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November 15, 2012

Sanders wants library board out

Board president says she will not resign

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“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.”

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