To The Daily Sun,
We were sad to read Diane Roberts letter asking to have Mathew Logue return to the Belknap County Nursing Home now, instead of after New Years. I suppose she really doesn't want to continue to answer the Finance Committee about a budget that Mr. Logue didn't think important enough to do. She showed grace standing there trying to explain why the kitchen needed gloves, hairnets, and bread after already explaining how many faxes the nurses do a day for pharmacy and doctors orders so that the Finance Committee would allow her to purchase two new toner cartridges. Perhaps she would rather those questions be answered by Mr. Logue who is responsible for all of these budget issues. Unfortunately for us, Mr. Logue will be returning from his paid leave in time for next year's budget if he so feels inclined.
We have been attending these contentious meetings as department heads are questioned about all needs over $300 which is not difficult to exceed in a facility as large as the county complex. No one seems to think that paying Mr. Logue his large salary to sit home is a problem, nor are they concerned about the thousands of dollars spent in legal fees fighting for control.
Commissioner Nedeau has decided to step down after Representative Burchell told him where to go in the middle of a public meeting. When Commissioner Nedeau demanded an apology, Representative Tilton (chair of this committee) didn't think it was necessary. Ms. Shackett has been accused of dishonesty by Rep. Worsman because she followed the instructions from the auditors to avoid defaulting on the health care insurance payment thus avoiding another legal case. Our finance director was criticized for paying the oldest attorney bill first because it was not the delegation's attorney.
We have heard over and over that these individuals represent the voters' wishes. One wonders if the voters would appreciate the abusive behavior at these meetings? It seems that the delegation is fixated on saving money on rubber gloves, toner cartridges, and food supplies while reinstating an inadequate administrator and running up legal bills that they don't want to pay.
Unfortunately, the acting licensed administrator of the nursing home, Mrs. Flanagan, who also had a degree in nursing and did the training of staff, was scooped up by a nursing home in Concord which seized the opportunity that these "representatives" let slip away. Presidential Oaks obviously saw the value of Mrs. Flanagan over Mr. Logue. Our loss is another's gain. Is this really what you wanted when you voted?
Rude, childlike behavior centered on silly things while paying for their power plays and games? Since these elected individuals seem to think that their $100-a-year position entitles them to make decisions about running the entire county, I suggest voters pay attention to the arrangement of those deck chairs while this ship heads nowhere but down.
The Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Kendrick Child