Letter To The Editor: Vote Renton Cedar River Library, Keep Renton Ahead Of The Curve

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Don’t allow our Cedar River Library to be taken away.  

Your vote for Over the Cedar River Library will insure that your children and grandchildren (and all of us) continue to have the most unique library experience in the nation—if not the world!

Only at a state of the art Cedar River Library can you get materials, surf the internet, and marvel at the salmon swimming upstream in the fall and find a peaceful, serene environment all the time. And enjoy the Cedar River Trail and Liberty Park’s playgrounds, picnic areas and recreational facilities in the same visit. 

Join with our family in voting to improve and keep our community jewel. Leave a Legacy through your vote so future generations can enjoy the same one-of-kind experience that we have grown up with. Vote Renton Cedar River Library. Keep Renton ahead of the curve!

—Joshua, Benjamin, Nicholas, Mary, Michael, Richard & Geri Bray


@rcwant2be July 30, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Ben, Not shouting. I was adding visual emphasis to prevent further libel.
Union_Hat July 30, 2012 at 03:30 AM
@Rentonwant2be I say welcome. A community is much more than a collection of property owners. I look forward to your posts in support of West Hill annexation, as a former resident of Skyway and Renton your insight will be valuable. On certain issues it would be nice if you would out yourself as a former Renton resident and voluntary Renton community member. That way, no mean spirited post can make your arguments look biased or self-serving. There are meanies willing to do it for you. Regarding internet civility, cyber stalking is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison, fines and restriction of Internet access. It is a serious charge and it is rude to drop the accusation just because you are uncomfortable with the research done by intellectual opponents. A false accusation of rape is a crime. False accusations of cyber stalking are legal, but very uncool. 60 seconds of searching and 20 minutes of reading does not a cyber-stalker make, no matter how embarrassing the revealed information is. I won’t accuse you of cyber exhibitionism, cause that would be uncool too. Taking a bit of my own advice; I am buying a house in Renton. I work at City Hall. I have a definite bias in favor of Renton, but not necessarily in favor of all Renton politicians or agendas, especially the hidden ones. Somebody has been planning a fish worship temple for years. I can’t see why I should be taxed to support somebody's new-age religion, even if it is supported by a majority.
Union_Hat July 30, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I was a fierce opponent of annexation to KCLS, because compared to the underfunded Renton Library System, KCLS is a horrible Library and unbelievably inefficient. My property taxes increased about $50 per month after annexation and the wait time to get a book went from near instantaneous to several weeks. The additional computers and hours are not nearly sufficient justify the 300% increase in costs to Renton taxpayers. We should be talking about a levy to fund the Renton Library, rather than trying to find ways to reward KCLS for their inefficiency. That the loss of our library could have been avoided if just 24 voters had not bought the lies mailed to them in their utility bills by the city just makes the loss of our library and its replacement by a computer lab with an Amazon-esque book loaning function more bitter. But as I like to say, that’s water under the Library.
Melissa Farmin July 30, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Union_Hat I'm glad it wasn't just me with the exta $600/year in taxes. I thought must have miscalculated. I'll leave @rcwant2be to you. I am astounded that she thinks her comments have been entirely civil.
Jeremy Schwartz August 07, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Although too late for consideration in the influence of votes through producing facts, I am drafting a public records request to the City of Renton. This is specifically targeted to certain public servants involved in either the library issue or the documentation of criminal activity at the transit center which apparently may have been misrepresented by the City of Renton. No matter how the vote turns out, at least the City's true intentions may be presented through public records production. I'm not sure if this has been done yet, and if not, why not? Hopefully, Renton citizens haven't been relying heavily on the Renton Reporter for "facts".


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