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Granite State Future forum was not about sharing opinions

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To the editor,
I want to compliment you on the very accurate article in your May 8, 2013 edition titled: At Granite State Futures Talk, Tensions Over Competing Perspectives.
I attended the meeting because I wanted to hear ideas from other Lakes Region citizens, and I wanted to see if N.H. Listens was going to employ the unethical Delphi Technique. I'm pleased to report I wasn't disappointed on either account.
I didn't witness any tension in my small discussion cell, but it could have been present in one of the other six or seven gathering circles, if that's what you want to call them. You see, the folks at N.H. Listens don't allow everyone in the room to hear what everyone has to say. They divide and conquer. That strategy worked pretty darned well for Caesar.
N.H. Listens uses a facilitated meeting format when they host these Granite State Futures meetings. They advertise the meetings telling citizens that if they attend, their opinions will be included so that all in New Hampshire can hear what you have to say.
Guess what? That doesn't happen, not by a long shot. You see when you get Delphied, as did 116 people who attended — I left myself out of the count because I know how to resist all the psychological tricks that N.H. Listen employs at these facilitated meetings — you have a better chance of landing a 15-pound lake trout in Opeechee Bay than you have of all of your opinions being shared.
Here's why. Each discussion cell, usually made up of about 8 to 12 people, meets on their own for nearly 90 minutes. Believe me, lots of opinions about lots of topics are talked about in that amount of time. But at the end of the meeting, each discussion cell gives a very very brief summary of just a few of their discussion points. Each summary, read aloud to the entire group, only lasts about two minutes, maybe three. You can't say much in 150 seconds.
If you were at the meeting and you put forth five or six stellar ideas, there's a good chance not one of them made it into the final summary. Doesn't that stink? I wouldn't call that "listening", would you? I'd call that ignoring.
Also, the N.H. Listens group provided a handout filled with biased talking points that each cell was to use to "guide" the discussion. This is also classic textbook Delphi Technique. The meetings N.H. Listens runs, like the one in Laconia on Tuesday night, all have a predetermined outcome based on the discussion points and the plants they summon to attend the meeting.
For example, there was a section in the handout about global warming that contained all this biased data about how the Lakes Region and New Hampshire are in peril! Nowhere in the handout did they talk about the four periods of Continental Glaciation that occurred here in North America in the past two million years.
Do you want proof of what a good job Mother Nature can do when it comes to climate change? Visit Mt. Major and you'll see a glacial erratic boulder that weighs hundreds of tons that was dropped there by the last glacier that was here just 15,000 years ago! Or drive up through Franconia Notch on I-93. See the shape of the notch right where the Old Man used to look down? That's a classic glacial carved valley.
Now tell me, how much climate change does it take to create ice thousands of feet thick that stretched from Cape Cod back up to the North Pole? And then how much climate change does it take to melt it with no factories, buses, trucks or man around? See my point how the Delphi Technique is unethical?
Finally, at the end of our meeting it was time to select a spokesperson for our cell. I volunteered. No one else in our group volunteered. The facilitator of our group was a young woman named Molly trained in the ways of the Delphi Technique by N.H. Listens. She tried her best to not have me be the spokesperson. When we voted, I got eight out of the ten votes, but she only counted five.
After a boisterous protest from myself and two others, she finally backed down. Talk about unprofessional. I can't for the life of me figure out why she didn't want me to be the spokesperson for the group.
Well, honestly I can. I've sort of developed a reputation here in the community of telling the truth about what's going on with this Granite State Futures initiative and the unethical behavior of N.H. Listens group. I'm sure all the facilitators were warned I'd be at the meeting.
If you want to discover more truth and facts about the Granite State Futures project and see a video about the Delphi Technique being used at a N.H. Listens meeting that happened in Plymouth about two months ago, you should visit a website I discovered about a month ago. Go to: www.GraniteStateFutures.org
P.S. If you don't believe me about the Delphi Technique and NH Listens, just go to Bing.com and type in "delphi technique". If you were at the meeting on Tuesday night in Laconia with me, you'll probably be pretty upset when you discover you were flimflamed.,
Tim Carter