To The Daily Sun,
It is difficult to determine which of the recent statements made by Belknap County Commissioner Edward Philpot is the more disturbing and offensive, his diatribe about the "bad people" in county government who hold political views different to his, or Philpot's declination to retract, or at least moderate, his earlier remarks upon reflection. Instead, Philpot chose to reinforce his attack upon fellow officials with a whiny list of grievances e-mailed to the Republican county chairman.
As noted by other letter writers, reasonable minds can disagree about disbursement of county revenues, the efficacy of new jail construction, and the like. But Philpot appears to equate disagreement with his views on these matters with a character flaw. Officials who disagree with Philpot are not merely ill-informed or mistaken. They are malevolent, and in need of public condemnation and swift removal from office. While such a mindset might befit a speechwriter for Stalin, its expression is unseemly here in New Hampshire, where the positions deplored by Philpot presumably represent the views of the thousands of county residents who elected these "bad people" to office.
Up until a week ago, Edward Philpot gave the impression of a thoughtful, well-informed public servant. But the insulting and antagonistic nature of his recent outbursts makes it unlikely that Philpot can play a constructive role in resolving the many problems currently confronting the county delegation. Given that, his resignation from office is probably in the public interest.