Citizens: Wake up
To the Editor:
I would like to thank all the citizens who have always supported me at the polls and with my efforts to keep taxes in line.
We live in an age where costs are escalating. We all have to tighten our belts and live within our means. It has been a privilege trying to get the Town of Rumford to do the same. But, the truth be told, I’ve been on boards that just do not want to work for the citizens just their own interests and those of the big citizen spenders.
It is the spenders who somehow brainwash people to continually spend money unnecessarily. It is the spenders and oil company owners who are getting rich by leasing land to wind developers in Roxbury but fight about wind coming to Rumford and adding monies to town coffers.
The same people who want to keep Black Mountain coming to the town for money because they are knocking heads with the Libra Foundation who saw great benefits for them by bringing in wind power. Shame!
Maybe some of these same people drove away the Veterans Home, Budweiser Brewery, the wood chipping mill and probably countless others because it would be of no benefit to them personally. Whoops, forgot the Lem Cissel development, more tax dollars lost on that one.
We have people as department heads who love to spend money. Some of the department heads are not qualified for the position but are there costing us money. Do the people in Rumford truly believe that the present board and the people in charge of town spending will make improvements? Dare to make decisions that need to be made? If you think they do, then you have been hypnotized, by them, in thinking that way.
Changes have to be made in this entire River Valley area. It has to be done ASAP. People must speak out for positive changes that get the biggest bang out of the taxes paid without seeing continual increases.
RSU changes can save millions but I don’t think anyone on that board dares to step up and suggest the necessary changes that I’ve mentioned in other articles.
Landowners, who said they would close down their lands by posting them, because of the wind controversy; are you going to do so? Or was it bull? What would that do to the economy? Will tax revenue from the towers make up fully for the recreational revenue lost?
Step up land owners. It’s time you assist in breaking the hypnotic trance some people are in right now.
Serving the town of Rumford has been a joy and a challenge. Working with others who lack bravery and insight; and who are allowing themselves to be intimidated by negative, self-seeking individuals in our town has been frustrating.
I love my town. I came back. Will others? I don’t think so. We all have to ask why? I’ve touched on a few and there are more. To those who have sat back and did nothing all these years and allowed it to get to this dreadful position have to step to the plate. People, who have, are burnt out.
I will pray for the town and those who get paid by the town to start doing the right things for all the people and not just the self seekers.
Frank R. DiConzo,