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The selectmen know they will have to find the $30,000, so why are they wasting money on a town meeting? Profiles in passing the buck.
Or they could do what North Adams had to do and dip into the reserve accounts and hope the revenue falls out the sky next year. It isn't going to get any easier. Fix the problem now.
Why are teachers untouchable? If they want to be greedy, fine but they should have to jettison some of their fellow teachers through layoffs to do so. Laying off people who aren't afraid to work hard for a reasonable wage in order to continue to pay loafers way too much is unconscionable.
I moved from Williamstown to Lanesboro a few years ago. At that time my taxes were equivilent, now they are no longer comparible. I think there is almost a $4.00 difference per thousand between the two towns. That said, I have not had an increase in my salary in 4 years. I have had to give up alot, budget accordingly, and feel strongly that you can't spend what you don't have. The salaries of our teachers, Police Department, and some town departments are more than satisfactory. I don't know what the right answer is but living in Lanesboro is not going to be possible for me if the tax situation doesn't go in a different direction. For this reason I will not support anything that will cost me more money!
I am speaking on my own behalf and not as a member of the Williamstown Finance Committee. First, let's dispel the notion that Williamstownians can afford anything because we are all fat cats and living off the land here! In fact, Williamstown has pockets of great wealth, but more pockets of the working poor. We have the LARGEST mobile home community in Berkshire County, and at last check about 23% of our people barely met, or were below, the minimum self sufficiency income requirements that the State sets out. So, like most members of Lanesborough, many of us just get by! And that being said, enough of 'theyíre rich snobs over there in Williamstowní talk and let's get serious.
What is it that our Lanesborough neighbors are "really" saying when they can't come up with $30,000 a very small percentage or even dollar figure of their budget? I think community values are at stake and what the discussion is really about!
As I see it, it's an attack on an already stressed school system. It's a myopic view for the benifit of a system that delivers a world class education for children that will face a world workforce that is learning and producing better than the US already - and cheaper to boot! So, Lanesborough now picks the time to essentially make some veiled statement about the need for quality education in a world that is outstripping us! C'mon People! Teachers aren't rich, they're not bilking you! They're making a decent living. What, you'll pay a nonspecialist doctor anywhere from 3 to 10 times the teacherís value, you'll buy tickets to a concert that earn someone who can memorize 10 songs and earn 1000 times what a teacher makes?
C'mon this is about priorities. This is all starting to sound so D.C. Step up to the plate Lanesborough, because we are joined at the hip. The hip over on this side wants the very best globally competitive education for its and your children's education. Now Is Not The Time To Short Education Folks!
The issue is about the education of our young so that they can master their lives and the destiny of the United States in an ever increasingly difficult and dangerous world! You canít just arm people with armaments, you must first arm them with knowledge. Itís the only sensible way to navigate this world.
Letís join hands for our children, our communities children!