RTM members need to work together

To the Editor:

Fairfield voters have to wait a year to deal with the paralysis the Tea Party block in Congress caused the American economy, but on Election Day, coming, they can eliminate the same problem, with present Republican majorities on the Board of Finance and RTM.

As if the actions of their budget “whacko birds” (what Sen. McCain called his House counterparts) didn’t do enough damage this past spring, the school budget and Pequot Library appropriations, cases in point, their attempt to ram through an illegal redistricting plan was the last straw.

This manipulation by moderator Jeffrey Steele should be dealt with, as well as his public input gagging in RTM meetings, while letting the caucus windbags use up all the agenda issue time. This conduct duplicity should fool nobody, particularly senior and moderate members of his own party.

We need to restore to the RTM, the ability of both parties to work cooperatively, listen to public input at hearing and then vote in compromise to reconcile expense hold-down with fair taxation. As anybody with experience in public office knows, this requires more practical realism than party line ideology.

Traditionally, RTM representatives, as well as congressmen, have two purposes: To serve their districts, and, as a body, to solve problems for the good of the town as well as the nation. This Tea Party vice of obstructionist pontification just to play to media attention and personal aggrandizement is hardly the statecraft the public trust expects.

 

David Sturges                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fairfield

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