Home » Opinion » Editorials
City Chamber of taxes: A 'shallowly' education view
It is unclear exactly what Chamber president Robin Comstock (a non-Manchester resident, last we checked) meant in telling a city Charter Commission hearing that her members think something is wrong with education in the city and "it affects everything as shallowly as property values and as profoundly as work-force development and readiness."
As "shallowly" as property values?
Whether you think property values are too high or too low, they affect how much money one pays in taxes, the greatest portion of which goes to pay for schools. Most property owners we know think their property taxes are pretty high, hence their embrace of a tax cap, which they approved years ago but which then had to overcome many roadblocks put in its path.
Coming on a night when others were calling for an end to the tax cap, the Chamber head's dissing of property values as a mere "shallowly" thing seemed right in line with that pro-tax sentiment.
That is exactly the wrong message to send to Manchester taxpayers and the wrong way for the Chamber and others who are serious about improving education to proceed.
Where is the focus on the refusal of the teachers' union to bear a bigger share of health insurance costs as other city unions have done?
Where is the embrace of Mayor Ted Gatsas' efforts to make wise use of technology, including virtual learning?
If these people are serious about improving education, they better dial back the tax-and-spend rhetoric and promote some real-world solutions.
READER COMMENTS: 11
- Just say it: Our fight is with radical Islam - 70
- Ignorance abounds: Obamacare and small businesses - 25
- Mayor development: Growth and a Manchester city office - 1
- Page One Editorial: Control of NH’s future: Today’s House vote will be one for the ages - 17
- Consider Nevada: Gambling always expands - 9
- Missing the point: The IRS scandal and state power - 27
- Helping panhandlers: A method worth trying in Manchester - 7
- For the people: A century of the NH primary - 0
- What innovation? The casino way is the lazy way - 10
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Garry Rayno's State House Dome: Will House, Senate continue the feud? - 1
- Ted Siefer's City Hall: City down to the wire on school budget, superintendent - 0
- Service planned for mother of Newtown school shooter - 0
- ENH Power parent firm accused of false advertising - 0
- Soldier from Pelham remembered for self-sacrifice - 0
- New Hampshire energy suppliers announce new alliance - 0
- Mont Vernon murder mastermind drops appeal, citing 'personal and moral' reasons - 0
- Ian Clark's On Hockey: Are B's destiny's darlings? - 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Sox Beat: Lackey's performance key for Sox - 0
Fireworks, parade slated in Manchester
Talk of UNH logo change brings out passions