There appeared on page A3 last week the following mysterious headline: DILLON JOINS ‘STAY AS DEAD AS YOU ARE’
Gosh, I thought he was running for selectmen. However, I will make every effort to attend this intriguing theatrical performance. I understand the show will start at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. at the Bull Run Restaurant.
Headline: “ATM: Big ticket item $5.65m in CPA funds”
I am not quite sure about some of the details of the purchase of the Surrenden property. When I voted to accept the Community Preservation Act (CPA), I did not expect a commitment for 20 years. Furthermore I did not realize, at the time, that the economy is entering a period of “stagflation” (high-energy costs) while discretionary spending, which in some cases could possibly mean the purchase of a new home, is slowing down.
And there is no guarantee that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be able to continue to cough-up their half for the length of the town’s CPA commitments.
I do not like the idea of spending money before I have it.
The following is from the Groton Water Department Web site: “The Board of Water Commissioners Continues Public Hearing on Water Rate Increases. The public hearing shall conclude on April 11, with any changes approved by the board becoming effective May 1.”
Now isn’t that clever. Let’s assume an across-the-board 10 percent increase. Current revenue equals $1 million, and 10 percent of $1 million is $100,000. And the current budgeted surplus equals $100,000.
Wait! There is more to this damnable disclosure. The Groton Water Department is also going to pick up an extra $17,000 give or TAKE $1,000.
By the time this column is published, the dastardly deed will be done or undone. However, I hope that all of us will scrutinize the Groton Water Department articles very carefully at the upcoming town meeting.
Headline: “G-D school board demands that the state keep its promises.”
Finally, the Groton-Dunstable School District can set their sights on the real culprit.
Evidently, they determine the money provided to the towns by using per-capita income. Maybe the state should use the per capita revenue extracted from the citizens of Groton and Dunstable. Why is the formula so mysterious and complicated?
This all began when the federal government stopped providing aid for education. That was when “Beacon Hill” was no longer a two-party legislature. The urban areas, almost totally Democratic, and nearly all of the liberal persuasion, quickly assumed the power.
After all there were a lot of people in the urban areas, and they voted.
Yesterday’s vote on the gambling issue was a prime example of the power of the Democratic leadership.
To Karen Lofgren: If you have a petition I will be glad to sign it, and also ask others to sign it.
By the way, do not forget — the overall goal of state support, besides paying all transportation costs:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
— 60 percent
Groton-Dunstable Regional School District
”Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.” -Aldous Huxley