Attorney Richard Lehmann’s letters have made quite a stir in the press.
Rich Girard, radio commentator, was first off the mark devoting an hour to the controversy at Timberlane. You can listen to his September 19th segment here:
Girard on Timberlane Sept. 19, 2014
Rich’s outrage is absolutely well founded. I’ll be going on Rich’s show on Monday morning, Sept. 22, 2014 starting around 6 am.
The Union Leader’s story said: “She [Green] was issued a formal censure for violating open meeting laws and posting ‘disrespectful, inappropriate’ messages on a personal blog.” This sentence gives the reader the impression that the accusations in the censure letter were proven fact. They are not and I dispute them.
Union Leader article Sept. 19, 2014
I do not believe I have violated any Open Meeting laws. Writing to a quorum of a board is not a crime in New Hampshire. Furthermore, my blog is about Timberlane school district issues and is both accurate and professional. Before moving to New Hampshire, I was previously a freelance writer with a number of respected publications. (I was, for instance, the Canadian stringer for the Economist‘s Finance and Economics section for two years.) The superintendent and my school board peers simply don’t like what I say so they discredit it as inaccurate and disrespectful when it is simply truthful or a fair expression of opinion.
The press has also reported that the letter of censure detailed 60 examples of inaccuracies in my blog. The letter in fact pointed out 16 quotes and did not state what was inaccurate or otherwise objectionable about them. I stand by every single word I have written. See these quotes for yourself.
Here is the letter of censure in its entirety: Letter of Censure Aug 28
The Eagle Tribune did a much better job of reporting the story, though it, too, reported inaccurately about the censure letter when the reporter wrote: “Last month School Board Chairman Nancy Steenson wrote Green a letter, outlining about 60 specific blog entries she said were inaccurate.” The Eagle Trib’s James Niedzinski did an otherwise outstanding job on a complicated subject with a long history and he has my thanks.
Here is the Eagle Tribune story: Board Member Stirs the Pot
UPDATE: Sept. 22, 2014: Listen to Rich Girard interview me at the crack of dawn: Girard interviews Green Thank you, Rich!