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Old April 24th, 2013, 11:00 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by 3stratman View Post
In my mind, the one spending increase I would have no problem with would be one that protects our children in schools. You would think that the voters in the school district that just had a killing spree would think the same way.

Newtown Voters Reject Budget With Extra School Security
Officials put an extra $1 million in the school and town budgets to hire extra police officers and unarmed security guards

Newtown residents have rejected a budget that included money for extra school security in the wake of the December school shootings.

Voters turned down the $72 million school budget by 482 votes and rejected the $39 million town government budget by 62 votes Tuesday.

Nearly 4,500 residents voted on the plans, which would have increased spending by 4.7 percent next fiscal year.

Officials put an extra $1 million in the school and town budgets to hire extra police officers and unarmed security guards to put in each of Newtown's seven schools.

The plan was spurred by the shootings that killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra said she's not sure what message voters were sending.

Officials will revise the budget, she said.
Perfect example of yet another thing wrong with America today...and it is not the voters in this case. The tone of your post and that article make it sound like voters specifically said no to increased school security. The media making more out of something than it is and you bought into it hook line and sinker. In fact the voters simply said no to an inflated budget, which happened to include increased school security as a small part. Can't and shouldn't fault them for that.

Should they have approved the budget just to get the increased security even if the rest of the budget could not be justified?? And even with no proof the unarmed guards would be any more effective then the unarmed principal was? Shouldn't all government (local, state and fed) be looking to cut budgets to keep in line with reduced revenues? Shouldn't you have all the facts before second guessing how the taxpayers decided their money should be spent in their community??

We are so knee jerk in this country. We have to do something, anything, no matter how ineffectual or futile it may be. Once we do something we can pretend we've solved the problem and get back to pissing and moaning to our elected officials about having to remove our drawbars or other such critically important day to day inconveniences.

Originally Posted by SS View Post
Kinda curious about that message myself.
Seriously?? Here it is for Selectwoman Patricia Llodra: You politicians are spending too much of our money!
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