To The Daily Sun,
Seeing the front page article in Friday's Sun by Gail Ober, regarding Gilmanton and its selectmen, police department, town administrator, and more, was troublesome on so many levels.
The title of the article was misleading. There were several statement errors, and even Mr. McWhinnie was referred to as "Whinnie" at one point in the article.
Having said that, the article and its contents were upsetting. The town administrator, selectmen, Police Department or any town department should never be fodder for an article such as this. Our selectmen were elected to do a specific job for the town of Gilmanton but are still on a learning curve. During that time they have made some mistakes that they would probably like to take back. I'm afraid what transpired on Monday, if I can believe the newspaper, is yet another one of those missteps.
Never should the employment of any town employee be anything but a non-public item on the agenda of a selectmen's meeting. Talking about something or someone during an open session of an "emergency selectmen's meeting," that may do harm to them, their reputation, or their employment is, by law, unacceptable.
Maybe it's time for our selectmen to take a deep breath, review the laws that bind them in their positions, and get on with the work they were elected to do. Then, when or if an issue of employment comes up in another town department and the head of that department has solid information to bring to the selectmen, and only then, should it be discussed and that should always be in a non-public session.
Laws are made to follow and to help everyone from the governor all the way down to the janitors in our towns. If we believe we have the right or duty to make our own rules and defy what many have taken time to put forward for us to use as our guidelines to success, then what's the use of having representatives or senators, and so on?
I would urge our town to stop this nonsense, stop talking to the press, learn the laws that bind them, and then get on with the business of the people.
Gilmanton Iron Works
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