Letters to the editor

Where's the revolt?

I note with no surprise, that the failure to pass a levy to keep our libraries open has occurred. This is in keeping with the dumbing down of our nation as exemplified by our current president.

Soon, in keeping with our current political agenda, we will be closing our schools, pleading that the funds spent on education are superfluous and should be spent on killing Iraqis or others who live in oil producing countries, in order that Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney may further line their pockets at the expense of already nearly 4,000 men killed, 1,400 wounded, untold numbers of innocent citizens of Iraq dead or disabled &

all for oil.

I am horrified to watch this scenario unfold and I am helpless to change it one whit. Why hasn't our citizenry revolted and demanded the impeachment of both Bush and Cheney? Are we truly that dumb?

William M. Sammons, M.D.

Education needs more funding

This year I am finally graduating from Southern Oregon University. It only took seven years, the first two filled with 50-plus hour-long work weeks, and several thousand dollars in student loans. I started at a community college taking night classes and worked my way up to being a full time student at Linn Benton Community College.

I am one of many Oregonians who are directly impacted by the continued trend of disinvestment in state institutions of higher education. Today I believe that having an educated citizenry is critical to the economic, environmental and cultural future of our state. Sadly, Oregon students find themselves at institutions facing a disastrous funding crisis and have already experienced the effect of these shortfalls.

At Southern Oregon University, I've seen this manifest itself in rising tuition and fees, the reduction of valued support staff and programs being drastically reduced. Now it looks like higher education is in danger of being overlooked again by our state legislators and much needed programs such as the Shared Responsibly Model and A.S.P.I.R.E will be left with little to none.

Let's get smart: educating Oregon's citizens is everyone's issue.

Brook Colley

Hoping for a return to values

Election results confirmed that Jackson County voters have determined to abandon our stellar library system. I am struggling to reconcile this outcome with my long experience with varied communities which have treasured and supported each local library for decades. Are we exhibiting a human version of the recently observed Colony Collapse Disorder &

the strange malady that drives honeybees to desert flourishing hives? We sustain our community's health and well being to the degree we value and support the strengths and assets we have here.

Those strident voices bemoaning $9 per month as an exorbitant cost for this essential service to the entire population may soon console themselves with plummeting property values and thus lower taxes, as deteriorating community services mark our area as an undesirable destination.

I want to recognize the extraordinary vibrant and generous community I thought I knew in its policies and practices. May we find a way to restore these fundamental information resources, giving all of us full opportunities for learning.

Colleen Curran

Time for a sales tax

No one doubts the great importance of a public library in any town. However, the most expedient way to obtain immediate funding has heretofore always been with higher property taxes until only the wealthy can own a home. Oregon needs a sales tax badly. It is utter nonsense to continue without one. A — or 4 percent sales tax will do much good and provide critical services such as public safety and libraries in a more equitable manner. The time has come for a sales tax, folks.

Carol Sunahara

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