Democrats voice revelations about Republicans

To the Editor:

In the course of expressing their support for Kevin Kiley in the June special election, two of our more vocal town Democrats presented us with remarkable revelations about town Republicans that town Republicans themselves were likely unaware.

For example there was much ado about the fact that the Republican Town Committee threw its support to Laurie McArdle over Kevin Kiley to run for selectman with Chris Tymniak in 2015. RTC members who cast their votes in favor of McArdle likely believed they were doing so because Laurie’s qualifications as a former teacher would complement Chris’s qualifications in a way in which Kevin Kiley’s could not, but according to Representative Dean (D3) that was not the case.

As Representative Dean explained in her letter, the process was actually hijacked by a clandestine ultra-right wing fringe group which somehow infiltrated the RTC for the purpose of throwing Kevin under the bus. Who knew?

From Representative Zezima (D4) we have learned that Republican RTM Caucus is now answering to a “special interest group” with a “dogmatic policy of austerity”……..again who knew? Clearly this “special interest group” must be running a covert operation as well. They are so secretive, we didn’t even know about them!

In her letter, Representative Zezima tells us that holding the contingency line flat year over year is a budget cut. It is not. She tells us that not increasing contingency is the same as cutting Education and Libraries. They are unrelated. She says that the Democratic caucus was not made aware of budgetary actions under consideration by the Republican Caucus. The Democratic Minority Leader was told days in advance of the budget vote that reductions would be proposed to contingency as well as reductions in hours for specific departments.

Representative Zezima does deserve credit for actually attempting to characterize “decreased spending” as “unsustainable”. That may sound like a contradiction to many of us, but in as much as an annual budget increase is Representative Zezima’s expectation, in her mind a 0% increase is synonymous with a budget “cut”, and cautioning us all that we just can’t keep on not spending at this rate doesn’t seem at all like a paradox… her.

Francis “Hank” Ference

RTM District #8

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