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The practical side of library closing

Re: Little library in peril, story, June 11

The practical side of library closing

Congratulations, Clearwater city manager, staff and City Council! Closing the North Greenwood Library is really a no-brainer.

Did the original studies show a need for it or did good old politics have a say? Great location — less than a mile from the Main Library, which was built on one of Clearwater's prime pieces of dirt, now considered the west-end anchor for the homeless.

Oh well, it just took a little penny sales tax money and a few bucks from the grants and a few local tax dollars. Why, considering the amount that President Barack Obama is throwing around lately, this North Greenwood Library project was just chump change.

We all need libraries, but less than a mile apart? With all the money spent recently in downtown, we need to do anything to help bring folks around, if nothing else but to displace the homeless.

This is just the start of consolidation of services. Wait and see how scarce revenues are for the next five-plus years. Changing by lowering the tax structure and insurance is vital to Florida's recovery.

Gilbert Jannelli, Clearwater

Re: Let's brainstorm, aid museum | letter, June 7

Dunedin Center fills added need

I understand letter writer Martin Fishback's feeling about the demise of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. It is indeed a sad day when any cultural resource finds it necessary to shut its doors. We truly are poorer as a community because of it.

I would be remiss, however, if I didn't point out that what Mr. Fishback is looking for already exists just up the road at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.

He won't find any "chilliness" there, only an open invitation to explore, learn and share how enriching art can be in a life and a community. Like the Dunedin Fine Art Center says in its brochure, they offer art in a most welcoming kind of way.

St. Petersburg Times writer Lennie Bennett described the Dunedin Fine Art Center as "… the artistic equivalent of a village square, a gathering place for people at every level of talent to work and learn side by side. It's serious, but it's also fun."

Whether it's classes by outstanding faculty, exhibitions of the best in contemporary art, a hands-on children's art museum or a cafe and gift shop that just invites you to linger a while longer and enjoy the fine company, Mr. Fishback owes it to himself to stop in and see why Ms. Bennett said that the Dunedin Fine Art Center is "… a wonderful community spot for learning, sharing and relaxing, a mixed media kind of enjoyment."

Arthur Leasure, Dunedin

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