Your editorial writer is wrong when he/she states "And using millions of federal dollars to raise the base of the $833 million school budget, which is comprised largely of salaries, could be disastrous when the stimulus money stops flowing" (Crash course in budget cuts, Boston Globe, February 6, 2009: A14).
That is exactly the purpose of the stimulus money. It is to replace local funds that have dried up in this recession. It is to save jobs. After all in the precipitate decline in this economy, saving a job is just as good as creating a new job.
The stimulus money will only cease to flow after it has worked its magic and local revenues have reverted to their pre-recession levels.
The tragedy is that the stimulus money is arriving too late and beginning to look like being too little.
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