NO on Prop 81
You would have almost expected it, but I don't think the Times- Standard has endorsed every bond measure that's come before the voters. I think they've backed most of them, over the years, if memory serves me correct. Now they've endorsed Prop 81, that library bond on the June ballot.
They do point out our that our local library, as nice as it may seem, is open for short periods at a time and is unable to provide a wide array of services. But, they suggest that's just a temporary inconvenience and that someday our ship will come in, the economy will be steaming again, and the library will attain its full glory.
Well, let's hope so. Naturally, I'm not so optimistic. If we keep passing bond measures, we might well be spending any money an improved economy would give us paying back this and every other bond we've passed over the last couple decades.
We need to stop acting like we can borrow now because prosperity is just around the corner. Let's deal with the library we have now, with what we've got. Let's not borrow money for improvements we won't be able to use.
Call it pay as you go, if you'd like, but passing bond after bond will get us nowhere but the poorhouse.