Opinion: Funding library sends message about values, says Ogdensburg resident
To the Editor:
After reading a Facebook post about Prendergast Library in Jamestown, having to sell its art to stay open, I shared and introduced the news with this comment of my own:This is a nightmare. My town (as of a few months ago), Ogdensburg, is dealing with massive budget cuts to its public library, too.
I sure hope enough denizens of this and every community realize: every penny spent on its library is returned many-fold in value to the people of the community.
The public library is central to community.
Its proper funding, even (especially) in challenging economic times, sends a powerful message to current and prospective residents and businesses about the value we continue to place on full-time and equal access to information, learning, and knowledge.
Aren't situations like this exactly why tax-free, low interest municipal bonds were invented?
Scott A. Bennett