OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE
An open letter to the to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors: As you all know by now, I have recently been the target of a series of slanderous emails from Supervisor Adam Hill directly sent to me courtesy of San Luis Obispo County’s very own website.
Through his county emails, Mr. Hill has alleged that I am a homosexual in a smear campaign designed to harm me and my business. He also used his Facebook account and other web sites to get his sycophants to parrot his spreading of such malicious falsehoods.
In doing so, Mr. Hill has offended not only me, but my wife of 47 years as well. He and his henchmen should be held accountable for propagating these libelous, untrue comments.
While these allegations remain utterly false, Hill’s words say less about me than they do about him. I’ve got thick skin. Stuff like this just rolls off my back. But I have to ask: How can this board tolerate this type of behavior and sending it out for all to see on the county’s own website?
As a self-avowed “liberal progressive” who says he supports gay rights, what do Hill’s words really mean to those who actually are gay? Calling me a homosexual in an effort to stigmatize and demean me should be viewed as a direct slam to those in the gay community.
Mr. Hill may claim that all this is a joke. Some twisted joke! It’s part and parcel of his well-known bully tactics. Just read his posts on the county’s email and other websites. It may be a joke to Hill, but it’s not to me. It is nothing less than defamation of both my character and that of the gay community to boot.
Because of this episode, I have contacted a law firm with expertise in defamation litigation to look into this potential case. Stay tuned…
Certainly Mr. Hill needs to apologize, not so much to me, but to his fellow board members for abusing his county email privileges, for embarrassing this Board, and for his studied and constant insults of the board majority. But most of all, he needs to apologize to the gay community for demeaning their sexual orientation.
While I am only the latest target of Hill’s intimidation tactics, there are far too many who have preceded me as the victims of his wrath. It’s got to stop.
Given Hill’s legacy of unacceptable behavior, his constant bullying, and his well-known pay-to-play schemes, Adam Hill is beyond redemption. An apology or even his censure by the board may not be enough.
If ever there was a public official who is more deserving of being recalled and removed from office, it is Adam Hill. But rather than putting District 3 voters through an effort that can tear a community apart, its high time for him to do the right thing and resign from his position immediately.