To the Editor:

I just read Kent is getting a $500,000 taxpayer gift for restroom relief.

This is why the United States of America and Connecticut are broken, a perfect example of liberal tax-and-spend wasteful spending.

Kent, a wealthy little haven known for its ever-increasing population of New Yorkers fleeing NYC, just used its political clout with its tax/spend liberal ally, Gov. Malloy, to fleece us taxpayers out of a half million bucks.

The $500,000 is to be a grant to build a parking lot, a set of toilets for the Main Street shops.

All the eateries already have toilet facilities, so who does this benefit, a handful of clothing shops?

They are stores getting hammered anyway by the Internet and the weak state economy.

I am in Kent every weekend. I never have a problem finding parking spaces.

Lots of empty shops, lots of parking on the green, by the IGA and post office. Main Street is also never a problem to park.

Low taxes attract many New Yorkers to buy second homes in Kent.

This is a town that was too cheap to pay for a State Police resident, until Newtown happened.

So cheap, local high school kids have to commute 45 minutes up to Housatonic Valley Regional High School, due to no local high school.

So quick to put their hands in the taxpayers' pocket to appease a handful of noisy shopkeepers.

Who is going to clean and maintain the toilets? A town or state employee? At what yearly cost forever?

What an eyesore a parking lot on Main Street will be, where the former Chevrolet dealer was.

Much better if a private buyer were to come along and put up a business that sold products people want to buy, a business that needed to hire local people, a business that builds and maintains its own parking lot and toilets at its own expense, and a business not looking for a handout from the taxpayers and government.

Business in Kent is down 20 to 30 percent, yet a $500,000 toilet project will do zero to increase traffic or sales.

What is really needed is to have shops that sell products customers actually want to purchase.

People today are just not interested in overpriced clothing shops, art galleries and antique shops.

That problem should be addressed, before $500,000 of taxpayer money is wasted, yet again.

Sam Michelotti