I'm reading about the Gov. Hassan inauguration and the 'North Country Ball.'

It's at the Mount Washington Hotel and as you might imagine it will be a ceremony that will befit royalty and the upper echelons of society.

Wonder how many people from the 'North Country' will actually attend this black tie event?

I'll answer this. Not many or at least not more than 12. And of these twelve they'll be attorneys with political bents, the well off, and several retirees of course. Not a sampling of the North Country demographics that exist here, but this is the way that it is done.

In 1996 as I was starting my second term in the NH House. New governor Jeanne Shaheen had a "North Country Ball." It was a very good event. It was affordable $25.00 took place at the Royalty Inn in Gorham it had an open bar, good food, many local people attended and the speeches including Gov. Shaheen were very light hearted and fun. I remember Gov. Shaheen telling many funny jokes about her husband Billy.

Of course life in 1996 was different than it is today.

I think Gov. Hassan and her inauguration party at the Mount Washington Hotel is symptomatic of what she really is: a growing divide between the rich and the poor. With the obvious preference to those who are or aspire to be rich including it's values like "innovation" and STEM.

I'm sure the caviar and wine will be flowing as if in testament to a queen that will rule and not serve.