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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel Takes A Stand On Recent Hate Group Activity

Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel showed some courage in standing with us today:

"I am aware of the flyer that landed in some people's lawns and am deeply disturbed by that action. I'm even more disturbed by any suggestion that there is a groundswell of support in Potter County for the Ku Klux Klan or any organization with similar philosophies. I have seen little indication that this is the case.

My observations are that 99 percent of Potter County residents do not support those beliefs. I can't think of one person I know who is not disgusted by the flyers or the reports that two organizations with at least somewhat similar beliefs have chosen to hold meetings in our county, covered -- as we all should be -- by fundamental Constitutional protections.

I'm reminded of the quote attributed to many sources, 'All it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.' Community leaders, church leaders, as well as public officials who swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, should bear that in mind as they assess these developments and consider steps they might take to promote equality and denounce discrimination.

I would also hope that the media do not continue to piece together scattered activities by a few instigators or misguided people to continue creating a distorted image of Potter County as some kind of white supremacist enclave. That's an insult to the 99 percent of us who believe in freedom and equality without regard to race, gender or religious preference.

Paul Heimel"

24 comments :

Anonymous said...

Well said, Paul. The only current commissioner worth voting for.

Oscar Mayer said...

This is America and it doesn't matter if 99% do not follow these beliefs. The fact of the matter is that nothing illegal was done any more than someone going door to door with religious flyers.....repeatedly. So you don't follow their beliefs? Throw the damn baggy away? I think the 99% estimate is actually very high and there are some sympathetic people that still believe in American rights in this area. Would it be treated differently if they had been Black Panthers flyers in the baggy? How about LGBT flyers? I've lived in Potter County my whole life and as far as I can remember, nobody locally has ever broken the law because of their beliefs in this organization. I also believe that a government official should be a little more "tolerant" of peoples beliefs.........ALL peoples beliefs...not just the "convenient" ones.

Anonymous said...

Oh I can assure you Mr. Heimel you know several of these people.

But, good work leveraging this back-page news to the forefront of everyone's mind for your political benefit.

Well played, except people are tired of the game.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Paul should get to know some of his constituents better if he truly believes he knows none of these people.

And 1:51 makes a perfectly valid point. Would Paul be holding anti-rallies if it were the Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter, MPAC, LGBT, or even NAMBLA that distributed flyers?

Seems to be political posturing at its finest.

Anonymous said...

There are more than you all think the people of this country are feed up with all the political correct bs our elected officials are spewing I'm sure if it was black lives matter flyers they would not say a word. White lives matter

Anonymous said...

I in no way support tjis kind of thinking. But, if you have any issue with gay marriage, your homophobic.
If your sick of BLM. Your racist.
If your sick of giving wefare to way to many people, your a bad person who has no heart.
It seems they can shove their beliefs down our throats, but if we have a thought, we are labeled with some name the left has come up with.
Were we this divided 8 years ago? I think not.
If a black man could go back in time and tell a black man from that time how oppressed he is today, he would probably get laughed at.
In any of the recent shooting of blacks by the police, most were committing a crime. They did not follow clear instructions from the officer.
It all could have been avoided by doing what they were told to do.
I for one believe that choosing between the olice and people who just want a reason to loot and burn their own cities down, I chose the police.
The people distributing these flyers are as sick of the state of this country as everyone else.
They are just going about it in a way we may not agree with.

Anonymous said...



Paul believes in the Constitution???

What about "freedom of speech and expression"???? He'd go to bat for Muslims'
"right" to express their belief in Sharia Law, beheadings, death to Jews and
Christians, and conversion by the sword. It's their freedom of expression of
their "religion" protected by our laws.

Freedom of speech is only needed when it is outside the opinions of the majority
or contrary to those in positions of power and authority.

Anonymous said...

By the looks of these comments he does not know his public very well

Anonymous said...

I hate, Hate Groups, so am I one of them?

Anonymous said...

Paul Heimel said,"I'm reminded of the quote attributed to many sources, 'All it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.'"

Then I read another article about him that says,"But why wouldn’t a local public official, whose duty is to inform and protect the public trust, not be directly involved addressing the contamination of county drinking water?"

Seems like he doesn't always practice what he preaches.

Anonymous said...

Mr Heimel wrote his thoughts and put his name on it.
I thank him , and wish we all felt comfortable doing the same.
For somelike myself, i feel badly being anonymous here.Guess could be called coward.
I am surprised that those folks who join the Burnside family and agree with their beliefs do not proudly proclaim their beliefs???
I know a number of people in our small area of Potter County who i know or feel confident are part of the group.How ? A number of ways. Their Confederate flags that coincide with their topics of discussion . Their comments that are so disrespectful to many (and sad/hateful)as we realize they are "testing the waters" for possible recruitement......
We are a melting pot in this wonderful country, and yet there is fear for some of us,
Due to prejudice and those who won't show their faces in what they believe when they burn in darkness with hidden faces. That is what many call TWO FACED...i am just fearful giving my name....i would rather face bear in my yard.....I worry
that innocent folks can be harmed, and profound sadness that young children who are
"learning what they live" still grow up in families with this hateful attitude.
Form a line with me and those I would bet the farm on.....we are proud to name the church we attend, we do our best to pray for everyone and try to respect opinions different from our own. We are proud to work hard to earn our pay, donate as we can to countless good causes, and respect each other. But when folks are actually hiding their faces,not being as open as the Burnsides who were quoted in news, WHY NOT ???
You cannot be fired for it, you can have your legal weapons as many of us do, you can enjoy many freedoms, as long you are sober, drug free and obeying every law.
I will not insist you join a church or civic group, but would welcome you.
If indeed, you hide your prejuduce well from those like Mr Heimel, shame on you.
Be proud and pick your side, not just when convenient for you.
I feel safer with bear wandering on my property than someone so hateful.
Please do not put the placement of plastic bags with a lollipop and info in a baggie, done Secretly at Night, in same category with anyone willing to share their beliefs openly , face to face and in print. Shame on you......how i pray this can be a peaceful place, beloved Potter County. I thank all in law enforcement. I know you work color blind and open to risk as you try to protect everyone.

