Thursday, July 14, 2011

Oakland Press Editorial: "Those promoting this 'book burning' should be ashamed"

Editorial: There’s no excuse for book burnings. (Oakland Press, 7/13/2011)

Excerpt Among the group’s few tweets was one issued just before the Fourth of July. It read: “When you’re lighting those fireworks, think how much more fun it will be to light all those books!...”

We’re not sure if those behind this really intend to burn books or if this is some sick joke. If they’re being sarcastic or trying for a bit of levity, they’re failing horribly. There’s nothing funny about burning books. If they are serious, then there’s even more to be concerned about in Troy.

The city has been a mecca for upscale families but like all municipalities in Oakland County, it is facing tight budgets and some tough decisions.

Unfortunately, the public library has been taught in the middle of a politically charged debate over how to balance the budget

Related articles:
Book burning listed on Detroit News events calendar.  (7/12/2011)
Troy Chamber supports millage request for library.  (7/10/2011)
A half-million dollar library collection up in flames?  Not gonna happen.  (7/9/2011)
I)s it just me or are things heating up in Troy Michigan?  (7/6/2011)
The battle lines are drawn.  (6/28/2011)
August 2nd a "This Is It" moment for the Troy Public Library..  (5/17/2011)
Working to keep the library open.  (5/10/2011)
Will there be a library after June 30th?  (4/20/2011)
Keep the Troy Public Library open:  Council members told to 'figure it out'.  (4/19/2011)
May Day!  May Day!  Two Michigan libraries set to close on May 1.  (4/17/2011)
Library to close on May 1.  (2/23/2011)
Troy Michigan (population: 80,000) still on track to close its library.  (2/8/2011)
Voters wave bye-bye to their library.  (11/3/2010)
Giving voters more choices than they need.  (8/13/2010)
Library threatened with closure, part 2.  (5/19/2010)
Library threatened with closure, part 1.  (4/25/2010)

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