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Katy Sorenson, president, The Good Government Initiative, University of Miami
Last week: Organized librarians and Miami-Dade citizens convinced the County Commission to stop the ill-advised plan to gut the library system by cutting hours and librarians. Budget crisis averted, but [only] postponed. The fact is libraries are not just books on shelves. They’re community centers: children hearing stories, job-seekers using computers, latch-key kids chilling after school, seniors seeking companionship. Next year, the commission should start hearings on community priorities, so that citizens can begin to understand what’s at stake, and that public investments add to quality of life — our commonwealth. It’s not too early for advocates to organize for next year.
September 22, 2013