Over the past few days I have read many editorials and comments about the present library. Many of these statements are very heartfelt and passionate.
The right to freedom of speech is not only to secure what is said in single instance in time. What is said must be preserved for those it may inspire.
It is disheartening to see the lack of facts and the absence of recorded observation found in the opposition of the bond both from the Standard-Examiner and from its readers. According to the June 9, "Vote 'no' on library bond," there is no merit for replacing Weber County Library's Roy branch. The paper provides no testimonies, interviews, nor records to a series of arguments against the bond.
Since then, the negative comments flood the pages. Some opponents to the bond because of cost had with a commonality with supporters: libraries are a community resource they partake in. A good community resource increases the value of property and long-term social effects on their neighborhood. A realtor will always state the proximity to close by library.
Arguments that the price of the bond could supply every household with an eReader were short sighted. Add the cost of supplying your community with
the new technology; eReaders, computers, Internet access, eBooks and support services. You will find the cost supporting your local library a better value.
Libraries are outdated, but not obsolete. Libraries and their services evolved to hold and distribute books, rather than scrolls. The principle to secure and share information for the future never changed whether it is on paper or on database. We limit ourselves if information is solely controlled by those who may distribute only material that they can profit from.
Only a strong vision and deliberate steps to the future can secure a place where our principles and ideas can be safe to share with our children and big enough to welcome our growing communities. So I ask of you, if you have an argument against the bond, try to convince those who may be swayed with quantitative and qualified reasons.