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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Feb. 28, 2024

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Letter: Defend library materials

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Can FVRLibraries Board of Trustees members be impeached for un-American activities? The more I see of FVRL board meetings and the insistence by some board members on banning materials and activities from our library system, the more I hope so.

These individuals have obviously learned nothing from history. In 1933, German students gave the Nazi salute as they stood watching 33,000 books burn. Authors like Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann, Jack London, Theodore Dreiser, and Helen Keller.

These self-serving board members claim, just like those German students of 1933, to be protecting others from harm by censoring certain ideas.

Do not believe this nonsense. Their true and insidious desire is to remove from our library that which they believe others should not have access to, items a majority of us believe should stay.

The government, that includes the citizen-funded quasi-government FVRL board, does not, nor do I hope will it ever, have the right to forbid us from saying, writing, or reading what we like, what we want to learn and understand by using our libraries. This is still the United States of America, right?

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