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LIBRARY: Suggestion to voters

| May 12, 2021 1:00 AM

Libraries have always remained a place of learning, growth, and neutrality, including political neutrality. Voting for the board of trustee members simply because of their political leanings, or whether or not they’ve been vetted by a political party, undermines the foundational purpose of what a library is.

To find a place that treats you the same as everyone else, no matter your race, sexual orientation, political leanings, or anything else has become a depressing rarity. As a public librarian, I am proud to help stand as one of the last bulwarks against censorship, cancel culture, left vs. right, etc.

However, as it appears the KCRCC is concerned about what materials children have, I should make it abundantly clear that parents have the first, last, and only say in that matter. We always defer to what the parents want their children to read, watch, experience. It is their right after all, and no one else’s.

When you vote on May 18 for the Library Board Trustees, I hope you vote for the candidate you feel would do the best job, not their political leanings.

CELENE THOMAS

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