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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

Library tax

EDITOR: Before I start with the reasons to support a one-eighth of a cent library sales tax, please allow a digression. Both of my parents were Republicans. Until he mellowed out, my dad, always voted a straight GOP ticket. He hated taxes and used to rail against Roosevelt, Truman, et. al. Mom was a bit more open-minded about voting. She used to say, “Vote for whoever you think will do the best job.”

So, get to the point or shut up, you say. I am voting for the Sonoma County library sales tax this November because, without proper funding, the library is like a rudderless ship. Go to RestoreLibraryHours.com. You will see all the reasons why it is needed. Let’s open the library evenings and on Mondays again.

We can and must do this. The library asks for your support to do the job it is supposed to do. It the measure fails, the library will never open a new Roseland branch. And it will continue to limp along. Everyone benefits from the library.

Whether you’re for or against it, at least vote.

FRANK BAUMGARDNER

Santa Rosa

Disappointing fair

EDITOR: Fair attendance wasn’t down because of the weather, the casino or any other thing the powers that be came up with (“ ‘Still a good year,’ ” Tuesday). It’s because it feels like a rip off.

The entrance fee was more, but that didn’t bother me. What bothered me was that everything inside was up even more, especially the food. Even worse was standing in line to go through security and watching security people throw out bottles of water from diaper bags mothers had packed for their babies. That was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. These poor families had to go in and pay $4 for another bottle of water. If that doesn’t make you mad, what will?


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