From Patch: Melrose Resident Supports Override
By Danielle McKnight, Patch Poster I Jan 10, 2019 7:46 pm ET
I am writing to state my strong support for the override effort. I find the idea of further cuts to school and city services - clearly necessary if the override is not successful - to be very distressing. Over the last three years, I have seen the impact of limited resources on the elementary schools, only to worsen with our increasing population. I have heard some question whether the city has made its budget and services efficient enough, and whether enough financial information has been made available and communicated to the public. I have found there to be an abundance of information available, including clear and frequent communication via the Mayor's blog about the city's financial position and how the budget works. I am happy to see that the Superintendent will be presenting two budgets this month so that residents have a clear picture of what our schools will look like with or without an override. Our population growth, and accompanying pressure on our housing and school needs, is a regional trend and not due to any missteps by our city's government. It will not go away and must be responded to. I genuinely believe our elected officials and city staff have done their very best in this difficult situation and that the only option left is the override. I wholeheartedly support the effort and hope my friends and neighbors will too.
Danielle, please stop inhaling the propaganda. It's affecting you.
I am willing consider voting "yes" only when city hall and the superintendent's office come forward with requested information on past spending as well budget projections. In the past, they refuse to release this information, even to our elected alderman and school committee members who have had to repeatedly enforce compliance with the State's Public Records laws by filing complaints with the Secretary of State's office. I consider this obstructionist and undemocratic behavior by the mayor, school committee chair, superintendent of schools and other complicit public servants as a personal attack against the taxpayers and students of Melrose. This abhorrent behavior continues to this day and was the primary reason the last override failed miserably. Melrose taxpayers would like to make an educated decision on the override, but cannot if these city officials continue to deny information requests.
Children should not be used for leverage!!! The Facts should be what is used to debate an issue. The fats point to no and point to a very scary case of mismanagement in this town, especially in the schools.
Another carpetbagger. Has lived in Arlington, Mohegan Lake, NY, Jamaica Plain, and Somerville. Rather than inhaling the propaganda, is probably helping generate it. Works in the Town Planner's Office in North Reading.
According to the assessor database, she has lived in Melrose for about 3 1/2 years, so probably has no idea of some of the egregious conduct we've been experiencing for 4 or 5 times that long. So listen up, lady. We do not believe the fairy tale coming from City Hall any more than we believed it the last time. They have lost our trust, and once lost trust is difficult to regain. It most certainly will not be regained by continually engaging in the same deceptive behavior. Until some administration regains that trust, we refuse to give them any more than what 2 1/2 allows. Period.
I'm sorry you were sold a bill of goods about the schools when you bought here. You're not the only one.
Everything I posted is public record, or in the case of her former residences, on LinkedIn, which she herself put online. I wasn't trying to intimidate anyone, but merely trying to establish the depth of her experience with Melrose politics and history, thereby adding context to her remarks and opinions. Is she entitled to post her opinions? Of course, as am I, even if you don't like it.
"Agreed" posted "she has lived in Melrose for about 3 1/2 years, so probably has no idea of some of the egregious conduct we've been experiencing for 4 or 5 times that long." Do you think he/she pulled that out of his/her butt? Do you consider his/her opinion disgusting because he/she apparently looked her up in the assessor's database too?
Additionally, before you start making ridiculous remarks about ISPs and subpoenas, you should probably look up the definitions and requirements for something to be considered libel or slander.