- I live in New Hampshire which brags on its license plates:
"Live Free or Die". My first suggestion to inept officials is
that this immediately be removed! We were home to Tyco, the rip off artists,
who left multitudes unemployed with their heist of company funds. Would
that officials had been more attentive to REAL crime taking place in our
state; rather than arresting Dawn Smith, who was HANDCUFFED, and fingerprinted
for her 'supposed' failure to pay a $10.00 parking ticket! It made no difference
that Dawn had cancelled checks etc, the "Machine" is incapable
of cognitive or critical thinking skills!
- Here we are, in a country that has sexual predators running
amuck; kidnapping and killing children, having YEARS of sexual assaults
to their names, and who do they put a monitoring bracelet on but Martha
Stewart, who never molested or killed anybody! The frightening thing about
Dawn's case is that we are witnessing a system that has gone haywire. That,
or Portsmouth is on the ropes financially? While white collar corporate
honchos, with legions of lawyers; can rip off Savings and Loans, pension
funds, and announce 8.5 billion unaccounted for in Iraq contracts, trillions
unaccounted for in the Department of Defense, 60 billion gone missing from
HUD et al; we have an administrative manager, in Portsmouth's Coldwell
Banker office, treated like a found terrorist, a serial killer, or the
ever elusive Bin-Laden!
- Dawn's $10.00 ticket has now swelled into a criminal
case-no matter that she is innocent and had the paperwork to prove it!
Bureaucratic drones are not permitted to use their own common sense or
any critical thinking skills. In fact, it is my opinion, that in today's
application process, for any government jobs, that one must prove themselves
to be passive, compliant, unquestioning and unthinking! The perfect applicant
is one who is bovine in nature, obedient, subservient and servile! Any
individuality or aptitude above a GED level immediately disqualifies one
from gainful government employment!
- Dawn is not alone in her public humiliation from a city
that supposedly touts itself on tourism! My son went through the same impossible
insanity in Connecticut when a state trooper showed up at the private school
where he (not doing drugs!) was teaching, with an arrest warrant for a
$5.00 ticket-also paid! My husband and I were out of state at the time.
Thankfully this trooper, not of a bovine nature, and realizing the stupidity
of what he was "ordered' to do, gave my son the $50.00 bail money!
- He was quite embarrassed by it all, saying it would have
to be settled in court. Like Dawn, the "Machine" had lost any
trace of a fine being paid. My son's receipt meant nothing! He was ordered
to court. This caused a problem in scheduling. My son was scheduled to
be in Ireland, to follow through on a prestigious award he's been given
in college, for his photography work! NO, one couldn't speak to anyone
at the courthouse, as they'd all been laid off due to budget constraints.
Ireland or court for a five dollar paid ticket? What a decision.
- He called the court from Ireland the day of the hearing
to try and settle this $5.00 crime against humanity. We ended by having
to hire a lawyer, upon his return, which cost us $1000.00 upfront! Even
here it didn't end, as this guy turned out to be a stultified dud, of the
first degree. I had to write up the argument myself as he proved too incompetent.
Naturally we won, but at what cost and what absolute lunacy?
- If you read of Dawn's harrowing tale:you
might reconsider that trip to Portsmouth you had planned! Too bad Dawn
wasn't a UN official or a politician in Foggy Bottom; a ticket would be
no problem. UN officials owe millions in finesbut alas they have diplomatic
immunity! To add insult to injury, in our particular case, my son was a
cross country cyclist, until a hit and run accident. If not for a group
of firemen who'd witnessed the accident and chased the guy down, he'd have
never been caught. It didn't matter though; he turned out to be a UN official.
His diplomatic immunity got him off without so much as a ticket! All animals
are not equal. Yes, the police were quick to serve a warrant for a $5.00
parking ticket on my working son---with, yawn, apparently no greater crime
to deal with? I'm still waiting, these many years later, for an arrest
of the sexual predator, which attacked him and my niece, when they were
mere children, picnicking in the woods near our Connecticut home. If only
he'd get himself a parking ticket we might be in some luck?
- Angry-you bet I'm angry. I am angered every time I see
the real criminals let loose on society, while grievous errors, such as
police arresting innocent citizens for parking tickets, and made to suffer
untold financial costs, because city coffers apparently are empty? The
only satisfaction I received from detectives when my son and niece were
attacked by a depraved, degenerate, mutation of humanity was; "You
should be glad to know that usually in cases like this the children are
murdered!" Imagine---this was to be my consolation (and the children)
while this gold coast (CT) city got about protecting their image, or maybe
laying in wait for that errant citizen who owed a parking ticket?
- The saddest thing in this tale is that most citizens
will (if they read at all), will shake their heads and say nothing. They
won't write their legislators or contact Portsmouth officials.after all
these things happen to other people, too bad for Dawn. I suggest you drop
Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce a line and tell them of your fearfulness
in visiting their seaside resort town. You too may have a paid ticket and
suffer Dawn's circus of errors and public humiliation. People get angry
but angry for the moment. There anger is feeble and never effects any change.
It's not enough to read something and tsk tsk about it. People need to
start standing up for one another-stranger or not. Contact Portsmouth,
NH, City Council: CityClerk@ch.cityofportsmouth.com Chamber of Commerce-
Mike McGreevy firstname.lastname@example.org Next time it could be you---now that
innocent American citizens have become the only criminals being caught!