Time to vote out 'polecat' Lee
April 11, 2011 11:31 PM | 770 views | 7 7 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Close most of Cobb's library branches?

Them's fightin' words, you worthless polecat,?(Commission Chairman) Tim Lee. You pretend to have the county's best interests at heart but what you urge is totally the opposite.

OK, folks - here's what we gotta do: Form up a verbal posse and track down this lyin' critter in his posh office and haul him off to the Court of Common Sense.

Multiple charges could be held against him - reckless endangerment of the common good would be one of them. Failure to consider the consequences of his proposals would be another.

Has he ever been inside a Cobb library branch and observed how it is so helpful to so many different kinds of people? Even the smallest one, like the Gritters branch, is always busy. Mothers, or their helpers, are there, helping little ones find books or having them enjoy story times. Teenagers are doing research; people like me are searching for things of interest to read - for ourselves or others who are bedridden and can't come on their own? People who are lonely and just come to read and enjoy a peaceful environment around others.

His proposal, along with his ideas about cutting fire and police protection, is insane. The impact of instituting his measures will be catastrophic. Perhaps he should consider taking a pay cut, ordering his pork barrel buddies do the same, giving up superfluous perks, and re-examine his strange notions about what Cobb really needs. Or maybe the ulterior motive is to bully us in to accepting another tax hike without being too angry?

He might get off Scot free in the Court of Common Sense, but there are a bunch of us armed with our votes to demand his recall or at least vote him and the rest of those scoundrels out ASAP!

Melissa B. Anderson
Marietta
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anonymous
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April 13, 2011
To anonymous, you seem to accurately be seeing all the less than responsible spending the County has been doing for years. That said, shutting ALL libraries is silly. But in the age when, and in a county where, most people have their own computers and Internet access, do we really need 17 physical library locations?

I would be interested in seeing the actual user numbers for each library. I bet the number of users is very limited.
To anonymous
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April 13, 2011
I agree that libraries are necessary for our children but I also agree that we could certainly do with fewer of them. I also see we could do without golf, the Maple House, Amphitheatre and the big fine new facility they build at galleria. I don't see a point in being cold hearted to everyone's needs, when the luxuries could be trimed and eliminated in a time of crisis. But just look at the money spent while Sam Olens was on the board. Look at all the new facilities, large strip mall they purchased on Powder Springs Rd. and the money used to redesign it. OMG The list could go on and on and on. He really liked spending the money but knew when to get out!!! Wonder what he will do for our wonderful state, but then again..... when you buddy with the elected officials you usually get what you want.
fixed income
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April 12, 2011
To anonymous:

Sounds like you've got enough money to support a few library books. People on fixed incomes don't have funds for 'gimmicks' that have to be upgraded every couple of months. The free WiFi is free only if you have a computer.

anonymous
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April 12, 2011
@65year Cobb resident -

FREE WiFi at every McDonalds, Starbucks, hotel and other restaurants and more.

Many thousands of books FREE for the download to your notebook computer, ipad, iphone, blackberry or Kindle via Google books or the Kindle store --- all of which are quite excellent for curling up in bed and doing some reading...no matter what the temperature outside.

With all due respect 65year Cobb resident, you might want to spend some time learning about those "electronics" and the cheap opportunities they offer for learning/reading...and without the aid of your neighbors tax dollars.
65year Cobb resident
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April 12, 2011
To anonymous - evidently you have fallen in love with technology. A lot of people can not afford what it costs to download books on Kindle, the cost of an internet and Google books. Some of us actually enjoy browsing through REAL books to select what we want - not just a reproduction.

Ah, there's nothing like curling up in bed on a cold winter's night with a piece of electronics.
Indian Joe
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April 12, 2011
Again, we come down to "don't cut what is important to me". I realize libraries have their good points, but as anonymous said, why can't some of these kids who are using the libraries use the school ones instead. I know the library on Roswell St, the last time I was in there, was a haven for the homeless, who took up most every chair and table, particlarly on very hot or very cold days. But I do agree that ALL commissioners should take a pay cut - they certainly get paid very well for what is supposed to be a part-time job. Maybe Cobb would be better off if they didn't meet so much. Kind of like DC - the only time we are safe is when congress is out of session. Has anyone looked at what it costs to have outside landscapers do government property and parks? Knowing what these people charge, it could probably be a pretty goodly amount. We have work crews from the jail. Why not use them
anonymous
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April 12, 2011
Honestly, I don't get the need for so many libraries in this day of the Internet, Google books and Kindle.

Other than providing people access to computers with Internet access, whatever there is in the library that can not be obtained via the Internet is very small. If kids need study space...lets have them use the schools/school libraries after school.

As for the closing of 13 libraries, I was stunned to learn this county actually has 17 libraries. My better half tells me one library that will be closed(and that I did not know even existed) is about as far from us as one that is near-by that will not be closed. Simply put, we currently have at least two libraries that are about the same distance from us...one will close, the other will not. I have a hard time believing the situation is not the same for most other Cobb residents.

I am no Tim Lee fan, but he is right on the proposed library cuts.
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