To The Daily Sun,
I have been following the ongoing saga of Belknap County seemingly forever. Thankfully it will be over soon when the new commissioners take over. Judging by the outcome of the November elections, I believe that the overwhelming majority of the the residents of Belknap County feel the same way. There are some who believe the current commissioners are completely innocent of any wrongdoing and that the members of the convention are just mean-spirited people who trample anybody who disagrees with them. I, personally, disagree with the people who think that way and with good reason.
Let me begin with Mathew Logue, the nursing home administrator. I have personal reasons for disliking the man and apparently so do some employees of the facility and its residents. I am suspicious of the residents signing on to the circulated petition without some pressure from the staff as an administrator has very little, if any, contact with the residents. As far as the staff is concerned, I don't know about any of you readers, but the only way I have ever been able to choose my boss was by quitting a job and moving on.
One of the reasons the commissioners used for his termination was that he gave a staff member a chance to change her ways without suspending her. When you hire an administrator don't you hire him/her to make this type of decision without second-guessing him? How many of you could work under these conditions?
I'm going to go back a little to point out the hypocrisy of that particular reason for his termination. I believe it was a couple of years ago when a staff member tested positive during a random drug test. The protocol at the time was immediate termination which the person in charge of the nursing staff proceeded to do until her decision was overturned by either the commissioners office or human resources.
As far as the nursing home's budget is concerned, I don't know how anybody can come into that type of facility cold and come up with a budget of his own making until he/she has had time to witness how that particular facility functions. I would suggest that the new commission sits down with everybody who has a stake in the way the nursing home functions on a day-to-day basis and then draw their own conclusion on whether he stays or goes. In the end it might be better to make a fresh start with someone else and if that's what you decide let them do the job they're hired to do without continuous nitpicking.
The commissioners seem to have an ego problem. Although they were found to be breaking the law, which was determined by a judge in a court of law, they refused to accept the finding and have kept up their fight against the judges ruling all the time increasing the bill from their attorney(s) that we the taxpayers will probably end up paying sooner or later even though none of them will be in office by the end of next month if not sooner. I have to think that if the half million-plus dollars that they spent on upgrading their offices, which included new leather furniture, a new gymnasium for their use and new signage at the front of the complex, a couple of years ago, when, by the way, the roof in the nursing home was leaking and the jail was falling apart, maybe the budget wouldn't be so strained. I know that's history but it tells you a lot about the current administration's priorities.
I read recently where the commissioners project a 10 percent jump in the county tax bill to the city/towns. I also read where they were proud of the fact that the increase in the county tax was close to flat for the last few years. First of all I don't believe it's very good stewardship when you keep the budget funded at a rate that in a way hides the truth and then all of a sudden say you need a large increase to keep the county running. Being a suspicious person I've always considered that job security.
I'm not going to address the jail issue as that would consume too much newsprint but I do believe that was the beginning of the end for the present commission.
One last note, I have to say to Commissioner Nedeau, I haven't seen a case of someone taking their bat and ball and going home when they didn't get their own way since I was a kid at the playground.
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