Comments on this article regarding the closure of Aurora's libraries.
MrMischief wrote:Now that's what I call perspective!
I did not support this measure. While I don't use the libraries, I didn't see this as a vote for or against the library. I saw this as a vote for or against higher taxes when my wallet is already being squeezed.
Focus on the insignificant tax increase while ignoring the very significant library closures. Brilliant!
Seanchai wrote:1) Does the internet not play a role in educating people these days? Yes. 2) Is the "free internet" at the library really "free?" No, it's paid for by tax dollars. 3) Libraries are not becoming less and less relevant daily...unless 4 out of 7 in your city are fucking closing!
Also, it seems as if people head to libraries these days more for the free Internet access than anything else, so I'm not sure what role they play in actually educating people these days.
But, really, this vote isn't surprising. While I support libraries - I was literally just at my local one yesterday, looking for a book - they are dinosaurs. They've becoming less and less relevant daily.
Foxygirls wrote:Now I like this argument. In fact, I think we should apply it to all kinds of things.
The city has seven libraries so it isn't like they won't have access to a library if 3 or 4 close. Get a grip people.
You have two eyes, so it's not like you'd be blind if I plucked one out. Get a grip, people! (And an eye patch.)
JackKetch wrote:I agree! Only one problem...the city of Aurora is managed by a professional city manager, not by the city council.
Just shows the value Aurora puts on literary education. Glad I don't live out there. But really, if the city can't figure out how to keep one of the cheapest components in their government open...they have much bigger problems.
FISHBONE wrote:Or an immigrant detention center.
No libraries. I bet they would be quick to vote for a property tax for a new jail.
sirgrim wrote:Alright, that's kind of funny, but...
Yes Aurora you will have to do what the rest of America is doing during the down economy. Adjusting.
Adjusting during a down economy would be ponying up some extra tax revenue to keep the libraries open until things get better. Closing the libraries and laying off dozens of people forever isn't so much an "adjustment" as it is a brand new status quo.
TiredofInsanity wrote:Again, I agree.
Another Colorado vote down the drain for education...no wonder we are almost last in this area. All we have to do is blame ourselves. Sad day.
Only I'm "blaming ourselves" in the most general of ways. I'm actually blaming this on the "not with my tax dollar" crowd who have shown time and time again that they don't give a flying fuck about community, not as a concept, and certainly not as a practice.