Thank you, Stan Arnold

To the Editor: Stan Arnold, former Commissioner of the state Department of Revenue Administration, passed away this week. He is remembered as an even-handed, fair-minded public servant.

Some heads of state revenue departments believe their principal responsibility is to maximize state revenues, at any cost. Stan recognized his responsibility to the state treasury, but also understood his responsibility to the general public. Rather than run roughshod over taxpayers in a quest to maximize revenues, Stan oversaw a fair implementation of legislative initiatives.

As a result, Stan managed to be both a trusted adviser to legislators and governors, and a commissioner respected by tax practitioners and their clients.

Thank you, Stan. May others emulate your example.

BRENDAN DUFFY, CPA

Bedford

Brendan Duffy, CPA

Bedford