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Colette Nies, Democratic Candidate for Comal County Commissioner, Pct. 3, Responds to Barrage of Online Attacks

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Colette Nies, Democratic Candidate for Comal County Commissioner, Pct. 3, Responds to Barrage of Online Attacks

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Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was written by Colette Nies in response to Facebook posts questioning her integrity as a candidate for county office. She is running against incumbent Republican Pct. 3 County Commissioner Kevin Webb. October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

This past week, our campaign experienced a barrage of online attacks, also known as cyber-bullying. Individuals attacked my personal life and my status as a single mother. There were even attempts to disparage my daughter and our family at our home.

These attacks were meant to be hurtful and added fuel to the partisan divide. A divide that we as Americans are unfortunately getting accustomed to, especially with the current climate in politics and many areas of society. But these attacks are not limited to my campaign. Every day countless children are cyber-bullied online. And I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight this issue and hopefully help shape a solution moving forward.

Too many teens are suffering from bullying online. Individuals can send deeply harmful messages from the comfort of their living room, yet these messages have real-world impacts. Children, particularly young girls and LGBTQAI+ youth, have suicide rates that are simply unacceptable in the modern world. They have risen 179% since the rise of social-media communication.

What we do as adults sets the stage for our children’s behavior. When leadership, especially in politics with the current administration, continually makes thousands of disparaging remarks, online or in person, with the goal to ridicule and to shame others, deterioration happens to the fabric of American society. The unification and morality of our American ethic are being bought and sold for a quick outtake or media highlight, or at the very core, the striving to undermine others and keep the caste system in play.

And it’s time we, as adults, come together and put our best foot forward. Our politics do not have to be an arena of hate. Our differences are not as vast as what we share in common. Just because someone votes differently than you does not mean they are any more or less faithful or patriotic, as we all are bestowed an immeasurable amount of grace that none of us deserve. That same grace needs to start being shown to one another…with abundance.

This October there is the #NoBullyNB and while as a community we may not be able to solve cyber-bullying overnight, it will take a unified front for everyone to come together to take a stand against the darkness. It takes all of us to create a safe and inclusive space for our children. For my daughter, I choose to put compassion over contempt. I hope you do too. And as my grandmother, Irene, used to say, “Colette, always strive to leave the land and your world better than you found it.” This really is our legacy, to do better…to be better.

About Nies:

According to a non-partisan Voter’s Guide prepared by the League of Women Voters of the Comal Area, Nies is a  doctoral candidate in land, food, ethics and faith formation; earned a Master of Science of Social Work in Community Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin; developed a graduate portfolio of nonprofit management from UT Austin; has a Master of Divinity in Ecological Theology and Care of the Dying; and conducts policy analysis of systemic causes of poverty and food insecurity.

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15 Comments

  1. Dale Hanlon October 18, 2020

    I guess publishing her arrest record (7 arrests) is cyber bullying? (Those are public record btw). People should look at a candidate’s actions, not words

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  2. dan wilson October 16, 2020

    I am a 67 year old man who has known Colette for more than 25 years. Not only is she honest, intelligent and conscientious she is also an amazing person. She is considerate of others and cares about our environment. I cannot think of a person who would be a better suited to represent the people of any district.

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  3. KO October 15, 2020

    People are threatened by Colette. Colette is highly educated and very involved in community projects. Everyone commenting against Colette are a bunch of haters with too much time on their hands and part of a Trump cult that is hateful and dangerous. Give me your names and I bet I could pull up dirt on all of you, ya bunch of hypocrites. Also, go vote! I’m voting blue, how ‘bout you?

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    1. Haley Smith October 16, 2020

      Lol…Trump Cult!? Did you not just read the article about division??? That “just because people don’t vote the same as you it doesn’t make them any less patriotic”!? Calling Trump supports “haters” and they are “dangerous and hateful”!? I think you might be racist!? I also think you missed the whole message…I feel sorry for you.

  4. Mr. Independent October 15, 2020

    So lets get this straight, we are digging into Colettes past to find “dirt” but completely disregard the fact that our Commander in Chief makes highly questionable decisions and remarks daily and has done irreparable damage to the Republican party? I would imagine that if Ms. Nies put in the same time and effort that our President does on Twitter to simply respond to all of you, she would swiftly be discredited as someone who is not compassionate about the opportunity at hand. Instead, she responds with a message that is thoughtful, neutral, factual, and to the point. And while we all know that our Freedom of Speech does not absolve us from the consequences of our words, we gave Mr. “Grab her by *****” a chance. We gave a human being who mocked a disabled person, by no fault of their own, a chance. We gave a man that knew of the severity of COVID-19 and did nothing, a chance. Because you see she has a distain for Trump, is she any different than any of you who have the same distain for Biden? You want to talk about being hypocritical, your comments are the very essence of hypocrisy.

