Well, now that the budget for the 2012-2013 is all ironed, out and residents will be given a 4 percent tax-increase flogging. I went to the RTM budget meetings and watched all the players as they attempted to reduce the tax tsunami coming to our shores. It was a real eye-opener as to how our town administrators and representatives work. A real "Pirates of Penzance" performance.

I guess we Fairfield property owners will continue to tighten our belts to reward our local government leaders who, with $270 million, still manage money like a drunken sailor on shore leave. I find it sad that our first selectman will not be in the boat with the majority of Fairfielders.

From what I understand, Mr. Tetreau is a tenant here, not a property owner. While I'm sure his Realtor training gave him insight into not establishing ownership in a town where taxes constantly increase, I feel it is patently unfair to the rest of us who cannot as easily pull up stakes to escape the rising waters. We can keep on bailing as fast as possible while others can simply not renew their lease.

I guess the captain no longer goes down with his ship. All residents hear is the drum beat of increased speed and spending. Yesterday's snow job becomes today's sermon. And so it goes.

David Thornton

Fairfield