To The Daily Sun,
I read the article on Friday that reviewed the comments made by Commissioner Philpot at a Thursday event as well as the article in Saturday's Sun with comments from Alan Glassman and the letter from Elena Ball. Based on their comments, it is clear that neither Mr. Glassman nor Ms. Ball have attended any of the Belknap Convention meetings. I have attended a number of the convention meetings this year. If Mr. Glassman was "appalled" by the "bad people" comment made by Commissioner Philpot then he should have been beyond appalled by the comments directed at the commissioners and county employees by Rep. Worsman and other GOP members of the delegation at the convention meetings. She and others have been openly arrogant, condescending and outright unprofessional to the commissioners and the county employees who have been present. Even if he did not attend the convention meetings, many of their comments were reported on. Mr. Glassman refers to the strained nature between the commissioners and the Republican delegation and expresses concern for Commissioner Philpot's understanding of human nature. If Mr. Glassman himself understands human nature and had witnessed the tone, demeanor and accusatory comments that the commissioners received from Rep. Worsman and others then he should not be surprised that Commissioner Philpot feels the way he does regarding some of the GOP Delegation members. I left some meetings wondering how the commissioners sat there and took the very rude open and under the breath comments directed at them. I wonder where Mr. Glassman's condemnation was when abusive remarks were directed towards the three Commissioners, of which two are Republicans, and county staff.
Ms. Ball feels that Commissioner Philpot went too far by "smearing the good names of people who have been tasked with working towards a balanced budget for the county." Well the commissioners are also elected and have the same responsibility. They, and some county employees, have been consistently smeared in on-going displays of arrogance by Rep. Worsman, Rep. Tilton and other GOP members of the delegation. Based on her response to Commissioner Philpot's comments, if Ms. Ball had heard all the rhetoric at the meetings, she would have considered Rep. Worsman and others as having gone too far months ago.
I agree with Mr. Glassman, as do most residents of Belknap County who are following the convention, in wanting to see the entire convention able to work together on matters critical to the county. While I have only lived in the area for 14 years, I cannot recall other Belknap Conventions being this contentious. Friday's article noted that comments from Sen. Hosmer and Rep. Shurtleff referenced more bipartisan cooperation in Concord as well as some civility being returned to the Statehouse. Commissioner Philpot referred to the radical faction of the GOP Delegation as having a negative impact here in Belknap County. The GOP members of the Belknap Delegation include self avowed Free Staters, libertarians and Tea Party members so there is a faction that is considered radical by many, including many Republicans. The residents of Belknap County deserve to have a delegation that puts the residents and county first rather their individual ideologies. Commissioner Philpot should not be held to a different standard then other convention members. If Mr. Glassman or Ms. Ball never called for apologies from Rep. Worsman or other GOP Delegation members for statements they have made to and about the commissioners and county employees then they are certainly off base calling for one from Commissioner Philpot.