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Belknap County Convention functions like the 2012 Red Sox

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To The Daily Sun,

In repose to a recent letter in The Sun by Ms. Comtois criticizing me and statements I made in my letter about Mrs. Colette Worsman ruling the Belknap County Convention with an iron fist and that Mrs. Worsman has little respect for those on the other side of issues, I would like to state that I took all the facts of the meetings right out of The Daily Sun.

The county budget was approved on Feb. 12 with a vote of seven "for" and six "against." Mrs. Worsman then allowed an absent member, Mr. Comtois, to vote over the phone and declared the vote was 6-6 and that the motion was defeated. She then tried to explain her action by saying a discussion to allow Mr. Comtois to vote over the phone was held with members of the convention. But that discussion happened before there was a quorum. Next, Mrs. Worsman tried to amend the minutes of Feb. 12. That vote was defeated 5-4, four of her loyal supporters abstained.

At the end of my letter I mentioned the meetings in Concord. The first one was held last week, and after the work was done Mrs. Worsman refused to answer questions and stated the the meeting was adjourned.

Ms Comtois, before you start lecturing me about my letter, read the papers and tell me what I am saying is wrong. You can also explain to me why I shouldn't think that Mrs. Worsman acts like a dictator, has no respect for our county commissioners and convention members who do not agree with her.

As far as the title of your letter, the only strength and compassion I could read in your letter was by Mr. Thomas when he told her to "go to hell." If this is true, I have to respect him for holding back.

Perhaps you remember in 2012 when the Red Sox had lacked leadership and players were drinking beer and eating chicken in the clubhouse during games; they finished dead last. But in 2013 under new leadership they went from worst to first and won the World Series. That's what we need to do in regards to our County Convention. We should select a new chairman and get us back to a county we can be proud of. That's what it was when we had County Commissioners like Mark Thurston and Christopher Boothby, whom I am lucky to call my friends.

I will finish with a question Ms. Comtois asked in her letter and it was, if I had gone to the same meeting that she went to. The answer is, no, I didn't go to that meeting. Mr. Comtois was also absent, didn't hear any of the discussion was but allowed to vote anyway over the phone. I hope to see you at future meetings.

L. Michael Hatch