Letter: Which way Wilton?

To the Editors:
Last week Sensible Wilton was again attacked for having the audacity to question the decision by our town officials to spend $50 million of taxpayer money on the Miller-Driscoll school project even though school enrollments are projected to significantly decrease here in Wilton. Many of our neighboring towns, also facing decreases in enrollments, are currently even evaluating the possible closing of existing schools.
Since the author is a retired IBM’er, as I am, I would like to remind him of a famous ad Apple computers aired during the 1984 Super Bowl.
To the sound track of a whistled, discordant and down-tempo version of Heigh-Ho, a long line of blindfolded businesspersons slowly makes its way through a dusty, windswept landscape to a cliff, where one by one they fall to their doom. A voice-over notes the Macintosh Office will soon be announced. The last businessperson in the line stops just at the brink, uncovers his eyes and takes in the situation, as the announcer states, “You can look into it.” A second line of people is then shown, as the announcer continues, “or you can go on with business as usual.”
Unfortunately, IBM tried to continue down the “business as usual” path, with disastrous results, until they brought in an outsider who realized changes were needed, even though they were often painful. Though this saved IBM, we all know who took the better path, Apple or IBM.
Sensible Wilton believes it is important for Wilton taxpayers to take the blindfolds off and question the largest project in Wilton’s history so they can determine whether it is in the best interest of the town and all its citizens. By signing our initial petition, more than 1,100 citizens have already expressed their opinion that we can no longer continue business as usual.
Alex Ruskewich
Sensible Wilton
Calvin Road, April 13