Daily Archives: June 11, 2005

More Follies
I found an interesting article on the web (click on “Link”, below) detailing what our legislature’s been doing with all our money. Not surprisingly, they’ve been busy spending it. When then Governor Weicker rammed through an income tax in 1991 (a flat 1.5%, in those days) the promise was that it would make for better financial planning. I guess it did. The budget that year (1992) was $7 billion. This year it’s $15.86 billion and counting, an increase that’s 2 1/2 X inflation. We have the highest paid state workers in the Union, and the most per capita. Yet our leaders “had no choice” but to raise taxes again. Sort of depressing.

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Mischief Making

I’ve just heard on the radio that our “representatives” in Hartford have enacted a bill that will shield all of their email communications from the Freedom of Information Act. The purported basis for this is that it will free constituents from worrying about the public release of private information and allow them to write to their reps with less caution. Uh huh.

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Fellow Writers

It’s probably bad form to attack fellow writers on the same paper, but Patricia McCormack is an editorial writer posing as a reporter, and I dislike it. I refer specifically to her latest article that claims that “oil company greed” is to blame for high gasoline prices in Greenwich. There are a number of alternatives which would explain the price discrepancy between Greenwich and, say, Stratford – higher real estate values come to mind, for instance – but the main point is that the word “greed” has no place in what purports to be a piece of objective reporting. If I denounce builder Steven Hatch as an unwashed vandal who tears down historical houses like a boy pulling wings off flies, fine; it’s an opinion piece. When McCormack writes, she does so as a reporter – that’s quite another thing, and she should curb her enthusiasm.

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