We hope Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling makes short work of a civil case in which taxpayers and their school boards are being denied their right to see a product for which they paid. (She may have made her decision even as we write this.)

Hampstead is part of School Administrative Unit (SAU) 55 along with the Timberlane Regional Board. The chairman of the SAU board, Kimberly Farah, commissioned an investigation into an alleged hostile work environment within the SAU offices.

She did this without a vote of the SAU board and now she has refused to share that $28,600 report with the Hampstead or Timberlane board members, some of whom were interviewed for the report and all of whose taxpayers shared in the cost.

The SAU attorney claims this “work product” is confidential internal information protected by attorney-client privilege.

But as Judge Wageling noted, “if the client includes the board then that client should be entitled to look at what they apparently authorized and paid for.”

Hampstead’s lawyer, Michael Eaton, pointed out the obvious. He noted that withholding the report from the Hampstead and SAU boards leaves the public with no ability to hold its elected officials accountable.

Hiding the public’s business from the public behind a cloak of “personnel” and “legal” privilege is Orwellian. It must be stopped before the public loses all faith in its own institutions.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The town of Washington has had one of its 1,200 residents test positive for COVID-19. The person was in the hospital last week. Someone at the South Broadway Honey Dew Donut shop in Salem for hours at a time on the mornings of March 17-19 also tested positive. A third person with the virus w…

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020

The stories we have been reporting of New Hampshire individuals and businesses stepping up to meet the viral pandemic are inspiring but not at all surprising. Our small state has long been characterized by its neighbor-helping-neighbor attitude. It was meeting challenges long before anyone e…

Monday, March 23, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020

The reality as well as the projections for the immediate future of the COVID-19 pandemic make it clear that returning to business as usual in New Hampshire and the nation is not right around the corner. But getting to that corner is vital.

Friday, March 20, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Paul Bofinger, who died last week in Concord at age 86, had slipped quietly from his public presence years ago. Few people today may recognize the name, but Bofinger had a lot to do with the New Hampshire green spaces and vast forest tracts that many of us take for granted today.