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Civility in Big Canoe

To the Editor

Based on his own comments, David Hopkins appears to believe that Big Canoe is a corrupt community in dire need of major overhaul. His approach is thus to bully property owners and POA employees. According to Hopkins, this is his “time- tested formula for change.” 

These conclusions are based on Facebook postings by Hopkins and his actions at Big Canoe. Hopkins proudly posts that at one community:

“I showed up unannounced one day on a message board there and did not leave for two years. The town changed permanently. The sole commissioner was crushed to a shell of his former political existence…Before that, in Ellijay, the bank was raided, then shut down. The CEO was driven to suicide, the CFO spend [sic] 5 years in the federal penitentiary…I felt no pity for them. I now have a project and it is Big Canoe. And I have a warning again—for what is coming, and it will dwarf that day on 9/11 as if it were almost an inconsequential and trivial event. Those that stand in the way will be swept aside…Having done this so many times before.” Big Canoe Neighbor to Neighbor Facebook page, August xx, 2018

When these postings were brought to the attention of law enforcement, they stated that malice was implied toward this community [Big Canoe] should a desired outcome not be achieved.

The posting clearly demonstrates Hopkin’s objective is to harm Big Canoe and not to work for the benefit of property owners. Crushing people, bullying them and working for an event in Big Canoe that is trivial in comparison to 9/11 demonstrate his true character.

What I ask of David Hopkins:

Understand and acknowledge that Big Canoe is a special community

Behave knowing this is home to caring property owners who want only what is best for Big Canoe.

Continue your valuable research to find areas of improvement.

Lead improvement efforts visibly and in established avenues.

The objective should always be to improve Big Canoe.

Cease and desist in bullying property owners and POA employees.

Praise the blessings of Big Canoe.

If you can't bring yourself to act in the best interests of Big Canoe, find another project to amuse yourself.

Property Owners can:

Keep informed of the facts surrounding issues.

Ignore rumors and innuendo.

Compliment our hard working POA employees.

Continue to volunteer for positions inside of Big Canoe and surrounding areas

Work diligently to improve Big Canoe.

Consider the source of information when assessing it's value.

Be informed voters for Board elections.

In summary, Big Canoe is a wonderful place to call home. There will always be areas of improvement that are needed. Some trivial and some of consequence. David Hopkins apparently has the time and energy to provide valuable in-depth research and analysis that can identify areas of improvement. But, to be effective, his mindset should start from the premise that this is a great community that is well run.

Hopkins’ approach should not look to crush or bully. His methods used in other communities are not needed or wanted at Big Canoe. Civility to neighbors and employees is the watchword of the day.

Bob Crouch

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