It was unethical for Cryans to not recuse himself from that vote

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To The Daily Sun,

I guess I need to respond to the letter from Paula Trombi from Meredith, which was printed in The Laconia Daily Sun on March 4.

Did I mention the word budget in my letter? No. Did I mention county appropriation in my letter? Yes, I did, and here is my paragraph: "Michael Cryans, as a county commissioner, refused to recuse himself from voting on a county appropriation to give Headrest Inc. $143,280, a company which pays him a substantial salary as its executive director."

Here is a synopsis of what happens at the county commissioner level, in regards to the county budget. The department heads develop a requested budget. The budget goes to the county commissioners for approval. The commissioners meet with the department heads, go over the budget line-by-line and come up with a joint final budget recommendations. All the commissioners vote in agreement with the line-to-line appropriations (the definition is anything appropriated for a special purpose, especially money authorized to be paid from a public treasury). The final appropriations are presented to the delegation of elected representatives for that county.

People read articles and they sometimes need to re-read to get the full context of the different words. I really feel that it was unethical and a real conflict of interest for Michael Cryans not to recuse himself from this situation. I certainly would not be voting for him. The Rule of Law should always prevail.

Vote for Joe Kenney in the election on March 11.

Rosemary Landry