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Wednesday
Mar072007

Boscawen Shooting

by David Zwald

Friday night I was working late at the State Prison facility in Concord when I noticed several police and EMS units heading north on State Street. I turned on my scanner and learned what tragedy was transpiring in Boscawen that night. This brought back memories of words that were etched into my mind that I heard in a Child and Family Law legislative hearing on May 19th of 2005. These words came from the Administrative Judge for the State Courts Family Division. It was when Representative Blanchard asked Judge Kelly if the courts review findings to learn from their mistakes. The Judge answered, "only in cases where there is a homicide". This legislative session was recorded on video tape and posted on the internet, so there is no denying that he said such a statement. Although his answer was always with me, I had to review it to recall just who asked him this important question.

I found such an answer very disturbing. Based on my experience, the court makes numerous mistakes , yet someone has to die before they will be bothered look into them. Most of these "mistakes" are blatant and are a result of judges legislating from the bench following personal and/or political beliefs over the laws put in place by the states elected officials. Yet in my case, which will never be reviewed because it doesn't fit the "criteria" set by the court that someone must be killed first. Because in my case, the only thing "killed" was my relationship with my children, and also my savings account, both which the court has no concern over. The fact that several media outlets reported that the mother "won custody" or was "given full custody" shows that RSA 461-A, which has been in effect since Oct 2005 is not being followed. I'm sure this case was after that RSA became effective, yet the "custody attitude" is still there in the courts based on media reports. The whole purpose of this legislation was to prevent children from being seen as a piece of property to be fought over and "won or lost", and shows that personal beliefs of judges are still being placed over law.

While I have absolutely no sympathy for the person who committed this act, that all goes to the child who will be scared for life from this, I do feel that a FULL investigation into this case be done, now that the homicide criteria has been met. I would like it to be done in such a way that any attempted cover-up from the court for any "mistakes" they may have made will not happen. I do not want this to turn into yet another case of the courts doing to little to late, and although for this child it already is, it may save another innocent child in the future from this same tragedy.

Sadly, I think Mr. Smith felt that he was not treated fairly, and feeling he had nowhere to turn, took the law into his own hands. And now two people are dead, two more in the hospital, one of them a innocent child, and many others traumatized for life because of it. Why do I think that? It is because in my opinion Mr. Smith was treated no differently in the courts than the hundreds such as myself before him, it's just he handled it differently, violently. That is why I firmly believe there should be a though investigation into this matter, to insure that there will be no more Mr. Smiths. If there is not something done about it, it will only be a matter of time before this senseless act of violence will be repeated.

While this incident shows just how important your work is, and I, like many others respect all the hard work put into family law reforms to insure that ALL parties are treated fairly and equally. I think the important thing to do right now is follow the checks and balances that our founding fathers based our government on and find out WHY this happened. Maybe if the court did not have the "homicide criteria" this event may have never happened.

While I do not want to use this tragedy to further an agenda or legislation on my part, but I'm sure there will be many who will. My primary "agenda" is to see that this NEVER happens again, and I hope yours is too. But I feel this can only be achieved if all people can go into a court room and be treated both fairly, equally, and with dignity and respect.

Tuesday
Mar062007

Who's Supposed to Serve Who?

by Tom Sutliffe

Dear Ms. Munsey:

We were a little confused and rather concerned with your untimely response to our letters of February 8th, 12th & 26th, 2007, with full knowledge that time was of the essence. The 2006 School Annual Report, as you know by statute, is required to be in the voter’s hand 7 days prior to the election which is March 13th. A letter from you was received March 3rd, 2007 wherein you stated, [our concern] “is a matter for the Epping School Board” and “I will let you know their decision as soon as I know”.

We wrote to you because we are very concerned with what your understanding is regarding our request for “having our viewpoint included, only if the school board has planned to open a forum by presenting selectively biased information concerning the school warrant articles.” We believe that you are the appropriate public official to voice our concerns to regarding District and School Board advocacy issues as specifically instructed on the Epping School District Home page.

“Please feel free to contact me at bmunsey@sau14.org or 603-679-8003. I request that all concerns be brought to the attention of the teacher, school principal, superintendent, and school board in that order per school district policy.”

It is our belief that as Superintendent, your advice and direction to the Epping School Board would have been instrumental in supplementing the School Board’s expanded understanding of the school ballot and warrant article statements contained within the 2006 School Annual Report relative to the constitutional constraints incumbent to their right to inform. We will no longer tolerate their crossing the line of State and Federal Constitutions prohibitions utilizing public monies and resources for purposes of advocacy. There are constitutional constraints that apply to the District and School Board’s right to fairly inform, when using taxpayers’ monies and resources, which you are charged with overseeing. We are mindful that the Epping School District is well acquainted with these issues, having already expended in access of $30,000 of the taxpayers monies for legal counsel on this continuing saga (Federal Case #06-CV-00474-SM) thus, you must be adequately informed that absent any specific statutory authorization to advocate, you have none.

We presume, at this late date, since the District has chosen not to respond in a timely manner to our citizen’s group concerns and most probably the Report been completed, that it has also chosen not to illegally engage in a one sided advocacy forum in the people’s 2006 Annual Town Report.

