Citizens For Quiet Skies – Diagnosed

I’ve come across a couple Facebook pages that were created for the sole purpose of opposing Kimberly Gibbs and her Citizens for Quiet Skies campaign to eradicate airplane noise.  One is Citizens Against Citizens for Quiet Skies, and the other is Citizens for Noisy Skies.  A few interesting developments have been happening with the whole situation lately.

First, a letter that has been attributed to Ms. Gibbs has been made public:

Hello Mark,

Thanks for your email – I’ll be glad to add you to our distribution list.

However, I need to ask a favor from you. I need to know the real names of the following dropzone commenters and I believe you may have the answers.


We can get the information with a subpoena but that will take more time and I need them now. This is your one and only opportunity to get crossed off the list of candidates to receive a deposition subpoena for the lawsuit. In addition, I am considering legal action against you personally. 

If you choose to provide their names I’ll need to hear from you no later than tomorrow morning. Things are moving quickly and I don’t have a lot of time to make a decision.

Thanks so much,

This was posted by Mark Cochran, and if true, I think it has the potential to undermine Ms. Gibbs’ case substantially.  Many are going so far as to call it “blackmail” and “extortion”.  The courts may or may not agree, but this is another unfortunate instance of bad behavior on Ms. Gibbs’ part.

Another development is Ms. Gibbs’ posting of Facebook profile pictures of members of one of the above mentioned opposition groups. She even credits Free Range Longmont with highlighting the employers of several of them, which all work for Mile High Skydiving.  Why it would come as a surprise to anyone that employees of MHS would belong to a group that opposes Ms. Gibbs’ lawsuit is beyond me, but it isn’t too hard to miss one of FRL’s calling cards…the online posting of pictures of those with opposing viewpoints.  I’m still not exactly sure what she is trying to accomplish by posting those.

Finally, someone posted a link to the definition of “Querulant”.  From Wikipedia:

querulant (from the Latin querulus – “complaining”) is a person who obsessively feels wronged, particularly about minor causes of action. In particular the term is used for those who repeatedly petition authorities or pursue legal actions based on manifestly unfounded grounds. These applications include in particular complaints about petty offenses.

Querulant behavior is to be distinguished from either the obsessive pursuit of justice regarding major injustices, or the proportionate, reasonable, pursuit of justice regarding minor grievances. According to Mullen and Lester, the life of the querulant individual becomes consumed by their personal pursuit of justice in relation to minor grievances.[1]

In psychiatry, the terms querulous paranoia (Kraepelin, 1904)[2][1] and litigious paranoia[3] have been used to describe a paranoid condition which manifested itself in querulant behavior. The terms had until recently largely disappeared from the psychiatric literature, largely because they fell out of fashion after being misused to stigmatise the behavior of people seeking the resolution of valid grievances.[4] In the DSM-IV-TR, “querulous paranoia” is a subtype of the persecutory type ofdelusional disorder.[5] It also appears in ICD-10, under its Latin name Paranoia querulans, in section F22.8, “Other persistent delusional disorders”.[6]

Nevertheless, according to Lester et al. querulous behavior remains common, as shown in petitions to the courts and complaints organizations.[7] They state that “persistent complainants’ pursuit of vindication and retribution fits badly with complaints systems established to deliver reparation and compensation [and that] [t]hese complainants damaged the financial and social fabric of their own lives and frightened those dealing with their claims.”[7]

Ms. Gibbs, if you are reading this (or if someone who knows her is reading this), THIS describes you to a tee.  I don’t know what the treatment is, but maybe you can find it and get help.  I know she is being treated very harshly by many of those opposing her, but I say with the utmost sincerity that I truly believe she is suffering from a condition that is causing her to act the way she does.  I had mentioned in a prior post that I was impressed with how she has been handling those who’ve posted some nasty comments on her page, but I’m afraid things have digressed substantially since she formally announced her lawsuit, and her responses and behaviors have frequently moved out of the “to be commended” category in my opinion. 

Ms. Gibbs, it is time to end this, but not through the courts.  Your lawsuit has a next to zero chance of succeeding, and even if you succeed in getting implemented even half of what you are seeking, it would seem very naive to think that the harassment you are having to deal with now is going to stop.  I sincerely urge you to see a professional doctor/psychologist/psychiatrist and see if they might be able to help you cope with things.  Other than the coward remark you made about my blog (which sounds like something my friend at FRL would have put you up to saying), you’ve never attacked me personally, and I’m not going to harass you personally b/c of your objectives (though I do think you are very much in the wrong).  I would love to see a peaceful ending to this whole thing, particularly for your sake.  But seriously, I think you will find that your life will be much more pleasant if you seek help to deal with the situation as it is versus trying to sue it to stop.  

One Response to Citizens For Quiet Skies – Diagnosed

  1. I’m really digging the activity on the relevant Facebook pages by Sheila Cain. Obviously a skydiving enthusiast, she has been one of the few that Ms. Gibbs has not banned on her Citizens for Quiet Skies webpage, and is the definition of respectful disagreement.

    Kim Gibbs, people like Sheila will be your best opportunity to bring this matter to a close in the most mutually beneficial way for yourself and MHS. I hope you don’t ever cut her out of your communications. Also, please consider dropping your lawsuit, for everyone’s (and even your own) sake…like I said earlier, there is no way it will end well, even if you end up “winning”. I bet many of us could even recommend some good therapists in the Boulder area to help you cope with the plane noise (and I’m being serious). Consider reaching out to those who would help.

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