Letters to the Editor
Then there's Scott Brown, another carpetbagger, from all places, Massachusetts. He may have a home in Rye, but he's been living in Massachusetts until very recently. Yes, he has also been a U.S. Senator for a brief time from Massachusetts, and his record shows that he has voted with the Democrats almost as often as he has voted with Republicans. Some say he's the only candidate with a chance of beating the incumbent. I say hogwash.
My candidate is Jim Rubens, who now has the backing of three super PACS. He has a record anyone can look at as a former N.H. Senator. He was named the Union Leader's Citizen of the Year! He is the one person responsible for getting charter schools started in the Granite State, a great boon to less advantaged kids, who have trouble making it in the regular school system. Unlike Senator Jean Shaheen, the incumbent, who has been a rubber stamp for all things Democrat, including Obamacare, Jim is not a career politician, and has even promised to serve only two Senate terms, if he should get elected and reelected. Jim has lived in New Hampshire for 40 years, has raised a family here, and has run ten different (small) businesses here.
Jim Rubens is a leader and will bring that leadership to Washington. I am extremely proud to endorse Jim for U.S. Senate, the only true Granite Stater in this race!
Earl A. Rinker III
Former Executive Councilor
Way back in 2007, somebody wrote this rather comprehensive breakdown on the activities of Derry, NH, Fire Chief George Klauber and the negative impact he has had on the town, it's councilors, and citizenry and emailed it to NH Insider.
Derry once operated a fire department where everybody was welcome. It was a place where the firefighters were professionals, but understood their small town roots.
Interestingly, at the same time that Klauber was involved in his Derry hiring process, the State of CT was calling for a major management and financial study of the very fire department he was leaving (http://www.opm.state.ct.us/RFP/WtbyFire.HTM).
Klauber, the former chief of the Waterbury, CT, fire department, and one of the highest paid chiefs in NH, with a salary said to approach $115,000, with benefits totaling another 30 cents on the dollar, has succeeded in disrupting the fire department’s relationship with the town.
Then Derry was faced withthe Chief’s vain attempt to build a new 2.7 million dollar fire station, the Town’s fifth, which would’ve included another large increase in manpower and equipment.
But questions immediately arose. Why did Derry need a fifth station in a town of 34 sq.miles? Why was this additional station needed when both fire and EMS calls were both decreasing in number?
Two citizens even wrote a report to the council based on Klauber’s own statistics and those from the NFPA to illustrate that the construction of the station was unwarranted, citing concerns for a “proactive” approach, featuring inspections and community outreach, and dismissing the Chief’s increasingly expensive “reactive” response. A report which Council Chair Chirichiello failed to read into the minutes.
Luckily for the taxpayers, Councilor Dowling took a vacation, Chairman Chirichiello crafted a poorly conceived motion, one councilor changed his mind, Councilor Bulkley folded after one more expensive turn to the town’s attorney (indecision which has cost Derry a quarter of a million dollars lawyer’s fees this past year), and the taxpayers were saved another quick 2.7 million.
The first overt inklings of a real change in management became known in September, when a local woman was locked out of her house at 2:45am with her dogs. When she queried the dispatcher for a hand, she was advised to “call a locksmith,” on the chilly night involved. Questions immediately arose about the exact nature of the services the fire department does provide for its 10 million dollar budget.
Then came the Chief’s request for his firefighters to keep in shape at the Workout Club on Manchester Avenue while on duty, without requiring every member to participate, which was promptly approved by the town council’s majority. These expensive workouts can be completed at every station at little or no additional cost, under the supervision of department officers, just as they are all over the country.
Concerns also arose about fire trucks being used to get groceries.
Fire trucks are observed unattended at Dunkin’ Donuts while their crews lounge inside.
Further reports arose about firefighters completing local errands while on duty and in full uniform.
Then, in early October, Councilor Janet Fairbanks was advised by a disturbed constituent that the expensive ladder truck was used as some sort of a prop at a local wedding and made inquiries about its use. The truck was set up at the Congregational Church for a member’s nuptials and was said to be out of service for a quarter hour or so, according to Chief Klauber, though others say it was raising and lowering folks for photos far longer.
While the townspeople raised the specter of responding to fire calls without the services of their expensive hook and ladder, and concerns increased over the liability of civilians riding on it, Klauber agreed to reimburse the Town some $28.00 for its use, having decided that it was off duty for a quarter hour.
In mid-October, Chief Klauber, after a meeting with Town administrator Russ Marcoux concerning the incident, immediately sent a memo to the FD ordering them to cancel all community outreach, further disturbing Marcoux, who then had to order Klauber to compose another memo rescinding his previous order.
