Loss of a friend; I miss the library. I liked to wander up and down the aisles and choose books — novels — by author or cover. Four at a time.

I'd have the luxury then of beginning the book and if it didn't appeal to me I could put it down and start the next. If I found an author I enjoyed I could go back and get more — our library has such a great selection. I am a reader and I miss the library. — Eileen Kralik, Medford

I hope the county will listen; the voters have repeated themselves.

We don't need 15 libraries. Voters are tired of government waste. The following two facts are huge:

The Internet has more information available than ever.

People who live in rural communities have a choice to live in a rural environment. This is no different than coming to town for food, gas and other supplies. There is not a mall in Rogue River, but people find their way to the mall. The city of Gold Hill doesn't have a Target, but people still come to Target. They do not have a Wal-Mart in Shady Cove, but they come to Wal-Mart.

Would it be nice? Yes. Does it make sense? No. It is time for the government to start operating like a business. What a mess. If we had a county library, they would come.

Our ballot should've had an alternate plan, but we failed to provide that option to the voters. Instead they want to bully us into "all or nothing." I think that's a shame.

Stop exploring the "all or nothing" option. Look at having a centrally located resource. We need a county library, not one in every city. — T. Ames, Central Point

Thank you, voters of Jackson County, for sending a clear message on the library levy. Thank you for standing up to the press and their blatant attempt to control the process.

A "no" vote told the few that they cannot finance their programs on the backs of the many. Joe Davis should do the math. It was not a "discouraging day" for almost 60 percent of the voters.

It wasn't just property tax increases, we voted against wasteful spending. You spent $38.9 million on new libraries we didn't need. You are wasteful and fiscally irresponsible and voters said "enough."

If you want the libraries to open, create a nonprofit and raise the money. Don't ask your neighbors to pay for your free services. In what language do we have to spell "no" for you to understand?

Congratulations to Don Rist for his efforts and hard work. Stay vigilant, because these people will be back with more levies and more special elections to get their way. Oh, and don't be surprised if they find some money squirreled away someplace. They always do. — Howard Wand, Rogue River

Those who are faulting the voters for turning down the library levy should direct their ire at the real culprits: The county commissioners.

All who have been commissioners for the past 10 years should be chastised (or worse) for their negligence. The lack of federal funding was not an overnight surprise.

Commissioners have known for years that this was a very iffy method of financing our local government, and they should have been preparing for it. But they became addicted to this easy money.

Because of their own failure to properly budget, they take the easy way out now and try to blackmail us taxpayers by eliminating the one program they thought was emotional enough to bail them out. — Clarence Zaitz, Rogue River

Page 15-3 of the voters pamphlet contains the following statement:

"Voters approved a bond measure in the year 2000 for new library buildings. By strict law, those bonds must be used to build libraries only, and cannot be used for operating the libraries."

Does it resemble the "approved" measure years ago regarding the Historical Society which was wisely rescinded? Does it make sense that building more libraries is no longer the question?

When did it happen that rescinding such a law for a better purpose was unlawful? I need some honest clarification — will someone proffer an explanation? — Lynn Womack, Medford

All the people that are complaining about the libraries being closed due to the stupidity of the voters need to realize there are a lot of homeowners that are elderly that cannot afford any more taxes.

You need to go after the people that have mismanaged the money that they had, plus the county commissioners that asked for a raise and got it. These people are supposed to be working for us. So when you complain about the voters, you more or less are criticizing the elderly that cannot afford more taxes.

Take your kids to the school library. Maybe if you ask, the schools will keep the libraries open for the summer. — M. Nutter, White City

Proud Americans, the library levy has failed. We are free to spend $400 a year on cable TV. Free to spend $600 a year on a cell phone. Free to spend $600 a year on the Internet. Free to pursue instant gratification, without reading.

Without reading, none of us would have jobs. Without reading, none of us could have read the good news of the Gospels.

Are you a proud American yet? You would rather drive a rig that gets less than 18 mpg and buy drive-up coffee? It is spelled k-a-r-m-a. I mean, whatever, it's your movie. — Tom Espinosa, Medford

Now that the library levy has failed, it might be a time to pursue a realistic solution. Yes, we need a library; no, we don't need to abuse the taxpayer to get one.

I have a solution that will give us a good library and fund it for years. I warn you, this is radical and will not sit well with some parties. The problem is this: We need a library and don't need to raise taxes to an unsustainable level.

I know of an unused tan, historic building that could easily be converted into a functioning library. I also know of an unused building that could be leased to a corporation that enjoys wax cast doors, sculpted glass and every other appearance of grandeur. Best of all, it is centrally located.

An easy idea. Move to one, lease the other to pay for it. — Arthur Wechlo, Medford

If you rent a movie from Blockbuster or go to a campground, you pay a fee. Why do people think renting a book from or using a computer at the library should be free?

OK, so there is a law saying that libraries can't charge. Let's work on changing the law so fees can be charged. People readily pay for lottery tickets and cigarettes. — R. F. Scheuerman, Ashland

In response to the letter from J. P. Anderson of Medford, why didn't you tell your child the truth about why the libraries closed? The truth is that the majority of the people can no longer afford all of these taxes. Take a look at a property tax statement, there's the city tax, county tax, historical tax, and so on.

So just tell them the truth. — Marie Mulrey, Medford

Isn't it wonderful that there are 22,000 people in the county that want to pay higher taxes to support libraries!

I think that they ought to be allowed to put their money where their mouths are. Why not let them pay a surtax? In return they should receive recognition of their contribution, a special name badge or button to wear. The sense of moral superiority will be most edifying to them. They will be heroes! — John H. Henselman, Medford

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