Editorial: Vote for Smithtown library...

Editorial: Vote for Smithtown library bond issue

There are 23 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 4, 2008, titled Editorial: Vote for Smithtown library bond issue. In it, Newsday reports that:

If you ask people to look closely at their property tax bill and find an item they're actually happy to pay, chances are that their library bill would be high on the list.

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Vote No

Shoreham, NY

#1 Mar 4, 2008
Until the proper authorities - whomever they might be - can get a handle on the widespread corruption infesting Long Island's publicly funded institutions and put an end to it, ALL requests for more money -aka tax increases - should be voted down.

Further, with the world of information now at one's fingertips via the internet, libraries should and will go the way of the Dodo bird.
VOTE YES

United States

#2 Mar 4, 2008
"Vote No" - hopefully you and your ship of fools will also go the way of the dodo bird.

VOTE YES for YOUR library - it's not Vecchio's its YOURS!

p.s. why aren't libraries in other communities going the way of the dodo bird? They are thriving not dwindling!!
NEWSDAY LOVES TAXES

Richmond Hill, NY

#3 Mar 4, 2008
OF COURSE NEWSDAY'S IN FAVOR OF THIS! IT INVOLVES HIGHER TAXES! NEWSDAY IS ALWAYS IN FAVOR OF HIGHER TAXES! IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING! CANCEL NEWSDAY TO HELP PAY THE BILL!
LI Resident

Melville, NY

#4 Mar 4, 2008
The internet can never truly replace books. Books are important. Print is important. Too much information on the 'net can be modified way too easily. Do you REALLY believe everything you read on the internet. I'll trust print, thank you.
Objectivity

Manorville, NY

#5 Mar 4, 2008
Gee- when the library was still part of the town and they wanted to move them to the armory property with a brand new building they balked... What was it the guy I talked to on the board told me? Oh yeah- it was "People will not be able to find us over there" - yeah it would be real difficult to find that you moved across the street!!! Perhaps your pal was making too much money off the rent...
Vechio is no saint either- when the library carved off into it's own district he kept the money in the town budget...
Vote no to everything that costs mone- they are all crooks.
Not just about books

Baldwin, NY

#6 Mar 4, 2008
We need to realize that the library system, these days, are not just about books, actually never have been. The services that the libraries provide to the communities they support are a large part of what they do these days. These would include reading groups, youth trips, etc. The information age is here and we need to take advantage of the information that is contained in our libraries.
Vote No

Hauppauge, NY

#7 Mar 4, 2008
Enough is enough. We are in a recession it is time to stop taking money from the taxpayers for garbage like this. I have lived in Smithtown my whole life, there is no need to have four library branches. The Nesconscent and Smithtown branches are literally five minutes apart by car and the Kings Park and Commack branches are roughly the same distance. The staff is also very surly and downright nasty at several branches. The solution: cut out two branches, lay off excess staff, rent the buildings that currently house the closed branches and use the income/savings to 1. improve the two remaining branches and 2. give the taxpayer's some much needed relief in the form of a tax reduction in the next budget.

Another reason to vote no is because of tommorrow's Hauppauge School District Bond Vote which will affect many of the same taxpayers who if both measures pass will be treated to on average an additional $200 per year in property taxes in addition to the annual regular budget increases that the library and school district love to saddle the taxpayers with.

Smithtown is a great town to live but it is fast becoming a place that only the very rich can afford and that is just a crying shame. We as voters and taxpayers need to rise up and shut these people down. otherwise they will just think of more reasons to increase taxes. These people are volunteers who have only one goal: make a name for themselves so oneday they can move onto a paying poltical job and to do so they are always coming up with "improvements" and "innovations" to try and get themselves painted as "visionaries" and "forward thinking leaders", when all they really are, are taxpayer saddlers. Does anyone even really care about any of them? How many people can name one person on the Smithtown Library Board or the Hauppauge School Board? Wake up Smithtown and shut these people down!
Stroud

Springfield Gardens, NY

#8 Mar 4, 2008
vote no - your homes are losing value everyday - just say no
Stroud

Springfield Gardens, NY

#9 Mar 4, 2008
vote no - smithtown will be alot cheaper in the next few months
SAM

Englewood, CO

#10 Mar 4, 2008
Thank you for your editorial endorsing the Smithtown Library Bond Issue. I work in the District--we need repairs and modernization very badly.
Seamus

Valley Stream, NY

#11 Mar 4, 2008
With the Library District we permitted the creation of another socialist Xanadu to rival the Smithtown School District. Too much of the money currently being spent on the library goes to salaries and benefits. Ever see the library crowded? Yes. Crowded with librarians, not patrons. The satellite branches need to be consolidated. Close/sell Kings Park or Commack - you pick. Forget about Nesconset. Expand hours of operation. Reduce salaries and benefits. Better yet - outsource Library operations. I'll vote yes to that.
Islander

Stony Brook, NY

#12 Mar 4, 2008
I have lived in both Commack and Kings Park and I can tell you without a doubt, that having branches of the Smithtown Public Library in Commack and Kings Park was a godsend to all of us!

