I have sat on the Board of Selectmen, Board of Education, Woodstock Academy Board of Trustees. I have reviewed their budgets, I have helped create those budgets. I was involved in almost every activity in Town for 4 years as the First Selectman. I have been involved in Woodstock politics, the cesspool that it is, for 13 years. After having dealt with the Education Mafia during those years, I have concluded you (to ’Pointless’) are unreasonable, will resort to anything to get your way, very poor fiscal managers, unethical, untrustworthy, hypocritical, not very smart, easy to defeat, and tiresome. I think I may have left something out, but that is enough for now. The Citizens of Woodstock are either, uninformed, stupid or just like havoc by electing the kind of people that sit in their elected offices. The Board of Education is shameful and a disgrace to this town, with the way they handled the 9th Grade proposal, the Academy negotiations, their budgeting process, and the waste of our tax dollars. Prop 46 has perverted our political process and has enabled unethical, lying individuals to be elected into office, where they spend all of their time trying to overturn, amend, or get around Prop 46. They will invent interpretations of how 46 works just to spend more money. Prop 46 is a terrible spending cap anyhow, its implementation has alot to be desired and the effect it has on our town is not good, for either side. I never said the Academy was perfect, but at least I was given information, and my questions were answered honestly. Something I can’t say about my experiences with the BOE. This BOE needs a major investigation and audit of their spending practices and accounting procedures. I am not in favor of giving them one more dime until we the taxpayers are satisfied with how they are spending the money they already have. This BOE is not on a “bare bones budget” they spend lots of money and very poorly. Proposition 46 is not the problems because it starves the K-8. The Academy is not the problem financially because it gives us a good value for our tax dollar. That’s why the other Town wouldn’t join our BOE in trying to torpedo the Academy, they know its a good deal. What we have is a group of individuals (The Educational Mafia) who either benefit directly, (jobs), perks and deals for their children, they have a personal stake to make sure this wasteful, poorly run behemoth keeps on spending our money for their benefit. We are supposed to keep our mouth shut and keep writing them tax dollar checks for their purposes. If you dare to question them, they attack your integrity and person. They are a disgusting lot and I take great pleasure in defeating their plots and plans. But it gets old and never seems to stop. People of Woodstock, get off your ass and put a stop to this nonsense.
Ernest A. Wetzel