To The Daily Sun,
As an elected official, I am totally dismayed to read Commissioner Philpot's latest diatribe against the majority in the Belknap County Delegation. "These are bad people looking to do bad things...".
Wow. What a value judgement! Speaking for myself, I can tell you I DO NOT "want to kill government, want government to go away." Rather, I want government to be accountable to the people, open and transparent, and not the bloated abomination it has turned into. Whether it is about government spying, IRS scandals, birthing hopeless deficits which take away the future of our youth, then yes, I am not about BIG CORRUPT government. I believe in small, accountable government. Does this make me "bad"? I don't think so.
What is "bad" (for lack of a better word) is power-mongering in the extreme. Arrogance is pretty "bad" as well. Divisiveness is "bad" on my list, too. And all three of these words are what I think of when I read Commissioner Philpot's "bad" statement.
The Belknap County Delegation majority level funded our current budget. No jobs were cut. The majority is seeking definition of what NH RSA 24:14 really means so future delegations know how to proceed with the budget process. The majority in this delegation seeks to support the taxpayers of Belknap County whenever spending seems inappropriate, especially in these difficult times. Everyone may not agree with these ideals, and that is fine. But, trying to paint people who do not agree as "bad" is politics of the worse sort. One only has to wonder why Commissioner Philpot would resort to it.
Rep. Jane Cormier
Belknap District 8
Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton