We're on your side
To the Editor:
I really thought the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and town manager had understood the voters. With the exception of Greg Buccina, apparently not. Let me try again.
The budget cuts that need to be made must include personnel as well as their benefits. The days of fat staffing and big benefit packages are gone in the private sector and our municipal budget needs to reflect what the real world is dealing with.
Given today's realities, our town government is overstaffed, overpaid and out of touch. Town leaders need to understand us and do what is necessary for the health of our town. I notice that not a lot has changed, except that the whining has gotten louder.
In regards to Black Mountain, you lost a lot of good will when you went to court and sued for reinstatement of your initiated article request a few years back, contrary to the vote. You have redeemed yourselves this year with your efforts on your own behalf. It is up to the skiing community, not the taxpayers, to keep you afloat. Those days are over! You can do it!
I have some advice for the GRCC as well. Get organized and work for self-sufficiency and the whole town will support you!
Sell T-shirts, have bake sales, bottle drives and car washes and we will be there!. We'd rather buy exorbitantly expensive tees, contribute to bake sales and overpay for car washes than be required to pay $17 in taxes to support you.
Get it together. We'll be 100 percent behind you! The excitement you generate will exceed anything you ever dreamed possible.
Take heed folks. We're on your side.
Diana K. Pratt,