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Sunday, January 02, 2005
Okay, my libertarian streak does not run so deep that public libraries should be 100% privatized. I think public libraries provide sufficient public good that they deserve to be subsidized a bit - at least they should take priority over other non-sensical things that local governments insist on funding, say stadiums and such.
In Salinas, California, voters rejected a half penny sales tax increase with the repurcussion now being that the city's libraries will be closing. The city will be the largest city in the country without a public library (at least Arlington doesn't hold that title).
What's the big deal? Salinas, California, was the home town of John Steinbeck - Nobel winner and author of Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Winter of our Discontent, Of Mice and Men, and a bunch of others.
So how would Steinbeck have reacted to the news that the cash-strapped city is closing its libraries in the spring?Nice touch...
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