LETTER: When there’s an elephant in the parlor, you have to say something

Letter-to-the-EditorNEWTo the Editor:

Last week Deputy Minority Leader Gottlieb (Fairfield RTM) came to the defense of State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey D-133, for criticism which she (Cristin) received for her vote in support of a $1.2 million reduction of state education funding to the town of Fairfield.

I have great respect and affection for Cristin McCarthy Vahey (as do I for Julie Gottlieb); however, the impact of Governor Malloy’s funding reduction upon Fairfield’s town budget is likely to be significant, and the matter has dominated discussion by members of all town bodies for the past month. It is difficult to talk about potential state funding reductions and at the same time avoid talking about the positions taken by those who represent us in Hartford.

As Mark Twain said, when there’s an elephant in the parlor, you have to say something about it. I referred to it as “a matter of concern,” but that is not to say that I had doubts as to Cristin’s intentions.

The fact is that the approach adopted Governor Malloy in an effort to balance the state budget has made it a matter competing interests between the state and its municipalities and placed McCarthy Vahey for one in a difficult position.

The concern held by many though, is that by not pushing back against the reduction, the hit to Fairfield will now be greater than it otherwise would have been.

Tom  McCarthy

RTM District 7

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