Posts Tagged responsive government

Epic Local Government Failure Results in Closed Libraries

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(This article first appeared in the Bohemian). Dr. Carmen Finley, a retired research scientist and genealogist, still remembers the “Juvenile Hall” of the Santa Rosa public library. During the 1930s, her mother worked at a shop near the library, dropping her off every day before work. “I have such fond […]

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Shame of Sonoma County: Supervisors Fund Escalation of War on Marijuana Instead of Libraries

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(This column first appeared as a Guest Commentary in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on June 12, 2013). Since August 2011, my two young children, along with hundreds of thousands of Sonoma County residents, have been deprived of the use of our public libraries on Mondays and evenings. A decline […]

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Struggling to Re-Open Sonoma County Libraries

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(This column first appeared as a guest commentary in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on October 13, 2013). On Tuesday, Sebastopol’s City Council will hear the county present a draft of a new joint-powers agreement to govern our county libraries.The need for a revised joint powers authority agreement arose from […]

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Help Wanted: Responsive Government

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(This article first appeared in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat). You don’t need to be a revolutionary to be disappointed with our federal government. Even as catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy and the Newton, Conn. massacre threaten the ecological and humanistic foundations of our civilization, even as glaciers melt and […]

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