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http://www.philly.com/philly/insights/20120506_Karen_Heller...

And though there isn't really an opposing side, administrators in Harrisburg haven't budged. Last month, library patrons and champions had a meeting with state library official Alice Lubrecht, which multiple participants called "appalling." Heim says, "We asked if she was going to take back our concerns and she told us: 'There's no point. It's a done deal.' "

Dan Simpson, a leader in the blind community and a devoted library patron for half a century, says: "This has been so frustrating as a citizen. You believe you have a voice in government. You raise serious questions and pretty significant arguments against the plan, and they don't listen. It's exasperating. No wonder people are cynical."

The library fight is a microcosm of what's happening in Harrisburg, especially for regional residents. Enormous decisions are made by a sheltered state bureaucracy, operating in a fortress of entitlement and power of their own design. If you're lucky, officials may take a meeting, but they don't appear to be listening. In the library's case, they're not changing their minds on a flawed decision that affects our most vulnerable citizens yet won't save money, Harrisburg's primary operating principle.

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Maybe Lower Merion's Board of Commissioners and Taxpayers would be willing to take some of the remaining $15,000,000 for upgraded brick and mortar schools and send it where it can do some good.

 

 

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Commissioners have $15M remaining for brick & mortar schools? Where do you come by this news?

I do not think the township has anything to do with building schools. But please show me otherwise  and I will learn.

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sorry, I meant "libraries"  

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Ah ok.

So... you're suggesting Lower Merion take local tax money and use it to buy something for the good of the state library system? Am I reading that correctly?

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The way I read it is spend the $15 million on something other than expanded libraries (I always supported renovations but not expansion).

My vote would be for re-paving some roads and cutting some grass.

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Speaking of Libraries, interesting to note Ludington’s opening has been pushed off again.

I think Bob will appreciate my comment over at MLT in reference to the construction done by free enterprise vs. the government.

Acme is in a competitive business and understands the importance of constructing and opening new stores in a quick and efficient manner. Government is rarely efficient because it does not have to compete.

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I think the new ACME is on time and I would think that if it were over budget, someone would be fired. If it were overbudget, I am not forced to pay as I, and everyother taxpayer in Lower Merion, is forced to pay for over budget under schedule EXPANDED library. and I do not think Doug Cleland, if he were working for ACME, would be getting paid more than any other township manager or even County Executive in Pennsylvania.

Democrats, simply, cannot be trusted with money. It makes me angry the way Democrats squander community resources.

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The Bryn Mawr ACME is actually behind schedule of original completion dates by a couple/few months from what I recall. The Bryn Mawr ACME is also located in Haverford Township. If it was in Lower Merion, they would still be vetting the plans.

Meanwhile, most roads in Lower Merion Township are like a third world country.

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May be behind schedule, but still twice as fast as Ludington.

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common sense, politeia? Obviously, you have no future in Lower Merion Democratic politics  

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