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Libraries, Legacies And Mother England

Posted Monday, June 2, 2008, at 7:56 AM

There is this big, rather nice looking old building in town. For quite a while appeared it might have been abandoned. Looked like just another one of those structures which had once been vital to the community, but had lost its usefulness due to factors beyond anyone's control. Probably didn't meet some safety code or other such public imperative.

But, I was wrong! Went by this week and found it was not only opened but full of some really neat stuff. Did you know there was this place in town where anyone could go and read books for Free, find great things for your kids and grandkids, and even rent DVD's for only 50 cents? They call it the Brazil Public Library. And, apparently you can now go into it without fear of some fire door closing (or was that opening?), or fear of any other obscure safety possibility possibly happening. I told the Library lady person I'd waited patiently for six years for the Library to reopen. She assured me it only seemed that long.

An appreciation of learning, books and libraries is my legacy from my father. He ingrained in me that we are what we read and can only hope for the future when we honor and preserve our collective past. To this day I can't bring myself to throw away a book. It was a good thing he left me this legacy, he didn't have any money.

One of the few tangible things I received from my father are the works of Sir Winston S Churchill, Prime Minister of England during World War II. My father was a great admirer of Churchill, and quoted him often. I suspect that one would have had to live through that period of history to really appreciate what Churchill did to save the world. Through the strength of his charisma he held the world together so that civil servants could keep libraries closed for two years in order to look good obscure and unlikely problems.

Anyhow, I went to the library to see if they would want a four-volume set of Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples. This is an important work, and a prized possession of my dad. I have had these books in my possession since 1967 and made a valiant effort to read them twice. They are important, just not very interesting. The Library didn't want them and I can't say that I blame them. They would take up space on a shelf for another forty years and by the 23rd century my father would still be the only one who'd read them.

So, we have our Library back, which is good. I still am richer from my father's legacy, which is good. If you know of someone who could get some real uses out of my Churchill legacy, that would be good, too.

David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at kayanddavid@joink.com.

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Heard that! If the library staff treats people in the library as rudely as they do OUTSIDE of the library it is no wonder that the letters and complaints have started rolling in!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Jun 3, 2008, at 6:02 AM

I am with unoit and madmom61. I have personally experienced nothing but continuous rudeness from the library staff.

My question however is to David Lewis. Aren't you the owner of Computer Central and you live on the SE corner of N. Forest Ave (SR 59) and Vermont. What country are you from? What nationality are you?

You came to my house uninvited one day a few years back and unsolicited one of your personal cards to me expressing your religion and harping a quote on it. My wish for you is to go back to whereever you came from. You have a bad habit of lecturing your opinion's here when you are not even a true-blooded all American.

What makes you so special to think people even want to hear from you and/or want your unsolicited opinions, religion and so on?

Please go back to whatever rock you crawled under from and preach to your own nationality. Maybe they will care to listen to you.

-- Posted by catlady on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 7:20 AM

Excuse me, catlady, but I must respond to your ignorant rant, as I know Mr. Lewis will not, for he is a much better man/person than I will ever be. First of all, I can assure you that he is 100% born and raised, and American as you can get. Although I am not quite sure why that matters, unless you are an uneducated backward hick, but I digress. And if you took the time out of your day to not only read this blog but to respond to it, then either you have a pitiful excuse for an existence or YOU DO care to listen to a man that has more knowledge and more to say than your tiny existence will ever allow.

-- Posted by lawyersusan on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 10:37 AM

To the Catlady

How rude you were here! Your comments were off-topic and an uncalled for personal attack on a very good man.

What are you implying by questioning Mr. Lewis' nationality? The man was born in the US and has lived in the US his whole life. I'm not sure whether your comment is intended to be racist or anti-semitic, but it is a miserable failure in either case.

Mr. Lewis is an insightful and learned man whose view of the world is both enriching and thought-provoking. Your comments, as I see them are nothing but ad-hominem vitriol.

The world is richer for his writing and poorer for yours.

-- Posted by sdskelton on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 10:59 AM

I am actually curious what a true blooded American is? My roots come from Scotland and also a bit Native American. Am I a true American then? I thought we were a melting pot in this country!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 1:35 PM

When parusing around websites like MySpace, YouTube, or even eBay, you can often find off-color remarks about someone's thoughts. I wouldn't suspect such a thing from a relatively small town newspaper. Normally I just gloss over the shiny language, continuing on to what I think is important and completely disregard the blind ignorance of those people of obvious lesser intelligence. So I guess I can do that even when someone is attacking my father too. To catlady, who I can only assume lives up to the name, rest assured that my dad has already brushed you off.

-- Posted by theoneinthearmy on Wed, Jun 11, 2008, at 7:23 AM

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