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New delegation off to a rough start as far as following law is concerned

To The Daily Sun,
The newly elected Belknap County legislators, for some unexplained reason, are off to a bad start. By law, their first action shall be to organize as a political body/delegation as follows:

1. The 18 legislators shall elect a chair, vice-chair and clerk, which requires a "notice" of intent to assemble. This notice is not required to be posted in Belknap County because like all counties the assembly of representatives is noticed in the "HOUSE CALENDAR, Vol. 39 Concord, N.H. Friday, December 2, 2016 No. 1X".
Per RSA 24:9-a, the first meeting of each county convention must be held during the second week of December. Having consulted senior incumbent members, the clerk announces the following schedule of organizational meetings.

2. "The Belknap County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at 34 County Drive, Laconia."

3. The First Meeting, the "organizational meeting" is posted on the HOUSE CALENDAR. (RSA -24:9-a) which Belknap County city and towns municipal officers or public at large have no knowledge of.

4. What is problematic is that this notice does not include a purpose, because it is "organizational" action is necessary to elect the Delegation's officers: chair, vice-chair and clerk. Also, once the quorum is established, at this meeting or subsequent meeting the Delegation, once organized, may elect its chairperson, vice-chairperson, and clerk, with other members, to the delegations Executive Committee.(RSA 24:2)

5. A simple public notice (absent distinguishing county seal) of the intended meeting of the newly elected 2017-2018 Belknap County Delegation was published in The Laconia Daily Sun, Thursday, Dec. 6 for a "Public Hearing – Dec. 12, 2016 at  p.m.". The notice also includes two purposes:
— Presentation of the Commissioners recommended budget. (RSA 24:9-d)
— To hold a public hearing on the same. (RSA24:23)

6. These two notices are for meetings on the exact date, time and place taken by the House calendar's notice, but for different reasons. The notices are posted by two distinctive methods, governed by distinct applicable Laws that are in conflict, because they cannot both take place at the specific hour (6 p.m.).

7. Accordingly, one must take precedence over the other. Clearly, the Delegation shall first organize, then the newly elected body can schedule its first regular business meeting for the purpose; such as; "presentation" of the Commissioners recommended budget. (RSA 24:9-d) and to hold a "public hearing" on the same (RSA24:23) as posted in the newspaper.

8. Because the HOUSE CALENDAR has no distinct purpose, the notice is singular to organize.

9. The notice of Dec. 6 is mandated and lists the; time, place having two purposes of this further meeting at least seven days before the day of the meeting and shall cause to be published a like notice at least seven days before the day of the meeting in a newspaper of general circulation in the county.

10. What is problematic is RSA 24:9-d notice. The clerk of the convention, or his or her designee, shall mail to each member of the newly organized delegation/convention a notice mailing such notice is not required during any session of the general court, if the notice is printed for two legislative days in the journal of the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, that possible option was not exercise, which also voids the newspaper notice because the notice is only six days prior to the meeting, not the required seven days.

The result of the two distinct but conflicting notices is that; YES the organizational assembly was properly noticed. Once the delegation is organized the newly elected delegation can schedule its first regular business meeting. However, due to the failure to utilize the House calendar for the two purposes, and the failure to comply with the seven day meeting, if held as noticed, will be a premeditated violation of the seven day advance notice mandated by law. The law makers are not above the law. (RSA 24:9-d)

Thomas A. Tardif

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Teachers' unions have one interest: maximum pay & protections

To The Daily Sun,

Scott Cracraft makes the offensive accusation I dislike educators and education. It seems anyone who points out the failure of education must be vilified and discredited by him. Better to demonize the messenger than debate on the merits of the message when you know your going to lose the debate on fact and substance. Taxpayers and tuition payers are getting screwed, as are the states and federal government who hand out hundreds of billions annually aimed specifically to mitigate student debt only to watch costs climb out of control year after year.
Let me be clear on this. Education is the root source of all prosperity, not just America, but around the world. I embrace that. I can support the very best teachers making TWICE what they do today. I am in their camp to pay the best educators at all levels of education, including Scott, the maximum possible based on MERIT and accomplishment. NOT LONGEVITY. They deserve it if they achieve the level of EXCELLENCE America wants and NEEDS.
What I can't support, and won't support is the failed logic that Scott and his peers embrace. That is UNION, GROUP THINK that actively and loudly opposes capitalism, competition and improved productivity as these same people overwhelmingly support the status quo that is killing education as it bankrupts our youngest and most vulnerable. That status quo Scott so vigorously defends REFUSES to commit to the full-throated pursuit of excellence in education at the lowest cost possible, while meriting money to those who produce such excellence while firing those who do not.
If we expect and demand excellence we need to up our game. Surely the QUALITY of educators we put in classrooms must vastly improve if we want better academic results. We keep putting tens of thousands of people in teaching positions who graduate from the BOTTOM THIRD of their college graduating class while unions defend removal of the worst of those to the U.S. Supreme Court. It can cost a school district more than a MILLION DOLLARS in LEGAL FEES fighting unions to remove just ONE poor, questionable teacher from any classroom. UNIONS KNOW THIS. Result, the poor and ineffective teacher stays for a lifetime. THAT IS WRONG! The teaching industry via the union FINANCIAL STRANGLE HOLD with bottomless pockets from forced union dues (even from teachers who do not want to be in a union) has become the most powerful negative force in all of education. Surely the most formidable one STONE-WALLING any commitment to excellence in education supported with higher efficiency to offset continual wage increases.
Unions try desperately to keep even the most failed schools in America open rather than allow students to transfer to much better performing schools. Surely so if they are privately run charter schools. Unions want both poor teachers and failed schools to remain open as all of them scream for higher wages and oppose fiercely every measure that ties teacher performance to their wages. Scott defends all this status quo failure in education. Everyone, currently working in education benefits from the systemic failure of education CONCRETED into place by UNIONS which have only ONE INTEREST. That is the MAXIMUM TEACHER PAY, BENEFITS AND PROTECTIONS with as little accountability as possible to accomplishing their jobs. I guarantee, you can't find the phrase "pursuit of excellence" in the union handbook or rules and regulations. They do not give a crap about excellence! If they did, the system would CHANGE and they would be leading the charge. The best interests of every student in America whether in public school or private college falls behind the unionized teachers and professors. That is how you get perpetual, run away , high costs and stinking macro performance in education that bleeds taxpayers and tuition payers dry, That is my beef ! it should be yours. Does this sound like some one who hates education?
Tony Boutin

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