Apparently, comments I made in the local paper’s web site (see this blog entry for more info) has caused some to accusing me of being a political insider. Here’s an excerpt of a conversation:
Daniel Seagondollar: I always enjoy reading diatribe from propaganda shills like Harley. They always start with “I was on the fence.” As though they were trying to be fair and then set off on a one sided slander rant about their opposition. In my review I haven’t found a single point in the past two years where Harley has espoused anything but total support for the Wal-Mart. Now that position is fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but why can’t people just be honest? I’m witnessing both sides of this issue present ridiculously pathological arguments that aren’t revelant. This issue isn’t about fresh vegetables or Joshua trees it’s just a question about giving special privileges to big business.
Dan Harley: Wow Daniel Seagondollar ! I must say that I’m a bit flattered that someone who isn’t in law enforcement would spend two years doing research on me. Do you want an autograph?
I’m sorry to admit that your opinions doesn’t mean nearly as much to me as mine apparently does to you. Also, I wouldn’t think calling people names like a little fourth grader would be very productive. Then again, that tends to be your style and to each their own…
What baffles me is why you make enemies out of people for no reason. Perhaps one day you will realize that you are your own worst enemy.
Daniel Seagondollar: Dan Harley, I know who my enemies are and they hide behind lies to feather their own nest. You and the rest of the clowns playing small town politics have one enemy, the truth. If stating the truth makes enemies I’ll stand guilty as charged with pride.
You can see the original conversation here : ( click here)
It’s obvious that Mr. Seagondollar and I aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on a few things, and that’s unfortunate.
This is my latest video of my journeys to the Hilltop House in Apple Valley, California.
The video was taken while on horseback and traversing the ridge crest trail along the top of Bass Hill.
Rotary Club of Apple Valley with the grateful assistance of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund funded $1,000 US for a humanitarian project to help five families affected by unexploded ordinance (UXO) accidents in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam in 2007.
Quang Tri Province has the unfortunate distinction of being the most bombed region in the world. More bombs were dropped in an area that can fit inside San Bernardino County than all of Europe during World War II. The U.S. Department of Defense estimates that about 10% of the ordinance used did not detonate as designed, which means that thousands of munitions still lay in Quang Tri waiting for the moment to be disturbed to unleash it’s devastation. UXOs are still harming and killing people over 30 years after the Vietnam War ended. It is estimated that nearly 7,000 innocent people are harmed or killed from UXO accidents since the Vietnam War ended over 30 years ago.
Quang Tri is also one of the poorest regions of Vietnam due to the devastation from the Vietnam War. The area is heavily dependent on agriculture and the intense bombing combined with use of defoliants, such as Agent Orange, left Quang Tri looking like a virtual moonscape after the War.
Rotary Club of Apple Valley has coordinated through Project RENEW to provide support for this issue (more on Project RENEW can be found on their Web site: http://www.landmines.org.vn). Our effort funds a micro-loan program supporting animal husbandry for families who had been affected by a UXO accident. These families had a loved one killed or incapacitated by a UXO, but the tragedy doesn’t stop at the accident.
Those involved in UXO accidents are usually the family’s breadwinners and the family as a whole is driven into extreme poverty by this loss. Our funds gave five Vietnamese families an opportunity to turn their life around from such tragedy and lift themselves out of poverty. I know first hand how resourceful the Vietnamese can be with just a little assistance. My Mother has been helping Vietnamese families in need in Thai Binh province for years. We have seen families take money to buy a couple pigs, turn it into several pigs, put their kids through school and their kids come back to buy their parents a new house. In Vietnam, the cost of a couple pigs or a cow can be enough to bring a whole family out of poverty for good.
Our money is not done working, but will continue to work indefinitely to help other families in the region. The funds were distributed through a micro-loan program, where the beneficiaries are expected to pay the money back when they can and then re-disbursed to other families in need.
This was not an easy project to put together and any level of success was uncertain. Most all Rotary International projects work through a Rotary Club in the region to assure Rotary funds are spent as designated. There are no Rotary clubs in Vietnam, so this project had to be managed from Apple Valley instead. Perhaps the most critical problem was Vietnam’s notoriously corrupt government, which could have caused our funds to disappear instead of reaching those who need our support. Thanks to Project RENEW and their staff, 100% of our funds reached Quang Tri province and disbursed to the beneficiaries in accordance to our instruction.
Rotary Club of Apple Valley will continue to support this project by direct funding, partnering with other Rotary Clubs and increase awareness by promoting this project through Rotary channels and media networks. It is hoped by this Rotarian that more Vietnam Veterans become involved with this project, because this project was created in their honor as well as their assistance through the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. It is also hoped that this and other Rotary projects in Vietnam will bring Rotary clubs back to Vietnam again.
Respectfully Submitted By,