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Steele Family donations “thank-you”, 7/28/2010

2010 July 30
by admin

After the 1:30pm Coeur d’Alene court hearing ended, visitors to the hearing and Steele family members had a get-together at a private residence nearby. A number of FES admins were present, and were greatly enthused to hear of donations sent by well-wishers, friends and distant supporters.

Mrs. Cyndi Steele verbally conveyed her heartfelt appreciation for each and every bit of financial (and moral) support.   Rather than present a “graphic indicator of fund-raising efforts”, the FES admins wish to say that over $1600.00 has been directly given to the Steele family as of this date.

This is outstanding!  Thank you so much for helping to defray the numerous costs and expenses Mr. Steele, his wife and children are faced with!

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Russ permalink
    July 30, 2010

    While that’s great and those who have donated deserve a big thanks, we have to do better than that. Come on people, those of you not contributing…give. If we all give a little, it can turn into a lot. Just my opinion. I’m sorry, I’m just kind of disappointed in the low numbers. I thought we’d be at at least ten thousand by now. So we have lots of work to do.

  2. Carol permalink
    August 15, 2010

    Could you please get the email out! I just learned of all of this today and I can only say how devastated I am! He has personally helped me and others pro bono even on the net! We need the addy to get money for his defense and to help his family. God bless all of them and get the truth out!

  3. Russ permalink
    August 25, 2010

    With all due respect to the site admins, I would like to know what we have managed to raise thus far. I know you have stated that I was incorrect in assuming that donations had dried up. So for that reason an answer would be nice, so that some of us can determine the next course of action. I am very concerned with many things going on right now and so I might as well list them.

    The Steele family is too quiet for one thing. It gives me the impression that the Wife has some doubts as to her Husbands innocence… from what was posted in the B-day card post. Sounds like Ed is trying to get the Wife to take some of the recovered money and hire an attorney or a tape expert to help him. Excuse me if I am wrong, but never accuse me of not having good intentions with my open and honest questions. I am beginning to feel like EVERYONE is going to sit on their hands and pockets and let the criminal system lock him up for life.

    No one is listening to me either and I feel like I am whipping a dead horse. One suggestion I would make is to take at least 12 dollars of the donation money and place an add on the Rense radio show. Rense has a giant audience and gets 12 million unique visitors a month. I am sure many people just like Carrol above have not heard the news.

    My big question is: WHAT ARE WE DOING AND WHAT ARE WE RAISING MONEY FOR IF WE ARE JUST GOING TO SIT ON IT? IT ALSO BUGS ME THAT ED’S LETTERS ARE SO SHORT WITH NO REAL INFORMATION. IT’S LIKE A CONSPIRACY INSIDE A CONSPIRACY WITH NO REAL CLUE AS TO WHAT IS HAPPENING. FAIRFAX IS PROBABLY DRINKING VODKA AND LIVING IN SOME PLUSH MOTEL PROVIDED BY HIS HANDLERS, WAITING TO BE THE STAR LYING WITNESS TO DESTROY THE REST OF ED’S LIFE. MEANWHILE BACK AT THE BASE WE ARE ALL SILENT, DOING NOTHING BUT SPECULATING ON THE SPECULATION.

    Like I said already, with all due respect …could someone give us a clue as to the questions I proposed? Is the Wife under order not to speak and fight for her Husband or is she waiting on some magic carpet that will float Ed out of the jail cell? Where are Kelsey and the rest of the family? I haven’t heard a peep out of anyone since the donations first began. Who is advising the family to remain silent? I would have to question that judgment and the person doing the advising.

    Thanks for any CLEAR answers you can give me!

    • August 26, 2010

      I’m aware of very roughly $2,100 in donations made so far. It could be much more. FES admins have tried to get the word out both for moral and financial support to be directed to the effort. If this level of financial support appears dismally small to FES visitors, well, I do what I do, have done what I’ve done, and cannot twist stranger’s arms for donations. Please do not be angry with the messenger. Being upset with strangers (or supporters) not donating more is unfortunate but the state we’re in right now.

      “The family is too quiet.” Why must we – FES visitors and admins both – demand updates from the family? The only respectful thing to do is to be patient, not read into the family being too quiet, and to continue being supportive. They have enough stress and challenge, and might just as well be planning the legal approach with the public defender. When the Steele family wishes to release announcement(s), we’ll be ready to do so.

