" I presume your comment was meant in jest, but I'd gladly jettison our public library to put more money in my pocket, or even just to replace some of our public safety officers (read: police & fire) who have been laid off.There have been robberies reported on the same block as the police station. When crime is that bad, it's hard to justify "quality of life" tax expenditures. "Libraries serve as more than quality of life expenditures. They also serve as life-lines, particularly to the unemployed. I am lucky that I have a laptop and internet, but there have been times within the last couple months, when my laptop was out for repair, that the local library was a god send. As someone who is currently unemployed, I wouldn't have been able to apply for jobs otherwise. The last time I went to Kinkos, I spent nearly ten dollars for just 20 minutes of internet time and a few pages printed. Whereas at the public library, I didn't spend a dime, other than a little under a dollar for printing the pages I needed. I would rather pay taxes for educational institutions, and libraries certainly fall under that umbrella, than the continual greasing of foreign nations that could care squat for our culture and values. If we had the will to cut some of that fat, then funding things like fire, safety, and educational institutions would be a non-issue.
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