Almost immediately, members of the DFD began posting highly disturbing information about Councilor Fairbanks on the firehouse.com website (“Councilor takes heat” Derry News, December 1, 2006). As aresult, Councilor Fairbanks received numerous uncomplimentary e-mails from as far away as Colorado, all designed to intimidate her, with many including unpleasant personal information known only by those in Derry.
Interestingly, Councilor Craig Bulkley (who belongs to the same Rotary Club as the Chief (http://www.derryvillagerotary.org/ClubMembers.cfm), and who recently welcomed Chief Klauber as a fellow director at the Derry Boys and Girls Club (http://www.derrybgclub.org/main_sublinks.asp?sid=53&id=4), in a public letter to the Derry News (“Stop looking for conspiracies,” December 20, 2006), attempted to counter the town wide talk about the Chief’s damaging memo and a previous letter to the editor which mentioned its existence, by stating, “Chief Klauber never canceled community outreach efforts…,” and added, “That is just one of the rumors floated by those who want to make you and others believe the worst.”
A second letter (“Trying to set the record straight,” Derry News, December 22, 2006) appeared, which explained that the previous author had received both memos courtesy of an RSA 91A request, that, yes, the disturbing memo did exist, and criticized the Councilor for not “performing due diligence” before he included the wild attributory remarks contained in his reply.
The taxpayers also learned that Klauber was no longer speaking to Councilors Fairbanks and Kevin Coyle on what he claims is the advice of an attorney. As a result, the town’s fire chief now refuses to have any regular business dealings with one councilor who represents the town at large, and with another who represents the population of its downtown area, merely because they questioned the activities of his department –by doing their jobs.
News of the Turning Point Program’s Derry involvement then appeared (http://www.turningpointprogram.org/). The now defunct public health advocacy group, once funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Trust, which exerted pressure on local communities to hire public health officials, featured evidence of the fire chief’s successful advocacy for the addition of a public health official to Derry government, an expensive and permanent cost, initially funded with rapidly disappearing federal dollars, in its newsletter (http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:f0Mg6PC4iecJ:www.turningpointprogram.org/Pages/transformations/transformations_summer_2005.pdf+george+klauber+nh&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=4). The costs for the new employee can be viewed in the Town Council’s Adopted Budget for FY2007.
“Public health is to EMS what fire prevention is to fire. When I first started here, I couldn’t believe that we didn’t have a health department,” Chief Klauber exclaimed in a glowing reference to Turning Point’s successful Derry advocacy. And now the Town’s new public health officer, who makes almost 60k a year, reports directly to the embattled chief.
Now, with the selection of John Moody as interim Town Administrator (granted full executive power at the time of his hiring by the Council majority on January 2nd ), who is a fellow member of the Derry Village Rotary with Chief Klauber (http://www.derryvillagerotary.org/ClubMembers.cfm), additional attention is being focused on Moody’s desire and ability to manage the public comportment of the chief.
Today, across the Town, the members of the DFD have stopped speaking to longtime friends and acquaintances as the animosity towards anyone who dares question fire department expenditures, policy changes, and the behavior of their chief, grows in intensity
With the Derry taxpayers learning that their town is flat broke, with a $350,000 dollar problem right off the top, with more bad news onthe way, after weathering their largest tax increase in years, with a Council 2007 goal of maintaining the current number of the increasingly expensive Town personnel( Town of Derry: Town Council and management Goals 2007; Personnel Count: Maintain current status), Chief Klauber’s increasingly extravagant tenure, his management style, and his advocacy for big government are becoming hot topics at the fire stations, barbershops, tattoo joints, beer halls, donut parlors, fry houses, and the diners dotting Derry.
By August, 2014, little has changed. Klauber remains the Fire Chief. Unfortunately something has been unearthed, however, something which Fire Chief George Klauber wished had been left lying doggo, out of sight, lost in the mists of normal radio chatter, left on the hard drives, and covered with his own brand of rapid fire bluster and riposte.
In a letter to the editor, which appeared in the Nutfield News on May 1st, 2014, ( "System Change" http://nutpub.net/pdf_archive/2014_nutfield_news/NN-2014-0501.pdf ) Derry citizen and taxpayer, John Burtis, demonstrated with data supplied by the town, from an RSA 91a he filed, that large amounts of critical time seem to be lost when Concord receives every 911 call meant for Derry, which must be handed off to Derry Fire which operates a 24/7, 365 day a year dispatch center. His letter also provided information which also indicated that Derry also loses time in dispatching mutual aid units on major fires. Rather than call for mutual aid at the time a call for a burning building is received, Klauber apparently has his department verify that a structure is in flames before asking for help instead of radioing and telephoning for help like every responsible department responding to fire calls in rural areas do. The data was a specific, minute by minute, breakdown of communications, and it was disturbing when one considers that it was a fatal fire on that night in question, at Island Pond Road and Bartlett Road, that the data described.
