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Trustees believe this is a unique opportunity to improve our library

To The Daily Sun,

To the voters of Ashland: The price to purchase the historic school building has been drastically reduced to $525,000 (original asking price was $850,000). An expected $100,000 will be needed for minor renovations, shelving and other furnishings, to convert the building for library use, for a total cost of $625,000. As $25,000 will come from the Library Building capital reserve fund, the Library Trustees are asking for a bond issue of $600,000.

The trustees believe this is a unique opportunity for Ashland to improve library facilities and services and also showcase one of the finest architectural features of the town. Most new library/renovation project costs begin at $1,000,000 and go up from there.

The children's room would triple in size; more public use computers would be available; there would be quiet reading spaces, group study tables, expanded space for collections, and a spacious third floor meeting room with spectacular views of the town. The location next to the elementary school would create more teaching and learning opportunities for the children of Ashland. The building has been renovated and is up to all current codes, including an elevator. More information is available on the library website, ashlandtownlibrary.org. There is also information on the website about donating to the building fund. Any donations would reduce the amount needed from the town. Please be generous if you are able.

There will be an open house at the proposed new building on March 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please come and explore this beautiful building and speak to the trustees and staff about this great opportunity.

Remember to vote on March 14. The bond issue for the purchase of the building is Article 3, and Article 17 would add $25,000 to the capital reserve fund if the bond issue fails. The bond issue requires 60 percent majority votes to pass, so please come and support the library by voting yes on Article 3 and Article 17.

Ashland Town Library Trustees
Alice Staples
David Ruell
Mardean Badger

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Change name of Obamacare to make it Republican

To The Daily Sun,

Well, here we are, one or two tweets from President Trump's first address to Congress. Will he propose a budget, or continue to talk in generalities? Will he discuss legislation proposals or just infer what Congress should create? Does he have a dollar amount that would be required for his precious wall or will he let Congress come up with the cost and method of payment? Will he continue to insult the Mexican president or will he offer new ideas for solving the immigration problem? What will he be proposing for our continued support of NATO both financially and politically?

Here is my list of items that are required to make America great again:

Stop talking about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and develop a plan to make it function better and cost less. Do the deal with amendments and have it ready by 2018.

Change its name if required to make it a Republican idea, but don't push it back to the states to administer. Keep it national.

Clarify the concept of how educational choice can be achieved and who would pick up the tab for any expensive changes to the current system.

Get serious about defining how he sees us relating to our allies and those not so friendly with us. In other words, develop a definitive foreign policy.

Find ways to work with Democrats. We spent the better part of eight years hissing at the opposition instead of taking some opportunities to compromise on meaningful legislation.

Back away from the mistaken idea that global warming will simply go away if you ignore it. If you must, make it easier for fossil fuel producers, but come up with a plan for handling carbon emissions and CO2.

Sit down with the governors and find out what's on their shopping list. Most are concerned about their roads, their bridges, their school buildings and sewer systems. That's infrastructure for those who live in towers or in the White House.

That's my six-pack of things to do. Lets see how man he can get started in the next 40 days. While we are waiting for the special investigation to clear up all those Russian rumors, he can get the swamp drained down there in DC. Who knows, maybe his approval rating might go up.

Bill Dawson

Northfield

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