Small Town Politics

2 03 2011

Once again, it’s town meeting season in NH and, like all small towns, Loudon is subject to some nasty behind-the-scenes games. Unfortunately, our selectmen don’t do their own research — they pretty much rely on listening to whomever has an ax to grind. Hearsay and innuendo seem to rule the day. Rumors run rampant and half  truths are in abundance. What’s even more disconcerting is the number of people who believe some of the crap that’s passed around as fact.

Currently, we have a man who was passed over for the position of deputy fire chief. There were two candidates and, after interviews before a board of 3, obviously one candidate had to lose. The loser — and his wife — immediately resigned from the department with a bad case of sour grapes and have spent an inordinate amount of time spreading hate and discontent around town. The man had the audacity to turn up at the department holiday party with a lit sign saying “Merry Christmas, Judas,” a little jab at the fire chief who, in this man’s pea brain, should have backed him for the job. He’s proven over and over again, through similar actions, that he definitely is NOT leadership material. Yet he continues to press his cause on anyone who will listen. He plans on presenting a petition at town meeting that no doubt will ask that the fire chief be removed. Yup, this guy is just who I want leading a department with millions of dollars worth of apparatus coming to my rescue — NOT!


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6 03 2011
James Mcneil

Hello Deb, I am sorry that you feel this way, but I respect your right as an American expressing your concerns. I would like to atleast let you know my Christmas cheer was directed towards an anonymous letter author only, if you saw both sides of my sign, you would have saw “Santa doesn’t like lies or blackmail”. You are calling the kettle black when you yourself can not do your research and have all the facts before making your statements.The rest of your blog I have no desire to even respond to, most town citizens read the selectmens minutes and the Concord Monitor to make a resonable decision on who to believe.

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