As another election season begins, it is important for us as leaders within the Republican Party to vet our Party’s candidates to make sure that the people we put forth will represent conservative, limited government principals.
As the First-In-the-Nation Primary State we take this responsibility seriously, conservatives everywhere rely on us to make sure our candidates are strong. We also have that responsibility for our local candidates; from State government, to Congress to Senate and Governor.
Here in the First Congressional District we must take a second look at UNH Professor Dan Innis. Professor Innis is running in the Republican Primary for Congress but his lack of conservative credentials gives pause for concern.
We have had six years of President Obama whose intentions are judged more frequently than the result of the legislation he favors or the actual results of his policies. Professor Innis must be judged on his record, not his words.
Professor Innis was a registered Democrat through the 2012 election; pulling Democratic ballots in both the 2012 State Primary and 2008 Presidential Primary. Which begs the question, who did Dan Innis support for President in 2008: President Obama or Hillary Clinton? Having voted Democrat for President, he likely voted for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter too.
Only when he decided to run for Congress did he change his party affiliation to Republican.
In 2012, when you and I were working hard to defeat President Obama and campaigning to elect conservatives, Dan Innis was working against us.
Professor Innis voluntarily donated $500 to Jackie Cilley for Governor in 2012. Yes, the same Jackie Cilley who was found to be to the left of the Democratic Party in New Hampshire! The same Jackie Cilley who was the only candidate for Governor to support an income and broad based sales tax for our state. And, the same Jackie Cilley who went to work for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter after her own campaign failed.
Even as he claims to be a Republican now, the limited positions he has taken would make even the most moderate Republican cringe. He is the only Republican candidate for Congress in NH who believes that we should raise the debt ceiling without any spending cuts. In fact, he demands we eliminate the debt ceiling, removing any breaks from the runaway spending train that is Washington D.C.
We expect this from Senator Shaheen, Congresswoman Kuster and Congresswoman Shea-Porter. But someone running for the GOP nomination?
As you continue to meet and vet candidates for office at local GOP events, I encourage you to ask Mr. Innis about his past support of liberal Democrats and his ability to represent our conservative values.
I am sure that you heard, or are aware, or could be closely informed, and even have an opinion about India’s Jaishankar comments to Congress about H1B labor.
More than two thousand people commented about how the H1B labor issue impacts their livelihood, or eventually will.
Jaishankar, in referring to possible policies that Congress might impose on H1B labor in our nation, also told the Associated Free Press: "We think this is actually going to be harmful to us. It would be harmful to the American economy and, frankly, it would be harmful to the relationship" between the two countries".
Consider, every professional, who is a U.S. citizen in our nation, no matter if white or blue collar in vocational focus will also suffer the same impact on their livelihood if allowing the furthering of the H1B labor force here.
Jaishankar, an individual from India, is able to go directly to Congress and ‘warn them’. I, like many other US citizens, could only wish to just speak with our congressional representatives about getting our jobs back. But instead, we are obliged to, if really compelled, to send nothing more than what amounts to a form mail message that our congressional representation more than likely won’t ever read.
You are empowered to get America’s voice heard! I write in feeling that it is vitally important to encourage congress to take a firm and tangible policy that will prevent the eventual gutting of our economy that will affect every US Citizen in our nation.
It is common sense that you cannot gut the foundation beneath a house that you are building. And I believe that we all understand this no matter who we are in our nation. Like the 2000+ that commented on the Yahoo article, I feel that your audience would also share this view; and could even be unemployed due to the H1B issue.
I ask you to bring more light on this issue with your audience due the fact that someone from India is in the position to ‘warn our congress’. Consider – he is able to do this simply because India provides cheap labor to business’s which fund our congressional member’s campaigns.
So how effective can our congress really be with our collective encouragement. Are we supposed to wait till we get to the voting booths; or can your readers in their opinions be of help before then?
One question you might want to pose is "What happened to tax incentives to US Based corporations, and or firms, which do business in the United States of America, for hiring U.S. citizens. Is this not the best way to put America back to work and therefore receive more income tax revenue?"
Thanks for reading this,
Orion Karl Daley