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Jackson County, Oregon is one of 700 counties in 39 states that are now struggling with the failure to renew the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. We here are looking to, along with the termination of law enforcement officials and roads workers, but completely shutting down our entire system of 16 libraries.

People have been hesitant to point the fingers up 'til now, but I'll be happy to say what I think-The War on Terror has come home, and the terrorists have managed to shut down our libraries, aided by mismanagement in all levels of our current federal administrations. No airplanes required this time around....

I'm gonna try a different angle with this diary. Are there people in any of these other counties facing simlilar measures, and would they be willing to share what they're gonna be sacrificing?

Here's an Op-Ed piece that more coherently explains the nature of the cuts, and their repercussions:

I'd laugh, except the one point he makes is that The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act was created  in a time of national budgetary surplus.

As well as the links specific to our to be shut-down library system:

To be fair, Our republican Senator Gordon Smith and Democrat Peter Defazio did attempt to extend funding in Oregon and others in the most recent Senate budget session, but were thwarted. The only way they could have done it effectively would have been to filibuster the entire national budget, one which was given up on middle of last year by the then republican Majority House and Senate.

One wonders, is this congress going to be do anything about, if they notice at all?

I myself already recieved an e-mail from a gal in Dallas Fort Worth where they have already shut down their entire library system.

I really am curious about these other 700 counties, though, though I doubt their cuts will be nearly as drastic as the ones we are looking at here, owing to Oregon's larger percentage of subsidy monies which they used to recieve.

Thanks for your time.

Originally posted to lordbronco on Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 11:56 AM PST.

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  •  Oregon Taxes (1+ / 0-)
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    Rural Oregon is in real fiscal trouble. Losing the timber subsidies (which many counties historically used to fund their schools) is going to have a huge impact. Oregonians may, unfortunatly, have to consider a sales tax to make up the difference.

    •  Thank you for your reply (0+ / 0-)

      You're not the first to respond similarly on this, the most blue of web blogs.

      This is why I posted in the past tense-I won't vote for a sales tax-it's an Oregon thing. Nor will I vote yes to a thousand bucks a year for my admittedly rich neighbors in property taxes.

      It will never happen, so most the libraries, if not all, are done.

      It's that simple.

      •  if you're not willing to pay for (0+ / 0-)

        your own local libraries, why should the rest of us?

        Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

        by alizard on Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 04:29:36 PM PST

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        •  Very good Point-Thank You for the reply (0+ / 0-)

          Since there's 39 other States involved, I'm quite sure your "us" includes your own.

          Or does it?


          •  for us, Federal library funding (0+ / 0-)

            is supplemental, the primary funding is from property taxes.

            This is why I posted in the past tense-I won't vote for a sales tax-it's an Oregon thing. Nor will I vote yes to a thousand bucks a year for my admittedly rich neighbors in property taxes.

            And what local funding mechanism would you support to provide local services?

            Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

            by alizard on Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 10:05:31 PM PST

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  •  Republicans don't much like (1+ / 0-)
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    libraries because the general principle on which libraries function is  balanced collection, representing the gamut of viewpoints, rather than merely the conservative Christian one.   And as Carol Burnett once said in a routine where she played a little girl, " Daddy doesn't read because reading makes him think,a nd thinking unsettles his prejudices. My Daddy's a Congressman.

    Daddy had to be a REPUBLICAN Congressman.

    And we were planning to move to OR down the line. Since I read about 8 -10 books every two weeks, and I doubt I'll ever have a book budget high enough to buy all the books I want to read (especially scholarly tomes), I MUST have a library.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 01:18:19 PM PST

    •  Thank you for your reply (0+ / 0-)

      Yeah, it's not easy to spin an upside to this-and in 2 months it's done.

      I've been attempting to leave for years, but for various reasons, like anyplace I go to is so much worse, I haven't.

      This might do it.

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