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Milford Republican's Priorities Mixed Up

Voting to fund a garbage museum, but cutting library hours?

Alderman Ben Blake is absolutely right when he takes Bob Joy and the Republican Aldermen to task for approving $26,500 in taxpayer dollars to a fund Garbage Museum in Stratford while refusing the funds needed to keep Milford’s library open on Saturdays. Stratford has not even agreed to fund the museum!

Joy and his fellow Republicans, the same group who voted to approve spending $700 a piece for office chairs, need to get their priorities sorted in a hurry. How can Joy and his fellow Republicans possibly justify cutting firemen, teachers and closing the library on Saturdays while at the same time funding a Garbage Museum?  

How can Alderman and real estate agent Joy run for Mayor of Milford when he is obviously more concerned with museums in Stratford than with firemen and teachers in Milford?

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Tom Jagodzinski July 01, 2011 at 05:55 PM
On this issue, Blake was the odd man out. The majority of the Democrats and Republicans voted for the funding. Unlike Blake these Democrats recognize that with the introduction of the city's new single streaming recycling program public education and buy in are critical. This program not only is good for the environment but will save the city significant money.
Michael Brown July 01, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Why did the Republicans vote to de-fund Saturday's at the Library? This is the only day many working parents have to take their kids to the library.
Susan Glennon July 01, 2011 at 10:59 PM
While I don't disagree the Garbage Museum is a great place to introduce youngsters to the concept of recylcing, I fail to see the connection between Milford's single stream recycling program and the museum. Educating Milford residents on use of single stream recycling lays squarely on Milford's shoulders. Sorry, IMHO when Milford refuses to fund our library in order to maintain current hours, but then votes to send this money out of our city, the same amount that could have kept the library open, something is wrong.
Larissa Watt July 02, 2011 at 03:51 AM
I agree with you Susan.
Rich Smith July 05, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Tom, once again it's about priorities. Like Bob Joy's vote to approve the purchase of $700 office chairs, funding a Garbage Museum in another town (which hasn't even agreed to contribute) when we are laying off firemen and teachers and closing the library on Saturday is just wrong. The voters of Milford should be spared the goofy stuff like when someone puts up a sign in their yard and instead they should be provided clear distinctions between the two likely Mayoral candidates, upon which to make their decision. This issue clearly provides such an opportunity. If, like Bob Joy, people support the spending $27,000 of taxpayer money on a Garbage Museum in Stratford then Bob Joy is their man and should win their support. If, like Blake, they think it is not the best use of scarse resources at a time when we're laying people off well then, they're more aligned with Blake. Pretty simple. Facts should matter in elections and this provides a fact-based policy difference between the two candidates. Let's let the voters decide.
Tom Jagodzinski July 05, 2011 at 05:13 PM
I can assure everyone that Republicans will be running on big issues again this year. Two years ago the Democrats ran on the $700 chairs . Voters recognized that this was a silly non-issue and voted overwhelmingly Republican. This year Blake's team has apparently decided that the secret to success is a second silly issue so we have the Garbage Museum. I'm not going to spend one minute trying to become an expert on this issue. The fact that Blake couldn't even convince a majority of Democrats on the Board to vote with him tells us everything we need to know. Just like with the chair, you can repeat nonsense 100 times and voters still know it's nonsense.
Tom Jagodzinski July 05, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Mike: if you want to see $700 chairs, you'll have to visit Blakeland. They don't actually exist here in Milford.

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