Opinion

Election 2004: New library's a real bargain

We, voters and taxpayers in the Oak Harbor region, have been presented with a terrific opportunity in the form of a new library. The Sno-Isle library system in Oak Harbor is one of the brightest lights in our community, and one which is easy to take for granted. Therefore, it should be said and acknowledged that our library, its management, policies and staff, year after year, have been unfailingly reliable, professional, courteous and competent. How many other institutions in our lives can be so described?  Also, to be acknowledged and commended are the people who have been planning this new library for the past four years, for their sustained and careful efforts on behalf of the community. In the course of human history, libraries are one of the gems of every educated and cultured society.

In Oak Harbor, the new library will be even more of a community center than it is now with its 150-seat meeting room. Its location in Old Town will contribute to the revitalization of this historic part of Pioneer Way. The new expanded library and all the proposed new features are ours for a mere $68 per household per year for 20 years (for a $200,000 home), virtually a token annual payment. We’ll be using and enjoying it long after its paid for. A tremendous bargain, a timely opportunity, a gleaming jewel for our town. Ours - yours and mine - to choose on Sept. 14, or when we mark our absentee ballot.

Betty Ellingwood

Oak Harbor

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