Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Like all of us, I believe in protecting our children and I strongly back our library. When I studied librarianship, a stressed principle was the freedom of all persons to read and freely use our public libraries and their — our — resources.
But of course, as we know, freedom and responsibility are complicated. Thus, to protect children from viewing porn on our library computers/devices, perhaps appropriate screening or space division can be considered — perhaps a “PG-13” area which kiddies might enter only if carrying parental permission slips.
Similarly, a PG-16 area might also be set off, holding sex education materials, comic books, novels like Hunger Games containing violence and/or themes against the state, etc.
A third area, too, may be worth developing, holding books of this or that religion some might prefer to having one’s children constantly surrounded by; and I would suggest, too, a room for cosmology, evolution, philosophy of science (and, relatedly, mathematics), to avoid offending relevant parents.
This way, we can each, in our own biased manner, love our library to death.
I’m disappointed in the letter from Joyce Weseman (Wednesday, July 4) titled “Many failures.” What I wanted was an example of a failure that was clearly the President’s fault; she gave a list of assertions which she had probably gleaned from a conservative website.
As I was sitting in our sunroom with a panoramic view of the east and south, it occurred to me that day after day I look out these windows and never see what is happening on the north and west side of the house, where we have no view. And that is how this country is divided. There are two different views of this country. And most of us blindly look at only one viewpoint.
I have been making a concerted effort to understand the other viewpoint. And I can see very clearly why the top one percent votes Republican. Republicans believe in lower taxes, little or no government regulation of corporations, but continued corporate welfare (by way of tax breaks and subsidies), and heavy spending on national defense. These policies bolster the bottom line of the one percent.
But I cannot understand how anyone who is not wealthy — really wealthy — can vote Republican. Do they still believe in that discounted trickle-down theory? Or is it something else other than economics?
Maybe they think it is really important to control women to protect the unborn. Or maybe they really believe that illegal aliens and gays and lesbians are a threat to them personally. I really would like to know.
Bring back candy
Dear Hood River: Nice Fourth of July parade, but what happened to the candy? Perhaps it was excessive in years past, but was it necessary to ban it entirely? It was a fun and exciting part of the parade.
I saw some disappointed faces in the crowd this year, and even the people on the floats looked more subdued than usual. Bring back the tradition!
In reading Joyce Weseman’s recent letter (July 4) about President Obama, in which she blames him for everything except high gas prices, it’s clear that she has some strong negative opinions and interpretations about the Obama presidency. Perhaps she has spent many hours listening to and now spreading Fox News propaganda.
Economy: She wrote that the unemployment rate is, “over 8 percent and there are few indicators that this economy is recovering.” Yes, unemployment is still over 8 percent, but the economy is clearly recovering.
When President Obama was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Dow Jones stock average stood at 7,949 and today is at 12,691. A 48 percent rise in the stock market is a pretty clear indicator that the economy is doing better.
Jobs: At the end of Bush’s term, we were losing more than 800,000 jobs per month. We now have had 22 months of private sector job growth adding more than 3.16 million jobs.
Corporate profits were at an all-time high in 2011. GM, Chrysler and Ford are all showing record auto sales. Clearly, the economy is recovering under President Obama’s leadership.
I would love to rebut all the other so-called failures listed by Ms. Weseman, but there’s not space available here. And I’ll end with a question for her: If Obama was to blame for the high gas prices in May, should he now get credit for gas prices dropping?
This is addressed to the person who felt it necessary to break the lock into the Collins baseball field concession stand and steal all the candy/nuts/chips etc.:
What you stole helped pay for the umpires during the baseball games. Now the parents of the kids who play ball have to pay for the umpires.
I hope you feel good about yourself, breaking and entering and stealing from young boys who just want to have a good time and play ball.
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