Letter: The difference between needs and wants

To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as a Democratic candidate for the Board of Finance. I served on the BOF from 2001-2009, serving as chairman for a number of those years. One of my strengths was my ability to work with BOTH sides of the political aisle to effectively create budgets that represented compromises and cooperation between parties. Even when the BOF was a 3-3 split board, we passed budgets. The best budgets are ones that represent the views of both parties, not just the party in control. All ideas are valid and should be examined and discussed.

As a mother of six children who spent many years living on one salary in order to stay home and raise my family, I certainly learned the difference between “needs” and “wants.” That is what must be determined in town government as well. I pledge to diligently review the budgets of all departments to verify that “needs” are met, and “wants” do not cause the budget to be inflated. This is your money and I would like the opportunity to safeguard it. I ask for your support to allow me to return to the service of the town, to a place where I derived much satisfaction from helping the town to move forward. Thank you and I look forward to meeting many of you over the next several weeks.

Kathleen McGannon