Note: The complete transcript for this meeting is not yet available. In the interim, specific statements made at this meeting will be posted on this site and answered by Neil and Cindy Girrard. Excerpts from the transcript are in normal type - comments in response by Neil and Cindy Girrard are in blue.
Borowski: I think I have two things to say here. One is we spend a lot of time in this community trying to build good will. And I think if you’d been here as long as some of us have, that’s changed a lot over the years. You can show up some place and you can shake everybody’s hand in the room and that feels really, really good. Because, Scott, you can attest to this, there was a time you couldn’t do that. You know, and it’s not that way now. We can stand in the Post Office and we can visit. So, if there’s, you know, sometimes I feel like there’s undercurrents and if those people would just step out into the light and try to be part of our community and learn what we are and who we are and how we try to behave, the comment that I was going to have for Mr. Girrard tonight was, how can I help you? That was going to be my comment to him. How can I help? You’re frustrated? Let me help you. And I think if you know me well enough, that that’s not a comment that’s made off-handed. I’ve offered to do that for a lot of people in this room.
Borowski: Here’s my second thought… I was here the night that conversation went on between those gentlemen. And when the comment was made, my first thought was, “Holy crap! That’s not the way…” I said that to myself, not out loud. “That’s not the way you conduct a meeting.” And I went to Mr. Smith immediately after that and I told him what I thought. Not only do I believe in helping people but I believe in grace. You know, he, the questions were coming pretty rapidly and we thought that we were…
Borowski: …we were trying to be helpful and truthful and I still believe in grace. You know, after the term runs out, if that’s what needs to be done or in the spring when we re-elect officers, we choose not to keep Mr. Smith as president, that’s how I prefer to go about it.
Life in Lincoln Zone B is like living in a religious cult or living Dr. Zhivago’s Soviet nightmare. There is no reality apart from the officially sanctioned “truth” and there is perhaps no more dizzying cheerleader for Lincoln than Becky Borowski.
Borowski: I think I have two things to say here. One is we spend a lot of time in this community trying to build good will.
This is pure fabrication. Borowski’s definition of “community” must be limited to only those who are favored among the historical party, those who comingle at the social functions at Borowski’s house and at her friends’ houses. Neither Borowski nor any other current board member has ever once even spoken to us nor ever visited us at our house and, according to many of our neighbors, has never spoken to nor visited them either. In the almost two decades we’ve been here, we can count on one hand the board members who have come to see us – they are prohibited from doing so by the ordinance! And they don’t come as neighbors either as we don’t need any fingers to count how many have helped us “comply” in any way!
Borowski’s statement is simply a lie to make her look and feel like a magnanimous benefactor to the people she so graciously oppresses. Elsewhere she admits to having the “label of being a kind of hardnose” (January 2018 LHPB meeting) but seems unable to recognize that being a hardnose does not engender good will among those so treated. As for “good will,” if one gets outside of the historicity cult circle, there are a lot of hard feelings against the board. But since that’s not officially palatable, it will not be admitted to, especially in this kangaroo court farce setting.
Borowski: And I think if you’d been here as long as some of us have, that’s changed a lot over the years. You can show up some place and you can shake everybody’s hand in the room and that feels really, really good. Because, Scott [Chapman?], you can attest to this, there was a time you couldn’t do that. You know, and it’s not that way now. We can stand in the Post Office and we can visit.
Actually, Ms. Borowski, as far as we know, we’ve been here longer than you have. Not that that really matters. But we have noticed that just as the old guard who so zealously guards the cult’s secrets is about to die off, in comes another batch from somewhere else who are absolutely certain they know exactly how it was in Territorial Period Lincoln. Who cares if it differs from the previous board’s interpretations of the ordinance? And who cares if Zone B was never historically a collection of mansions so long as the board guards its present interpretation of the ordinance and time period and especially guards the Zone A business interests? Whoever has the power approves the new constructions and new projects according to their own idea of what Lincoln was like or what they think it should have been like. Zone B is not about historical preservation but about political approval.
The main reason you historicals can visit with one another and shake each other’s hands is
- most reasonable and rational people quickly grew tired of resisting you historicals and your insanity and have fled the district and
- no one who is not a follower and participant in the historicals’ cult really wants to be around you all that much.
Ms. Borowski, when you shake hands with everyone in the room and you feel really good, it’s because you’re surrounded by your fellow cultists and you feel like you’re in power over at least most of them.
