Your editorial defending the decision to publish the names of those with delinquent property taxes was alarming. You begin by asserting the right to publish public records. No one is disputing that right. The remainder of the editorial quickly begins to sound like an editorial from Occupy Wall Street.
Your downward spiral begins with the supposition that struggling, hard-working residents and widows with modest properties are subsidizing wealthy delinquents. This is untrue. Tax delinquency is a money maker for the town of Fairfield. Delinquent taxpayers are assessed interest rates of 18 percent on unpaid taxes. If Fairfield has $1 million in delinquent property taxes, they can (and do) simply sell municipal bonds at less than 3 percent for the amount of delinquency. Fairfield is guaranteed they will see a 15 percent net annual return when the tax lien is ultimately repaid.