Friday, October 17, 2008
League of Women Voters takes position on Question 1
To the Editor:
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts urges citizens to vote NO November 4 on Ballot Question 1 – a proposed law to reduce the state income tax as of January 2009 and eliminate it entirely in 2010. This is a reckless proposal that would cut $12 billion from the state’s tax base or 40% of the state’s $27 billion budget.
Twelve billion dollars less in state funding for public works projects, public safety, school budgets and other state services, such as Medicaid, will have dire consequences in our communities. Cutting state aid to cities and towns will force municipal governments to roll back services and seek overrides increasing the property tax to maintain basic services.
Statewide public safety will be at risk with fewer police officers, firefighters, and ambulance crews. Residents can expect longer waits for response to 911 calls and to have streets cleared of snow and ice.
Education cuts will lead to larger class sizes and fewer academic and extra-curricular opportunities for all students. More fees will be imposed by local school districts for transportation, field trips, athletics and other extra-curricular activities.
Infrastructure throughout the state will deteriorate further with less money for roads, bridges and public transportation systems. This means more crumbling roadways, potholes, and repair bills for drivers and a greater risk of train derailments and unsafe bridges.
Reducing or eliminating dollars for healthcare services will negatively impact our senior citizens, working families and people with disabilities. Federal Medicare matching funds will be lost if the state does not contribute its share.
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts considers Question 1 an unwise proposal that could increase local property taxes, cause sweeping cuts in education and other basic services, cripple our public safety departments and speed the deterioration of our infrastructure. We encourage all voters to vote NO on Question 1 in the interest of preserving vital services for the citizens of Massachusetts.
TOGAzine needs more contributors
To the Editor:
The TOGAzine is published by Gleason Public Library and is a magazine for and by all teens. Any writer that wants to see his or her writing in a magazine, the TOGAzine is the right place for you! I gave it “The Beach” and “The House of Unknown Mysteries.” Next time we would appreciate if there would be more contributors. All teens are welcome. Come and pick up your copy today at the Gleason library.
Vote no on Question 1
To the Editor:
This November 4, our ballots will be featuring more than presidential and congressional choices – we will also be asked to vote on a proposal that would repeal the state income tax, effective January 1, 2009. The proposal, if passed, would cost the Commonwealth over 12 billion dollars – 40% of the state budget.
The impact on Carlisle and all other communities would be severe and immediate – it would force us to raise local real estate taxes and cut services simultaneously in order to offset the loss of state funding. This means teacher layoffs, educational program cuts, reductions in public safety personnel (think police, firemen, paramedics, 911 operators) plus further deterioration of our roads, highways and transit systems.
Make no mistake – the proposition has huge support among the disillusioned voters who see the government as the problem, not the solution. We will not avoid paying for our services if Question 1 passes; they will merely be paid for by other means (increased real estate taxes and fees) if we choose to maintain our educational and safety standards. For those communities that cannot afford these increases, the results will be dire, long lasting and will impact all of us sooner or later.
Please vote no on Question 1. Let us not make bad times worse.
Does our Swap Shed need security?
To the Editor:
Some weeks ago, we cleaned out our basement and my son-in-law took the load to the Transfer Station. His destination was the Swap Shed. However, before he could unload, a woman in a red Volkswagen with New Hampshire tags practically crawled into the back of our truck to get at our stuff. I did not think much of it until today, when I saw one of my trunks for sale at the store Tables to Teapots in Acton for $43.
I love the idea of the Swap Shed and the thought that neighbors and town employees might find use for items no longer needed. I don’t even object if someone wants to resell them. I do, however, wonder if folks from surrounding towns (or states?) enter the Transfer Station on a regular basis to gather items specifically to resell. This seems to tarnish a bit the spirit of the town Swap Shed. In light of today’s economy, this is a trivial matter. But “swap” means free to those with valid Carlisle Transfer Station stickers.
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