Some people don’t want to vote for the Birch Bay Vogt Community Library because it will add to their property tax. But they’ve already been paying for library services with their property tax. While I don’t want to belittle the many services the county library system has been providing, such as the opportunity to order books that are delivered here each week by the Bookmobile, a Birch Bay library will provide much more.
A family looking at every cost – as most of us are – might look at the increased levy as an entertainment benefit. A couple of nights a month the family could have a “library night.”
The kids could use bigger and faster computers to play games with their friends. Mother, after browsing the sports pages of the New York Times and Washington Post, could read opinions of U.S. policy in expensive magazines. Last week in The Economist she could have read six comments on president Biden’s Afghan policies. Dad, after finding two recipes he would like to make, could send a joke to the three fellows he plays golf with on Saturday mornings. Looking at the vote in these ways, ‘Vote Yes! on Prop. 14’ might mean more opportunity than expense.
After reading Sally Church’s glowing report in The Northern Light July 21 edition on all of the essential workers and others in these trying times, I must include the staff and volunteers of the Blaine Food Bank. These folks give of themselves freely and often offer words of encouragement to those in need.
Without these wonderful people there would be no food offerings, clothing and social help to the many that need it.
Many kudos and accolades to all of them.