It doesn’t add up
Editor of the Reformer:
I am hoping to get some answers to these questions that nobody from the town of Chesterfield government will answer for me. Maybe with the help of more concerned residents this will be addressed and answers given.
My concern involves the Chesterfield Fire Department’s purchase of a new truck. I have read all the Budget and Precinct meeting minutes and have grown appalled by what I read. I will use meeting minute figures.
Budget Committee Minutes dated 1/26/2013, Chesterfield Fire Precinct requests $175,000 to purchase a used fire truck. Budget Committee minutes of 1/29/2013, Budget Committee approves $145,000 for used truck.
Chesterfield Fire Precinct minutes of 12/17/2012 recommend asking for $175,000 to purchase used fire truck, 2/14/2013 they discussed Budget Committee recommended $145,000. 3/18/2013 they discuss buying new over used truck, 4/15/2013 they discuss a demonstration of a brand new truck for a price of $211,080, 5/20/2013 motion was made to spend up to $286,000 for purchase of a new truck, 6/05/2013 approved $283,211.00 to purchase a new truck, I vote in person I vote via speaker phone, 6/17/2013 final price was approved at $276,831.
My concern is how can these people spend $101,831 over the first request, $131,831 over what was approved by the Chesterfield Budget comity and justify their actions. As a taxpayer in Chesterfield I feel violated and mislead by these people with the power to spend our money as they wish.
As I was looking into this matter I also learned that they also used taxpayer dollars to purchase a new cardiac defibrillator for $29,540.95 when it was presented to the taxpayers at town meeting this unit would be purchased with grant funds if the grant was approved.
What kind of sneaky people run our great town?
John P. Smith,
Chesterfield, N.H., Oct. 23
On rights, free will
Editor of the Reformer:
Once again, I am dismayed at the indifference to our civil rights. I am confused about the contradiction over the right to assisted suicide for people physically pending death and the incarceration that transpires when an individual confesses to "having thoughts of killing or harming oneself." This is current criteria for forced psychiatric treatment.
Now, psychotropic treatment is on the way to becoming forced, leaving the individual stripped without rights and subjected to the whims of a treatment that is not founded on good or even humane science.
I am on the way to recovery and becoming a patient advocate. I have been treated pharmacologically for all of my adult life. I can testify to there being some pretty nasty drugs and the coercive ways in which I have been a participant in the "trials and errors" of their experimental uses. I have also been witness to the horrors and tragedies of my compatriots that suffered side-effects and stupors deeming them incapable of making any kind of choice, even if they realized they might have a choice.
I write, very simply, because it remains an available right. I credit a former teacher from Leland & Grey Union High School for impressing on me that indeed, I do have rights. This little bit of knowledge has gone a long way in my life. That is, up until now. The only hope I have remains in the notion that change is possible and foreseeable. That free will will indeed, prevail.
Kelley L. Murray,
Brattleboro, Oct. 25