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Alton reps swear their blind allegiance to an ideological agenda

To The Daily Sun,

N.H. State Representatives Ray Howard (Barnstead/Alton) and Barbara Comtois (Barnstead) made it clear during the 2017 legislative session who they view as their true constituents. Although both representatives respectfully answer phone calls and emails, in the end their votes demonstrate blind and callous adherence to an ideological agenda. It is an extreme agenda that is not responsibly conservative, but rather one that slashes funding for programs and services essential to maintain the health and safety of our county and towns.

Much of the legislation supported by Representatives Comtois and Howard was sponsored by ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), which provides fill-in-the-blank bills created by Koch-funded entities and distributes them to state legislatures with the goals of turning public services and institutions over to for-profit companies and using government to protect corporate interests and profits rather than serve the common good. Right-to-Work-for-Less and bills diverting public education funds to private schools are prime examples supported by our representatives.

If your interest is in providing opportunities for the super-rich to amass even more wealth at the expense of ordinary working men and women, then you wouldn’t regret having voted for Comtois and Howard.

But if you’re not okay with that, or with their votes against the transgender rights bill (supported overwhelmingly by responsible conservatives, the N.H. Business and Industry Association, Chamber of Commerce, etc.) or with their votes for SB-3, which makes it difficult for certain groups of people to vote, please remember their votes when the 2018 midterm elections come around. We can send people to Concord who will work for the people of Barnstead and Alton.

It’s important to note that our two elected House representatives also serve on the Belknap County Convention and, in that capacity, make funding decisions for county government. Comtois and Howard voted in this session in favor of a completely inadequate budget that did not properly fund critical county services such as the staffing of the new jail and the Sheriff’s Department. That budget also greatly reduced funding for CAP (Community Action Program) which provides Meals on Wheels and senior transport, and the budget totally defunded Genesis (which provides mental health counseling) and totally defunded the Economic Development Council which provides support for workforce and business development. Their votes created a crisis that will cost all of us more money in the long run. Responsible conservatives do not make fiscally irresponsible decisions like these.

Now is the time to get involved so that we can be sure to have representatives in Concord who will work for us rather than follow an ideology born of out-of-state monied interests.

Diane St. Germain
Center Barnstead

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Tardif is 3-0 in cases he has personally brought against officials

To The Daily Sun,

The Laconia Daily Sun had an article on July 4 by Roger Amsden that was titled, "County expected to pay $19,000 for defense in Tardif appeal." The article fails to point out that most of that $19,000 in legal fees is because of the Belknap County Delegation's counter claim against Thomas Tardif. The delegation claims and advised by Paul Fitzgerald, that Tardif's past lawsuits come under the provisions of, "RSA 91-A: Remedies II, The court may award attorney's fees to a public body for having to defend against a lawsuit under the provisions of this chapter, when the court finds the lawsuit is in bad faith, frivolous, unjust, vexatious, wanton, or oppressive." RSA 91-A only allows a public body to defend against lawsuits, not mount counter claims using past lawsuits that have nothing to do with the present lawsuit.

Roger Amsden points out that Tardif won most of his recent court cases. In 2007 Thomas Tardif and Doug Lambert won a huge pro-se Supreme Court Case against the Belknap County Delegation. Thomas Tardif and I, pro se, won a court case against the Belknap County Delegation in 2013, with Fitzgerald represented the delegation. Amsden missed a lawsuit that Tardif won pro se against the Laconia City Council, represented by Attorney Walter Mitchell in 2016, that would have given the city manager the power to accept and expend sums of less $10,000 in drug forfeitures money according to the previsions of RSA 32:95-b. Nothing frivolous about those court cases.

In the old court cases in which Tardif was one of many litigates, they were represented by an attorney. How can those cases go on his won-lost Record? This article points out 3 wins, 0 loses.

The Big Lie about the delegation posting their meetings for April 4, 6, and 8, 2016 continues. The only notice posted, "Belknap County Meeting Notice, The delegation will meet Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6 p.m .at the County Complex, Laconia, NH in conference room #1 to consider cost items for a collective bargaining agreement. The public is encouraged to attend." If the meetings on April 6 and 8 were posted, why did former Chairman Frank Tilton recess the Meetings of April 4 and 6? Why didn't he just convene the meetings like any other posted meeting. Posted Meeting don't need to be recessed.

Tardif doesn't have any appeals to the N.H. Supreme Court at this time so why does Belknap County need $19,000 to defend against a Tardif appeal?

David Gammon


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