"I read Mr. Donovan's e-mail. It makes me wonder if NH On-line did? He called on the town board to open storm water management meetings to the public. As for Preswick Glen, he championed that matter and to date has been proven correct. His "rants" as you discribe them, which I have also read, lay out the case against the Preswick Glen tax exemption. Do I detect some eney? I don't understand why NH On-line attacks someone who supports their position and is willing to challenge town officials. Enough of the personal attacks. Stick with the facts and more folks will take NH On-line more seriously." - AnonymousAnonymous, we read Mr. Donovan's letter...however, you missed the point of our blog.
Perhaps if Mr. Donovan chose to address the town board asking them to open the meetings because it is the law, we might have had a different opinion of his thoughts on the subject. However, to berate our organization in order to persuade the town board to open the meetings is disingenuous on the part of Mr. Donovan.
To quote Mr. Donovan:
"I can appreciate the frustration caused by a small group of self-appointed community activists who often distort and personalize issues, but by shutting out all taxpayers we let them win by portraying the town board in a less than favorable light."It would appear that Mr. Donovan couldn't have cared less about whether or not the meetings were open. If he did, why didn't he attend a town board meeting and openly state his concerns just as he did regarding Preswick Glen? Instead, Mr. Donovan chose to send this email to a select few town board members and the town attorney. It would appear that Mr. Donovan was more worried that Concerned Citizens might give others a reason to question the actions of the current town board. Concerned Citizens doesn't need to go out of their way to portray the town board in a less than favorable light...they do that all by themselves. The town attorney was actually called into a Stormwater Meeting to provide a justification to the Committee for closing the meetings and ignoring the Open Meetings Law.
As far as Mr. Donovan's rants, we were referring to the speeches regarding Preswick Glen he made at several town board meetings; obviously Anonymous was not in attendance at those meetings, we were. Even though we felt on several occasions, Mr. Donovan was out of line when he addressed the previous town board, we still put his opinions on our website when Mr. Donovan came to us; we did so because we believe that everyone has a right to state their opinion regardless of how we feel. By the way, the jury is still out as far as the outcome of the Preswick Glen case.
One last thing, Anonymous, Mr. Donovan didn't "challenge" the town board to open the stormwater meetings, Concerned Citizens challenged the town board by filing a Notice of Claim.