To The Daily Sun,
I had the displeasure of reading a recent article in your paper written about County Commissioner Philpot. He must be feeling pretty desperate to have to point fingers and make generalized uneducated statements about "The Republican leaders are out to do bad things".
Really? I recall this last budget cycle the conservative Republicans asking the commissioners to hold the line on spending on behalf of ALL TAXPAYERS, as everyone across the board is struggling to pay for all the spending the commissioners have been approving over the years. I was at those public hearings and witnessed Philpot's deplorable behavior, when he walked out during one particularly important hearing. He forgets he was elected to represent the people and his behavior was as low as it gets. I see through Philpot's ruse of pointing fingers away from himself. I believe he is squirming because a decision to determine who controls the county spending is about to be made and the fact that he and the other commissioners have been working very quietly for the last two years to have a new state-of-the-art prison built at the taxpayers' expense. This prison will be an unfair financial burden on Belknap County residents and he knows it. $43 million dollars just for construction, then add on maintenance costs each year, payroll with benefits, administration costs, heat, electric, food, and all the other bells and whistles that the commissioners can dream up.
The prison costs come to ALL OF US, on top of record unemployment, increased local and state taxes, and the start of paying for Obamcare in 2014. Philpot has forgotten he represents the PEOPLE of Belknap County and not his own agenda. It's no wonder he is spouting off the way he is, after all, that's what desperate people do when they think they cannot fool the people into agreeing with their schemes. What do you think his motivation is, considering how he turns his back on his constituents, how he behaves in public, and how he points fingers?