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Sun., Oct. 4
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Bureaucratic agendas


Does the government know who is in charge of our state codes? Sen. Pattie Ritchie and her aides don’t, and the state, that’s another story altogether. Let’s start at the beginning.

I made a complaint to the town about a code violation, and the town and their code official refused to uphold the state law. So I made a complaint through the state code office and was told I would have to prove that the town and their code enforcement officer refused to enforce the state codes. So I did. The state office as of today has done nothing. They informed me to contact the senator, because they cannot make the towns enforce the codes.

I contacted Sen. Ritchie’s aide and asked for help in this matter, and he agreed to send a letter to the state and ask them who oversees the state codes. I also asked for a copy of this letter, which I have not received. So I asked them to send a letter to the governor for help, a copy of which I also wanted. So far nothing has been received.

If this is how Sen. Ritchie runs her office, we are all in trouble, because she stated that she is there for the people. If I were Sen. Ritchie, I would want answers as to why no copies were sent, and why the state is not responding to her requests. If no letters were sent as promised, she should fire someone.

Should we really trust our government and town officials? I only hope so. But as of today, I have doubts. They seem to have their own agendas.

Fred Foster


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