Anonymous said...

This guy plays the people of Potter County like a fiddle

Nate Taylor said...

Here's something for you all to consider. You keep talking about how no laws were broken, yet you fail to remember "Litter Laws". In Coudersport, there are even signs that speak of it. So, the person(s) who left the baggies laying in the yards should have be punished for violating the litter laws. I don't know what Coudersport's penalties are specifically, but here's a link to the PennDot site that speaks about littering.

http://www.penndot.gov/about-us/AdoptaHighway/LitterFacts/Pages/Enforcing-Litter-Laws.aspx

I say, find the people who deposited these baggies and bring them to justice. Each baggie that was left is a separate count of littering.

Anonymous said...

Comment from 6.48 above, said more, much more in the few words in their comment, that many do in an entire page. Thanks

Anonymous said...

DON't LET ANYONE CONSUME LOLLIPOPS LEFT ANNONIMOUSLY...Heaven knows what they could be laced with.

Anonymous said...

Wine time !#!
Hehehehehe.....
Hahahahaha....

Anonymous said...

I didn't read anything in that commentary saying anyone should be denied their freedom of speech. Also what does this have to do with contaminated drinking water. Is that something the commissioners regulate? I guess I don't understand the whole regulatory thing. I thought the state was responsible for that(?).

Anonymous said...

Comment from 2:22 is odd. Look at the part that reads "covered as we all should be by constitutional protections." Where does it say anything about denying anyone freedom of speech?

Anonymous said...

Some of these comments are so ridiculous concerning Mr. Heimel! Hats off to him for his ability to speak out and to do so effectively. This has NOTHING to do with politics. It is obvious that many of the negative comments about him are posted by the same person. This is someone who has run for election and lost. This is someone who would have fallen apart by now if having to deal with so many of these issues. This is vindictive jealousy at best. Thank you Mr. Heimel for your comments and let's hope you can move on, ignore those who have NO understanding of the REAL issues, and continue to serve your county, state, and national governments so honorably.

Anonymous said...

2:17 You hit the nail on the head.

I in no way support this kind of thinking. But, if you have any issue with gay marriage, your homophobic.
If your sick of BLM. Your racist.
If your sick of giving welfare to way to many people, your a bad person who has no heart.
It seems they can shove their beliefs down our throats, but if we have a thought, we are labeled with some name the left has come up with.
Were we this divided 8 years ago? I think not.
If a black man could go back in time and tell a black man from that time how oppressed he is today, he would probably get laughed at.
In any of the recent shooting of blacks by the police, most were committing a crime. They did not follow clear instructions from the officer.
It all could have been avoided by doing what they were told to do.
I for one believe that choosing between the police and people who just want a reason to loot and burn their own cities down, I chose the police.
The people distributing these flyers are as sick of the state of this country as everyone else.
They are just going about it in a way we may not agree with.

Anonymous said...

OMG---Post 11.14 Nothing to do with politics? You have to be kidding, it is always about politics, when one in office portrait themselves as experts on what and where and who we should support. Being in office does not give anyone the right to manipulate the opinions of constituents no matter what there opinion might entail.

Anonymous said...

This makes him superior of the other commissioners?!

Timothy C. Cole said...

OH Really Paul I do wounder and question your sincerity concerning this issue? I seem to remember having a meeting with you Susan the jail warden the ex sheriff and the ex county solicitor concerning Racial and discriminating language,selective justice and gross misconduct by county employees at the jail. When you state that you know of no one in Potter county who hold similar views as the Klan , I frankly have to wonder if you just my have forgotten about that meeting? If i recall correctly This meeting happened shortly before the VA asked for a wellness check be done on me and i wound up with 30 some Staples and stiches in the emergancy room at Charles Cole. I think it was reported in this blog as " a standoff that ended peacefully...." Paul Potter County has very good county commissioners for the most part! That said, I can only wonder if the only statement in your piece that holds any truth is evil florishes when good men/women sit back and do nothing. Black lives matter.. Gay lives matter.. all lives matter.

Jaimi Hajzus said...

It should be more shameful to be a racist or to be silent in the face of racism than to call it out. Thank you for the courage to #SayItOutLoud, Paul. It is NOT political to say that we are all equal and should be treated as such. In fact, WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT. It is also not okay to treat this issue like treating black people better somehow harms white people. It doesn't, and we are not more important than them. Also, we've treated them pretty badly.

And to those yelling that we should ignore this, that it wasn't news... it was picked up by the national (and international!) media because it is important and because none of us should be willing to tolerate the blatant discrimination, aggression, and violence happening toward our black and brown neighbors right now. I do not speak for TTRE when I say this, but I think it's time to wake up and find your values, Coudersport.

If you want to say something nasty to me about this post, I suggest taking responsibility for your view and posting your name instead of hiding behind the hood (yep, went there) of anonymity.