"If we do not see libraries as part of our free education system, we have a problem," said council member Michael L. Subin (D-At Large), who supported the proposal. "Libraries have been free since the time of Ben Franklin."Did Ben Franklin park his carriage in a garage and have someone else subsidize it? I doubt it. Besides, the library is still free - that was never an issue, despite Mr. Subin's claims to the contrary. God forbid anyone should have to walk, ride a bike, or take public transportation to the library. Or even (gasp) pay fifty cents to park across the street! I don't know why this bothers me so much, but there are certainly a lot bigger issues that people should be getting outraged about.
- First it was Jack Abramoff, now another high-profile Silver Spring resident is in hot water. This time it's Brian J. Doyle, a deputy press secretary for Homeland Security. He was arrested yesterday at his Silver Spring home and charged with "using a computer to seduce a child". Creepy. (Link)