Ed Naile, CNHT

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Thursday
Feb142008

You Don't Have To Be Colonel Mustard To Figure This Out

A few columns back I wrote about RSA 91-A and the continuing efforts by the Right to Know Commission to slip a loophole into the law that would allow sequential meetings. I have been writing about this sneaky maneuver for several years and came upon an article in a local newspaper that shows exactly what will be happening all over NH in an accelerated pattern as soon as elected officials find out there are no repercussions to secret meetings.

In this instance I read the news article and spotted what looked like decisions being made by Selectmen in Hillsboro who “voted’ to not renew the Town Administrator’s contract. I went to the Hillsboro Town Hall, got the minutes for myself and knowing nothing else but human nature, 91-A and what was in the newspapers – wrote the story. The Title was Pour Some Coffey For Poor Mr. Coffey.

I sent Mr. Coffey a copy and here is what he wrote back to me with permission to print:

Ed:

You are right on target with what you got out of the minutes. The only exception is that the former selectman, Snair, did not quit but came in third in a three way race which was won by Joseph Collins. As to Snair's dirt on me, I have no idea what he had in mind and in the end neither did his attorney or the LGC. You are (very) probably correct about there being some email or telephone meetings before the January 29 meeting. The Board went into the non-public session for a discussion that "could affect a person's reputation other than a member of the board," very different than the one that considers dismissal, promotion or an evaluation. I knew that I was their subject but expected at some point to meet with the Board. When they came into public session I was in effect to that I was being fired on June 9. So much for granting a courtesy. Asking me to help with my demise seems a bit strange.

My present employment agreement resulted from the settlement of last year's debacle. It requires performance feedback which has never been done. As far I am concerned it is a public record and anyone can obtain a copy of it. I also do not believe that a majority of the Board has read the agreement. The only reason given for my dismissal was a cryptic statement by Collins in the non-public minutes, that he wrote, referring to the need for new eyes and management in the town office. He writes this after praising me for 15 years of success. (I have had two retina reattachments and a laser cataract procedure but I have 20-20 with glasses.) The bottom line is I was fired without a single word said to me about why or any discussion offered by what appears to be a prearranged set up.

The letter mentioned in the minutes never formally existed. It was a draft sent to the Chairman by email for his thoughts. It was never signed and was clearly a draft that I never presented to the Board. It was sent to the Chairman because under the employment agreement I reported to the Chairman, not the Board. My desire was to work through the 2009 town meeting and along the way revise the various town office job descriptions, and my own, and assist in an a transition to a new administrator.

The real issue here is the Board's procedures and violation of law. It starts with RSA 91A ends with some other legal questions, including age discrimination. I share your apparent concern for back room deals and the weakening of 91A, overall you hit the nail on the head.

Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in ensuring RSA 91A does not get weakened.

Jim

So is tampering with 91-A to allow more of this GOOD for municipalities?

The Hillsboro Selectmen obviously passed a letter among each other and secretly met to plan this non-renewal. They could cause a second lawsuit in listing their reason for going into non-public session (legal) to discuss the REPUTATION of a person then coming to a "consensus" to not renew Mr. Coffet's contract but not actually VOTING to do so.

Governor Lynch should veto this latest version of the RTK Commission's Frankenstein legislation if the Senate doesn't kill it for the third time.

Monday
Feb112008

I'll See Your Pledge And Raise You 17%

I was not going to dignify a current liberal scheme for an income tax with a story but it recently became too enticing. I have a weakness for shedding light on the habitat of moonbats.

Take for instance the warrant articles one sees cropping up in New Hampshire municipalities with deliberative sessions preceding Town Meeting. The warrant articles are the brainchild of some disgruntled political activists that normally fellow-travel in different waters but who want a say in town meeting politics. It takes some education and experience to win local to they picked this easy, non-binding avenue. It feels good.

Over the river in Vermont the mirror image of these NH activists are trying to have President Bush arrested by warrant article. In Berkely, California they are going after the Marines. Same old, same old.

