This happened on the 29th:
The video sort of makes me hate everyone involved which is difficult since the majority of people are my roommates & friends & girlfriend. But oh well. The impetus for the read-in at the Statehouse is, as I'm sure you know, the possible funding deduction for Ohio libraries being pushed by Ted Strickland. The cuts are quite brutal, up to 30%. Branches could be closed and hours would most certainly be reduced. As a former librarian and roommate of 3 librarians and part-time resident of the Northside branch... I'm a bit upset about it. It seems a little surreal to have to defend libraries or explain why they are important - it's self evident. Still, while at the statehouse there was a small group of severe types who stated that all the pro-library protesters probably didn't have jobs that were taxed and that "in their business" when they have a deficit, they cut costs. So why shouldn't Strickland? Considering most small businesses are either started or run on credit lines it seems like a strange line of rhetoric. But... who cares. I mean, I do.
This is Strickland's response to an earlier protest:
His response bothers me. It would be completely predictable from Taft but one expects Democrats to at least make a try at the appearance of governing differently. As one woman correctly said, "During the great depression we built libraries, we didn't close them."
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