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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:00 am


Library watchers see through deceptions

The situation at the Allen County Public Library has gone from outrageous to surreal. What we can see with our own eyes is denied, and what we know from a trail of documented evidence is ignored.

The public can see books are disappearing in massive numbers. Patrons can't find books that have previously been available. Official state library records show a dramatic decrease in the collection numbers. Internal emails show that extreme weeding quotas were ordered that staff struggled to keep up with. 

A survey, conducted two years after internal emails showed that 25% of the collection was ordered eliminated, is offered as evidence the public wants more programs and services and fewer books. The public is dubious – and worried.

There are so many ways petitioners have illustrated the obvious, proven the facts and countered the murky “answers” we have gotten to our questions; the board has not acknowledged any of them. Rather, members seem to believe they have a communications problem. Indeed they do. They have allowed the destruction of a unique intellectual asset and a treasured community gem, and they avoid admitting it.

Even though an admission would generate another wave of public outcry, it is generally the case that people can find a way to deal with the truth. What we can't deal with is having them spend our money to do things we would never ask for, then deny they are doing it in the face of proof they are.

This alternate reality being created inside our world-class library, the very home of truth, knowledge and wisdom, is the ultimate irony.

The Board of Trustees is in possession of documented evidence that, to date, has gone unacknowledged. As responsible leaders who have been charged with managing and protecting this unique community asset, they can expect we'll be at their next meeting on April 25 to hear whether they have done their duty on behalf of the public they serve.

Kathy Curtis

Fort Wayne

Newspaper's headlines missing vital context

I am slowly getting used to the misspellings, missing words, duplications, etc. in the paper, as well as expecting to read something about financial institutions only to find out the headline is above an article about Rep. Jim Banks with the “Rep.” left out.

But the March 28 front-page headline “Shots into Smith home leave 1 dead” surely had to give pause for concern to anyone named Smith as well as their friends when just “St.” after Smith would have quickly clarified the event.

Tom Booth

Fort Wayne

Pay disparity claim cannot be proven

The April 4 article about the disparity in pay for women should have stated the employers who are breaking the law. I suspect that the researchers know that what they are saying cannot be proven. If employers can pay 20% less for labor of equal value, why would they employ men? These types of newspaper articles give fake news a bad name.

Larry Wheeler


Election letters

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