County has come to? Name calling and shoving matches by candidates? I'm disgusted by their behavior. The voters need to know about this garbage. Gunther and Olds don't even deserve to be candidates much less actually get elected. Shame on you Gunther for being a sitting Commissioner and acting like a thug. You should have to step down early.

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  7. Gunther made the comment to Bob Simmons, that "he should have continued to make furniture, because he didn't know jack about farming."

    Perhaps Paul should go back into farming, because he doesn't know jack about being a Commissioner

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  8. And Mr. Olds wants to be Commissioner? The guy could barely put two sentences together.

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  9. I don't know much about these fellers. But Olds, Gunther, Gannon and Duminil sure don't strike me as being all the bright. I can't be the only one who thinks this.

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  10. One quick strike to Olds' throat would have put him in his place, wiggling around on the floor. At 15K and acre forget drilling for natural gas grow strawberries.

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  11. How does Paul Gunther find the time to farm his land? He commented in a forum that he spends upwards of 80 hours a week working as a commissioner. Obviously it is going to require Kryptonite to take out this "Superman"

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  12. Paul Gunther's comments and his latest advertisement in the Update, along with aligning himself with Mareen Waterman and company, are unbecoming of a sitting County Commissioner. Shame on you, Paul!

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  13. Paul Gunther should apologize to Bob Simmons for his reprehensible campaign tactics! What a jerk!

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  14. I think I'd back down too if Trooper Banks stepped in. Seems like a nice enough guy, he's got my vote!

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  15. Leaders have always been fighters, we have just changed the acceptable rules for leadership. I will say not being able to control your physical person while being mentally challenged by another is not a characteristic of what we want in a leader.

    "Society stares at the stab wounds". JWG

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  16. I'm sure my comment will not be posted because I am not an idolizer of Storm - in fact he is nothing but an egomaniac who somehow wants this to be "all about Storm". You lost me at "hello" Storm - and that was way before FASTC. Your robocall today was a joke - as is your web site. When will you realize just how ridiculous you come across and "save our county" by leaving?

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  17. Grateful Ruthsburg ResidentOctober 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    My family lives in Ruthsburg and we are grateful for Mr. Storm's efforts. He and Mr. Falstad worked unselfishly to protect our community. It was clear to us all that they genuinely cared about us. When you get to know Storm you realize that all the negative stuff you heard wasn't true. He wasn't afraid to stand up to the bullies that wanted to force the FASTC on us and in the end everything he said turned out to be true. I guess the robocall wasn't a joke as you responded. You sound like a very troubled woman. Are you just mad because he's proving how ridiculous the developer candidates are? Take a deep breath Ms. Hale.

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  18. You'll accept that Arentz, Duminel, Gunther and Olds are good guys even though Storm shows real evidence that they lie and serve the developers' interests. I'm sure that you're not the only one to give him crap. He must have thick skin to do what he does. Don't let them get to you Storm. Keep telling it like it is.

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  19. Are you off your meds MS.Hale?

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  20. Surprise, surprise! Susan Hale is a...REAL ESTATE AGENT. Man, couldn't see that one coming! Her website is www.susansellstheshore.com.

    Maybe it ought to be called, Susan SELLS OUT the Shore.

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  21. press charges storm. as for susan hale we look at this site everyday at lunch. its the talk of the place. only a couple people hate it here but everybody reads it.

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  22. Tell us again about integrity Mr. Olds.

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