Daily Archives: October 23, 2008

>Tax and Spend Middletown Republicans

>In response to a letter by Middletown Republican candidate Tony Fiore,I vehemently deny that it has been the township’s school board that has been the source of pain for residents where it involves taxation.

In contrast, it is the Republican-controlled Middletown Committee that has played the role of tax-and-spend politicians in this community.

Firstly, Middletown’s students regularly gain acceptance to first-rate academic institutions in this country.

However, where it involves taxation, I personally believe the school board has been nothing but thrifty in its approach.

State aid to suburban school districts has been frozen for five years and the school budget was impacted, like any other business or homeowner, by the rising costs of utilities, transportation and insurance.

In addition, nine consecutive budgets have passed since I have taken office, while only three failed that were cut. Bear in mind, those cuts impacted our students, but were made when necessary.

It has been the voters in Middletown that have approved the majority of these budgets because they want a high-quality education for their children. And, it takes at least five members of the board to adopt a budget for consideration by the voters in the first place.

Meanwhile, it has been the Middletown Committee that has bonded $85 million, refused to place fiscal controls or oversight in their budget, and even refused to establish a Budget Committee to oversee departmental spending. They voted to exceed their budget cap. Finally, it was the committee, for at least 20 years, that has used deferred school taxes to balance their budget. This year alone they added close to $56 million in deferred school tax liability to further burden our residents. Combined with the total amount bonded, this places Middletown’s total debt at about $141 million.

Mr. Fiore is hardly the best source of information about taxation, or anything else, given the fact he has ran on an embellished, grammatically incorrect resume throughout this election cycle, and has done nothing to contribute any ideas about how to contain Middletown’s out-of-control spending.

Patricia A. Walsh
Democrat for Township Committee
Middletown, NJ

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Tax and Spend Middletown Republicans

In response to a letter by Middletown Republican candidate Tony Fiore,I vehemently deny that it has been the township’s school board that has been the source of pain for residents where it involves taxation.

In contrast, it is the Republican-controlled Middletown Committee that has played the role of tax-and-spend politicians in this community.

Firstly, Middletown’s students regularly gain acceptance to first-rate academic institutions in this country.

However, where it involves taxation, I personally believe the school board has been nothing but thrifty in its approach.

State aid to suburban school districts has been frozen for five years and the school budget was impacted, like any other business or homeowner, by the rising costs of utilities, transportation and insurance.

In addition, nine consecutive budgets have passed since I have taken office, while only three failed that were cut. Bear in mind, those cuts impacted our students, but were made when necessary.

It has been the voters in Middletown that have approved the majority of these budgets because they want a high-quality education for their children. And, it takes at least five members of the board to adopt a budget for consideration by the voters in the first place.

Meanwhile, it has been the Middletown Committee that has bonded $85 million, refused to place fiscal controls or oversight in their budget, and even refused to establish a Budget Committee to oversee departmental spending. They voted to exceed their budget cap. Finally, it was the committee, for at least 20 years, that has used deferred school taxes to balance their budget. This year alone they added close to $56 million in deferred school tax liability to further burden our residents. Combined with the total amount bonded, this places Middletown’s total debt at about $141 million.

Mr. Fiore is hardly the best source of information about taxation, or anything else, given the fact he has ran on an embellished, grammatically incorrect resume throughout this election cycle, and has done nothing to contribute any ideas about how to contain Middletown’s out-of-control spending.

Patricia A. Walsh
Democrat for Township Committee
Middletown, NJ

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$150,000 IN CLOTHES SENATOR McCAIN?

The Republican Party has spent $150,000 in upmarket designer stores on dressing Sarah Palin for the part of vice-president. During September, more than $75,000 was spent in a single shopping spree at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, and another $9,500 at Macy’s in the same city – scene of the Republican party convention where John McCain introduced Ms Palin as his running mate.

Countdown’s Keith Olbermann had a special commentary about this last night

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$150,000 IN CLOTHES SENATOR McCAIN?

The Republican Party has spent $150,000 in upmarket designer stores on dressing Sarah Palin for the part of vice-president. During September, more than $75,000 was spent in a single shopping spree at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, and another $9,500 at Macy’s in the same city – scene of the Republican party convention where John McCain introduced Ms Palin as his running mate.

Countdown’s Keith Olbermann had a special commentary about this last night

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>Dirty Trick, not Treats

>I wish that all the tricks were due to Halloween, but the people behind the evil masks are shameless local politicians and their supporters.

The situation is very simple. After over 25 years of “breathtakingly arrogant” rule and patronage, the Middletown Republicans are terrified. As a result, they are resorting to such dirty tricks as making a sandwich of “Pat Walsh” signs with theirs placed as the bread two inches away from hers., hiding their message. How silly, how sneaky, and it won’t work!

Even worse, they are trying to decimate her reputation by dredging up false charges, resolved 10 years ago, by quoting her opponent in the old complaint who paid someone else to file what was really his own suit against her.

Our citizens are not that gullible and won’t be fooled. The tricks will magically become a treat for Middletown, as more will vote for open government by Pat Walsh and Jim Grenafege rather than continued canards and law- breaking by the current majority.

“Let the sun shine in!”

Sincerely,
Carolyn Schwebel
Leonardo.

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Dirty Trick, not Treats

I wish that all the tricks were due to Halloween, but the people behind the evil masks are shameless local politicians and their supporters.

The situation is very simple. After over 25 years of “breathtakingly arrogant” rule and patronage, the Middletown Republicans are terrified. As a result, they are resorting to such dirty tricks as making a sandwich of “Pat Walsh” signs with theirs placed as the bread two inches away from hers., hiding their message. How silly, how sneaky, and it won’t work!

Even worse, they are trying to decimate her reputation by dredging up false charges, resolved 10 years ago, by quoting her opponent in the old complaint who paid someone else to file what was really his own suit against her.

Our citizens are not that gullible and won’t be fooled. The tricks will magically become a treat for Middletown, as more will vote for open government by Pat Walsh and Jim Grenafege rather than continued canards and law- breaking by the current majority.

“Let the sun shine in!”

Sincerely,
Carolyn Schwebel
Leonardo.

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Brian Williams and Chuck Todd: McCain Blames Palin for Campaign Collapse

NBC News’ Chuck Todd and Brian Williams were discussing the interview NBC just did with John McCain and Sarah Palin. What really stood out was the candidness of Todd’s discussion of the wheels possibly coming off McCain’s campaign, his willingness to discuss the tension between the two candidates and even to speculate that McCain may be starting to blame Palin for his campaign’s collapse.

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