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Several weeks ago, I attended a pancake breakfast at the Hungerford Nature Center in Kensington with my daughter, her husband, and my grandchilden.
I have been visiting the center for at least 25 years, with my own children when they were youngsters, and, more recently, with my grandchildren.
On this visit, I found the center to look clean and I was pleasantly surprised to see some changes in the exhibits, including an aviary and some new animal displays. When I inquired about the changes at the front desk, I was told that a new director, Tom Pascocello, had been hired in the fall and the changes had come about under his direction.
Since the center hadn’t changed much in the many years I had been visiting, I decided to speak with Tom and tell him how delighted I was to see the changes he had made in such a short time.
Tom was very welcoming, and he shared some of the future plans he has for the center, such as improving the playscape area.
I look forward to continued visits to the Hungerford Nature Center and watching it evolve under Tom’s direction.
Thank you, Mr. Pascocello, for breathing new life into this wonderful treasure in our town.
The people on Worthington Ridge who were complaining about the tree removal, would you rather have trees fall on power lines and cause the lights and heat to go out at the worst possible time? Aren't a few stumps better than losing food, communication and lights?
So why not think of the consequences before complaining.
The results of the latest budget referendum reflect the complete failure of the Republican majority on the Town Council to provide any leadership or direction for our community. The budget for the town side was voted against by 86 percent of voters, while the BOE budget was voted down by an astonishing 90 percent of voters.
Even more evidence of the complete lack of leadership on the part of Mayor Mark Kaczynski and his Republican colleagues was the fact that voters were largely split on whether the proposed budgets were too high or too low. Not surprising given the Republican record of raising taxes while at the same time cutting services and underfunding basic needs and essential services.
This disarray and confusion about a direction for our town is the inevitable result of a governing philosophy based on partisanship and cynicism, and not on a vision of what is in the best interest of Berlin’s residents and future.
Consider that during the last two budget years our Republican leaders voted for a budget and then immediately campaigned against its approval.
No wonder Berlin voters don’t have any clarity or agreement about a direction forward for our community, given that our Republican mayor and council members have substituted finger-pointing and political games for governing and leadership.
It seems clear that this year’s budget process will not produce a way forward for our community. Confusion, disappointment and cuts to services, along with another tax increase, are the most likely outcomes. The inevitable outcome of four years of what passes for leadership from our Republican mayor.
We can’t fix this budget disaster and leadership vacuum this budget season. Ninety percent of Berlin voters agree that they don’t like Mayor Mark Kaczynski’s budget. Perhaps they will agree that it’s time for a change come November.