Borowski: So, if there’s, you know, sometimes I feel like there’s undercurrents and if those people would just step out into the light and try to be part of our community and learn what we are and who we are and how we try to behave…
The “undercurrents” Borowski refers to here are the sentiments of those standing for what is right against the wrong that the ordinance and board presents. Calling it an undercurrent only shows how confused Borowski is as to what the board actually accomplishes in the whole of the community.
If the residents who resent the board and its unconstitutional, illegal, immoral and even criminal actions were to step into the light, they would simply receive more oppression and harassment. They are forced to hide and quietly endure your petty harrassments and oppressions. They have neither the time nor the money nor the ability to fight you because you are a strong bully.
Since Smith has voiced his secret sick desire to have our house burned down, we have no choice left to us but to openly resist and fight you all. We are fighting for our home, our family and even our lives – what are you historicals fighting for? Historicity? If so, you are greatly deceived by the traditions and tenets of your cult. Power? If so, you are sick and demented indeed as being the gods over Lincoln is a whole lot like being a “king” seated on his own toilet whose realm is limited to his bathroom! Power corrupts – absolute power corrupts absolutely. Aim higher – get a life!
We know you by your decisions and oppressions of ourselves and our neighbors. And we know also that this is not just a thing of the past. We know well what it’s like to have many vehicles, all of which are expensive and well-maintained and most of which have tinted windows to prevent identification of the cowardly occupants, slow down to dangerous speeds in front of our house. These people are seeking evidence of a crime (real or imagined) but they are not the police and they will not simply call in their (valid or invalid) concerns to the county and allow the code enforcement person to do their job – no, they must make the residents know that they have power and control over the resident’s property (even though they have not and never will contribute one penny nor one ounce of energy to assist the resident). The historicals simply have insufficient courage or courtesy to stop in and actually talk to many residents, so we are left to surmise that all this oppressive bullying and effort to drive us out is what Borowski ludicrously calls spending time to “build good will.” Puke!!!
We know what you historicals are even when we don’t always know who you all are. We know how you behave and we are nauseated. You are hypocrites who think your way of life is superior to everyone else’s and everyone else so desperately needs your assistance and guidance. Frankly, we’d rather be dead than be like many of you. You have so devoted yourself to preserving petty details and chasing off the poor trash that you have become insane mansion trash who have forgotten some of the very much more important things in life.
Borowski: …the comment that I was going to have for Mr. Girrard tonight was, how can I help you? That was going to be my comment to him. How can I help? You’re frustrated? Let me help you. And I think if you know me well enough, that that’s not a comment that’s made off-handed. I’ve offered to do that for a lot of people in this room.
What is wrong with you all? Mrs. Girrard, as well as all the younger Girrards, are just as equally disgusted with the injustice of life in Zone B. But it’s easier to dismiss some lone, crazed, fringe guy than it is to dismiss an honest couple and their entire family who are simply trying to live life and keep their inalienable American rights and liberties. Historical revision is certainly a valuable skill in Lincoln!
This offer of help would be a lot more impressive if it had been delivered in person and in private many years ago in some of our times of real struggle. But since it is being delivered in public at this kangaroo farce just to save Smith’s and the historical district’s face, it is only hypocrisy.
Frustrated is not the word we would use. Disgusted, nauseated and finished with tolerating the irrational, petty, illegal and immoral actions of the historical cult is more accurate. We must admit to some anger because, after all, chairman of the historical board Smith is talking about burning our house down and the board and even the county commission seem to have slipped beyond reason and rationality and see nothing wrong with that (even though everyone else we talk to immediately knows how wrong it is!) If we were talking about burning your house down, Ms. Borowski, you’d be angry and your reaction would look a whole lot like ours. You would probably go many steps beyond what we have done so your hypocrisy in this matter is all the more plainly visible.
Frankly, Ms. Borowski, your offer of “help” comes at too high a price. We are not willing to surrender our inalienable American rights and come under your irrational control. You and your cult need serious help. You are the ones who traffic in darkness and evil. Why else are your meetings so filled with nothing but your own opinions, gossip and slander even though you force the board’s victims to swear “to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”? The hypocrisy and insanity of your historicity cult is apparent to all except yourselves. You historicals are the most to be pitied and the abysmal display of dishonesty and hypocrisy in this July LHPB meeting is an all-time low even for you all.
Borowski: Here’s my second thought… I was here the night that conversation went on between those gentlemen.
Borowski was there just as she was present at the discussion in the January LHPB meeting between Smith and prospective board member Winston Moore that also involved herself and Lincoln County Leader reporter Jim Spiri.
Borowski: And when the comment was made, my first thought was, “Holy crap! That’s not the way…” I said that to myself, not out loud. “That’s not the way you conduct a meeting.”
