Gerry Moore referenced George Anderson’s recent letter to the editor in support of the county library, I felt it only right to include his original letter here:
To the Editor:
I’ve been a proud cardholder of the Cumberland County Library since 1979.
I’m very upset over the Cumberland County freeholders’ plans to close the facility to meet a budget shortfall.
Why is it that whenever this county experiences a financial crisis such as the one it’s experiencing today, the first county service to be on the chopping block is always the library?
During a recent appearance on the Richard Hoch show on WSNJ, I called and asked freeholder Sam Fiocchi, who was running for state Assembly at the time, if there was anything that could be done to save the county library from closing.
I even suggested possibly consolidating the municipal libraries of Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland into a county-wide library system, as Gloucester and Atlantic counties have done. Mr. Fiocchi’s reply was that Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland pay for their own libraries as well as the county library, and that aside from public safety the county library’s budget is the second biggest expenditure.
He also added that he and his fellow Republicans were committed not to cut public safety.
Well, Mr. Fiocchi, with five adult correctional facilities in Cumberland County including the county jail, a halfway house, a juvenile detention center, three municipal police departments, a county sheriff’s department and two state police barracks, all with their own separate budgets, I’d say we have more than enough public safety.
Libraries benefit communities in more ways than one can imagine. People who can’t afford to have computers at home can use theirs free of charge to apply for jobs, take online college classes or GED courses.
They have literacy classes, educational opportunities, community events and a lot more.
Having more prisons in an area and more cops than the U.S. military doesn’t.
George I. Anderson
While I don’t fully agree with Mr. Anderson’s assessment or solution, that of firing cops to save the library, I know for a factt that there is a ton of fat that can be trimmed at the county level. When the budget time arrives, it seems that the lowly county employees are targeted for more concessions while political patronage continues plodding on. For instance, a fan of the site sent me a list of law firms that are on the county take:
LAW FIRMS THE COUNTY HAS ON CONTRACT WHILE IT PREPARES TO CLOSE THE LIBRARY01. Archer & Greiner, One Centennial Square, Haddonfield02. Brock D. Russell, 706 N. High Street, Millville03. Chance & McCann, 201 W. Commerce Street, P.O. Box 278, Bridgeton04. Edward F. Duffy, 2630 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland05. Genova, Burns & Giantomasi, One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden06. Jasinski, P.C., 8025 Blackhorse Pike, West Atlantic City07. Kavanagh, Kavanagh & DiLazzero, LLC, 219 N. High Street, Suite A, P.O. Box 728, Millville08. Lipman, Antonelli, Batt, Gilson, Malestein, Rothman & Capasso, 110 N. Sixth Street, P.O. Box 729, Vineland09. Long Marmero & Associates, 44 Euclid St., Woodbury10. McManimon & Scotland, LLC, 1037 Raymond Boulevard; Suite 400, Newark11. Robinson & Andujar, LLC, 2057 Wheaton Avenue, P.O. Box 788, Millville12. Samuel J. Serata, Bridgeton13. Thomas P. Farnoly, 638 East Landis Avenue, Box 1390, Vineland