ShareThis Page
Letters to the Editor

Library users should pay

| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

In his letter “Not obsolete in Westmoreland,” Cesare Muccari, executive director of the Westmoreland County Federated Library System, stated that in 2016, the libraries had about 115,000 cardholders. Funding problem solved: A $10-per-card charge would bring in $1,115 million, and a $5 fee for programs would be appropriate.

Why should property owners pay for these services? Many senior citizens do not use the library, and many do not drive. I help many senior citizens with their taxes and drive them to doctors' appointments. For many, their income is only $1,355 a month in Social Security. Is your income more than $1,355 a month?

Most seniors seldom see a raise in their checks. These people cut pills in half and put off doctor visits. Every time property tax goes up, some other necessity is eliminated. Food becomes a luxury; SNAP (food stamps) programs give them $19 a month.

Cardholders use the libraries, so they should pay for these services. Senior citizens and property owners are not responsible for free library services.

Add to the property tax; that seems to be the answer to every spending/revenue problem. We don't have a future if spending in the USA is not managed.

The government, including libraries, cannot give anybody anything that is free without first taking it from somebody. Stop taking from our senior citizens. They cannot afford more property taxes.

Madeline Smutak


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me