To the Editor:

Once upon a time Henny Penny apologized for creating an unfounded ruckus. But had she ample notification that Goosey Loosey, among other fellow travelers, had initiated a costly pet project that could saddle her town with a heavy tax burden perhaps the story would have ended differently.

Little did Henny Penny or others in the hamlet know that Goosey Loosey was unconcerned that the cost of his pet project had ballooned from $5 million to an improbably high of $50-plus million dollars. But once alerted to this hitherto unknown amount Turkey Lurkey, Gander Lander, and others also cried out: “Stop! Something is amiss, time to discuss this.”

Sensing trouble Goosey Loosey enlisted Foxy Woxy to woo the hamlet’s inhabitants to his side. Foxy Woxy spoke politely; so as not to frighten them. “I know a short cut,” he said sweetly. “Come and follow me .” But Foxy Woxy did not lead them to safety, he lead them right up to the entrance of his fox hole.

Amazingly, once they were inside Foxy Woxy planned to allow costs to soar; with ever higher bond fees and taxes gobbling up the townsfolk’s hard earned money.

But late in the day information about Goosey Lossey’s and Foxy Woxy’s plans leaked, causing others besides Henny Penny to start clucking for transparency.

Although the pet project narrowly squeaked by, in the end the majority of inhabitants had their voices heard, when they sent a message loud and clear, to those for whom spending is dear, by soundly voting down the hamlet’s bloated budget.

The morale of the story is that while some decry and even vilify those who speak out, it takes guts to be a chicken; especially when it comes to seeking transparency about how the townsfolk’s money is being spent.

Thomas Curtin

2 replies on “Letter: ‘Henny Penny,’ the Miller-Driscoll Renovation Version”

  1. I agree with Mr. Hickey for once, very good. That is because like Henny Penny, Sensible Wilton has gotten the facts wrong.

    The SEEC said the town did not violate election law, the basis of their compliant. And because they came late to the process they believe there was a lack of transparency. But them saying it does not make it true.

    At this point, it would be nice if they would accept defeat and allow us tax payers to save the legal fees they are creating for us.

    The morale of the story is to get involved in the town, follow what is going on and to not throw stones at those who have volunteered to make Wilton a better place to live

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