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Though not a resident of Groton, I would like to congratulate the Groton voters for rejecting the tax override for the school.

The importance of education cannot be overemphasized; however, there exists the misconception that all issues, financial or otherwise pertaining to our schools, can be fixed by throwing more money at them.

Schools have become a sieve through which money runs at an ever-increasing pace. The more we throw into it, the quicker the money runs through the holes. Future student enrollment is projected to decrease. Does anyone really believe that when the enrollment decreases, savings will be passed on to us?

We taxpayers are financially as strapped as the schools, if not more so. I would love to see an audit as to how our schools spend our tax dollars. It is also long overdue for administrators, as well as teachers, to understand why we, the proletariat, whose dollars pay for the schools and salary packages, are beginning to grumble. Benefit packages need to be reconsidered. In what profession can one take one’s health insurance literally to the grave with them? Compare that to the soldier who returns from the Iraqi meat grinder, his or her health probably gone forever, and then have to fight for proper care within this huge bureaucracy called the VA.

We taxpayers are financially as strapped as the schools, if not more so. I would love to see an audit as to how our schools spend our tax dollars. It is also long overdue for administrators, as well as teachers, to understand why we, the proletariat, whose dollars pay for the schools and salary packages, are beginning to grumble. Benefit packages need to be reconsidered. In what profession can one take one’s health insurance literally to the grave with them? Compare that to the soldier who returns from the Iraqi meat grinder, his or her health probably gone forever, and then have to fight for proper care within this huge bureaucracy called the VA.

Yes, teaching is a noble profession, but no more so than a soldier, firefighter or police officer — for that manner, anyone else who goes out there and makes an honest living every day.

Towns do not exist for the benefit of the schools. Schools exist because of the towns they are in. The towns have other needs in addition to schools. Schools must learn to exist within their means! Sure, health care costs steadily increase. They increase for us taxpayers, too. But we not only have to pay our increases, we pay for everyone else’s; alas, we are not teachers.

This is a very simplistic way to look at things, but when we have a “financial shortfall or other emergency,” can we go to our employer and say “unless I get an immediate raise of at least 5 percent, I will have to cut services immediately”? We all know the result of that, don’t we?

Voters in Ashby and Townsend, do the right thing and send an appropriate message in June. Perhaps things will have to get worse before they get better.

GABRIELE FURBAY