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  •  Here's your specifics. Indianapolis, IN voted to (7+ / 0-)

    close six inner city libraries and limited hours and cut staff at the other Marion county libraries last spring because of a "budget crisis" At the same meeting they voted to expand by several million dollars the support the give to the Indiana Pacers.  Council feared they might lose NBA team if they didn't pay ransom for their playing arena.  

    •  That is to my point not the Diary's (6+ / 0-)

      I asked for specific examples of libaries charging fees to patrons rather then offering their services for free which is what this diary contends. I offered that in my experiecne libraries hours are being curtailed (or this case just shut down). Your example does not offer any support that patrons are being charged fees. I don't disagree that library's budgets are being cut, but that is not what this Diary is about.

    •  And that one vote (0+ / 0-)

      shows the end of civilization here??

      The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

      by fladem on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 09:09:26 PM PST

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      •   They've cut hours in Massachusetts (1+ / 0-)
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        In Springfield and Boston, the two largest cities in the state.  They've also shut down branches.  

        Worst of all, the former mayor of Springfield allowed a newly renovated branch in a poor, majority black neighborhood to be sold less than two years after a major, tax-funded renovation to the Urban League for a fraction of its value.  It took over five years and a new mayor to get the branch back, and then the city had to pay for the building to be converted back to a library instead of an office.

        And oh - back the the Springfield libraries and museums were controlled by a private board staffed by wealthy business people who lived just over the border in Longmeadow.   The city had to sue to reclaim its own library system, and I'm not sure they have complete control to this day.   I have no doubt that if the former library board had known about privatization, they would have done it, and damned to the consequences of an already depressed city.

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