I realize my mind seems to be going in several directions . . . I still have my two classes to focus on, but did want to express how pleased I am with Jenna
The Douglas County libraries have run out of funding (or soon will be) and had proposed a 44cent per day tax increase to all property owners. The proposal made it to the ballot that was mailed just before the election. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass and the libraries will be gone.
Myrtle Creek had invested in a drop box that was put in just before the election. I suppose it will be possible to salvage some libraries that may run independently as city libraries - but it sounds as if most libraries will close down. Two had already opted out before the election. We do not know what's to become of the rest.
The building that houses the books at the Myrtle Creek library was built specifically to be a library, where many others have been offered space through the city . . . the library in Canyonville, for example, is sandwiched between the police station and city hall.
Scott M. Stolz gave us 15 reasons why voting third party is not a wasted vote. It is better to vote for something you want than to vote for something you don't want. It is better to try to do something about this given situation even though it may not work. Jenna and I have been feeling quite helpless as we certainly don't have a way of funding the library either. On her own, she has decided to start a petition and has been gathering up signatures - mostly of classmates.
The library's future was to be discussed at the city council meeting last night. Jaime took her petition and faced the council as she read her plea that "most of those who signed the petition didn't get to vote. They signed the petition so their voices might be heard" and "we are your future. Don't take the libraries away from your future"
She was nervous to face the council of adults, but I think they were impressed - not that it will change anything - but with the stand, she was willing to take. She also let them know that she has written to various performers to see if they might contribute their talents to a benefit's concert.
I hope that Jenna may take this experience and recognize it as positive on her part regardless of what results are found. As of now, it's just too early to say.