Ed Naile, CNHT

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Like Impeachement Is Groovy

Dateline Concord:

I just left my post as a protestor protesting protestors, it was tough on the prostate. I could have wet myself laughing and anyone with me would have called it justified.

Of course I am talking about the biggest socks and sandals event in Concord – the “Impeach George Bush Moonbat Rally and Men’s Ponytail and Scruffy Beard Exhibition at the Capital Theater.”

It was a packed house – not by a long shot. About half the left wing angry/crazies were from out of state. But that is typical of gambling, homosexual marriage, and union bills in the legislature as well – from my humble observations over the years.

Now my “job” at the protest of the protesters was to hold up my home made sign which said “waste $” and make revealing comments about moonbats to cars passing by. No problem.

I was singing Moonbat River, announcing the tofu tasting party menu for later, warning drivers about the money burning in the Statehouse, and most importantly, telling people that sandals and socks were required dress. All this is standard stuff.

We had a Vermont “reporter” with a great 18-20 inch ponytail come try to argue with my comrade protesters. He gave up and left. Some tired looking female moonbats stopped by to express themselves. You know the type – low maintenance.

But the highlight was some middle aged gal – crew cut hair, surprise, who wanted to get into a shouting match with one of our guys, bla, bla, bla, all the liberal checklist items and then she dropped the big one – “this country was built on slavery.”

Whenever they stoop to this I rise above it and sing Moonbat River even louder.

If these 60’s lefties rented the Capital Theater for the 100 people who showed up they should have their heads exhamined.


Stupid Is As Epping Does

Epping resident Tom Sutliff’s Attorney, Chuck Douglass, sent me the 41 page Federal Court ruling on Compeled Speech violations in Tom’s Town of Epping.

I’ll boil it down - Tom and his group, EPRG, win!

Tom did not get everything he wanted from the case but I would call having the Federal Court rule that the Epping selectmen violated Tom Sutliff’s constitutional rights by denying him the ability to link his taxpayer activist site to the town’s website without first handing over to the Select Board a detailed financial report and membership list of his group – something the tax and spend groupies did not have to do to link to the town site a big step forward.

For some unknown reason, the Federal Court got mired down in a recent Supreme Court ruling about a meat producers association and some federal bureaucracy about compelled speech, which has NOTHING to do with local legislative bodies, taxpayers, and municipal government. I guess having the same title on your case must mean something – who knows. In any case a part of the action Tom Sutliff brought will have to wait for another NH violation to take action on.

So go ahead Epping, keep on sending out taxpayer funded opinion pieces selling your tax and spend political positions to the voters without offering equal space to taxpayers like EPRG or anyone else. And show everyone who is boss by trying to pry a membership list and financial statement out of a private taxpayer group in exchange for linking to your taxpayer funded web site. Smart move.

All these shenanigans will make great reading in the court depositions you will have to sit through later on.


Blame The Taxpayer Group Not The Professionals

Kudos to the activists of the mighty Monadnock School Taxpayers Association who have been digging into and not letting go of the salary padding scheme at that school.

In an effort to inflate retirement benefits of Monadnock Regional School District employees, the financial gurus at the school put health care payments into the payroll mix which pumped up the final year salary figures for 38 present and past employees. This would allow these few to get a larger retirement payment than their salary would legally allow under state laws.

Put simply, only payroll and any other payments to employees which are included in income taxable by the IRS can be used for retirement calculations.

I don’t blame any school employees that took the offer from higher-ups in the education industry but they were misled. The report from the N.H. Retirement System Hearings Examiner Carolyn F. Johnson couldn’t be more clear and in line with the wording in the statutes.

This all began, as far as we at CNHT know, about a year and a half ago when Dick Bauries and Dan Connell of the Monadnock School Taxpayers Association asked me if I would go with them to a scheduled meeting they set up with the NH Retirement Board in Concord. There was not much in the way of contact with MSTA after that because they kept monitoring meetings on their own.

Now this hits the fan. Other schools and towns may be doing the same thing, which is putting great stress on the already beleaguered retirement system.

We also have some sealed minutes of meetings from the issue in the hands of the school district which we might have to drag out of them through the 91-A process. We’ll see.

On April 12, the Keene Sentinel had a very large and detailed set of stories about this issue on the front page. The reporter, Anika Clark, did a great job of detailing amounts, dates, and statutes. Let’s hope she can stay with this story and follow up.