This warrant article may appear in your town. They read like this:

RESOLVED: We the citizens of fill in the blank, NH believe in a New Hampshire that is just and fair. The property tax has become unjust and unfair.
State leaders who take a pledge for no new taxes perpetuate higher
and higher property taxes. We call on our State Representatives, our
State Senator and our Governor to reject the 'Pledge', have an open
discussion covering all options, and adopt a revenue system that
lowers property taxes."

There was a citizens petition like this in Grafton and the patriots up there amended it to read:
"RESOLVED: We the citizens of Grafton, NH believe in a New Hampshire
that is just and fair. The property tax has become unjust and unfair.
State leaders who have increased State spending 17% in the last
budget perpetrate higher and higher property taxes. We call on our
State Representatives and our Governor to reduce the irresponsible
spending in Concord, which will lower the property tax burden for the
residents of New Hampshire."

Ouch! How does it feel to have your petitioned warrant article amended to something you did not sign? It was once a great liberal trick to pull on SB2 towns that now has come back to haunt the Birkenstocks. I like the touch of adding the 17% over-spending. It is like a cherry on my Sundae.

In Milford the same old crowd put this non-binding warrant article on the ballot and our pal, Gary Daniels and friends, amended it to be a tad more taxpayer friendly.

An outraged supporter of the tax and spend, anti-pledge article jumped up to defend it by saying it was – are you ready – drum roll please – “A matter of SOCIAL JUSTICE!!!”.

Sorry honey. THE PLEDGE a matter of CIVIL JUSTICE, as in, making elected officials do with what they have, NOT finding ways to buy love and votes.

Monday
Feb112008

No Pandamonium!

Some funs afoot at the next Olympic Games in Bejing - no blathering on by Olympians about human rights or religion. Thank you, Chinese government. Finally, some “peace” and quiet during the games.

This all comes about because of a contract each Olympian will have to sign, found in section 4 - the Chinese magic number for DEATH by the way, of their deal with the Devil host of the next Olympics.

Spout off about human rights and zappo you will be escorted to the next plane back to a civilized country where freedom of speech is admired and thought of fondly – almost like a right or something.

I have not seen first hand the Chinese government’s contract of political silence but I have seen Chapter 51 of the International Olympic Committees rules. Here is what they say in part:

Section 51 of the International Olympic Committee charter; "provides for no kind of demonstration, or political, religious or racial propaganda in the Olympic sites, venues or other areas".

One might think you could fall back on Article 36 of the Chinese Constitution. What you didn’t know communist countries had constitutions? Here is the relevant bit:

Article 36 of China’s constitution declares that citizens “enjoy freedom of religious belief,” and that, “No state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to believe in, or not to believe in, any religion; nor may they discriminate against citizens who believe in, or do not believe in, any religion. (Except the Fulan Gong religion is illegal in China.)

If I was going to draft a contract to keep Olympians mouths shut about human rights or religion I would draft it something like this:

“No political or religious communication critical of China, Chinese policy, or any Chinese official shall be broadcast except by approved media for any period before, during, or after the Bejing Olympics”.

That is about as close to McCain/Feingold as you can get in this case, and that law is “constitutional”, right?

McCain-Feingold (1) the "electioneering communication" provisions (which required disclosure of, and prohibited the use of corporate and union treasury funds to pay for, broadcast, cable and satellite ads clearly identifying a federal candidate targeted to the candidate's electorate within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election),...

Monday
Feb112008

Pour Some Coffee For Poor Mr. Coffey

A few day ago I wrote an article about RSA 91-A, The Right to Know Law, and how our sneaky, self serving, Right to Know Commission is, for the third year in a row, trying to get secret meeting language slipped into RSA 91- A to allow elected officials “wiggle room” to talk about public business behind closed doors, with secret letters, or private email.

And now we have Hillsboro, NH Selectmen “voting” to not renew the contract of the 15 year Town Administrator, Jim Coffey - much to his surprise.

Here is what the Hillsboro Selectmen reported in their Jan. 29, 2008 Non-public Meeting allowed under RSA 91-A:3,II (C). I leave out the standard parts and cut to the meat of why they are not renewing Mr. Coffey’s contract.

