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Letter

Temple concerned about taxpayers

To the editor:

I am from Temple and fully supported Gail Cromwell in her campaign to rein in ConVal budgets. She raised excellent questions and presented convincing data to support cuts that wouldn’t impact educational delivery. Temple selectman John Kieley also pushed for responsible budget cuts in health insurance and food service based on convincing data. Yet, these efforts didn’t seem to register with those who went to the polls. To me, the negative response to these efforts indicated that there was little sense of urgency towards the spiraling costs of the ConVal district.

The clearest message I have gotten from attending many ConVal meetings has been a total disregard of our community as a whole. Old-timers struggling with rising property taxes? Not our concern. Struggling small business owners? Don’t rain on our parade. People struggling to pay taxes after losing jobs or taking pay cuts are simply road kill on the path to a high performing district. Ms. Cromwell expressed concern for members of our community that struggle with their property taxes but that kind of concern has been consistently belittled. We talk about teaching our kids respect for others and yet ConVal voters have expressed little respect for the diverse realities of people in our community.

Maybe Temple is the one town in the district that does have respect for all of its citizens and believes in the need for public officials to spend taxpayer money prudently. The gym project could have been less ambitious but still achieved ADA compliance. The Ledger-Transcript implied Ms. Cromwell was personally responsible for Temple’s voting record but I think that sells Temple voters short. We are not just sheep.

Tricia Saenger

Temple

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