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August 12, 2012

Letters to the Editor 8/12/12

The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Send letters by noon on Thursdays to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to kelly@athensnews-courier.com.

New library needs support

Dear Editor:


Has Sen. Harry Reid moved to Limestone County? This was the question when Linda Wilson ranted, “Someone’s lying about what the money is needed for” in relation to the Athens-Limestone Public Library.  

Where is her proof that anyone from the library or the library foundation is lying? Or are we simply to take her accusation as proof? I don’t accept this in national politics. I don’t accept it in local politics.

Ms. Wilson obviously doesn’t understand the difference between operating costs and the building costs of the new library. Anyone who can do the math understands that the majority of the money for the new library is being raised by the library foundation and is not coming from Athens city or Limestone County.

Our library is open the least number of hours, has the fewest staff, and has the lowest amount of money for books and materials of any community our size in Alabama. This is not acceptable for the education of our county. 

I want to ask Ms. Wilson a couple of questions. When was the last time you bothered to use the library? The opening program had over 400 people. That meant no one could use the public computers because that space was taken with children and parents. That’s not adequate.  

Do you support new jobs in Limestone County? We know from the lieutenant governor of Tennessee that we lost the VW plant to Chattanooga because they had a new public library. Instead of making wild accusations in the style of Harry Reid perhaps Ms. Wilson should take the time to learn the facts. We need a new public library for the educational and economic health of our community.

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