Privatization of a Public library is an oxymoron. The Escondido Public Library must be saved from the fate, now being considered by the City Council.
Webster’s defines “public” as “of and by the community at large.” The Escondido Public Library has been a cultural institution and service to the residents of Escondido for more than 100 years. In fact, the Library offers more educational, recreational, cultural, and technical enrichment to ALL Escondido residents than all other city programs. Age, agility and interests limit the use of many fine city offerings to smaller segments of the population; the library has something special for everyone.
After the East Branch Library massacre in 2011, residents are less trusting in the judgment of the City council. Parsimony is not always the wisest route; common good is.
In Escondido, as in the nation, the Public Library institution must remain sacrosanct.
LUCY J. BERK, Escondido