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      We are a diverse group of Hampton residents from all walks of life and political persuasions. We are advocates for the Hampton taxpayer.  Our objective is to assure that value is being obtained for the tax dollars that we are asked to pay. We closely scrutinize all financial issues associated with the town of Hampton and its schools as they affect taxes and advocate accordingly. We can do this very effectively since we are free of any special interest influences hence remain objective on all issues. We choose to remain anonymous so that special interests cannot focus on character assassinations but are forced to focus on the substance that we report or give recommendations on.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Performance review of Chris Muns as School Board Chair
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:47 PM :: 9 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Mr. Muns supported the breaking of negotiated and approved contract language with acceptance of teacher retirements well past contract deadline. He and other board members effectively nullified the labor contract agreed to, and paid for by the voters. In 2014, such actions cost taxpayers $131,286 in non-budgeted retirement stipends. Mr. Muns supported these actions not once but twice by accepting four late retirements in January and again in March. This was despite his pledge and vote to not allow any additional retirement stipends after January 14, 2014.

Mr. Muns failed to represent voters and taxpayers when he and other elected officials disregarded citizen petition warrant articles. In March 2013, voters overwhelming supported two warrant articles which

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Muns: Nancy Stiles has the 'Right Stuff'
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:58 AM :: 11 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor
Chris Muns recently wrote an op-ed discussing the characteristics the District 24 State Senator should possess. Well, RTOH reviewed that presentation ...
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Friday, July 18, 2014
Hampton voters already spoke on Grist Mill Dam issue
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:56 AM :: 6 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Last year the voters overwhelmingly approved the decommissioning of the Grist Mill Dam, 2128 votes in favor to 808 opposed.

The vote wasn't even close nor was there any misunderstanding by the voters. We think there is a moral and fiscal obligation to carry out the will of the electorate and not change plans because a vocal minority wishes to play on the sympathies of the selectmen.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Deputy tax collector vote shows selectmen not doing due diligence
By Norm Silberdick @ 7:09 AM :: 594 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor
A couple of weeks ago the position of Deputy Tax Collector was expanded from a part time position to a full time position. We had a very hard time understanding why this took place so we did some research on the subject since a comment had been made about this position being a “revolving door.”
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Report card on the performance of the Selectmen
By Norm Silberdick @ 3:05 AM :: 1 Views :: 0 Comments :: Tax Increase, Letters to the Editor
There have been 10 Selectmen’s meetings since the elections and we have been watching with interest the actions taken or not taken by the Selectmen for these past two months. Thus we have decided to give a report card on the performance of the Selectmen.
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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Do Contracts really Matter?
By Norm Silberdick @ 7:03 PM :: 1040 Views :: 0 Comments :: Schools, SAU 21, with Video
Winnacunnet school board voted yet again to nullify the legally binding teacher contract voted and financially supported by taxpayers. They have again incurred unbudgeted expenses that will come at the cost of student programming if there is not enough money
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Response to Mr. Muns
By Denyse Richter @ 7:41 AM :: 839 Views :: 0 Comments :: SAU 21

Dear Mr. Muns,

I read your comments today in the article regarding the "yellow sheet" and your own letter to the editor.  Some of your comments are less than truthful and blatantly misleading.  I hope you will

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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Candidate Analysis
By wildboar @ 8:15 AM :: 870 Views :: 3 Comments :: Letters to the Editor
if you elect somebody strictly because he or she is popular and or likeable and not on competence to perform the duty, you will reap what you have sown in the form of higher taxes and excuses as to why they are high!  
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Friday, March 7, 2014
Mike Pierce- A Productive Tax Payer Advocate
By Michael Pierce @ 9:22 AM :: 897 Views :: 0 Comments :: RTOH Endorsed Candidate, with Video
Serving the Town of Hampton for seven years on the Budget Committee and three years on the Board of Selectmen, I have demonstrated that I can serve those positions with hard work, openness, and
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Vote 'no' on the WHS ballot
By Denyse Richter @ 8:58 AM :: 1277 Views :: 2 Comments :: Schools, SAU 21, MoneyFlow
Before you decide to give the Winnacunnet School District over $23 million or vote on a contract in good faith, I ask you to please consider these facts.  
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Saturday, March 1, 2014
Incumbent Pierce speaks of accomplishments
By Michael Pierce @ 8:12 AM :: 727 Views :: 0 Comments :: RTOH Endorsed Candidate

Some of the candidates running for Selectman's remarks about the Board I have served for the last three years are not factual and some are nearly carbon copies of each other.

The position that during my term on the board was "we cannot do this" is very incorrect.

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Barbara Lawless
By Norm Silberdick @ 6:20 AM :: 1496 Views :: 5 Comments :: Schools, SAU 90, RTOH Endorsement
Rational Taxpayers of Hampton supports Barbara Lawless for the Hampton School Board. We have known Barbara for years and find her a dedicated grandpar...
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Friday, February 28, 2014
Rational Taxpayers of Hampton Support Nichols and Pierce
By Norm Silberdick @ 6:15 AM :: 805 Views :: 0 Comments :: RTOH Endorsement
With the election only a few days away, this will be an important year for the voters to turn out and exercise their franchise to affect the future of...
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Need answers before voting
By hamptonite @ 8:35 AM :: 1016 Views :: 0 Comments :: Schools, SAU 90
Hampton School Board, SAU90 is in a great place today focused on their students, pursuit of academic excellence, safety and fostering a positive envir...
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Rusty Bridle Candidacy
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:01 AM :: 982 Views :: 0 Comments :: Schools, SAU 21
The announcement of Rusty Bridle as a candidate for Selectmen allows the voting residents to review a candidate who has served his community in many a...
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Friday, January 17, 2014
Commercial Trash Collection
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:04 AM :: 840 Views :: 0 Comments :: Trash/Recycling
A perfect opportunity was missed to charge businesses for trash collection rather than totally cease the service as proposed by Mrs. Woolsey. A propos...
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Monday, November 4, 2013
Conservation Commission Salary Increase
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:05 AM :: 735 Views :: 0 Comments :: Salary Increase
The current controversy about giving an administrative worker a 9 percent increase represents a management failure to plan for employee increases and ...
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Friday, September 13, 2013
Tax Increases on the Horizon
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:08 AM :: 775 Views :: 0 Comments :: Tax Increase
Taxpayers Should Start to Prepare for Tax Increases The proposed increases in Hampton’s municipal spending combining the Town Manager Welch&rsq...
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Commercial Trash Proposal
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:16 PM :: 1737 Views :: 0 Comments :: Trash/Recycling
Rational Taxpayers of Hampton has been concerned for a while on the issue of taxpayer supported commercial trash collection. How this practice ever began was indicative of the cozy relationship between former town politicians, town management, public works department administrators and select members of the business community. The time has come to
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Monday, April 1, 2013
Voter mandate to make WHS tops
By Norm Silberdick @ 4:30 PM :: 2047 Views :: 0 Comments :: Schools, SAU 21
How to make WHS tops is worthy of new considerations
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