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  •  Would you pay $1.50 monthly to access the library? (1+ / 0-)
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    smartalek

    This is a library service for the benficiaries. I don't think we want to go down this path. Its further commoditization of access to a public service. Its a dangerous precedent to threaten literacy for the disadvantaged.  

    Your argument is one that could be used to end the public library system.  "Why should I pay for your library books?"

    You pay for the library and  materials with taxes whether you use it or not. Its the same for this service.

    We have a collective responsibility for each other. My point is that assuring access to information for all preserves democracy.

    •  Yes!!!! 1000 times yes!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      smartalek

      Jesus man, do the math.  The value of the books, movies and music I have borrowed from the library is worth orders of magnitude more than $1.50/month.

      $1.50 is the rental cost of ONE DVD from Redbox, for one day.

      I can go to the library and rent a dozen DVDs and keep them a week.  Then repeat the next week, and the next.

      Do you know how many books I've read from my library?  Hundreds.

      $1.50/month is a steal and people shouldn't whine about that cost.

      •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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        smartalek, Norm in Chicago

        My comment was meant to illustrate that I as a sighted person can access the library for free. I was trying to point out that we should not impose an additional individual cost on the patrons....

        IOW it is a shared responsibility....

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