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There are 11 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 9, 2009, titled Lunenburg officials banking on stimulus money - Sentinel & Ente.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Lunenburg officials are hoping to capitalize on money for municipal projects that President-elect Barack Obama has said he will include in a future stimulus package.

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LTandV

Clinton, MA

#1 Jan 9, 2009
I think maintaining and repairing the High School should take top priority. It will be years before it can be replaced.
Source of Funds

Whitman, MA

#2 Jan 9, 2009
Mr. Alonzo, your pithy comment about the government pinata aside, the federal and state governments start every year with ZERO dollars. The source of their funds is the taxpayer. Getting money for town projects from the state or the federal government isn't free. We pay for it through taxes. Please think of this prior to encouraging the CAFO to "Load up" the requests for funds to see what THEY ( meaning us ) will pay for. Bebt in the trillions is serious stuff. It is time to reduce requests foir financial aid and become a fiscal conservative.
Just Because

Princeton, MA

#3 Jan 9, 2009
Source of Funds wrote:
Mr. Alonzo, your pithy comment about the government pinata aside, the federal and state governments start every year with ZERO dollars. The source of their funds is the taxpayer. Getting money for town projects from the state or the federal government isn't free. We pay for it through taxes. Please think of this prior to encouraging the CAFO to "Load up" the requests for funds to see what THEY ( meaning us ) will pay for. Bebt in the trillions is serious stuff. It is time to reduce requests foir financial aid and become a fiscal conservative.
This would be a great theory if the world actually worked that way. Instead, if we don't "load up" your money and mine is going to Alaska and Rhode Island and that states that do.

My two cents (can I get reimbursed for that?): Forget regionalization, and build our own new high school.
Source of funds

Whitman, MA

#4 Jan 9, 2009
Just Because wrote "This would be a great theory if the world actually worked that way. Instead, if we don't "load up" your money and mine is going to Alaska and Rhode Island and that states that do."

This is exactly how our country got 1.4 trillion dollars in debt. Who is going to pay the bill? What is the source of funds?
Just Because

Princeton, MA

#5 Jan 9, 2009
Source of funds wrote:
Just Because wrote "This would be a great theory if the world actually worked that way. Instead, if we don't "load up" your money and mine is going to Alaska and Rhode Island and that states that do."
This is exactly how our country got 1.4 trillion dollars in debt. Who is going to pay the bill? What is the source of funds?
Your are probable right. But how do you stop it?
You are kidding yourself if you think by a few of us standing up to say no thank you, the government is going to stop spending. Instead, what will happen is some one else will get my dollars. And while I will try to avoid building bridges to nowhere, I will advocate for my share of the pie until everyone agrees the pie must be smaller.
Dumb comment

Malden, MA

#6 Jan 9, 2009
Source of Funds wrote:
Mr. Alonzo, your pithy comment about the government pinata aside, the federal and state governments start every year with ZERO dollars. The source of their funds is the taxpayer. Getting money for town projects from the state or the federal government isn't free. We pay for it through taxes. Please think of this prior to encouraging the CAFO to "Load up" the requests for funds to see what THEY ( meaning us ) will pay for. Bebt in the trillions is serious stuff. It is time to reduce requests foir financial aid and become a fiscal conservative.
This has to be one of the dumbest comments I've ever read. Yes, the federal government funds projects through our taxpayer money. But that doesn't mean when the government goes to hand it out we shouldn't ask for it. It's prudent of our town officials to try to get their hands on as much of it as possible or else it will go to pay for projects in some other town. Would you rather your tax money go to pay for a new police station in Ashby or a new school in Lunenburg? If you live in Lunenburg, my guess is the latter. But either way, the money is going somewhere.
Josh

Acton, MA

#7 Jan 20, 2009
There will be no money unless we regionalize. Regionalization is the answer!
Just Because

Newburyport, MA

#8 Jan 20, 2009
Josh wrote:
There will be no money unless we regionalize. Regionalization is the answer!
Apparently, the state is using a carrot approach (some would say bribe) to induce regionalization. However, aside from the short term building dollars, regionalization is going to mean a diluted vote on school budgets going foward, giving you even less control of how much money is spent on the schools.
LTandV

North Reading, MA

#9 Jan 20, 2009
Josh wrote:
There will be no money unless we regionalize. Regionalization is the answer!
I suspect that you think consolidating the school systems of the three towns is going to give you a more affordable school system in terms of your tax dollars. Think again. This was brought up at one of the regionalization meetings that I attended. The answer was that any money saved in administration costs (if at all) would go right back into funding school programs.
Anotherredneck

Acton, MA

#11 Jan 21, 2009
LTandV wrote:
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I suspect that you think consolidating the school systems of the three towns is going to give you a more affordable school system in terms of your tax dollars. Think again. This was brought up at one of the regionalization meetings that I attended. The answer was that any money saved in administration costs (if at all) would go right back into funding school programs.
So, what's wrong with that? At least we get the money whereas going it on our own, the taxpayers will have to foot the entire bill.
LTandV

Harvard, MA

#12 Jan 21, 2009
Anotherredneck wrote:
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So, what's wrong with that? At least we get the money whereas going it on our own, the taxpayers will have to foot the entire bill.
I, personally have no problem with the money going back into school programs.

Get what money? For a new high school? Hopefully.

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