This week the Timberlane Regional School Board cut a check for $50,000 to their law firm Drummond Woodsum – as well as a $1,100 check presumably for disbursements. The district’s entire annual budget for legal expenses is $80,000.
One of the regular uses of this pot of your hard-earned money is finding ways for the board to bend me to their will- as amply demonstrated last night.
In the link below you will see the shameful actions of your elected officials, Timberlane Chairman Peter Bealo and his equally benighted counterpart, Hampstead School Board Chairman Jason Cipriano. Neither of these gentlemen respect the First Amendment. It is called the First Amendment because it is the first to go when wanting to get even with a political foe.
Your education in political cravenness begins around 2:16:00 in the link. I despair for our country with men like this in elected office. That the majority of both boards are going along with this is further evidence of moral collapse.
Timberlane School Board Chairman, Peter Bealo, wrote in his email reply to Hampstead School Board Chairman Cipriano as follows: “…I will be speaking to one of our legal representatives to determine if there is further legal action that we, the TRSB, may pursue [against Donna Green].” Your tax dollars at work – and plenty of them – for nothing more than a malicious political agenda.
The Hampstead School Board has repeatedly shown itself as a power-tripping body unconcerned with the rights of citizens. The head-happy Mr. Cipriano has done a lot more harm to one of his follow townsmen. The fact that they reaffirmed a No Trespass order against Hampstead budget committee official, Jorge Mesa-Tejada, remains one of the most glaring abuses of power I have seen in my years watching school board politics.
This is the government you have. It becomes the government you deserve when you do nothing about it. There’s another option, too. You can sit back and criticize my behavior at meetings. That’s a popular option enjoyed on Facebook.
(A thank you to Stefanie Dube for her kind words of support to me privately at the meeting last night. Greg Spero was lucky to be absent.)