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My grandfather used to have a rubber change purse. As a child I delighted in seeing him squeeze the purse at each end in order to open it in the middle, revealing his coins. He said more times than I can count, “Watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.”

That oft-heard phrase should be the foundation of every budget, whether it’s a modest household budget or a multi-million-dollar budget supporting a school system.

In Groton next Tuesday, voters face a single contested race — between Paul Fitzgerald and Paul Funch for School Committee.

There appears to be no question that both men are intelligent and concerned for the well-being of the community and the schools.

But one thing has been pretty clear over the last year, and that is that the Groton-Dunstable school committee has taken on a more fiscally conservative approach to the schools and their budget. Paul Fitzgerald has been part of that movement.

It does not follow that being careful with money causes the same result as pinching pennies. Paul Fitzgerald appears to come out on top in the debate over which candidate would be a more careful guardian of the public till.

Groton has two good choices but our pick is Paul Fitzgerald for School Committee.