In Connecticut: Cutting to the Bone

It is a muggy Tuesday evening, and in the crowded gymnasium of a suburban Connecticut high school 60 miles from Manhattan, Reaganomics has come home to roost. Welcome to Weston's annual town meeting, a 200-year-old form of democratic self-rule that once was as common in New England as the American elm, and now is becoming increasingly rare.

Wealthy and Republican to the foundations of their $350,000 clapboard colonials, Weston's voters gave an overwhelming 72% majority to Ronald Reagan and his economic policy of cut and slash. Now the small town (pop. 9,000) is up...

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