Letter: Undemocratic actions in Belknap County
I am writing to thank Republican Rep. Dennis Fields of Sanbornton for bravely speaking out at Belknap County Convention meetings against the undemocratic actions of its Republican leadership.
Fields knows that meetings should have an open process and rules of order with public input. He realizes that signed collective bargaining agreements must be upheld, despite leadership’s level-funding of personnel costs, including health insurance. He voices the frustration of many who protest against the disrespect shown to the democratic process, the commissioners, the county employees, the members of the public as well as to Fields himself.
The chairwoman knows how to provoke his outbursts, then demean him, a member of her own party! She treats him haughtily, as if he were a child, and thereby escalates the provocation. She is incapable of listening to him, as that might appear to validate his concerns. He cannot remain silent without seeming to acquiesce to her outrages. The situation is untenable, dysfunctional and sad.
Her group’s pre-determined agenda, ostensibly to save taxpayers money ($11 a year) is short-sighted and narrow-minded in the extreme. She (they) cannot hear anyone who has a differing opinion, might actually know the facts or have a suggestion for compromise.
I applaud Fields’s efforts, futile though they be. If I am in the audience I will give him a thumbs-up if he looks my way. He speaks for me.
Meanwhile please remember the election next fall. Change is needed!