Peltier’s latest missive allows that the current fundraiser hasn’t exactly gone as hoped for, not much of a surprise for me as awareness has incrementally increased over the years and apparently some accommodation in the form of adjusting attorney fees was negotiated.
I wonder if some part of this is considered an investment in the future? If Peltier is released the talk show and public appearance venue will be wide open, and that will translate to money in the bank – in a sense akin to playing the “futures” market on the stock exchange.
It sounds as though he is somewhat dismayed that “celebrities” failed to flood the coffers.
Fifty thousand was the original goal, a “retainer”, but now with the revelation of sluggish contributions “We also had to face the fact that even if we raised the retainer (s) there would still be significant monthly costs” the process takes on a different complexion.
Now we’re beginning to get into the big bucks, all those consultations, hourly rates, filing and travel fees. Maybe even office supplies…who knows?
I assume despite being the acclaimed artist Peltier is presented as his paintings aren’t in high demand – if so what with the price art is selling for one painting by a renowned artist should cover all the bases with any slack taken up by the cafepress offerings and associated paraphenalia.
I was actually informed once by someone who owns Peltier artwork they couldn’t unload it even at a loss.
Peltier insists if he had it to do all over again he would….right, sure he would, but then to falter now and say otherwise would impact the myth and undoubtedly slow the trickle of donations even more.
It must be a jolt to turn seventy in prison, but Peltier isn’t the first nor will he be the last to do so, even more so to know that the gift of life has been willfully squandered away- that even after decades of recitals and coaching he still can’t quite get the story straight.
I don’t think Peltier poses a threat to society if he were released, but neither do I believe a man who boasted of shooting a gravely wounded individual at point blank range or interrogated a woman at gunpoint with the option to take her out is deserving of any measure of sympathy.
There’s a catch phrase -the dumbing of America – what Peltier and his cohorts failed to take into account is America and people can only dumb down so far before the light goes on, before they begin to ask questions – seems like that point has been reached.
Maybe a new song is in order – instead of Bring Him Home it could be Send Him Money.