    Truly,

    An X Republican turned Independent who will not be voting for Hatred and Division

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  5. Kenyon Lark October 15, 2020

    The obtuse correlations made about a social media page linking this candidate shows a lack of fact and is wholly based on conjecture. it’s fairly obvious that making baseless comments without fact seems to be the bulwark of the grossly misinformed who have apparently missed the tone of this opinion piece – and certainly from those who know very little about this community. The real question here is, why would anyone make false, hurtful and uniformed comments without any basis in fact? This is truly the mark of those who are change averse and thrive on hate, fear and division. This community was not like this even just a few years ago. Sure we have our issues, but we’d always been able to work things out in a meaningful way. There are those who have come from outside of this community, from out of state who know nothing about this community, and who have brought hate and fear of the other back into our community, false prophets who are even now being revered, drunk on the power they hold over those who have fallen under their hateful actions, and who have opened old wounds we have tried hard to heal. There is a pattern to those who have chosen to take the time to comment and who are so truly uninformed about any local issues and certainly uninformed about this candidate. These people are not New Braunfelsers, they have only come here to bring a harmful message of division. Those of us who recognize the need for positive change in our community will cast our ballots. You’ve ALL seen the numbers of people who have come out to vote. More than ever, we will vote and reclaim our community from these agents of hate and division.

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  6. Kelly Wayne October 14, 2020

    I wonder if My Canyon Lake gave Dr Erin Wright the same courtesy and asked her to write an opinion piece on how Colette Nies told a whole fb page of her friends to call Dr Wright’s employer to have her fired. I also wonder if the editor/mod/admin is friends with Ms. Nies. Ms. Nies doesn’t mention the fact her Instagram account said “f**k Trump supporters.” She also didn’t address in her opinion piece her paying for a cab ride “with 3 dollars, 2 cupcakes and an Adderall and that was a good night.” Funny how parts are always left out they tend to make you look bad yourself. Her decision making process shows she is not fit to be a County Commissioner and the Texas Voting Board of Ethics should definitely look into this.

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    1. Stephanie Johnson October 15, 2020

      Yes, Dr. Wright reached out to us and we offered to write another story about her situation or print a rebuttal. She declined. Our policy is always to print any op/ed or bylined piece by a public official or newsworthy source. In fact, we posted a bylined article by Rep. Biedermann earlier this year. It is always our policy to reach out to both parties regarding any story that is of a political nature.

    2. Pyper Olson October 15, 2020

      Colette is one of the most honest loving, caring people I have ever met. I consider myself lucky to know a person that puts her town and community above herself. The fact that she went out and volunteered to rescue a child in need and put her entire life aside to do that, speaks volumes of the type of character that Colette has. The fact that there are people out there, like you trying to put dirt on her name is truly sad. I ask you, what you have done that even slightly comparison to the amazing things that Colette has done for our community as whole. Shame on those attacking her and SHAME ON YOU!

  7. Poe October 14, 2020

    This is the biggest pile of monkey crap I have heard in a while. Colette is trying to save face right now. Colette and her LBICC group have been bullying people/businesses for some time. She has even asked people in the group to call employers of those they disagree with. Now that the attention has turned to her she wants to talk about cyber bullying. It was October when they bullied Dr. Wright. I didn’t see Colette standing up against that. Colette and her group would find old post and try to Dox them. Apparently she didn’t realize that goes both ways. Don’t throw rocks when you live in a glass house. Voting day will take of this problem. Maybe she can buy votes with Adderall.

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  8. LP October 14, 2020

    Is this the same Colette Nies who relentlessly cyber bullied dozens of people? Who called for her followers to harass them and encouraged them to contact their employers to have them fired from their jobs? Who falsely and viciously called people racist? Who posts vile memes, yet unleashes her furry on anyone else who votes differently than her if they post anything SHE deems unacceptable? Is this the same person who stated;

    “Our politics do not have to be an arena of hate. Our differences are not as vast as what we share in common. Just because someone votes differently than you does not mean they are any more or less faithful or patriotic, as we all are bestowed an immeasurable amount of grace that none of us deserve. That same grace needs to start being shown to one another…with abundance.“

    Just wondering….because it seems awfully hypocritical.

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  9. Mike October 14, 2020

    With those degrees there is no other career path but politics is there? Or McDonald’s..

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  10. Tom E. October 14, 2020

    Sorry, Collete, when you disingenuously cast blame for hate at President Trump, you are unveiled for the liar you are. Our President speaks frankly and honestly, unlike you. The hate and malignancy, undermining, dirty politics, slander, and repugnant intolerance, shouting down free thought, erasing history, values, and traditions … has all been a four year hate tantrum by the Left and Democrats, at levels and new lows never seen before. Your messages, Collete, may have had some validity on the topic of social media and bullying… too bad you discredited yourself with your slander and meritless lying otherwise.

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    1. Marty October 14, 2020

      “The President speaks … honestly…” gave me a good laugh. Thanks for the entertainment!

    2. KO October 15, 2020

      . The hate and malignancy, undermining, dirty politics, slander, and repugnant intolerance, shouting down free thought, erasing history, values, and traditions … has all been a four year hate administration fueled by the Far right and Trump supporters, at levels and new lows never seen before.

      I fixed that statement for you.

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