Farmington Valley Communities Want Town Side Of Budgets Flat

Feb 17, 2009 Read more: Hartford Courant 26
The mantra is the same when it comes to budget increases in the Farmington Valley: zero, zero, zero. Read more
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reality

Canton, CT

#21 Feb 18, 2009
Townie wrote:
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I agree 100%. I'm tired of finding out about all the backdoor politics that goes on in these selectman meetings. They were elected to represent the will of the taxpayers...it's about time they're held to that standard.
The meetings are just rubber stamping what Dick and Bob have decided before the meeting.
Thomas Covenant

Wallingford, CT

#22 Feb 19, 2009
Jack wrote:
Did I just read that The Deputy Police Chief who has been an employee in good standing for the Town of Canton for the last 24 year's is now being told he may loose his job? What does that say to other officers and employees who work for the town?

To cut an employee of 24 years is WRONG. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Maybe you should ask the Chief of Directing Traffic to RETIRE.
Maybe you should realize there are no guarantees in life. People with 20+ years at their jobs (in the private sector, not the tax-engorged public sector) are getting laid off all over Connecticut, you crybaby! I think all public servants should share the pain with layoffs and paycuts, just like their private sector counterparts! Government workers have had it too good for too long and need a hard reality check in this tough time.
POSTmortem

Westwood, NJ

#24 Feb 20, 2009
common cents wrote:
I like to dress up like a little girl.
Big surprise!
Foolish avid reader

Malden, MA

#25 Feb 21, 2009
avid reader wrote:
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Very true. Never mind the "entitlement" mentality of these people, that will take generations to change. What I can't understand is how we as taxpayers keep giving in to their cries for more manpower, more equipment, more hours, more everything. If we would just reduce their numbers maybe we would get a break. Look at all the cops in Cheshire. Did that stop the Petit tragedy? Look at yesterday on I84. Dozens of cops blocking traffic for hours. For what? Is this how we want to spend our money? Look, after the fact there's always dozens of cops on scene. In greater numbers than we actually need. They're never there before the fact, despite their great numbers. Cops don't solve crimes. They arrive after the crime. Think about it. Oh, and they pull over motorists. Yeah!
I hope the avid reader remembers his words when his house catches on fire, he crashes his car or gets mugged and he is told to take a number like at the deli at Stop n Shop. Maybe only then will he appreciate what public servants accomplish on a daily basis!
Thomas Covenant

Canton, CT

#26 Feb 23, 2009
Foolish avid reader wrote:
<quoted text>I hope the avid reader remembers his words when his house catches on fire, he crashes his car or gets mugged and he is told to take a number like at the deli at Stop n Shop. Maybe only then will he appreciate what public servants accomplish on a daily basis!
Get real you pro-bureaucracy dunderhead! It's about getting the services you describe at a better value. Can your liberal though-process handle that phrase? Let me repeat B-E-T-T-E-R V-A-L-U-E. There's no reason on this earth that public sector employees need to expect lifetime job security and a retirement spanning pension that soaks the achievers and earners of the private sector. Yeah, we need snowplows and cops, but we don't need them at a point where they become to big a drain on private sector finances. People who claim there are never enough cops, teachers and ditch diggers have never completed a ECON 101 course. Read some Ayn rand and some Milton Friedman and then talk about the costs of the public sector on those of us with no job security or guaranteed pensions!
BindingCovenant

Westwood, NJ

#27 Mar 5, 2009
Thomas Covenant wrote:
<quoted text>My sheep are my best friends!
They must keep you warm at night!

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