Ed Naile, CNHT

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They Plucked Defeat From The Jaws Of Stupidity

The Coalition of NH Taxpayers was asked by a mother of a Crotched Mountain Rehab Center student to help keep her 17 year old handicapped son, who is non-verbal, the mental age of between 24 – 36 months, has an electronic seizure device planted in his body to control the nine different seizures he has, needs help with all aspects of going to the bathroom, and has issues with swallowing solid food, to help keep him in the rehabilitation professional center rather than let him be “mainstreamed” into a special life skills program as the Hillsboro/Deering school district wants.

Our taxpayer group looked at this as an opportunity to see what costs are involved in what is known as “out of district placements” because these expenses are often huge portions of any school budget, so we said yes. It also looked fishy as well. Why would a public school want to be involved in the minute by minute care of such a student? And how often do you get a chance to review all the costs and documents involved in a transition like this? So far it seems like a financial loser for the district to attempt this on its own.

I went on April 9, to a transition meeting at the H/D school regarding the transition protocols for Joel thinking it was about putting together a plan for bringing Joel to the school. No it wasn’t. It was more or less a done deal. Any chance at the mother having input as to the transition were pretty much ignored and a final draft of our meeting was sent to the mother a short time after.

The transition team wanted to bring Joel in to H/D two days week and leave him where he was for three. This is about as disruptive as you can get with a person like Joel who needs structure and familiar faces. I thought, as the mother pointed out it was not a good plan.

But what we did do at this meeting was set up a meeting with the Hillsboro/Deering transition team to go to Crotched Mountain and check it out – all day was the plan. I was there when we set up the meeting with CM by speaker phone. The H/D crowd was excited about going.

But the "Life Skills Team" showed up 2 hours and 45 minutes late and because of that were not able to mix in with Joel and the other students he was with as it would be disruptive to all the students. The H/D team tried to convince the CM staff to just let them sneak in for a look but were told it was not advisable. They did get to see him for about 15 minutes. CNHT Director Johnna Gryzwcz drove to CM to attend this 10 am meeting but could only wait so long and had to leave before the H/D crew showed up.

And then came Friday May 2, the first transition test day where Joel, in his wheelchair-like stroller, was supposed to see for the first time the new school he would be attending.

Some of Joel’s current CM staff was there, as was the H/D “Life Skills Team” and two CNHT Directors, Johnna Gryzwacz and Jane Aitken. Jane and Johnna have some background with these situations from family experiences and employment.

The Hillsboro/Deering Life Skills Team finally got their wish to have Joel come to their school. But it did not pan out as well as they hoped.

Joel went into a seizure that caused the Hillsboro Rescue Squad, after a 30 minute delay because they were on another call, to pick him up, IV in arm, and take him to the Concord Hospital where he was treated until 2 pm.

Nice going Hillsboro/Deering SAU #34. You got your way.


The Nashua Tellsometrash

I just can’t help noticing a glaring lack of knowledge of a most basic constitutional right – a real one, one not a made for political gain – made by a daily newspaper.

Here goes:

“The board violated the state Right-to-Know Law by conducting public business behind closed doors and engaged in more than a dozen telephone polls without ever formally ratifying those decisions at a later date.”

This is a complaint against the NH Medical Board made by the editorial team of the Nashua Telegraph. The Nashua telegraph editorialistas are “outraged” at the behavior of this mostly volunteer board, as it seems are the editorial boards of the other NH daily papers. The board engaged in nepotism, sloppy record keeping, and stored cash beyond what they should in a drawer and did not deposit it in their account nightly. I did not notice any crime committed by the Board or any members mentioned in any article to date. How about something to be outraged about?

But the Nashua Telegraph does point out the so-called violation of RSA 91-A by the med board as a problem.

Really, why not break it down.

The NT says: “The board violated the state Right to Know Law by conducting public business behind closed doors…”

This used to be a violation BEFORE we added new language to RSA 91-A to ALLOW “outside communications” as long as they do not violate the spirit of the law. Have you any PROOF the board did that Nashua Telegraph? Try winning that argument in court in NH. The NH Right to Know Commission is deathly afraid of putting this phrase: “outside communications shall be prohibited” in the 91-A revision but instead added a loophole.

Next the NT finishes by saying: “and engaged in more than a dozen telephone polls without ever formally ratifying those decisions at a later date.”

But please tell me, if it is still illegal to hold secret “outside communications” and votes by phone, how is the illegal activity made legal by “ratifying those decisions at a later date”? That was by the way, language the Right to Know Commission tried to pass several years ago but failed.

You can’t RATIFY a violation by holding it at a meeting later, at which lowly taxpayers are permitted to attend. You can only RECTIFY a violation by re-holding the outside meeting and secret phone vote by publishing, under RSA 91-A, a new date when a new meeting, discussion, and vote will be held – lawfully.

Of all the entities in this state to not comprehend what The Right to Know Law does, why does it not surprise me it’s a newspaper.


