Published DateTo the editor,
The letter to the editor from Belknap County Democrats attacking, once again, Colette Worsman is disingenuous and very misleading. When I became a member of the County Convention, it was not with the intention of instigating a conflict with the County Commissioners, none of whom I had met. It was my intention to be guided by good public policy decisions and not by political expediency.
None of the delegates to the Convention lobbied me to vote for any particular candidate to chair the Convention but I do support the actions taken by the chair and many constituents have voiced their support as well. The Democrats fail to mention that the Commissioners
proposed a nine percent budget increase at a time when Main Street is struggling to survive. I never go to a gas station, dry cleaners or country store without asking "how's business?". The answer is, usually, not very encouraging. I am very decidedly not anti-worker, whether that worker is in the employ of the county, the state or my home town of Gilmanton. Most are hard working and I do not believe that the majority are overpaid. I do think that the small retrenchment for which the county delegates voted was appropriate given the difficulties being encountered by the private sector which funds public salaries.
The antagonism evident by the commissioners may be the result of their perceived self-importance which was jostled by a majority of the convention seeking to rein in what had been unchecked governance. Whatever their motive, they dishonestly characterized a simple caucus, in which no arms were twisted and in which there was vigorous debate, as illegal. For those who do not know, Republicans and Democrats routinely hold caucuses and there is nothing sinister about it. The commissioners should have known better than to attempt to intimidate the delegates with this rather crude tactic.
Every step along the way, the delegates who do not agree with the majority of the Convention have attacked the chair and made the process as uncivil and difficult as is within their power to do. After making a shambles of the process, they then proceed to complain about its unseemliness. I will conclude by saying that side of the issue for which I might advocate in the House of Representatives loses very regularly; I do not throw a public temper tantrum both because I respect the institution and because the speaker would rightly see that I was removed if I were to so disrespect the public trust.
Rep. Dick Burchell