      “Nobody listens to me, I feel to be beating a dead horse.” Around 95% of your submissions, Russ, make it to public view, even when you are expressing some despair due to perceived inactivity. More accurately said, you are not seeing responses to your comments. Sometimes, probably many times, it is sufficient for others to just read what you’ve said and not comment. Not having pro or con responses to your feedback does not mean you are not heard. All visitors to all posts read what they do, including what you’ve written.

      “Send money to Rense for advertising.” All donations have gone to Mr. Steele for his commissary account or to the family. While FES admins could suggest to the family they apply funds to Rense advertising, from that we will begin barraging the family with suggestions as to how they do this, that, etc. For 25 visitors to this site, 50, 100 suggestions might come forward – many contradicting each other. It’s simply too much information to direct to the Steele family.

      “What are we doing… if only to sit on the monies donated.” FES admins and visitors can certainly direct questions to Mr. Steele and his family, such as, “what are you doing with the donations – are you just sitting on it?” All outsiders must face the fact this is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS. Supporting Mr. Steele, donating to his cause are all based in faith and hope, as well as kindness, generosity and good intentions.

      “Edgar’s letters are short and this bugs me.” What would YOU have him write in his letters? He has persisted in every instance to decline to discuss his legal issues via mail or in person with visitors. That’s common sense and quite practical. It also narrows the allowable topics considerably. Being the man is under incredible pressure, shall we expect him to “shoot the breeze” in response to our letters?

      “Fairfax drinking vodka, conspiracies and speculations.” We’ve tried – on this web site – to place strong limits on speculations of any sort, because it only serves to give rise to difference of opinion between those commenting, and is not non-productive, it is counter-productive. Whatever Mr. Fairfax is doing, or in what manner he does it, is basically irrelevant. What is relevant is freeing Mr. Steele, hopefully facilitated by our support.

      “Wife under order not to speak, fight for her husband.” Let’s see… Mr. Steele has been charged with potentially influencing a witness/victim. The court ordered no communication between the couple. The defense moved that Mr. and Mrs. Steele be allowed to talk regarding issues completely outside the case. I believe that request was granted, and the meeting between the couple may have taken place. The FES admins are not going to speculate on anything besides the facts known, or until Mr. Steele or the family direct us to make info public.

      “Is Mrs. Steele waiting for a magic carpet.” Come on, Russ. Sarcasm has no value here. Are you frustrated with where “we’re at” right now? Well, to an extent, the FES admins are frustrated as well. Are you impatient with an apparent lack of “movement” in certain directions? Perhaps everybody is impatient. Being angry, impatient, frustrated, feeling ignored is OUR BAGGAGE. How about we keep it to ourselves and focus on support?

      It needs to be repeated: it is not our place to impose our attitudes, opinions and the like on the family or on Mr. Steele.

      “Where is Kelsey, where are the family.” Representing “the FES admins”, I will say again, it’s not MY business where they are. What is important and preeminent is that I have said I will do what I am told (or asked) to do. If I have to sit on MY hands and wait for direction, I have to accept that’s the way it is. I can do it, FES visitors will have to do it as well.

      “Who is advising the family to remain silent?” In the short, I don’t know, and I doubt any of the other “admins” know either. Russ, your question unnecessarily backs others into a corner. Why press to find out a “who” if no “who” exists? The family divulges what they decide appropriate when they decide so.

      Russ, please listen to me (Robert, the creator of this site). It’s taken me near on 3 hours to write this, due to significant revisions. In the course of that time, I’ve seen 8 comments come in from you, and I haven’t been able to approve those comments because I’ve been responding to your numerous questions, as forthrightly and candidly as I can.

      I clearly understand you are angry, impatient, have numerous suggestions, want feedback, etc. All concerned are going to have to be adult and respectful on all fronts. If your frustration with any aspect of this unfortunate situation give rise to negative or sarcastic replies, you run the risk of having those replies not being posted, and being deleted.

      I would be happy to consult and advise you in creating your own blog or message forum where you can take total control and publicly critique, discuss all you want about Mr. Steele’s situation. You will have the final say in all postings and conversations. You can brainstorm with whomever visits your site on potential plans of action, you can start a “defense fund” and then forward the receipts to either Mr. Steele or the family.

      Might this be a way for you to have your own full expression without censoring?

  4. Russ permalink
    August 25, 2010

    Well is there any life in this forum? The numbers are dropping off on the hit counter. The interest is dying. What a shame. Poor Ed sits in some little cell, hoping his friends and family are fighting for him.

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