The quiet actions of Grant’s own ‘deep state’ should be ignored
By Becky Uehling
I’m sure you have heard the term ‘deep state’ over the past year since Donald Trump took office as president. If not, let me enlighten you. The ‘deep state’ is a theory that there is a body of people within our federal government agencies who are trying to secretly manipulate or control government policy. I, for one, believe that the ‘deep state’ on the federal level is for real, and now I am believing that it, or something like it, is also real on our local level.
I couldn’t help but think of the ‘deep state’ when I heard about the secret, manipulative actions that someone recently took to try and railroad Grant Mayoral Candidate Lisa Schmitt’s campaign.
Last week at least four residents of Grant received anonymous letters in the mail. I have seen two of these four letters and the envelopes that they were mailed in. Let me described them for you.
In the return address section of each envelope are the initials L.S., hand-written in cursive. The name of the person that the envelope is addressed to is also hand-written in cursive. Inside each was a single piece of white paper, and, on the two letters I saw, only a few lines of typed copy with no indication of who wrote them.
Each letter deals with different aspects of the same topic, which is questioning not only the capability of Lisa Schmitt to be mayor, but also questioning Schmitt’s integrity and honesty as a person, including her right-standing as a Navy veteran. The letter writer also questioned the reasoning of the person receiving the letter in their decision to support Lisa. I have also heard from a person in authority, but have not seen myself, that one of the letters was threatening in some way, but was told it was not towards someone’s life.
Those who have received these letters have understandably been upset by them, and made Lisa aware of their receiving them. Lisa has informed me that all of the claims made in these letters are false, and she has turned them over to Grant Postmaster Laurie Fagullar, who has turned them over to the U.S. Postal Service’s Inspection Service, also known as the postal police. This service will determine if a crime has been committed with the sending of these letters through the U.S. Post Office.
Lisa has not been swayed by this attempt to discredit her, and has no plans to quit the race. She invites anyone with questions about anything they hear or read about her to come to her for the truth. And that is what I encourage all Grant citizens to do—don’t believe gossip, go to the source if you want the truth.
In Proverbs 16:28 it says, “A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.” This is exactly what this is, it is an attempt by someone who does not like Lisa’s position concerning the city, or who may not even like Lisa, to cause chaos and doubt among those who have weighed Lisa on her word and found her to be someone they can believe in. Those letters were not signed because the person who is sending the letters is being deceptive, is hiding in the shadows so the truth of their deception is not revealed. “The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble,” Proverbs 4:19. Those who receive an anonymous letter concerning any candidate need to first report it to the authorities, either the Post Office or local law enforcement, and then need to ignore it. This election must be based on what has been said in the open, not lies that are created and spread in secret.