Our elected RTM and state representatives have worked very hard to represent your interests and keep taxes from becoming an even bigger burden to you. The elected members of the RTM voted down not an increase in the school budget but the size of the increase. I challenge residents to show me where the reduction in the size of the increase has hurt their children's educations.

Connecticut and Fairfield were good places to live before we had an income tax and high sales tax and high property taxes. We used to have a surplus. Now we have a deficit that we can't pay, and liberals say it is because we don't tax people enough. When I bought my house in 1977, the property taxes were $1,500; today they are $12,000. That is a 700 percent increase. Has your income gone up 700 percent in those 37 years?

Connecticut is rapidly trying to follow the lead of Illinois, where they have the toughest gun laws in the nation yet had 292 murders in six months. Their teachers are some of the best paid in the country, averaging $110,000, yet their schools rank near the bottom. Money doesn't buy good education.

Anybody who thinks they can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of them better take a closer look at the American Indian.

Voters, you need to vote on factual information not emotion. How much more can you afford to donate to your government to misspend?

Rick Grauer

Fairfield