I just got my mail in ballot and there is an initiative for a Levey Lid Lift. Ever since Bush's Clean Skies Initiative I am never sure how to vote on anything. I assume I should approve. Any thoughts on the matter?
If Friday night's party at the Olympia Library was any indication (thanks to Berd for the report), this community loves their libraries! Please continue to support your library system by voting yes on Feb. 3. The library's levy lid lift (try saying that three times fast!) is the ONLY measure on the ballot, so your voting should be quick and easy. Here's more information:
For the first time in 40 years, the Timberland Regional Library is seeking a levy lid lift to continue providing high quality local library services. Voters are now receiving mail-in ballots for the special election on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
Timberland combines library resources across Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Thurston and Pacific Counties, operating 27 community libraries and seven partner locations. Library services include books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, Internet and computer access, downloadable materials and free programs for all ages. Timberland also offers job resources in each library so people can prepare resumes, research and apply for jobs.
Timberland receives 89% of its annual budget from local property taxes. Due to a recent law that limits tax increases and a steep decline in new construction, the library faces a million dollar shortfall in 2009.
Timberland has already frozen hiring, eliminated staff positions, reduced hours and cut the budget for new library materials. More cuts and service reductions will result if the lid lift does not pass.
The Feb. 3 election asks voters to restore funding from the current rate of 32.9 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value to a maximum of 50 cents per thousand. The Timberland board plans to tax what is necessary to maintain current services and not the full amount of the levy. That means less than a $34 increase on a home assessed at $200,000, about the same as one trip to the bookstore instead of the library.
This years presidential election has come to be known as one of the most historical and important races of our time. But many people are still not going to vote. Some will not vote because they simply don't care enough, others don't believe the candidates are right for them. How privileged they must be not to care, not to truly understand the impact a McCain presidency would have on our country. Its not always about the perfect candidate, it is not always about having exactly what you want. If people thought more about their country as a whole and less of themselves, then perhaps they would be inspired enough to cast their ballots. Your vote DOES count and it WILL hurt if you don't cast it. It is the least you can do. And what about all the other elected officials and other initiatives on your ballot? They are just as important, if not more, because they effect you locally. Please, exercise your right to vote. It matters. It is not about Obama. It is about a better future for our country, because if McCain wins you can guarantee a continued downward spiral from where we are now. If my father, the busy business owner, the "redneck," the guy who NEVER votes, can take the time to cast his ballot, then so can you.
Vote affirmatively for Obama.
Here are some photos from the Monday, October 6, 2008 No LNG Rally at the Washington State Capitol Campus Legislative Building.
We want renewable energy.
Greg Palast in Olympia, Washington
more info: www.witnesstoacrime.com
[update from Monica:]
Ohio 2004 Election Fraud speaker at Traditions at 2:00 Sept 18th[via email from Monica Hoover:]
In addition to speaking at Media Island at 7PM Thursday Sept 18, Richard Hayes Phillips will be at Traditions Cafe at 2 PM on Sept 18 for casual Q and A. Traditions is located at 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia.
From Robert F. Kennedy, Jr: "Richard Hayes Phillips worked day and night for three years compiling irrefutable evidence of how the Republicans stole the 2004 presidential race in Ohio. This landmark investigation is a testament to what private citizens can accomplish when government officials fail to protect our right to vote and to count those votes as cast. Every American - Republican and Democrat - should read this book, and join the fight for democracy's most fundamental right."
Hello all,More information: a $5 donation will be requested, but you're perfectly welcome to give more than that - and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. More info from the flyer (shown above):
Richard Hayes Philllips will be in Olympia this Thursday, Sept 18, 7 PM. He will speak at Media Island (816 Adams, across Adams from the Olympia Library). Please see the attached flyer and forward this to anyone you know who might be interested.
Richard began investigating the Ohio election when he received an unsolicited e-mail containing obviously erroneous election results from Cleveland. He quickly found that hundreds of votes in certain precincts had inexplicably shifted from John Kerry to other Presidential candidates. He then spent 3 years compiling irrefutable evidence of election fraud in Ohio in 2004. His new book on his findings is Witness to a Crime, a Citizens' Audit of an American Election.
He is stopping on his way between Portland and Seattle and this just came together very quickly yesterday so we were unable to find a larger location. It is possible that he will be in Olympia as early as noon Thursday and could meet informally with interested people in the afternoon. If you would be interested and available, please let me know and we'll set something up.
Sponsored by Alliance for Democracy.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., says: “Every American – Republican and Democrat – should read this book and join the fight for democracy’s most fundamental right.”I hope to see you there! ~ bert
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. speaking engagement at Media Island, 816 Adams SE, across from the downtown Olympia library.