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For a city that has invested millions of dollars into revitalizing the downtown to consider shuttering one of the bedrock institutions that has consistently drawn thousands of people to that very area is absurd.

There is nothing that brings my family and I downtown more regularly than the Carnegie Library. My son has participated in a couple of its reading programs including "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten," which I believe has been a major factor in his academic success this past year. Also, the summer reading program the past two years, which sets goals for books read and provides prizes including coupons for area business, books to keep, and even a ticket to a Trail Blazer game. We’ve seen magicians, puppetry, music, and animal shows at the library. This is a place he looks forward to visiting, we can do it as a family and always leads to patronage at nearby businesses. We’ll see what’s playing at the Pix, get some food, a haircut, vitamins, etc. and then take a walk by the river.

The carousel is great but it’s not bringing the people who live here, downtown on a weekly basis like the library. I don’t understand how Councilor Rich Kellum thinks it’s an “adult” decision to eliminate such an asset. But, truth be told, I rarely understand the way politicians think.

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Tim Armstrong

Albany (Aug. 29)

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