Commonwealth Journal

Local News

November 15, 2012

Sanders wants library board out

Board president says she will not resign


Somerset —

“How insulting,” said Dan Dutton of Sanders’ demands. “Our community would do well to ever find a group of individuals as good as the board we have now. Anyone who knows them personally, or even anyone who has ever attended one of the meetings, would know that, and would be ashamed to speak about their character, or pretend to know anything about why they volunteer their time and knowledge for the rest of us. I applaud Elaine Wilson, and the rest of the board, for their work on our behalf. Our library tax rate is precisely normal, lower than many surrounding counties, but our library is extraordinary, due to a fine staff, and a fine board of directors.”
Some library supporters fear the petition is about securing some sort of political leverage. 
“I think it is pretty clear that the petition group is holding the library hostage by claiming they do not want to close it, but will do what they have to do to get their names out there,” said Darian West. “Giving into them gives them a rhetorical win which only serves their purpose. It would be naive to think this was simply about the minuscule tax increase. It is widely known and documented that whomever is circulating the petition is doing so by misleading those who are signing it. The people who have asked to be removed from the petition all state that the petitioner mislead them in various ways to get the signatures.”
Others dismiss the conspiracy theories.
“There is no great mysterious conspiracy afoot, I don't care how misinformed (Sanders) may be,” said John Withers. “This is about taxes ... period. (Some of these comments) are making me start to think the library supporters are as zealous and removed from reality as the petitioners. And I am a supporter! I'm amazed and disappointed by the total unwillingness to compromise here.”

Text Only
Local News
News Live
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide