To The Daily Sun,
Apparently, according to the front page article in Friday's paper (July 1st), Gilmanton's selectmen and town administrator not only continue to reveal themselves as embarrassingly inept and incompetent at functioning within the laws and rules that govern them, but also, now, they've shown themselves to be a danger to their own community. Why?
The very foundation of the peace and security we all take for granted in our communities, whether large or small, are laws; and those charged to uphold those laws: the police. People who believe they are safe by locking their doors, drawing their curtains, arming themselves, putting up fences, getting a dog, investing in security systems ... are kidding themselves. In many respects, it's the police cruiser that just passed your house that keeps you and your children safe, and it's the men and women in these cruisers who are willing to put their lives on the line, that ensure that safety. Yes, we may sometimes object to being ticketed for speeding, or running a stop sign, but when push comes to shove, it's local law enforcement we turn to, to protect us and maintain the peace. And they do a very good job of it.
It is most likely for that reason then, in over six decades of living on this earth, I have never, ever, heard of a governing body not supporting it's local law enforcement. It's simply not done. At least, anyway, until now. A local government, which attempts, publicly, to undermine, discredit and embarrass it's own Police Department, as the Gilmanton selectmen and town administrator have done, simply puts myself and my neighbors at risk. If the selectmen and administrator want to play out their egotistical, agenda-driven vendettas, fine — give it your best shot! But leave Gilmanton's police chief and Police Department out of it. I could give countless examples of how my neighbors and I have been aided by our local Police Department, and I personally do not want my chief to be distracted and thrown off by the petty small-mindedness of a governing body which has repeatedly demonstrated "all the wrong stuff" when it comes to the character, values and integrity that should embody those who govern.
Gilmanton, really, these are no longer issues of "learning curves," if they ever were. In fact, Gilmanton's board and administrator, in their neglect and haste to force their own personal agendas, while ignoring the simplest of rules and regulations, at some point, rounded their so-called learning curve, and careened off into an abyss of negative and harmful behaviors, which, quite frankly, could keep some in Gilmanton crawling from the wreckage for years. I'm not interested in seeing that. I love this town. Before any more harm is done, they need to stop ... or be stopped.