The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

September 23, 2012

Letters to the Editor 9/23/12

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Do residents “deserve”

a new library?

Dear Editor:

In a letter to the editor published Aug. 12, 2012, Opal Casey stated … “we lost the VW plant to Chattanooga because they had a new public library.” In my opinion the fact that the state of Alabama couldn’t come up with a tax payer-funded “incentive package”(read bribe) to match the $577.4 million the state of Tennessee handed over to VW was the true reason the auto manufacturer chose them over us. When a bribe of that magnitude is involved, I hardly think the availability of a book repository swayed VW’s decision to build in Chattanooga.

Casey feels the diminished hours of operation and staff members of our current library are not acceptable for the education of our county. What Casey doesn’t seem to understand is no one person or group of persons is obligated to educate our county. Parents and older relatives should fulfill their obligation to educate younger family members and not expect others to do their job for them.

If you are a parent or grandparent, buy the books, computers and movies the children in your family require for a proper education. And encourage other parents to fulfill their responsibilities rather than demanding someone else provide for their needs. If you can’t afford to provide what a child needs to obtain an education, don’t have children. If you can’t pay you should be responsible enough to not produce children that others will be forced to keep up.

Then in a letter published Sept. 2, 2012, M.H. Rhodes told us that ... Limestone County and Athens residents “deserve” a new library. Well, in the world I was raised in one was required to commit some act of accomplishment in order to deserve something. I have always equated deserved with earned. Do we all deserve a medal of honor just because we happen to exist? No, we don’t.

Rhodes says he visits the library weekly. I hope each time he walks into the new library he remembers that tax payers’ money made it possible for the library to expand. And don’t forget that many people who have no need of a library worked long hard hours to pay their taxes so he could have access to computers, books and movies free, or for a very minimal library fee. But hey, residents deserve it!

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