â€œâ€¦he fails to recognize that NO Towns in Eastern Connecticut have a Prop 46 except for Woodstock.â€?
Mr. Bird, Editor of the Villager, spoke about â€œloosening of the reigns (sic)â€? in his editorial this Friday (Apr 21st) in telling Woodstockians that they should â€œKeep Prop. 46 as it is in Woodstock.â€? He says, â€œâ€¦loosening the reigns would spell financial disaster.â€? Was he trying to tell us that we should or should not eliminate the reigning clique that has controlled Woodstock for the last decade? Itâ€™s never clear what is actually being said in the Villager articles because its articles are filled with inaccuracies, mis-spellings, and grammatical errorsâ€¦not to mention ignorance of the issues facing Woodstock managers.
For example, he goes on to talk about Prop 46 as a â€œsafeguard for wild spendingâ€? as though wild spending was a sure thing â€“ this is the straw man for his argument that Woodstock should â€œKeep Prop. 46 as it is in Woodstock.â€? Does he even know what IS is? Stating a premise that does not exist and is not possible, then knocking it down is a downright stupid exercise, given the fact that the Woodstock electorate ultimately approves the budget.
He touts the importance of Prop 46 and the Massachusetts Prop 2 Â½ as safeguards against â€œwild spending.â€? He is apparently ignorant of the fact that Mass Prop 2 Â½ has an annual escape clause, or annual over-ride, that can be approved by the electorate whereas Prop 46 does not. He apparently does not understand that no annual over-ride exists so itâ€™s pointless when he asserts that, â€œdispleasure with the (inadequate) school budget can be registered.â€? The only way possible that I can think of expressing displeasure is to take a leak on the side city hall.
Mr. Bird seems to have a fetish for â€œPandoraâ€™s Boxâ€? because he mentions it twice – he must have been forced to read Prometheus in high school â€“ it obviously left an indelible mark on him. It’s obvious that he is quite fearful of opening Pandora’s Box perhaps because of some unfortunate childhood experience. I wonder if he actually loses sleep over Woodstock’s affairs?
Finally, Mr. Bird invokes an anthropomorphism when he talks about â€œâ€¦towns feeling the pinchâ€? but he fails to recognize that NO Towns in Eastern Connecticut have a Prop 46 except for Woodstock. I wonder how all of these other townâ€™s have survived with all of the â€œwild spendingâ€? that he predicts if Prop 46 is amended.