Politics

Library cuts are penny-wise, pound-foolish

Library cuts are penny-wise, pound-foolish

The City of South Portland is proposing a $5,000 cut to the "collections" budget at the public library.

Now, I understand that it's not the only city department facing cuts, but the cost/benefit ratio of keeping our library current is HUGE.

In Maine,

  • We are the 6th largest community
  • We are the 4th busiest public library
  • We rank 10th in funding for collections, in dollars
  • We rank 83rd in per capita funding for the library (dollars in relation to local population)

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Special Election TODAY

There is a South Portland special election today (March 12) for the City Council District One seat.

The Community Center will be the only polling location.  All registered South Portland voters are eligible to vote.  The polls are open until 8:00pm.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Special Election TODAY

There is a South Portland special election today (March 12) for the City Council District One seat.

The Community Center will be the only polling location.  All registered South Portland voters are eligible to vote.  The polls are open until 8:00pm.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Go ahead. Read a Banned Book.

Go ahead.  Read a Banned Book.

We take it for granted that we have a Constitutionally-protected right both to Free Speech, and the Freedom to Read.
 
But remember, freedom requires vigilance.  There are those who would seek to limit what we can read, even here in the United States. 

We're nearing the end of the 30th Annual National Banned Books Week .

Want to read a Banned Book?  Let me give you some ideas:

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The Power of the Political TV Ad Event 9/20/2012

The Power of the Political TV Ad Event 9/20/2012

David Schwartz, a curator at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, and the country's leading authority on Televised Political campaign commercials  will be in Portland next Thursday, September 20 at 12:00 noon.   He will give the history of the TV ad in Presidential elections from the 1950s right on through the Super Pac-fueled environment of the 2012 election.   David will share examples from his museum's historic collection as well as insights on how they worked  - or didn't.     What: The power of the political TV ad When: Thursday, September 20, 12 noon  Where: Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library Cost: $25 ad club members/$30 non members RSVP: info@maineadclub