Letters to the Editor for April 3

Library policies re: porn

The board and staff of the Hood River County Library District share people’s concerns about children inadvertently seeing pornographic materials. Recent letters to the editor suggest that this is a problem at Hood River Library.

In light of these concerns, I checked with Hood River Library staff to see if they had seen or received any complaints about what might reasonably be considered pornography on library computers or networks. No staff members recall any such incidents or complaints except for one individual at Parkdale Library, who has been formally warned.

When this issue arose in August 2012, our board implemented several measures to mitigate the potential problem including clarifying our Internet and computer use policy to forbid explicitly “viewing pornographic material in areas where minors are likely to see it” and installing privacy screens on computers.

We also created new enforcement measures to handle patrons who violate library policies, including revoking computer privileges and/or being ejected from the facilities.

We encourage patrons to inform us immediately if they see something of concern; we take our role in creating safe, welcoming community spaces very seriously. If anybody has any such concerns, please feel free to tell a staff member or contact me directly at buzzy@hoodriverlibrary.org or 541-387-7062.

In addition, the library board will be happy to hear citizen concerns during its meetings or individually. The board will meet at the Cascade Locks Library on April 16 at 7 p.m. Board member names, phone numbers and emails are available on the Library District’s website at http://bit.ly/10vP36m.

Buzzy Nielsen

Director, HRC Library District

Hood River

Something of value

A man slaps a torn piece of canvas on his wall, dabs a bit of paint at random on it, and calls it art. An eccentric billionaire buys it — or, more likely “collects” it without paying much for it and stores it away in a warehouse — and it immediately becomes something of great value. This makes the “artist” famous and rich.

Another man spends his life in the study of painting, in perfecting his own work, and in teaching others to appreciate the art of painting. A few learn from him how to see, and thus, how to paint. Over a life time he sells a few paintings, but never enough to pay for all his work and materials, much less to earn a living.

But those few who have a painting of his find joy in living with it every day.

Of the two men, which one has really created something of value?

Anne Vance

Hood River

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