The Tow Truck Cried

“Police Cruise Totaled While Chasing Car” is the lead, above the fold headline in the Ledger-Transcript for May 1, 2008.

Apparently, from reading the headline, no people were involved – just a police cruiser chasing a car. Typical of stories involving police department mishaps is the giving of life to inanimate objects such as cruisers and most often, guns.

It must be natural for a “reporter” to come up with titles that will help soften the bad news that sooner or later comes with local police departments. In small towns everything gets noticed and it is hard to hide a roll-over during a high speed chase.

The same local news papers that write endless stories about this or that person in town getting some award always rely on local police for hard news such as an arrest or criminal investigation.

I scan the news for information our taxpayer organization, The Coalition of NH Taxpayers, can use while keeping in mind almost every news story I have ever been involved with had a bit more to it than what was presented to the reader.

Funny how reporters can’t seem to get all the facts in the news but many have time to gin up a sympathetic headline when it serves their purpose.


Every Headline Tells A Story

It’s all in the Manchester paper headline: “Officer’s gun wounds comrade”.

So why in the world would one Concord Police officer’s gun go and do that?

As far as I know the gun has not made a statement or confessed to any criminal behavior. It could be something personal like the gun was involved in a love triangle with two other officer’s guns, there were several officers in the bank where this event took place a 4:30 in the morning.

It is assumed that the officer’s gun will want to hire an attorney or two - I suggest Gary Dodd’s crack legal team - while the investigation by the NH Attorney General’s Office continues.

Imagine the gun shooting itself off inside a building like that. How irresponsible. If you have ever been inside a room next to a large caliber weapon discharging I can tell you it is not a pleasant experience.

Thank goodness the officer wasn’t seriously injured and I hope no one’s underwear soiled itself.


Be Careful What You Scheme For

Here is how the deal works regarding House Bill 1408 which is on the fast track to do two things:

  1. Gut RSA 91-A - The Right To Know Law.
  2. Become the largest membership drive The Coalition of NH Taxpayers ever had.

Some basics about RSA 91-A:

If you ask for public documents from an unwilling public body they play several cards. One is to delay the handing over of the documents until AFTER they may be helpful to the taxpayer requesting them.

Should you go to court, after weeks or months of asking for documents, they will magically appear the day before the hearing. With a straight face town or school counsel will tell a judge that they have already complied with the law so there is no case to be heard. I have had this happen in court more often than not. It is a standard technique of municipal counsel. Attorney Paul Apple of Upton and Hatfield used this ploy against The Windsor Coalition of Taxpayers in March of 2007. Attorney Matt Upton of the same firm tried this on me in 2005. Attorney Bob Bossie of Manchester used this trick in 1991 against me in Deering regarding bid-rigged bridge plans. It is standard operating procedure.

You have to remember, this is New Hampshire and we have one of the worst superior court systems in the country. It is an official laughing stock of self serving nit wits in black dress up. No brag, just fact. Municipal lawyers know there is no real penalty for hiding documents.


The dilemma for the newly formed Right to Know Commission which has been trying over the past five years to gut 91-A is, now that since withholding documents is for the most part not a problem, how to allow secret meetings. This is a problem because without the sacred secret meeting, many tax and spend municipal boards could not function the way they do now. Without bid rigging, selecting certain like-minded friends for positions, or cutting deals behind the backs of other people on the board, what fun would it be to hold office?

The Right to Know Commission tried, unsuccessfully, with HB 377 and HB 626 to actually write into the law ways for secret meeting to be held. They had language which said “outside communications” as they refer to them, can be held if someone keeps notes and lets the next meeting know what they were scheming. That blew up in their faces. What if the next meeting is an “outside communication” and the one after that?

Now in HB 1408 they just slide in some new language regarding the much anticipated “Outside Communications.” In a new paragraph, “outside communications” are allowed as long as they do not circumvent the “spirit of the law.”

This is really laughable and sad at the same time.

So now you catch a school board having a secret meeting such as the Strafford School Board did at a restaurant named Cassidy’s back in March. They met and drafted a letter to the community to support the $11.2 million dollar school that failed before and after this not so secret, secret meeting.

I had their secret e-mail thanking everyone for coming shortly after it was sent. CNHT winds up several of these emails every election cycle and always will. When you hide something from other members of a board they often get cranky and send evidence to the only organization in NH that will help - CNHT.

Here is why the RTKC wants to get “outside communications” in the statute BEFORE any language about penalties is adopted.

Say we catch, as we surely will, a school board meeting about, say, a certain engineer to hire for a new addition. They hold the meeting at “Cassidy’s” again and get caught by another potential bidder. All they have to do is say they had no idea they were “circumventing the spirit of the law.” A taxpayer bringing the case would have to prove otherwise, such as an admission, or letter saying “let’s circumvent the spirit of the law.” This is next to impossible.

If you think this is not going to happen then you have only to wait.

It will not be long.

But there is a new way to punish “outside communications” and it will be “outside the box” not in court.