Things cannot go on as usual
To the Editor:
There is indeed a group in Mexico that is pushing for a tax cap.
I wonder if "the group" is perhaps much larger than some would like to think. A large portion of our population is older and is therefore on a fixed income. The COLAs (Cost of Living Adjustments) for retirees that may have been taken for granted in the past cannot be counted on today.
If the COLA is even given, it certainly does not cover the actual cost of living increases. Therefore, we need to decide where to cut our spending.
We think that the local towns must do the same; they need to decide where to cut costs. Are we aware that costs for the towns have increased and will continue to do so? Of course we are. Our gas, our insurances, etc. increase just like the town's. We are also aware that our state, indeed, our nation, is stuck in the same dilemma.
What are essential services? Maintaining a recreation program, supporting library services -- depends on who you ask.
Police, fire, road maintenance, trash collection -- depends on who you ask, too?
Will the local governments "get it right" when cost cutting begins? More than likely, the answer would be "no." But we need to start somewhere. Things cannot go on as usual.