Editor’s Note: InDepthNH.org is launching a new column that encourages you to ask your elected officials questions that you want answered. Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put them to elected officials, whether they are members of the Congressional delegation, the governor or your local selectmen. I will update you on their answers and how long it takes for them to respond. — Thanks, Nancy West
Dear Gov. Chris Sununu, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.
InDepthNH.org, a nonprofit news outlet published online by the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism, is launching a new series to help citizens hold government accountable.
It is called “NH Wants To Know.” We are inviting people to send us questions and we will put them to you and then post your answers. Harriet Cady has the first question that is addressed to the Congressional delegation, but to Gov. Sununu we would also ask if you ever received a complaint before the Boston Globe article about the whistleblowers’ complaints about the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manchester. Thank you. Nancy West 603-738-5635
Harriet Cady of Deerfield wants to know: My question is why with veterans’ complaints to Senator Shaheen, Senator Hassan, Representatives Shea-Porter and Kuster, why did it take whistleblowers story to finally get $30 million to fix the problems? It seems our congressional delegation was pretty ineffective.So it is my opinion we need more persons working within the governments systems to step forward and disclose where the agency falls short of service to the citizens who pay the bills for the service. Transparency in government again is my answer to what will make government work best! Harriet E. Cady, Deerfield, N.H.