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As a member of the Berlin Town Council, I watch both parties try to place blame on the increased cost of government spending.
Every year our taxes go up. The Republican members of our council stated they would make every possible effort to keep increases to a minimum. This promise has been kept.
No matter which party has control of our Town Council, our taxes will increase.
When the Democratic Party had the majority, spending, borrowing and taxes all rose at an alarming rate.
The Town Attorney and Town Manager selected during Mayor Kaczynski’s terms have been able to identify many cost-saving measures and stop some of the political handouts. Even with these measures, the cost of running our town and educating our children will rise every year as long as our elected state officials continue to accept large checks from special interest groups like public unions.
This practice will keep the cost of state contracts and benefits to public employees increasing every year until realistic changes are made in the way our state does business.
Our governor is now asking for 57 new taxes and tolls for our roads. This won’t even be enough for the officials governing our state. State funding to our schools and towns will be cut back year after year and the costs will be passed along to homeowners.
Until our state leaders learn to control spending, our town taxes will increase no matter which party claims to be in control.
Charles R. PaonessaTown Councilor
As the family members of veterans, we hold a special place in our hearts for the parents, siblings, spouses and friends of those who served. We cannot help but think of all the men and women who have gone to fight for this great nation and did not return home.
While we are all guilty of celebrating the unofficial start of summer and encouraging each other to “have a good weekend,” it is important to remember the reason for the holiday.
Memorial Day is the day Americans set aside to honor those brave men and women who met tragic ends while defending our freedom. It is our duty to honor their sacrifices, to pray for their families and to bow our heads in recognition of their service.
On National Poppy Day, May 24, American Legion Auxiliary members across the state and the country will be distributing poppies as a tribute to our fallen warriors. We, the Department of CT, invite residents to stop by and see us and to receive a poppy to wear in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We must never forget.
The poppy, which bloomed on the battlefields of France after World War I, has grown to become an internationally-known and -recognized symbol of the lives sacrificed in war and the hope that none died in vain.
If you choose to donate to the poppy cans, 100 percent of all donations received will go directly to help veterans, military and their families here in Connecticut.
The American Legion Family has called upon Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day.
To learn more about the auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit ALAforVeterans.org or ctaladept.weebly.com.
Janice SentivanyAmerican Legion Auxiliary
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