As could be expected, a quote from a public education expert working at the school, who’s income was inflated in this scheme, falls back on this old excuse, “The devil made me do it.”

Here is the quote from the Keene sentinel story:

"Unfortunately, the heavy involvement of the Monadnock Taxpayer Association ... made it impossible to give me a salary increase because the budget would never pass," he wrote. "Since I was within two years of retirement, the decision was reached to at least reflect the salary I should have received by paying my health insurance."

Thus whines Mr. Biron who was Unit 38's business manager from 2000-06.

Blame the taxpayer group? OK!!!

As long as we take into consideration that the finance team experts at Monadnock ‘lost a decimal point” in the 2000-2001 budget which ran the school $994,000.00 in debt. They “found” a way to cut the budget by this $994,000.00 without a special meeting to cover their mistake. ?????????

Oh, and since 1998 and the last year reported, 2006-07, the number of students in Monadnock has dropped by 453.

Somehow I don’t think this is all the fault of the Monadnock School Taxpayers.


Warrantless Articles And Pesky Pledges

I have been trying, ever since this liberal pro-tax group led by former State Senator Mark Fernald popped out of obscurity with some silly anti-taxpayer pledge warrant article about tax “fairness,” to get my fellow small government comrades to ignore the guy.

This pro-tax activist attempt to get voters who hang around for the very last moments of a town meeting, to vote for a sneaky warrant article that whispers fairness but shouts broad based taxes was not worth any of our NH taxpayer activist efforts during the busy town meeting season, especially in the middle of the largest tax revolt NH has ever seen.

It was hard to get the, “forget those guys,” message through to everyone with all the viewspapers printing story, after press release, after voting results, for way longer than the stunt had legs.

But now Governor Lynch has made my case for me.

Remember that little old Coalition of NH Taxpayers TAXPAYER PROTECTION PLEDGE the Governor signed?

Apparently he means it, so all the warrant articles passed by eight or so percent of the voters in town means even less than it normally would if the guy at the top promises to veto any broad based tax that crosses his desk.

I’m not suggesting that the Democrats who make up the State Legislature shouldn’t just go ahead and pass a broad based tax and have a roll call vote, no go ahead and do that – please.


The Windsor Way

On April Fools Day, how appropriate, the tiny Town of Windsor had a certified letter sent to its humble headquarters from our New Hampshire Department of Revenue. The letter was the first of its kind ever we here at The Coalition of NH Taxpayers know of.

It stated that since 1986 the state has been trying to get a simple message through to Windsor elected officials that the statutes regarding incompatible offices, financial reports, taxation, liens on delinquent property, and a host of other things municipal, really, really, really are the law. Slow learners they are up in Windsor. The DRA turned-up-the-heat-by-letter on Windsor in 2002 – 2007 to no avail.

Now, grudgingly, the Selectmen and their finance team must cobble together some sort of contract from a recognized, professional auditing firm and have that contract to the DRA before April 30, 2008.

This might bring closure to the “Windsor Way” of doing things – unless. Get this.

We at CNHT have found out that the town counsel for Windsor is a feisty little fellow from the Upton and Hatfield law firm named Paul Apple.

Our CNHT trained pro se taxpayers have defeated Mr. Paul Apple twice already in Hillsborough Superior Court. The last (hopefully) time this apple was polished, the local team won court costs, which the judge granted right in the courtroom. Winning court costs is like the scalping of your opponent in an Indian knife fight. It is hard to put a good spin on losing court costs to a home spun, pro se lawyer.

Speaking of scalping and native peoples, not many people know this but Attorney Paul Apple’s Indian name is “He who steps in it every time.”

So unless Attorney Apple can pull a rabbit out of a hat and find some technicality in the DRA letter like April 30, 2008 might mean April 30, 20000008, or the term “professional auditor” might mean “professional wrestler” as well, then Windsor may finally get down to putting quill to paper and turning over a set of books to the DRA. 22 years is enough time don’t you think?

The sad part about this is the fact that Attorney Apple works FOR THE TOWN OF WINDSOR not just the Selectmen and retired Tax Collector.

Much of this mess could have been avoided, it appears, if there was a less combative attitude from the tiny people in the tiny town hall.