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Election 2004: Support our library system
Julie and I are writing in support of both library measures on the Sept. 14 ballot.
As a community physician, I normally avoid matters of political interest as I have the privilege of treating patients on both sides of every issue. As a parent and advocate for universal literacy and information access, however, I feel compelled to make my best argument for funding our library.
Moving the library to the proposed location would improve access for preschoolers and seniors alike, who currently must deal with a crowded and dangerous parking lot packed with the vehicles of young adults, racing to their college classes. In turn, these students would have more room to advance their education at Skagit Valley CC.
The more central location would benefit those on fixed income who could more easily walk, park or bus to the new facility, and take advantage of increased availability of Internet stations, periodicals, CDs and videos.
Citizens like our family who can afford magazine subscriptions, DSL connection charges and Blockbuster rental fees still enjoy saving those dollars by utilizing our borrowing privileges at the Oak Harbor library. These savings go right into college funds for our children and more than offset the portion of our property tax that would fund this valuable community resource.
Granted, tough economic times call for fiscal prudence. It is during these times, we believe, that those institutions which provide universal entertainment, education, and value, should be sustained and nurtured.
Our library is just that type of institution. We believe that this regional library system and the dedicated librarians and support staff who serve us, merit our support.