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Announced over a period of weeks and months, the Democratic Party of Imaginationland has created a new political party platform. Here it is!
“At some point, boom, people are slapped with a significant (tax) increase,” said Vice Chairman of the Board of Education, Shamim Patwa, as she explained the need to ease Mansfield residents into anticipated property tax increases (Mansfield Unveils Zero Increase School Budget, The Willimantic Chronicle, Jan. 20, 2012).
And how about Mark LaPlaca, the Chairman of the School Board and Chairman of the Democratic Town Committee speaking extemporaneously at the February 21, 2011 Special Town Council Meeting when he rambled on about Mansfield schools do not really need reading, writing, and arithmetic, because it has Spanish and other enhanced programs.
Hun? Did Chairman LaPlaca really say that?
Indeed, that’s what everyone in the audience heard.
And, in response to the public’s outcry over town employees borrowing equipment, $500 life event gifts, the absence of whistle blower protection, and the Willimantic Chronicle’s complaint that Mansfield can’t seem to get a Code of Ethics passed, the Deputy Mayor had this to say at the Feb. 14, 2012 Public Hearing, “The draft has been bouncing around for quite sometime. It’s had a lot of work on it. A lot of fingerprints are on this draft. A lot of people’s best efforts have gone into it.”
No doubt. But, where’s Mansfield’s Code of Ethics?
And finally—the pièce de résistance with regard to the school building project from Councilman Kochenberger at the March 7, 2011 Special Town Council meeting when discussing the cost of purchasing land at the Goodwin site from abutting landowners.
“We need to know. Do we need more land? And of course, we can negotiate in the position of having decided Goodwin, and then, go try to purchase the land from private parties, but we don’t want to be in that position. So, I think given the real relevance of Goodwin… the importance of considering Goodwin, as a site particularly, if we need to purchase land, and whether, in fact, we can do it at all because, no one is talking about eminent domain. That’s never been an issue here.”
Wait! Stop! Did you just use the words—eminent domain?
And, there you have it, the four legs of Imaginationland’s new Democratic Party platform. It needs some work, but it’s a winner.
Raise taxes—illiteracy—unethical governance—and eminent domain!