Trolls are nasty and cheap with facts. Solid comments are rare but there have been a lot more lately. I sometimes don’t know who the commentator is, things getting written farther afield than my pages.
Cldntgiveash1t is obviously an anonymous profile but I share because its profile has recorded thousands of comments, sufficient for me to believe there’s real intent that belies the terrific profile name.
This was posted on the Knysna-Plett Herald’s page. They’re the newspaper with a coveted spot in the DA’s arsehole. They wouldn’t allow me right of reply to another article meant to tar me. But Cldntgiveash1t, a stranger, spoke for me:
COMMON FUCKING SENSE
“So much for freedom of speech.The amount of people going after this guy merely for highlighting deficiencies and maladministration is ridiculous.
It begs the question, what are these public officials so scared of if they’re doing their work with honesty and integrity, and why are they prepared to go to such extremes to try and silence this individual when their time should be better spent on governance issues?
It doesn’t say much for the governance in Knysna if you keep getting caught out not following processes.
Some of the tactics used by public officials are absolutely appalling. I had to double check my computer to see that what I was reading was in fact real.
One of the small downsides of being a public official is you’re going to be called all sorts off things during your tenure in office. It comes with the territory. You grow a thick and oily skin. Learn from your mistakes (that’s why it’s called experience), shrug it off and get on with the job at hand for that designated period in office.
What I’ve learnt from people like Mike Hampton is, no matter how disagreeable they may seem, they may have more knowledge than you in a given field. Instead of alienating and vilifying them, it may be in people’s interests to engage with them on whatever terms and LEARN from them.
An old mentor once told me , always question issues. If you do, you’re only a fool for a few seconds. If you don’t, you’re a fool forever. It seems to me Knysna is full of the latter when what it needs is more of the former.
All strength to you Hampton , it’s a lonely world out there but the truth will out. I’ve had my fair share of run-ins with the likes of yourself but what changed fundamentally, for me, was when I changed my viewpoint to one of active engagement – everything improved.
One does not have to like someone in order to learn, it isn’t a blot on one’s character to admit you may not know something. What is, is when you become aware of a deficiency and willingly and knowingly choose to ignore it due to ego issues.
That’s why it’s called ‘public service’, because you’re in service of the public. Regardless of whether they’re Prince or pauper, the fundamentals remain the same.
Unbelievable that things have gotten to this point. All I can say is I hope this litigation IS NOT coming out of the public coffers.
Mike, left rear of the cell bro, butt firmly wedged in that 45 degree haven of safety. Don’t look anyone in the eye. Don’t eat the food. If you think you’re backed up now, that stuff will wreck any sane person’s culinary constitution for the rest of their lives.”
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