Gosh, I wish I knew the person who wrote this article. This is exactly what I have been looking for in regard to the mayoral race. I do know that my neighbors have been saying very little good about Mayor Littlefield, but on an issue about getting certain Federal monies I noticed that Mayor Littlefield's comment was businesslike and cogent while Mr. Healy's comment merely disparaged "big government." (Like Pres. Obama, I care not one whit whether government is big or little. What I want is effective government. Knee-jerk criticisms of big government tend to put me off.) From the article above I get the impression that Mr. Healy's ears are too small to hear all the stuff that a mayor needs to hear. On the other hand, I read that Mr. Littlefield has too many friends in a job that requires him to pay more attention to the public that he serves and less attention to his buddies. Perhaps he will learn that lesson in his second term. Perhaps he will not. He should be aware that fine old public servants can be censured (can you spell "Ward Crutchfield?")And that foolish public servants can be jailed (do you read "sheriff?") Yes, I want to know the name of the person who wrote this article.
So far you have two earlier comments regarding the library consultants report. One from a genealogist who bemoans homeless people on the steps and in the bathroom. Sorry, Charlie, I have not seen that particular army of frightening people. And your other commenter wants us to understand that the staff is working under stress... wow! Just what the consultants' report points out. No, I have another point of view. Fifty years ago when I was 10 years old, I found the library to be cold and unwelcoming, unnecessarily mysterious, a virtually unsolvable maze, spiritless, and peculiarly remote. Every visit gives me the feeling that every branch of the darn thing is haunted somehow. As an afficianado of libraries in other towns, let me assure you the the consultants' barrage of poor marks are thoroughly earned by our poor library. Yes, it needs an infusion of cash. It is old enough that its source of funding should have been assured by now. Beyond foresight, it certainly could use an infusion of insight... someone who knows what a midsize city library should look like and DO. And while I am not usually a superstitious person, the darn thing just might benefit from an exorcism!