Letter to the Editor: Vote no on the library bond

Posted October 21, 2022 at 2:03 pm by

The cor­ner­stone of any com­mu­ni­ty is a vibrant work­ing class. In our com­mu­ni­ty this cor­ner­stone is hem­or­rhag­ing under the weight of hous­ing costs. Good jobs are avail­able but hous­ing for the work­ers is not. If we are to raise tax­es, then those monies should be direct­ed towards build­ing or sub­si­diz­ing afford­able hous­ing, not build­ing a $20 mil­lion library. For $20 mil­lion, the Coun­ty could build approx­i­mate­ly 25–30 1,000 square-foot hous­ing units, or more if the land were donat­ed. A vibrant work­ing class is fun­da­men­tal, a $20 mil­lion library is not.

I could under­stand a request to build a $5 mil­lion library or per­haps even $10 mil­lion. Spend­ing $20 mil­lion on a new library smacks of Martha’s Vine­yard. It is sim­ply irre­spon­si­ble, if not offen­sive, giv­en our far more urgent needs.

Our Island’s roads are strewn with Vote Yes Library. These signs “…doth protest too much, me thinks.” The library’s advo­cates must fear that their dreams exceed the stom­achs of our taxpayers.

Vote no.

Robert deGavre
San Juan Island

You can support the San Juan Update by doing business with our loyal advertisers, and by making a one-time contribution or a recurring donation.

Categories: Around Here

No comments yet. Be the first!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting a comment you grant the San Juan Update a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Inappropriate, irrelevant and contentious comments may not be published at an admin's discretion. Your email is used for verification purposes only, it will never be shared.

Receive new post updates: Entries (RSS)
Receive followup comments updates: RSS 2.0