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Wal-Mart-style library not the answer

I wish I could think of one reason to support 4B and 4C. I like public libraries. Public libraries represent something essential to a free society. A great library can be the cornerstone of a community and a monument to who we are and what we value.

Unfortunately the Wal Mart-style library being proposed in El Jebel is neither something that we could call a community cornerstone, nor a monument to our values.

Some of my best childhood memories are of visiting the public library as a family. The idea of a separate children’s library facility fractures families. The idea that our children are worth only a small portion of the money that would be spent for improved library facilities does not serve the interests of this family based community. Oh, and the bit about asking the public to “invest” several million dollars on a leased piece of land that is owned by a private developer … no thanks.

The Basalt area community (this district includes parts of Pitkin County as well as Basalt and El Jebel) deserves one good library. This is not a last desperate opportunity for us. This is a wake-up call. Let’s get it right.

A NO vote on 4B and 4C gives us the opportunity to come up with a better plan and a library we can be proud to own.

Carlyle Kyzer


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