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County libraries should be run by Hernando County, not LSSI

Libraries should be run by county

Benjamin Franklin started the first free lending library in America. His intent was to serve society. Public libraries, operated by governmental entities, help communities become educated and literate. Public libraries are supported through a wealth of volunteersand exist to serve the community.

Privatization of our library would not benefit Hernando County. Library Systems and Services, based in Germantown, Md., has not been the panacea to many communities. The Internet has articles of mixed results. New Jersey, Massachusetts and Oregon did not seem satisfied with LSSI.

To be profitable, the staff would likely be reduced. Certainly the benefit packages, including health and state-supported retirement, would be cut. Our experienced staff will likely leave Hernando County for other locations that are not private. To be profitable, the company could reduce the educational requirements for staff. Some locations drastically reduced hours of operation.

Hernando County has a good public library system. Let's keep it in place, and look to reduce costs in some other area.

Anne Buckingham, Ridge Manor

SPCA Hernando is clear of parvo

Over a month ago, the SPCA came forward and submitted articles to all local papers and media informing them of a parvo outbreak in our dog population at the shelter.

Most shelters try to hide the fact that they have sick puppies; instead we chose to educate the public on how animals get this deadly virus and the signs to look for when adopting a puppy anywhere, either from a pet store, an ad in the paper, a shelter, or that guy standing in front of Wal-Mart.

Because of our diligence, the parvo outbreak is now under control and we have been cleared by our veterinarian to again adopt out our wonderful pets. We have cats and dogs that need good homes.

I'm sure you're aware that with the economic crisis — the unemployment figures at above 12 percent in Hernando County and there are high foreclosure rates — we are seeing more animals abandoned at shelters.

You can also visit www.Pet finder.com, type in your ZIP code and look at SPCA Hernando for all of our wonderful pets that are available for adoption.

Tracey Hedges, secretary, board of directors, SPCA Hernando

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County libraries should be run by Hernando County, not LSSI 04/08/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 4:30am]

    

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