“It was the consensus of the Board that Mr. Coffey has a good reputation with the town.” (No vote)

“Chair Haley stated that Mr. Coffey has spoken about doing personal things, such as recreational sports, traveling, and spending time in his camp in Vermont upon retirement.” (Is that a letter of resignation?)

“James Coffey sent a letter to the Selectmen regarding his contract which expires on June 8th 2008.”

“It is the consensus of the Board that we will not renew Mr. Coffey’s contract beyond that date, but based upon his knowledge, his tenure at the job and his professional attachment to the town we want Mr. Coffey to assist the Board of Selectmen with the hiring process of a new Town Administrator.”

Then during the next part of the 23 minute Non-public Meeting the Hillsboro Selectmen go on to praise Town Administrator Jim Coffey.

So I would ask “Where’s the beef” with Jim Coffey? Exactly why have three Hillsboro Selectmen all shown up, without Mr. Coffey present, and in a 23 minute non-public meeting, recorded in the most cryptic minutes possible, come to a “consensus” to not renew the contract of the Town Administrator without a single reference to any problems.

The Selectmen voted in a recorded vote to go into and come out of the non-public meeting but never actually voted to not renew Mr. Coffey’s contract! (Remember the CNHT motto: “Sneaky doesn’t necessarily mean smart.”)

This is a classic example of a group who has been meeting on the side or by email and will probably lead Mr. Coffey to sue the town- again. He just won an out of court settlement with the Town’s insurance company, not really court itself, for having a former Selectman disparage him in a press release - and now round two, with a different Board of Selectmen.

Common municipal sense and the law should stop sensible people from doing this:

Making decisions, discussing strategy, or planning how votes will go BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!

The former Selectman who got the town sued and quit had probably convinced himself in private that he had some “dirt” on Mr. Coffey. Had he asked questions in public he could have found out what was going on and been right. In this case he was full of hot air it seems.

The current selectmen are probably quite satisfied with themselves that they pulled one over on the public - and Mr. Coffey. Time will tell.

Right now there is a bill in the NH House, HB 1408, created by lawyers on the Right to Know Commission, which will encourage public officials to do the WRONG thing and play fast, loose, and sneaky with the public’s business.

Get ready for more lawsuits and more of the wrong people getting elected to public office in New Hampshire in the future.

Monday
Feb112008

Well No One Else Was Saying Anything About It

Maybe we are not an exact replica of Massachusetts but we certainly are trying. Take for instance the Gary Dodds story. I like to think of it as “Chappaquiddick Light.”

You have your big gas guzzling parade float of a car smacked into something during a not so explainable outing. Several parties involved wind up wet and disoriented enough to not be able to give a factual or consistent story as to what happened and to whom.

Instead of a compliant, willing to serve police department as in Mass. you have a somewhat more aggressive investigation here in the Granite State. Thank goodness for that and that no one was killed/drowned, or left to die.

Our NH Chappaquiddick Light is bit more hokey but has some other similarities.

Our hero swam the dark and swirling waters – so did the Mass. hero.

Looks like a babe was involved – ditto the southern version of this soapy opera.

The babe/babes are keeping their mouths shut – no pun intended. No Chappaquiddick call girl has yet to come clean – ditto the unintentional pun. What no tell-all books?

Not one single cockeyed story peddled by the hero makes any sense what so ever.

It’s all about saving someone’s political career - in both cases a career that should not be saved.

And you have the, lie then swear to it, cluster of supporters of the hero, including the defense team of genius legal minds.

Will NH let our hero go on to be a future “Lion of the Congress” or will he be found to be a lying wanna-be member of Congress?

Soon, after the end of this charade of a trial, we will see if NH has chugged down the Massachusetts Kool-Aid.

Chappaquiddick was a bell weather of where that state was headed in the sixties, along with Jerry Studds and his young boy European vacation bonanza and the ever so interesting whore house run by Barney Frank’s personal add guy pal.

Good luck Gary! You stand a chance of helping us MEASURE where NH is in today’s world of professional politicians.

Guess that makes you kind of a dipstick.