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FUNDING OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY

Today I visited my public library. I needed a Web design resource, a good winter cookbook and a couple of instructional books-on-CD to make my morning commute more worthwhile. In high school, I used the library's resources to research colleges and study for the SAT. And when I was younger still, I visited the library because I liked to read -- a lot. My parents had to give me a rule: If books are due after 21 days, no more than 21 books! Without question, I received a better education from my public library than I did from my public school.

To take away our libraries would be to take away crucial opportunities for learning and self-improvement. My grandparents lived through the Great Depression, and their government somehow managed to fund libraries. Surely ours can do the same.

Leah M. Ashe

Buffalo