By Eileen Small
September 02, 2011
When I was growing up, owning a set of the Encyclopedia Britannica was considered a must if you wanted your children to be”college prep”. Now, who would bother with a set? If you or your kids need information on a subject either personally or for a class I am willing to bet that if you are honest you will admit that it is the Internet you turn to! So what is my point? Possibly it is that just as we all have to accept progress in our lives, so do “sacred cows” such as libraries. This is particularly true as we now live in financially strapped times where we should absolutely expect our city, state and national government to spend money carefully and with an eye to what most benefits the citizens.
I think I would be far more impressed if the city retained the old library in its current, more accessible location and spent one third the cost of the new library adding many computers so that any man, woman or child who did not have internet access at home could utilize such at the library. It would save our citizens a lot of money, maybe at least give our city legislators a reason to give pause before they increase our property and other taxes and most of all, help bring our citizen’s knowledge base into the 21st century!!
About: "A citizen of Ketchikan since 1998 "
Received September 02, 2011 - Published September 02, 2011
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