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Ballots & books

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The people of Roseburg, Oregon, aren’t paying enough in taxes. That’s the upshot of Kirk Johnson’s recent New York Times article, ‘Where Anti-Tax Fervor Means ‘All Services Will Cease.” ‘For generations in America,’ readers are informed, ‘small cities … declared their optimism and civic purpose with grand libraries that rose above the clutter of daily life and commerce.’ And then, the unthinkable: ‘last fall, Douglas County residents voted down a ballot measure that would have added about $6 a month to the tax bill on a median-priced home and saved the libraries from a funding crisis.’ How dare voters so vote? Didn’t they know the Times wanted those libraries fully funded? Where was the ‘optimism and civic purpose’ of Roseburgians?” (05/17/17)