Isn’t it interesting that no one sticks with their first impression here. Borowski is shocked. Preston Stone initially put the matter before the county commission but since we are calling the entire historical ordinance and “preservation” practice into question, it’s more important that the bullies remain strong and united against us. (See our response to Preston Stone’s statements here.)
And while Borowski’s thoughts are “Holy crap!”, her first words are “Should I turn this [recorder] off?” (May 2018 LHPB meeting) Her first thoughts and first reaction shows that she knows just how inappropriate Smith’s words are! So how can the county or the board explain all the subterfuge and jicky politics used to pull this July 2018 LHPB meeting off?
Borowski: And I went to Mr. Smith immediately after that and I told him what I thought. Not only do I believe in helping people but I believe in grace.
We would it appreciate it, Ms. Borowski, if you would provide, as best you recall, a detailed rendering of what exactly you said to him.
Grace? Which definition of “grace” is in view here? Good will? Favor? Delay granted for payment of an obligation? And for whom? Smith? Smith is a danger to the community because he doesn’t believe that burning someone’s home down is a terrible thing. (see our reply to his ridiculous July 2018 LHPB meeting statements here.)
What about us? When do we get justice? We have been oppressed, harassed, spied upon, gossiped about, slandered and abused by the various boards for almost two decades now. And to top it off, Smith feels entitled to remove us from the neighborhood by threatening to burn our house. And no one on the board or the county commission believes that Smith should be immediately removed? Really? What other considerations have gone into the commissioners’ private decision process?
Borowski: You know, he, the questions were coming pretty rapidly and we thought that we were…
Borowski: …we were trying to be helpful and truthful and I still believe in grace.
This is rich! Look at Smith (who according to Roberts Rules of Order should have surrendered the meeting to the vice-chair and is not supposed to even be involved in this discussion) trying to put words in Borowski’s mouth here. And he’s not doing a very good job of it.
At the April 2018 LHPB meeting, Smith was absent reportedly because his wife’s mother had passed away. At that April meeting, Katherine Marsh, vice-chair of the board, conducted the meeting and had a discussion session – we, the Girrards, know this because Neil was there to confront Smith then. The discussion session had always been a regular part of the agenda for years. Suddenly, in May 2018, when Neil comes again to confront Smith, the discussion section has been strangely removed. There is no record that the board ever previously decided to change this just as there is no record that we know of for the board’s decision that citizens are to be limited to only 2 minutes at the beginning of the meeting.
In May, when Neil finally confronted Smith, he waited quietly for the discussion section that had been in the April meeting to come around. After the business items were concluded, Smith began to mumble something (it is not even possible to completely transcribe what he quickly mumbles at the end of the May 2018 LHPB meeting!) and suddenly Smith said the word “Adjourned.” Neil spoke up by saying, “Excuse me” and first asked Mr. Smith to identify himself because Neil wasn’t even sure who Smith was and then asked him to explain himself regarding his January 2018 LHPB meeting statements about our house burning down. Smith said, “I said it would look much better if it was burned and I believe in freedom of speech. And that’s it.” (May 2018 LHPB meeting) This is the statement that causes Borowski to rightly think, “Holy crap!”
If Smith wants to hide behind the idea that the May meeting was already adjourned before Neil began to speak, he has only the sudden, unannounced changes in the agenda and his own mumbling to blame for Neil not having an appropriate moment to speak up in what is still supposed to be an open democracy.
Borowski: You know, after the term runs out, if that’s what needs to be done or in the spring when we re-elect officers, we choose not to keep Mr. Smith as president, that’s how I prefer to go about it.
What would be right to do when Smith’s term runs out or when officers are re-elected, would have been the right thing to have done at the July 2018 LHPB meeting. The board should have demanded Smith’s resignation – perhaps if the county had provided the actual evidence of Smith’s words and if we, the Girrards, weren’t such a serious challenge to the historical district’s fragile house of cards, the outcome of this jicky July meeting would have been very different. Contrary to Borowski’s statements (and Marsh’s echoing sentiments that “I don’t think it warrants the removal of Mr. Smith.” – July 2018 LHPB meeting), Smith’s words and attitudes as he has directed them toward us (or if he had directed them toward any other homeowner in Zone B – which he likely harbors similar attitudes against others as well) are indeed grounds for his immediate dismissal from the board. That no one is willing to do this only shows the insane level of petty, jicky politics that governs the county and the board. Zone B must be rescued from this deceptive historicity cult and restored to its American heritage of liberty, truth and justice. Now.