Letters to the Editor

Bad timing

October 27, 2010


To the editor:

So let me see if I understand. In the midst of the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, we are being asked to vote on an $18 million tax increase for the proposed library expansion. At a time when home foreclosures are at an all-time high, we are being asked to vote for an increase in property taxes on the elderly, working poor, jobless and those on fixed incomes.

Unlike one of my favorite projects, while I was dodging sinkholes on city streets, the $860,000 “shovel ready” Clinton Parkway sidewalk replacement, the library’s shovel was apparently still in the shed and therefore did not qualify for some of that “free” government money.

I wonder if any of those who are displaying the vote “yes” on the library.org signs have noticed that brick-and-mortar video and bookstores are dropping like flies in today’s Internet download-whatever-you-want age. Ten years from now, libraries as we know them today will not exist.

As one of those fortunate enough not to be included in the above-mentioned list of victims of today’s economic downturn, I will not vote to impose additional hardships on my fellow citizens who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances, and will vote “no” on the proposed $18 million library expansion.

Gary Hamon,



Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

There are many who cannot afford electronic reading such as computers,many more who do not want computers and simply others who prefer books.

Taking computers to bed at night is simply not as comfortable.

Computers instead of books on a lunch break hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Computers go down without warning and material can be lost in the process.

I suggest books and other research material are here to stay. Three days without electricity do not impact book reading.

justforfun 7 years, 5 months ago

I suggest you are wrong!!! New books will all be electronic just as cards are becoming and GASP newspapers!! Take a look at the USPS they are going down the tubes as well due to e-mail (maybe you heard of it)


Flap Doodle 7 years, 5 months ago

But, merrill, brownouts are a good way to enforce energy conservation, aren't they?

kernal 7 years, 5 months ago

Not ALL new books will be electronic, we will continue to have paper books for some time but not as many. Take care of the well bound books you have and they will last for decades and you can pass them down to your kids and grandkids.

grimpeur 7 years, 5 months ago

"...while I was creating more sinkholes on city streets..."

There. Fixed it for you.

Can't make the connection between your high taxes and your personal choices, can ya? Don't fret. You're obviously not alone.

ghamon 7 years, 5 months ago

Could be Merrill, but is that worth 18 million?

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