Click here to view warrant article

 

Monday
Mar052007

Veterans degraded by U.S. congress

by Peter Macdonald Sgt USMC Semper Fi

Veterans returning from war today are coming back to being treated sub-stand. Our political leaders receive the finest of medical and other care. This is not just the disabled Veterans of today’s wars. Congress as well as citizens spit on us during the Vietnam conflict.

NH Congress woman Carol Shea-Porter this past week used her influence on the Arm-services committee to have a Veterans Doctor sign a commitment letter to stop me from writing letters to the editor about her. I am a 100% disabled veteran from the Vietnam Conflict. This Congresswoman used the Dover NH police in the attempt to have me locked up for writing a threaten letter. This Congresswoman had a Special Agent fly up from DC in the attempt to have my freedom taken. This Congresswoman did this with lies and miss statements.

I try to file a harassment complaint against her and the Dover And Lee police refuse because of her power. Whom do the Police protect and serve? The money this Congresswoman is wasting for her selfish gain could be used to help today’s disabled veterans.

I have written President Bush, the Veterans administration and many others only to be ignored. The newspapers refuse to print my letters for many reasons. Our Constitution is a worthless piece of paper at this time. The government and powerful use it to increase their power.

The newspapers no longer have ethics and print the truth. No, newspapers print news that best increases their business. Today I heard friends talk about how radio stations are now discussing the newspaper articles about me. The news refuses to print my response to the lies that they write.

Today’s Veterans as well as all other Veterans come home a different person from when they left. You that never served can not understand. Today’s Veterans as well as all the other Veterans receive sub-stand treatment from the American people because newspapers and our political leaders have lost respect for the Veterans that protect our Freedom.

Sunday
Mar042007

Can You Spot Any Commonality? Me Neither!

by Tom Sutliffe

There are no surprises here...can you spot any commonality running throught these votes? Me neither! What surprises me is how they get re-elected term after term. It's nice to see "Country First" reflected by our elected representatives!

Shocking Senatorial Votes

"Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience." ~ anonymous

The following senators voted against making English the official language of America :

Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Dayton (D-MN)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Wyden (D-OR)

Now, the following are the august senators who voted to give illegal aliens Social Security Benefits. Can you spot any commonality running through these votes? Me neither! They are grouped by home state. If a state is not listed, there was no voting representative.
Alaska : Stevens (R)
Arizona : McCain (R)
Arkansas : Lincoln (D) Pryor (D)
California : Boxer (D) Feinstein (D)
Colorado : Salazar (D)
Connecticut : Dodd (D) Lieberman (I)
Delaware : Biden (D) Carper (D)
Florida : Martinez (R)
Hawaii : Akaka (D) Inouye (D)
Illinois : Durbin (D) Obama (D)
Indiana : Bayh (D) Lugar (R)
Iowa : Harkin (D)
Kansas : Brownback (R)
Louisiana Landrieu (D)
Maryland : Mikulski (D) Sarbanes (D)
Massachusetts : Kennedy (D) Kerry (D)
Montana : Baucus (D)
Nebraska : Hagel (R)
Nevada : Reid (D)
New Jersey : Lautenberg (D) Menendez (D)
New Mexico : Bingaman (D)
New York : Clinton (D) Schumer (D)
North Dakota : Dorgan (D)
Ohio : DeWine (R) Voinovich(R)
Oregon : Wyden (D)
Pennsylvania : Specter (R)
Rhode Island : Chafee (R) Reed (D)
South Carolina : Graham (R)
South Dakota : Johnson (D)
Vermont : Jeffords (I) Leahy (D)
Washington : Cantwell (D) Murray (D)
West Virginia : Rockefeller (D) , by Not Voting
Wisconsin : Feingold (D) Kohl (D)

Reminder:

Don't forget to pay your taxes..... 14+ million illegal aliens are depending on you!

 

Friday
Mar022007

Where Does It Say?

by Tom Sutliffe

Can anyone tell me where it is written in a NH RSA that Selectmen or School Boards can use the people's annual town report to advocate for their position on warrant articles coming befor ethe electorate? Have I missed the RSA that grants this right? Please Advise.

TITLE III
TOWNS, CITIES, VILLAGE DISTRICTS, AND UNINCORPORATED PLACES

CHAPTER 41
CHOICE AND DUTIES OF TOWN OFFICERS

Selectmen

Section 41:13

 

    41:13 Report. – At the close of each fiscal year the selectmen shall make a report to the town, giving a particular account of all their financial transactions during the year, and of the financial condition of the town at the close of the year, including a schedule of all its assets and liabilities.

Source. 1869, 26:4. GL 40:10. PS 43:11. PL 47:17. RL 59:17.

 

TITLE III
TOWNS, CITIES, VILLAGE DISTRICTS, AND UNINCORPORATED PLACES

CHAPTER 41
CHOICE AND DUTIES OF TOWN OFFICERS

Selectmen

Section 41:14

 

    41:14 Publication of Reports. – The selectmen shall cause their report, and those of other town officers required by law to make reports, to be published in pamphlet form at the expense of the town and make the same available to the voters of said town at least 7 days prior to the date of the annual meeting.

Source. PS 43:12. 1901, 26:2. PL 47:18. RL 59:18. 1947, 99:1, eff. Dec. 31, 1947.