To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to alert readers to the poor behavior of members of the Belknap County Delegation, led by Reps. Colette Worsman and Frank Tilton. Two weeks ago there was yet another public showdown between the delegation and the County Commissioners at an emergency meeting that should not have been necessary.
The meeting was called to approve line item transfers to cover operating expenses of county government, including the nursing home, the prison, the sheriff's office and administration. Since a court ruling in August, any line item transfer that exceeds $300 must be approved by the delegation. So, in order to avoid a shutdown of essential county operations, this meeting was called.
Ultimately, all but one of the line-item transfers were approved, preventing a complete shutdown. But this did not come before drastic measures needed to be taken the weekend prior to the meeting. The jail was in lockdown and the nursing home was short-staffed, potentially placing some of our most vulnerable citizens in harm's way.
Our delegation leadership has reached a new low in their continued irresponsibility to those who have entrusted them to govern our county, the people. Frank Tilton and the rest of the Belknap Delegation once again let ideology trump their duty to look out for public safety. They have allowed their long-running feud with the commissioners to cloud their judgment. This time the childishness and political games went too far.
Please join me in calling on the Belknap County Delegation's Executive Committee to cut the foolish games and get back to the business of governing our county sensibly and with some modicum of integrity. I am certain we can all make them understand that we don't approve of their tactics when we cast our ballots on Election Day.
Peter R. Brunette
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