To The Daily Sun,
In a recent letter to the editor, Sanbornton resident Bill Whalen asked why the Sanbornton selectmen found it necessary to hold 11 non-public meetings in the last three months. Rather than give a simple response to a simple question, the selectmen "strongly urge" a local newspaper to print a "correction" to what they perceive is a libelous headline for the letter and that the selectmen "and our town lawyer" await your correction.
I wasn't particularly interested in the issue of non-public meetings until I read our selectmen's threat of legal action. Now I would like to add my voice to Mr. Whalen's and ask the same question, especially since a July 26 meeting at the firehouse increased the non-public sessions to a total of 12.
Also, I have a few questions to the selectmen of my own. Did you seek a legal opinion before you wrote your letter threatening a local newspaper with legal action? If so, who paid for the bill? Do you think that Sanbornton residents are going to remain mute while you run up legal bills for a perceived slight? On second thought, scratch the last question. I know the answer.