Letter to the Editor

Please Reconsider Decision On RCTV Playback Server

Submitted by Deb Doda    1-4-21

Dear Raymond Board of Selectmen:

I write to ask that you reconsider the decision made at your meeting of Monday, December 14th, 2020 to disapprove the purchase of a replacement playback server for the Raymond Community Television station.

The preamble to RSA 91-A states: "Openness in the conduct of public business is essential to a democratic society. The purpose of this chapter is to ensure both the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussion and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people."

The public’s right to know what its government is doing is a fundamental part of New Hampshire’s democracy.  However, due to work and/or family obligations, not all of Raymond’s residents are free to attend the meetings contemporaneously, whether that be in person or electronically, and must rely on RCTV to keep up with the Town’s Boards, Committees, and Commissions. 

The money in the Cable TV Revolving Fund is funded from Cable TV rate payers’ franchise fees, with nothing raised and appropriated from taxation.  The fact that there is currently almost $350k in the Cable TV Revolving Fund indicates that it is not being spent recklessly.

I am sure that you, as the Town’s governing body, would never have appointed the members of the Cable Committee were you not certain that they were going to volunteer their time and effort to keep the residents informed for no personal gain, but also capable of managing the TV Station that we rely upon.

Please allow their experience and expertise, which they share with the Town’s residents so freely and willingly, to guide your decision making and approve this important purchase.

 Thanks for your attention.


Debra H.Doda

30 PlainsRoad


























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