No concern among Colchester CT YES men

No concern among Colchester CT YES men

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Merja H Lehtinen

Colchester, CT

#1 Jun 22, 2012
I finally sat down and took some time to read all the Letters to the Editors. First, I noted most, if not all, were written by volunteer town officials or by those whose income is in fact derived from the town budget, i.e., town employees.
It is unusual in the private sector to be able to advocate for one's own raises, but that is the way of public municipal government. Even if it seems unfair that people on the town payroll stack the room and vote to approve a budget that has their own salaries and riaes in it, well, everyone has the right to free speech and pursue their own best interests.
I understand people want raises; I would like one too. But I know my employers cannot afford a raise, so instead I want to work harder and smarter to build revenues.
But it would be helpful if the letter writers and speakers at public meetings in Colchester CT who vote YES and demand tax hikes identified themselves as having a fiduciary interest in the immediate outcome. It is their own raises and perhaps even jobs that depend on a budget passing.
Full disclosure is better than intimidating those who say "no, we cannot afford this 4 mill tax hike. You have enough with the current $50 million. You do not need one DIME more."
For those writers who are volunteers on the BOF, BOE, and BOS, they missed the memo that said they can as individuals advocate for the budget or any other issue, but should stress that they do so as individuals not as members of the board(s). Why? Because as elected officials they report to us and serve as the management of the town not workers; they serve those who own the town, the taxpayers, and once we voted that the budget was too high, if even by one vote, the people have spoken. The budget shoiuld have been cut by at least one mill if not three. To leave it with an increase of 3.5 mills means that the management level of the town did not listen to the owners, they bowed to special interest stake holders. Now, listen carefully as those same people cry out against Washington DC and decry special interests at that level..

As a late Senator once said, "all politics is local."
Ignorance of the law is no excuse nor a defense. When the people spoke out 2:1 and then with a fair majority margin of over 300 votes still saying NO NO, that was the majority and not the mob. The mob was that theater and well directed "play" before the Board of Finance meetings. One YES man even offered to take care of fighting the NO side, and if that is not against democracy and human interests what is?
We are the NO side. We represent VETS, Seniors, children, the unemployed, the under employed, corporate types, small businesses, artists, musicians, those on fixed income and yes even those on limitless incomes, yet we are not a mob or a group: we vote and think as INDIVIDUALS who take the time to vote despite that the YESmen won't listen until they get the outcome they alone want...
We work to assure you have the right to vote under the Constitution.
As Tearice Peters poignantly asked, "Is it fair that my son plays soccer at the cost of a senior not being able to afford her medicines as she must choose between taxes and meds?" For those who think the seniors should just move into subsidized housing, just wait til you are in your late 60s or 70s or 80s and want to grow old and die in yoru own home... Whatever you teach your children today is what they will do for you then. Should we plan to visit YOU at the nursing homes in twenty years? Will you be on Title 19 then as you are forcing seniors onto today?
homey d

Berlin, NH

#2 Jun 26, 2012
Merja H Lehtinen wrote:
I finally sat down and took some time to read all the Letters to the Editors. First, I noted most, if not all, were written by volunteer town officials or by those whose income is in fact derived from the town budget, i.e., town employees.
It is unusual in the private sector to be able to advocate for one's own raises, but that is the way of public municipal government. Even if it seems unfair that people on the town payroll stack the room and vote to approve a budget that has their own salaries and riaes in it, well, everyone has the right to free speech and pursue their own best interests.
I understand people want raises; I would like one too. But I know my employers cannot afford a raise, so instead I want to work harder and smarter to build revenues.
But it would be helpful if the letter writers and speakers at public meetings in Colchester CT who vote YES and demand tax hikes identified themselves as having a fiduciary interest in the immediate outcome. It is their own raises and perhaps even jobs that depend on a budget passing.
Full disclosure is better than intimidating those who say "no, we cannot afford this 4 mill tax hike. You have enough with the current $50 million. You do not need one DIME more."
For those writers who are volunteers on the BOF, BOE, and BOS, they missed the memo that said they can as individuals advocate for the budget or any other issue, but should stress that they do so as individuals not as members of the board(s). Why? Because as elected officials they report to us and serve as the management of the town not workers; they serve those who own the town, the taxpayers, and once we voted that the budget was too high, if even by one vote, the people have spoken. The budget shoiuld have been cut by at least one mill if not three. To leave it with an increase of 3.5 mills means that the management level of the town did not listen to the owners, they bowed to special interest stake holders. Now, listen carefully as those same people cry out against Washington DC and decry special interests at that level..
As a late Senator once said, "all politics is local."
Ignorance of the law is no excuse nor a defense. When the people spoke out 2:1 and then with a fair majority margin of over 300 votes still saying NO NO, that was the majority and not the mob. The mob was that theater and well directed "play" before the Board of Finance meetings. One YES man even offered to take care of fighting the NO side, and if that is not against democracy and human interests what is?
We are the NO side. We represent VETS, Seniors, children, the unemployed, the under employed, corporate types, small businesses, artists, musicians, those on fixed income and yes even those on limitless incomes, yet we are not a mob or a group: we vote and think as INDIVIDUALS who take the time to vote despite that the YESmen won't listen until they get the outcome they alone want...
We work to assure you have the right to vote under the Constitution.
As Tearice Peters poignantly asked, "Is it fair that my son plays soccer at the cost of a senior not being able to afford her medicines as she must choose between taxes and meds?" For those who think the seniors should just move into subsidized housing, just wait til you are in your late 60s or 70s or 80s and want to grow old and die in yoru own home... Whatever you teach your children today is what they will do for you then. Should we plan to visit YOU at the nursing homes in twenty years? Will you be on Title 19 then as you are forcing seniors onto today?
youll see the food stamp and ebt cards at every home.
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