Letters to the Editor, July 3, 2009Written by Administrator | | firstname.lastname@example.org
To the Eeditor,
I love libraries. I am a book collector myself. But the libraries in Ohio have to come to a reality check. They ceased to be the idealized repositories of knowledge years ago. In order to keep pace and remain revelant to todays users, they have become purveyors of movies, music, online gaming and chatrooms. Movies can be taken out locally for a week at no charge. How do retail stores compete? It is doubly troubling that the video store owners and staff have to subsidize their compeition through taxes(this logic applies to nationalized healthcare vs. private insurance, but one thing at a time).
Locally, I also witnessed a library police car pull into the Sanger branch lot. They have their own police car? How many? I understand the need for security, but a car? Wouldn’t TPD transport any criminal caught on site? Do so many lawbreakers hang out at libraries that they need their own force and equipment? If so, shouldn’t they be shut down as a public nuisance? Seriously, the libraries need revenue enhancement-not the kind utilized by Mayor Carty and Sue Frederick-but in keeping with their new role in society. They need to be on a level playing field with local businesses with which they unfairly compete. They should charge for movie and music loans, real fines assessed for overdue materials, charge for computer time and perhaps even a membership fee. In order to truly survive and thrive they need to ween themselves from government patronage or it will be only a matter of time(and short at that) before they must collect a larger tax to support themselves.
To those who want a free public library- I couldn’t agree more. But, only if it is truly free. The buildings, contents, utilities and staff should all be donated or endowed. Look how well this has worked for our world class museum. Whether your estate or gift is large or small; put your money where you say your heart is, or else pay by the usuage. The age of entitlements is fast and appropriately coming to an end. Government, at all levels, is broke(regardless of whether they continue to print money). So are many of us. Government must shrink back to the original bare necessities for which it was established, and libraries, as much as i love them, aren’t necessities
Kenneth Sharp, Toledo
To the Editor,
It has been five months since the coronation of the messiah (or is it God ?…according to a Newsweek editor) and my beloved country, the United States of America, is turning into something I do not recognize.
He has traveled to foreign countries and publicly denounced the actions of prior administrations, called America arrogant, said we are no longer a Christian nation, actually bowed to the Saudi royals, announced he was closing Gitmo( with no preparation or plans on how to do it), called ” enhanced interrogation techniques” torture, and has dismantled the Bush administration policies on national security and intelligence gathering that has unarguably kept us safe for the last eight years.
All of these indiscretions have revealed a real weakness that emboldens countries like North Korea and Iran that no longer fear the United States.
He pandered to his mindless disciples by campaigning on “transparency” and “integrity” in government, to the chants of “hope and change”, but nominated a rogue gallery of tax evaders, Washington bureaucrats, Clinton insiders, and lobbyists to run his administration.
His domestic and economics programs, authored by his team of liberals, have been able to pass the largest spending bill in our country’s 233 year history. They have repealed welfare reform and have the nation heading toward socialized healthcare that has never worked anywhere it’s been tried!
The liberals voted for change and this is what they are getting. America is heading towards a country that only politicians, unions, government bureaucrats, and their favored constituencies are able to thrive.
We are looking at a socialist government, full of czars(15 total so far), where the only “liberty” that remains is the governments unlimited freedom to control every aspect of our lives. By imposing high costs (taxes) on productive people and creating an expansion of governmental power to grant entitlements to the non-productive we have a socialist utopia.
Gary Stechschulte, Perrysburg