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March 7, 2013

Censorship at Newton's Candidate's Night


Carriage Towne News

---- — Most people are too busy working for a living in order to pay their taxes to notice these things, but these are the rights that our soldiers fight and die for. This “Candidate’s Night” was poorly advertised on the town’s website since it was only listed under, “Cable Committee Presents the 2013 Candidate’s Night” and not listed at all on the town’s website meeting calendar. Also, it was not mentioned in any of the local newspapers.

The people have to know that they are being censured at the town hall. During the, Candidate’s Night, our public officials participated in the disgraceful act of censuring the questions being asked of the candidates. I submitted a question by way of another person since I had a prior commitment, fully expecting that it would be read word for word. Instead, what was read even confused the moderator. Someone had purposely distorted the question to water it down to the point of worthlessness. This appeared to me to be preplanned by the powers that be in our town hall.

It was not a personal question rather it was a specific question with regard to a warrant article proposed before the town last year. It had to do with selectmen’s actions and a warrant article that was planned and approved by them less than one year ago and I think forgotten about by most people. Here is the question:

Question for all selectman candidates: As selectman, Trisha McCarthy voted in favor of and clearly led the charge for the failed Administrative Enforcement Ordinance of 2012.

It was the unconstitutional “Collection of penalties prior to a formal summons or complaint, along with “Enhanced penalties which included the doubling or tripling of these of these penalties”. Nancy Wrigley, our town administrator, said, “It was to get more teeth.”

In your opinion, who was it that the town needed to bite? Was it strangers breaking into the cemetery or the dump at night as town officials had claimed or was it taxpayers that they wanted to extract this money from?

If you want to know how this warrant article was unconstitutional please read the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, “Citizenship Rights” and Article 15 of the N.H. State Constitution, “Right of the Accused.” I believe that officials whom attack our Constitutional rights are committing treason and should be treated as such. I have heard the silly argument that the Constitution is archaic. It may be old but it is the one thing that keeps us free, protects us from tyrants and I have faith that it will never be obsolete.

Therefore, rather than re-electing Selectman McCarthy, shouldn’t she be put on trial because the town has infringed upon the 1st Amendment rights of its citizens and attempted to violate their 14th Amendment rights with that failed Administrative Enforcement Ordinance of 2012? She is and was Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and I believe that she should be held responsible. Incidentally, maybe she should simply answer the question the way it should have been asked in the first place and not misrepresented.

In short, rather than feeling as though we’re living in a dystopian society, wherein all things are never as they seem, I suggest we elect a selectman who speaks the truth and gives the electorate the benefit of voting on issues stated precisely as they are and not a distortion thereof. Please join me in voting for Robert S. Donovan Jr. on March 12th.

For more information pertaining to the article herein please go to http://russriccio.blogspot.com/

Russell Riccio

Newton