Letter: ‘Vehemently’ opposed to school regionalization

To the Editors:
I have been a resident of Wilton for 31 years. I am a widow, and all of my four children are proud products of the Wilton School District. I chose to move here 31 years ago, specifically for Wilton schools and not for Norwalk. I want to maintain the quality of the education for our children, and I am vehemently opposed to Bill 738/454 that would force consolidation of small districts into larger ones. With the easily anticipated problems with traffic, busing, wasted time and unnecessary complications, I see absolutely no merit to changing. For many years, Wilton has worked hard to establish our district as one of the best in the state and in the nation. Why destroy that reputation and compromise the quality of education that can be achieved in a small district? And why force Norwalk, which has already stated their opposition, to also disrupt their system? And why impose this change on small towns in the state that want to maintain their small-town entity and autonomy?
I believe strongly in the American principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is a freedom that I chose when moving to Wilton for my life, my liberty to send my children to Wilton schools, and my pursuit of happiness in a small town like Wilton. I am deeply disturbed that as a governing body, you are willing to strip those rights from me and the other citizens of the State of Connecticut.
In my perspective, this is coercion by government to gain funding in a twisted and contorted process (similar to a NYC street shell game) that moves money around to trick the citizens into believing that we will save on our property taxes. Shame on you.
I have not reached retirement age to be manipulated into paying more taxes, because the government has been negligent in managing the funds they already collect. I worked hard and learned how to save, manage my money and as a widow, send all four of my children through college. What can you say you have accomplished in the past 30 years? A declining population due to lack of interest in living in a state with high taxes and poor opportunity? A desperate attempt to balance a budget that already relies on the 80% of taxes collected from Fairfield County? A government that drives large corporations, like GE, out because Connecticut has inept leadership and incompetent management? An economy that shows its weakness every time another store or restaurant closes along Route 7? A real estate market that has never recovered from the 2008 crisis, while surrounding states have recovered and flourished?
Think again on how to fix the state. This idea would put another nail in the coffin of Connecticut’s demise.
Michele Dunn
Wilton, Feb. 3