Farricker would lead Greenwich down a bad economic path

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

With interest I read Frank Farricker’s commentary in the Post’s Sept. 4 edition regarding outdated traditions on how to run Greenwich’s budget.

Upon rereading the article I couldn’t help but be reminded of how Greek politicians were talking in 2004. Essentially they were saying the same thing: “Throw pay-as-you-go overboard.” And, unfortunately for the Greek taxpayer, this mantra against fiscal conservatism became policy. Today we know the result of that decision, a bankrupt state where even essential public services have to be cut back. Or look at Detroit today.

I don’t want the town of Greenwich to be destroyed fiscally. My nine-year-old son, now a fourth grader at the wonderful Julian Curtiss School of World Languages (public school), should not have to ask me when he grows up, “Papa, what has your generation done with our once beautiful town?” We today have an obligation to continue the tradition from previous generations of being fiscally conservative.

Anything else would not be prudent, and we would fail our children. Over my life I have learned an interesting thing: the politicians who so easily want to spend our money are long gone by the time we taxpayers are left with bailing out the mess. Mr. Farricker is chairman of the Connecticut Lottery Board (an appointment by fellow Democrat Dannel Malloy.)

Let’s not make Greenwich’s budget a lottery game.


Jean-Jacques Illi

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