Camden is preparing to permanently shut its library system by the end of the year, potentially leaving residents of the impoverished city among the few in the United States unable to borrow a library book free.
One comment to this revelation I, Ruth, took especial exception "two major social trends have been in play for a number of decades now.
First, we've hugely slashed the taxation of the rich. While it makes the rich richer, it's had a correspondingly huge impact on our ability to provide social ...services.
The second trend went into health cost......
Who took responsibility for the education, well being of the US public?
..." Public libraries exist in most places in the world and are often considered an essential part of having an educated and literate population." Wikipedia.It was the "rich"
B. Franklinfinanced and donated a mass to the libraries. , Libraries had often been started with a donation, an endowment or were bequeathed to various, parishes, churches, schools or towns, and these social and institutional libraries formed the base of many academic and public library collections of today.
Andrew Carnegiehad the biggest influence in financing libraries in the United States of America, from the east to west coast. From just 1900 to 1917, almost 1,700 libraries were constructed by Carnegie's foundation, insisting that local communities first guarantee tax support of each library built. Not taxed but allowed to use their own money to serve the public as a whole.
There was a reason our country was based on a REPUBLIC and not MAJORITY VOTE BY THE MASSES.
SMART PEOPLE DO SMART THINGS
Every futuristic movie I have viewed where the premise is that "Big Brother" is going to try to control and ruin a society started off with the closing of the libraries.......