The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

August 26, 2012

Letters to the Editor 8/26/12


(Editor’s note: The following letter takes issue with points made in a letter published Aug. 12 by Opal Casey, taking issue with points made at a previous public meeting by Linda B. Wilson, the author below.)

No need for new library

Dear Editor:

Ms. Casey, library most definitely a heated issue. City/county should not be spending/committing monies they do not have. 

Both strapped like most of us. Oh, I forgot … our money is theirs; we can bail them out at their will.

I’m (Sen. Harry) Reid? Democrats lack regard/respect for people’s tax dollars, grossly mismanaging funds. My concern over monies makes me sound more like a Republican.


Obviously not full disclosure. After LCC meeting I received questions by a high-ranking county official. Discussion: Kroger’s proximity to railroad tracks, several trains passing during Limestone County Commission meeting causing chairman Menefee to stop talking. Odd, a library, a “quiet” place, placed next to a railroad track.

Noise — What effect to patrons/meeting-room which the library hopes to rent out?  Soundproofing costs?

Building costs vs. operating costs?

• Costs - old/new/Kroger building? 

Renovation estimated $6-plus million, increase of $2 million from original estimate 2006.

• Operating costs – higher, Kroger building “four times larger.” 

Who will pay?  City/county now contributes to operating costs.

Library Foundation raising most of costs is irrelevant. Residents (collectively/individually) should not be made to feel guilty because they are against funding rest/any of Kroger building. Library has not received all the grants, matching funds, etc., needed before starting renovation to insure no further cost to city/county for monies.

Furnish proof Athens-Limestone library is open “least amount of hours” for county our size?

I’ve used the library before. Nice, beautiful grounds surrounding it. Large enough, never see overcrowded.

Real questions: Where’s the outcry from hoards of citizens regarding overcrowded/poor conditions? Parking lot in a flood zone? Will there be more patrons of the library if enlarged/relocated? 

• “Computers:” Library not responsible to supply computers for everyone. Government does not owe everyone everything.  Idea: “a line, wait your turn”?  Most homes have cable/Internet access, why libraries aren’t used as much.  By the way, Ms. Casey, those children/parents using those computers are people/citizens/taxpayers just like you.  Are you that impatient with and resentful of them?

• “Jobs:” County not responsible to provide, private sector.  County’s responsibility, to insure that contributing industries that desire to locate in Limestone County can.

Limestone County should live within its means. We should grow out of our excess not out of debt.

My research has not uncovered valid proof of a need for new library, only a want by a few. Respectfully.


Linda B. Wilson


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