Our Views: Support K. Andreah Briarmoon and her ramblings at your own risk

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

If you're new to Janesville and thinking about joining K. Andreah Briarmoon's Citizens Association for Rights and Dignity, let us offer history lessons.

This woman suggested that 30 people would defend her condemned “carriage barn” with firearms, if necessary, “against domestic enemy assault by city employees” and that the clash could become “Waco II.” She accused the city of communism for checking backgrounds of some of her minions. After she made such threats, the city was wise to do so.

This woman lost every court case leading to the city's 2006 demolition of that barn—more cobbled-together shed than historic structure. A judge fined her and her son for actions in protesting the tear down.

This woman keeps denigrating the fine work of well-respected Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler with allegations of mishandled ballot boxes.

This woman has lost at least seven council election bids and calls the council a good old boys club. She argues code inspectors stalk property owners and levy dozens of fines daily. She claims the city unlawfully demolished 400 to 500 homes across 20 years (we're still trying to find all the vacant lots), and owes each homeowner $100,000 in restitution.

This woman wants a court to force the city to switch to a ward aldermanic system. That proposal, however, along with her goal of switching from a city manager to a mayor, failed miserably in a 2004 referendum.

Yet she was at Monday's tour of the former gas station behind the police station, snapping photos and getting one-on-one face time with new City Manager Mark Freitag. This former military man probably wishes he could order this thorn in the side to relocate to a new area code.

Some residents and officials question why The Gazette publicizes her endeavors and delusional rants and ramblings, which continued last week on WCLO's “Your Talk Show.” To ignore every move, however, is to ignore community happenings. Publication keeps residents apprised so they can share more enlightened views of city government and staff.

Yes, the city's alarming closed-door decision to take homes for a new main fire station threw gas on Briarmoon's fire. Sure, some residents are angry about rising taxes and fees. Yes, residents forced to install sidewalks are upset. But what rational lawyer would sue the city over legal decisions on fees and sidewalks made in open sessions?

Now, Briarmoon and her few followers want to throw a big tent over all disenfranchised residents—and get their money. She hopes to raise a war chest of at least $100,000 annually and hire a lawyer who would flood courts with dozens of lawsuits.

If you have money to burn, go ahead, pay CARD's $50 membership fee and donate more. How can you be sure, however, that your money helps fight your specific cause?

Rather than join CARD, why not support candidates who object to sidewalks or other city decisions? Or run for council yourself. Waging a campaign won't cost $50,000, as Briarmoon suggests.

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