We are pleased to publish this letter to the editor.  As always, we encourage your comments and submissions for publication.  ~Publis

Our Article 8 of our NH Constitution states

  • “Accountability of Magistrates and Officers: {Public’s Right to Know} All power residing in originally in, and being derived from, the people, all of the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them.  Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive.  To that end, the peoples right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.”

This article states power resides with the citizens, not the elected officials or courts and yet we have all these people who say we should not have to have public meetings in the NHMA workshops for public officials as they try repeatedly to make RSA 91-A more restrictive to citizens.

We taxpayers of NH pay over $700,000 to the NHMA then we pay about the same to the NH School Boards association and then we have the NH Counties Assoc again sucking tax dollars which they use to lobby as well as pay big salaries to the hired help in the organization, lobbying often against the citizens Right to Know and other laws.

The legislature formed a monopoly in RSA 31:8 in allowing dues for NHMA but who gave the NHSBA and the NH Counties the right to charge dues to towns and school districts?

Harriet E. Cady

P.O. Box 149

Deerfield, N.H. 03037