, Derry, New Hampshire


January 16, 2014

Letters to the editor

Fairbanks engages in revisionist history

To the editor:

It seems that in most of the articles in your paper about which I have personal knowledge, I find frequent errors. It is of additional concern that you allow people to repeatedly write letters that offer, to be nice, a revisionist history. Facts are easy to check.

The Derry town website has so much information available. For example, agendas and minutes of Town Council meetings going back several years can be found under the town administrator’s tab under departments. These are public records, no RSA 91A request required. A review of the minutes for the Dec. 7, 2010, council meeting shows Janet Fairbanks present in her role of councilor. Under “Administrator’s Report” is included the item of the Dec. 9, 2010, employee recognition luncheon with the notation that the Derry Municipal Center will be closed from 11:30 to 1:30 on that date so employees can attend the event. There was no discussion and no questions were raised by Mrs. Fairbanks. Councilors were invited to attend. The minutes for the Dec. 7 meeting were accepted at the next council meeting held on Jan. 4, 2011.

Mrs. Fairbanks was revisionist in two points: First, she did have knowledge of the event and closing of the Municipal Center while she on the council. Second, she did not, despite her assurances, bring her concerns to the council. Her husband, who was picking her up that day, certainly had knowledge the Municipal Center would be closed as he is the current council chairman and this year’s event was discussed at council meetings (minutes available online).

Minutes for other meetings and other years in which Mrs. Fairbanks was a town councilor are also available and every December the employee recognition luncheon was announced to the council and no objections were raised.

Just because you put something in your paper does not make it true.

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