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LETTER: Vote 'No' On Question 1

Reader says the expense will create an "unnecessary bill for the taxpayers of this town."

To the Editor:

I am currently a junior at St. John’s Prep in Danvers and a future taxpayer.  I am urging my fellow citizens to vote “no” on ballot question one on April 14.

Like most people, I want what is best for my peers at Tewksbury Memorial High School. Quite frankly, this new athletic complex is not only costly, but an unnecessary bill for the taxpayers of this town.  As of June 30, 2011, the Tewksbury town debt was $151 million with an additional $61 million in interest.  Additionally, the already high cost of living is on the rise: gas and food prices have reached all-time heights along with the ever-increasing tax burden.

Granted, the high school project is supposed to come in under budget, but why not use the extra money to pay back the debt accumulated in the building of the school? Not to mention, the shelf life of a turf field is about seven years.  When that seven years is up, a new turf field has to be put in.  In reality, this complex is only a blackhole for hard earned tax dollars.  Turf fields have so much “damageability,” that the restrictions that have to be put in place just keep it in tact will not make this complex one for the “community.”

In closing, the hard-working taxpaying people of this town have had to foot the bill one too many times.  Whether it be a Senior Center, a Town Sewerage Fiasco, or even a brand new high school, this town just wants to keep on spending.  It needs to stop, so we can start alleviating this immense debt that will eventually be levied onto my generation. 

Finish Strong means finishing wrong.

Alec DiFruscia

Alec DiFruscia April 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I think there are more constructive ways to spend the left over money from the project, "bro." A new complex is reckless and unnecessary. I am just as much a citizen as you, and I have just as much right to my opinion. I really like how you can be confrontational and not state your name.
Adriana Brown April 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM
The saddest part is, you people fail to look at the bigger picture. You sit there and complain about all the problems we have, all the more important problems, without ANY attempt to fix them. Complaining without a solution or effort to find a solution is the worst thing you can do. If you're so concerned with something, do something about it, just as the FTCAC did about something they cared about. Each step to improve the town is only a LITTLE PIECE of the bigger picture- to improve Tewksbury, the experience of it's residents, and overall appeal and worth. Yes, this includes the library, senior center, police station, high school, and field. Don't be satisfied with what we've already done or we'll always be mediocre. Each project may not affect you directly, but the combined products of them will. If we are not willing to invest in each step together as a community, the town will never grow and prosper. Wake up people. Hopefully next time there is an attempt to improve an aspect of the community, you'll step up and take part in the town's progress.
TMHSGrad April 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Well said, Adriana. I am proud that we have fine young residents like you and Alec, who care about this town and its future, and are willing to take a stand for what you think is right.
Chris Kelly April 16, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Time for a reality check. Matt – your attacks on Alec validate my decision to vote no. Athletes at many schools are considered to be a privileged group and are more likely to engage in bullying at school. This issue weighed heavily on my mind since this is a real issue at most schools that prides athletic success. Your words lead me to believe that you are a bully. Most people are not blessed with athletic skills and have other redeeming qualities that make them great people. In addition, I did not see any mention of anyone outright calling TMHS athletes drug addicts like you claim. Alec – I would choose your words wisely when talking about the downfalls of TMHS. Commenting on the quality of TMHS as a private school student is going to make you a target. Although I respect your opinions, I would take a less aggressive approach since antagonism usually fails to work in corporate America. I am well aware of the institutional arrogance of St John’s Prep. I grew up on the North Shore and I attended Bishop Fenwick. Not every St. John’s Prep student goes on to be a success like the Prep would like you to believe. Many grads have been successful as advertised. However, I know several Prep grads who struggle at life both personally and professionally. I also know individuals who went to tech schools and public schools that have been successful. I truly believe that test scores, GPA's, and grad rates fail at 17 fail to indicate future success.
Marc DiFruscia April 16, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Chris well stated. I suggest we wrap this discussion up and move on. I am very impressed with the passion of the young men and women of Tewksbury, you are our future leaders. I would love to work with the Friends committee, the Patch and other local folks to organize a candidates Q/A geared for our younger folks before the Sept primaries. Not a debate, just an information session. I applaud Moderator Keith for all the information.

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