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  • Despite the library board chair's trepidation about the board's seeking the maximum funding allowed, it went unanimously forward with its implementation — "A bad start." Add to that the turndown of Bill Mansfield's generous offer of legal services — a labor of love. Having worked with Bill years ago on the RVTD bo...
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  • Despite the library board chair's trepidation about the board's seeking the maximum funding allowed, it went unanimously forward with its implementation — "A bad start." Add to that the turndown of Bill Mansfield's generous offer of legal services — a labor of love. Having worked with Bill years ago on the RVTD board, I'm certain Bill would have advised against such precipitous action. "Creating the library system was the right thing to do." Deceiving the public is not. — Al Willstatter, Ashland
    They are testing the mountains 12 miles west of O'Brien to see if they can make money here for nickel. A wild wilderness with clean water, Rough and Ready Creek, so few places like that now.
    We hope we can stop this before they destroy more of our lands. People need these untouched places. The ones with the money will ruin them if we allow it. They make their money and leave our land polluted and toxic. The ancient beauty, wrecked. Mountaintop removal just isn't the same as mountain tops, as mountains with tops.
    Gravel pits from strip mining where nothing grows. We are many people who love the earth and want it to be protected from the ones who see only money as value. — Linda Peno, Cave Junction
    We were "sucked in" again; now by the county Library District measure. "Rate maximum was 60 cents per assessed $1,000, but would unlikely be that high." Everyone knows that putting money in the hands of any politicians is disastrous!
    I have nothing against libraries. I haven't used one in years; however, my problem is taxing as proposed by the district. Why should the "typical homeowner" pay the entire cost of expanded library services?
    It's very unfair, since we are unduly burdened with schools, RVTD, Fire District No. 3, etc., in our real property tax bill!
    Why not develop a "charge as you use it" where a library card costs $15 per year? Since there are 133,932 card holders, revenue would be $2 million plus a year, deferring added library expenses.
    Furthermore, computer, Internet/WiFi charges should be set at an hourly rate/fixed charge, deferring more costs. Since Internet service at home isn't free, why should these users get off freely?
    Moreover, kid/teen events (babysitting services) should require a registration fee. Community center facilities — if your group reserves, your group pays.
    No free rides — members of the Library Board should develop user fees to make libraries self-sufficient — not taxing homeowners. — Tom Winter, Central Point
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