George Anderson speaks out on closing the library

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
Millville

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 LIBRARY
01. Archer & Greiner, One Centennial Square, Haddonfield
02. Brock D. Russell, 706 N. High Street, Millville
03. Chance & McCann, 201 W. Commerce Street, P.O. Box 278, Bridgeton
04. Edward F. Duffy, 2630 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland
05. Genova, Burns & Giantomasi, One Port Center, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden
06. Jasinski, P.C., 8025 Blackhorse Pike, West Atlantic City
07. Kavanagh, Kavanagh & DiLazzero, LLC, 219 N. High Street, Suite A, P.O. Box 728, Millville
08. Lipman, Antonelli, Batt, Gilson, Malestein, Rothman & Capasso, 110 N. Sixth Street, P.O. Box 729, Vineland
09. Long Marmero & Associates, 44 Euclid St., Woodbury
10. McManimon & Scotland, LLC, 1037 Raymond Boulevard; Suite 400, Newark
11. Robinson & Andujar, LLC, 2057 Wheaton Avenue, P.O. Box 788, Millville
12.  Samuel J. Serata, Bridgeton
13. Thomas P. Farnoly, 638 East Landis Avenue, Box 1390, Vineland
The county spends millions annually for legal work. And some if it would be unnecessary had Freeholders Whelan and Dunkins performed due diligence before hiring the Director of the OEM/911 Call Center, which are now mired in EEOC lawsuits.
How about demanding that only those earning salaries above the “greedy” $75,000 mark take pay cuts and make sacrifices rather than demanding that low paid employees take the hardest hits? When the sacrifice comes from the top down, it is easier for others to share the pain.
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4 Responses to George Anderson speaks out on closing the library

  1. Calhoun says:

    Oh boo-hoo, Gerry Moore and George I Anderson. The bleeding hearts and do-gooders have now shifted their focus from the selling of the Cumberland Manor to the closing Cumberland County Library. Well, you’re both full of crap. The enemas are on me!

    Where is it written in the Constitution that it’s government’s responsibility to give the less fortunate reading materials? If the poor don’t like being locked into poverty, then they should have thought about that before they allowed themselves to be born into a poor family.

    And for that matter. why is it government’s responsibility to take care of people once they have gotten elderly and unable to be a productive — in other words work and receive a paycheck — citizens, like all those geezers in the Manor?

    I say wheel all those people in the Manor outside and let their families pick them up. If they don’t, then nature can take its course.

    As for the Library, close it now. Poor people really don’t want to go in there and read. They might learn how bad they have it and that can only lead to trouble.

    Cry baby Moore, likes to throw quotes around, well here is one from the famous Irishman (Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1860): “A circulating library in a town is an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge.” Exactly! Do we really want those on the bottom rungs of the class ladder reading and learning? Hell, no. That evil knowledge they pick up can only lead to no good.

    If you want proof go back read your history books. Back in the 1800s it was forbidden for African-Americans to be educated or learn how to read. Those laws would eventually be changed and look what happened – we now have an African-American president!

    Whiner George Anderson thinks we’re overdoing it with our police state. I’ll tell you what George I., next time a criminal comes into your house, I hope the cops respond to your distress call armed not with guns but armfuls of books. They can read you bedtime stories, while the thief makes away with all your possessions.

    And, of course, Fluffernutter Carl just has to get into the act with his list of attorneys that have contracts with the County. Do your homework Carl, and you will notice that many of those attorneys have already made a down payment for these contracts through political donations to the party in charge of things.

    What’s your point? That maybe if the county didn’t hire all these lawyers that it might be able to afford a home for the aged or a library? Wouldn’t that just be swell — a county that takes care of its elderly, reads more, and litigates less. P.U.

    And I see Freeholder Fiocchi is now catching some flack because he hasn’t attended a library meeting since March, even though he is the freeholder board’s liaison to the library. Hello?! Sam was running for state assembly this year! Sure he just got elected to the freeholder board in 2010, but he did what was expected of him – he aspired to a higher office! What did you dopes want him to do – actually be a freeholder?! Wake the hell up people!

    Here’s a newsflash for all you bozos that didn’t get the memo: you are living in the “me” era. It’s all about yourself and what you can extract from this world. Extract all you can and fight like hell to keep everyone else’s hands off of it. Grease the system so it benefits you and worry about no one else.

    Libraries and old age homes do nothing but tap into my pile of money. Get rid of them and my pile of money stays higher.

    If you clowns don’t like the way things are, then go get in your time machine and live in another era when people could see past themselves. I am too busy amassing my money pile to care.

    Long live my pile of money. Nuts to everything else.

  2. baba says:

    Wow, you sound like the Wheaton patriarch who allegedly fought against all education and eventually the formation of Cumberland County College. Cumberland County has a long and rich history of keeping people in their place. I think it’s called the KKK . Apparently packing bottles doesn’t require too much knowledge of the rest of the world. Why do you think certain diminutive people still try to keep the lesser classes down?

  3. Calhoun says:

    I hear ya baba. Sadly, some of this still has a bit of a pulse in this area. A few years ago, I was in East Millville walking along Rt 49 near the border with Maurice River Twp. Stapled to many of the phone poles there were copies of a poster that read: “Without Christ there is no Christmas”. OK. However, at the bottom of the poster was this: “This Christian Message Is Brought to you by The United Northern & Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan”.

  4. baba says:

    The Klan isn’t really a viable group around here but their philosophy is still alive in certain diminutive individuals and their mentally deficient followers. I think we all know who they are.

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