Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Library.. yeah or nay?

I'd like to know how our readers would vote on the new library... weather permitting Wednesday or Thursday.

After seeing some exaggerated user numbers put forth by the committee and the rush to get this approved by TM now, my opinion on a new branch library is that we not go forward. I liken this to someone who can't pay the mortgage but buys a new car. A bank who gets bail out money and lays off hundreds.

I'm not convinced that the State promise for funds for this project will hold true as it is now, we are 1.5 to 2 billion short this fiscal year and could see trouble down the road if the State does not provide the funding.

25 Comments:

At January 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

No way! Thanks for asking

 
At January 11, 2011 at 3:21 PM , Blogger 6th Middlesex constituent said...

Absolutely not. Boston is closing branches because the concept of a library is antiquated. No way should we be spending money building a new branch.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM , Blogger Frank S. said...

This is some joke. We listen to the CFO tells us what a mess we are in financilly and then we listen to her say we should build a new library. Hey I don’t care if it costs us absolutely nothing on paper it is going to cost us somewhere in time spent on this at least and most likely in dollars we are going to have to pay. Bigger library means more books and who is going to pay for those if not the tax payers in Framingham? I say no because we just can not afford it and nothing is ever really free.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 3:48 PM , Blogger Frustrated in Framingham said...

A comment on this whole process. If Framingham still believes in democracy, then all the TM members should be doing what Pillsbury is doing, asking their constituents how they would like their representative at TM to vote. Does not seem to work that way here in Framingham. I am not in Pillsbury’s district, and no one has asked me what I think about this. One last comment. It really annoys me that Rep. Walsh is out peddaling this project. He is paid to be our FULL TIME state rep. With all the issues this town, and this state are facing I find it very surprising that he has time to be meeting with TM members all over this town to convince them to vote for this library thing. And isn’t he suppose to do what we tell him, not try to tell us what what to do?

 
At January 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM , Blogger 50 stud said...

If they are lying to us about things, then for that reason alone I say we vote it down.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My vote is no.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ask you to please vote no on the Framingham library building project.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 4:17 PM , Blogger Arnold said...

I appreciate your asking how I want you to vote. Unusual concept here in Framingham. I am not in your precinct, but since my precinct representatives have not asked me what I think I will take advantage of you giving me a place to voice my opinion and say I would like you to vote against this. I am a senior citizen and I do use the library often. Hog wash that there are 500 people there a day. I spend hours there at a time and often see less than 10 other people in all that time so unless people are sneaking in after hours there is not that much traffic at our library.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM , Blogger Harry said...

I notice Steve Orr selling us on this on Frambors by saying it is not a committement, just like an offer on a house. If that is the only reasoning he can give us to support this, that a yes vote does not commit us to anything, then I say it is an unsupportable project and should be voted down.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 4:32 PM , Blogger Derek said...

I wonder if there is some hidden tidbit of information in this grant requiring us to do something that will burden the town at some later point that these library trustee people are not sharing with us like the information about having to keep the school open for 10 years if we get that grant for the windows you are also voting on. I would like to know that my town meeting member has seen the requirments of this grant before they vote on this then I would trust your judgement on which way to vote.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 4:44 PM , Blogger Framingham resident said...

I have not heard one good financial argument for why we should build this. The other arguments don’t count because ultimately it all comes down to money. So I would ask that you vote not to support this.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 4:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO WAY

 
At January 11, 2011 at 5:03 PM , Blogger John said...

They say it won’t cost us anything. Just more lies. A bigger building needs more heat, more electricity, more desks and chairs and carpets that all ware out, more materials on the shelves. We lose a plot of land currently paying taxes. And we will be stuck with the old building since Framingham is not exactly a go to destination for businesses. I say we vote this down.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 5:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only intelligent vote is no

 
At January 11, 2011 at 5:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE VOTE NO

 
At January 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM , Blogger Worried 01701 said...

If it will cost the town absolutely no money.No way we get stuck paying for anything. Build it.But unless the town can guarantee that I say vote no.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless it feeds a hungry family, puts a roof over a homeless kids head, puts out fires, stops thieves, or plows snow, we don’t need it.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 5:17 PM , Blogger Abra said...

Isn’t anyone willing to be the disenting vote and support the finer things in life like a library? We all could benefit from being a little more informed and educated. I say Framingham really needs the new branch and I support it.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 5:30 PM , Blogger concerned voter said...

Lets be real. We can not afford to bus our kids to school. We have no business building a brand new library. Lets put this off until the economy is better.

 
At January 11, 2011 at 5:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are going to need money for snow removal that we don’t have so I say no to the dam library.

 
At January 12, 2011 at 5:28 AM , Blogger Harold said...

$66 million in pension liabilities
$216 million in health ins for retirees
$156 million in long term debt
$150 million in DPW expenses

Just say NO!

 
At January 12, 2011 at 12:36 PM , Blogger Ever vigalent said...

I don't know enough about this to decide whether you should vote yes or no. But I do know that you seem to be on top of the issues in town, and your blog tells me you care and are informed, and I voted for you because I trust your judgement, so whatever you think is the right vote is ok with me. That is what I elected you to do, make informed decisions for me.

 
At January 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before you vote on this, ask them how they are going to apy this years snow removal costs.

 
At January 14, 2011 at 8:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw you vote against this, in the minority big time. Thanks for being a voice of reason in this ridiculous mess.

 
At January 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM , Blogger blog addict said...

Thanks for standing up for those of us who are dissenters on this Library project. There sure were not many of you, and making you stand seems a bit absurd, just trying to get some of the oposition to change their mind so they would not be noticed. But you stood up for us, and it was much appreciated by those of us who watched. Thanks Jim.

 

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