Big Isle library stays open as donations top $100,000 - Hawaii ...

Fund-raising has helped keep Mountain View Public and School Library open on the Hawaii island, as statewide donations exceeded more than $100,000 since campaigns began Sept. Full Story
waimea jim

United States

#1 Sep 29, 2009
See, the people get it right. They support the things that they want, and not all the foolishness that our elected officials think we want.
I'm glad the public has supported the libraries in such a well recieved manner, and hope that even more funds are received.
whoever

Honolulu, HI

#2 Sep 29, 2009
waimea jim wrote:
See, the people get it right. They support the things that they want, and not all the foolishness that our elected officials think we want.
I'm glad the public has supported the libraries in such a well recieved manner, and hope that even more funds are received.
I absolutely agree. Wouldn't it be intersting if tax payer's could choose how a portion of their taxes were spent? Along with the part that is designated for infrastructure and education and so forth you could actually take a portion and decide what sort of program(s) you would like to specifically support. I'm not sure how feasible it would really be but it sure an interesting thought.

In the mean time, I'm getting ready to send in October's check to the state library folks.
Mike

Ronan, MT

#3 Sep 29, 2009
This is a very worthwhile cause and thanks to all who have donated.
Hmmm

Kula, HI

#4 Sep 29, 2009
whoever wrote:
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I absolutely agree. Wouldn't it be intersting if tax payer's could choose how a portion of their taxes were spent? Along with the part that is designated for infrastructure and education and so forth you could actually take a portion and decide what sort of program(s) you would like to specifically support. I'm not sure how feasible it would really be but it sure an interesting thought.
In the mean time, I'm getting ready to send in October's check to the state library folks.
It's an interesting thought, but if people had a choice as to where their tax dollars go, I wonder if all of the money will actually go where it's needed? People may decide on the more "popular" or "high profile" programs rather than the less glamorous ones. In such a scenario, some programs will collect more, if not too much money whereas others would not collect enough. Again, I think it's an interesting thought and I commend you for your creativity, but I think more transparency and accountability in government is what's needed.
whoever

Kailua, HI

#5 Sep 29, 2009
Hmmm wrote:
I think more transparency and accountability in government is what's needed.
We are both on the same page on that one. It would just be kind neat to be able to say that yes, I will pay my taxes properly but I would like to direct how this 2% or 3% is applied. The rest is allocated as usual by the government minus that 3% which I get to direct. As in the public libraries would still get funding by the usual means only that you could designate that your taxer payer applied portion go there too. I don't mean that we suddenly decide that our taxes ONLY get applied toward programs we want. You are right, that would result in an imbalance. While we are dreaming, I'd like a pony.
Dbl Dimples

AOL

#6 Sep 30, 2009
What a wonderful community!!!!!!!!
waimea jim

United States

#7 Sep 30, 2009
I have been reading your comments and have come up with another idea, the agricultural inspectors have been complaining that there would not be enough inspectors to inspect shipments coming into and going out of the State. So I propose that the environmentalists (Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, etc.) donate to the agricultural inspectors department to provide supplemental funding to keep the inspectors on the job.

This supplemental funding will be only for inspectors actually inspecting goods coming into and out of the State.

The reason I say that the environmental groups should fund the inspectors are that: 1. it would remove the possible conflict of interest between farmers who want the inspectors to keep working (pass my goods through inspection and I'll donate to your fund), 2. show the true colors of these environmental groups(they say they are protecting our environment) 3. it would provide a tax deduction to taxpayers and 4. it would remove the beauracratic red tape that it takes to fund the inspectors.

This would really show where the inefficiencies in Government are.
waimea jim

United States

#8 Sep 30, 2009
Hmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
It's an interesting thought, but if people had a choice as to where their tax dollars go, I wonder if all of the money will actually go where it's needed? People may decide on the more "popular" or "high profile" programs rather than the less glamorous ones. In such a scenario, some programs will collect more, if not too much money whereas others would not collect enough. Again, I think it's an interesting thought and I commend you for your creativity, but I think more transparency and accountability in government is what's needed.
I agree that some programs will collect more than others, but it would be like a poll by the citizens of the State to show what programs they think should be funded or not.

It is voting with your pocketbook kind of Government not pleading with the Legislature I need money, kind of Government.

It would bring us back to the infancy of the Nation, before Income Taxes, where if a community wanted something, they would raise funds themselves and then do it (much like Houses for Humanity), not just wait around to have some legislator tell them they need to have this or that.

American society today has become more isolated from each other, although we live closer to each other.

They have the mentality that, if we throw money at the problem it will fix it; I don't have time to help you, but I will donate to your cause and it will make me feel better, I am a good person.

The people of the State are good, it is their well intentioned, sometimes misguided thoughts that will bring us down.
waimea jim

United States

#9 Sep 30, 2009
Here's another thought while I am plinking this message and drinking my coffee. I just thought of an idea where the State libraries put up for bid, an idea for having coffee bars in the libraries much like Barnes and Noble do.

It would stimulate business for the coffee bar owners, provide a place for people to relax and read a book, or just have a cup of coffee in a quiet surrounding.

The leasee's would provide comfortable seating (Lazy boys would be great but, no sleeping / snoring allowed), lighting, and amenities that would make it more like reading in your home, not like being in a library.

Rents and percentages of the gross,could be also be used to purchase new books and computers, as well as paying the staff.

There would be an outside lounge for people that want to chitchat and not disturb the other patrons.

It could foster a new generation of readers by letting parents and grandparents bond with their children and grandchildren.

To the naysayers that would say that people would disturb the quietness, and spill drinks on the books, doesn't that happen at home also?

The times are a changing, and the libraries need to find a new way to keep people coming in and support the facilities.

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