So what if they increase the library tax by a little over $3? That's not going to break anyone who lives in these areas, not by a longshot.

I think that it's long overdue and a great idea.

Mr. Vecchio, keep your opinions to yourself. You've done enough damage!
The Literary Lad

Englewood, CO

#13 Mar 4, 2008
A previous poster to the board,Vote No, said the librarians are "surly and downright nasty at times at certain branches". I live roughly inbetween the Kings Park & Main branch and in all my time utilizing the library, they have always been pleasant and very accommodating.

One RED Head who works at the reference desk at the Main branch is extremely nice and very helpful.=))

Support the library. Support the Lusty Librarians
susysamy

Ronkonkoma, NY

#14 Mar 4, 2008
i have been a resident of smithtown for the past 25years.
if we happen to gothere we will find the gentleman in the suit yakking away to glory nothing to do.
the staff has no motivation for helping or doing anything, all they do is to direct you to the ailes for you to fend your selves
it is indeed an excellent idea to sell the smaller buildings and keep one main building provide additonal parking and extend thehours and kick off the lazy staff.
most of them dont knwo where they are in the first place, they feign knowledge about any questions put to them
the Armory building vote for libarary is another hoax to increase taxs so the uppper management can drive better cars and boast how they know the best peopel in town and spend our money
VOTE NO TO THIS STUPID IDEA.
LIKE THE SERVICES ARE BETTER.
ALREADY THE AUDIT HAS EXPOSED MOST OF LONG ISLAND INSTUTIONS EXCESS SPENDING .
i have to make this news public, my cousin had passed his civil service test withhihg rank.
thhis same library sent him theinterview letter registered ( i still wonder how they managed pull this one off.) for a day in the previous week, with a warning that if that candidate didnt show up on that day then he loses his chance.
now when the interview letter came one week late how is the candidate supposed to show up?
my cousin had to fight on this and ofcours what happens. he is denied the job because someone else was already chosen by preplanning all this schemes.
this library should close no matter what.
hope eveyrone sees through this garbage
Carol from Commack

Englewood, CO

#15 Mar 4, 2008
Dear susysamy--

It is difficult to believe that after 25 years of living in Smithtown,you have not taken the time to voice your dissatisfaction with the library--until today.

Close a library? What's next, burning books?
Former Patron-Vote Yes

Pasadena, MD

#16 Mar 4, 2008
The Smithtown Libraries are desperately need of proper funding.
My family benefited from the library
til my parents moved in 1999.

The Smithtown Library has been ther since the 30's The Commack Branch Libray came in the 67. The Commack Library at one time was a house off
Jericho Tpke near the Mayfair Shopping center (mid 60s).

The libaries are desperated need of an overhaul. The cost is less than a happy meal at Mcdonalds

Please vote yes for a library dear to my heart
Pliny

Milford, CT

#17 Mar 4, 2008
susysamy wrote:
i have to make this news public, my cousin had passed his civil service test withhihg rank.
thhis same library sent him theinterview letter registered ( i still wonder how they managed pull this one off.) for a day in the previous week, with a warning that if that candidate didnt show up on that day then he loses his chance.
now when the interview letter came one week late how is the candidate supposed to show up?
my cousin had to fight on this and ofcours what happens. he is denied the job because someone else was already chosen by preplanning all this schemes.
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The appeal should've been really easy. The registered letter has a receipt for the day it's delivered. You just present that along with the enclosed canvass letter and you've got your whole case right there.
Pliny

Milford, CT

#18 Mar 4, 2008
Does anyone here know the $ amount of taxes(per household) paid annually to the library district?
wow

Bridgeport, CT

#19 Mar 4, 2008
Most of you sound like you havent been to the library in years. YOu can save TONS of money by taking out dvds, free wifi,financial help programs,learn to use computers programs and thigns like that.

MOney can be saved by going to the library but if you dont fund them they will go bye bye.
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Peekskill, NY

#20 Mar 5, 2008
passed by a few hundred votes .. bu**sh*t

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