The fight for a right

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial - Chantelle MacIsaac That’s what she said

Lit­er­acy be­gins in the womb – at least for many par­ents.

I would be skep­ti­cal to think any mother or fa­ther hasn’t sat with a book and read fairy tales to the mother’s belly.

It isn’t a need. Many can make it through en­tire life­times with­out know­ing how to read and write. How­ever, it’s a right.

One of our rights is to an ed­u­ca­tion. Whether we make use of it or not is a per­sonal choice.

Pub­lic li­braries were deemed for clo­sure in New­found­land and Labrador – a ploy by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, who have been grasping at ev­ery right known to res­i­dents, to save a few dol­lars. A sus­pen­sion of those clo­sures was put in place.

I read a post on so­cial me­dia that says the world owes $233.3 tril­lion dol­lars – but to whom? In this en­tire world, only five coun­tries are debt free.

I am will­ing to bet those five coun­tries didn’t be­come debt free by tak­ing away the rights of those liv­ing there.

Con­sul­ta­tions are be­ing set up across the prov­ince, yet none in the ac­tual ar­eas of where the cuts were pro­posed. The op­tion for those res­i­dents is on­line. Guess where a lot of peo­ple avail of In­ter­net – you guessed it – the li­brary.

With such a push to­wards the World Wide Web – prov­inces and coun­tries alike should be do­ing more to pro­vide ser­vices to peo­ple, not take them away.

Want to save money? How about ques­tion­ing how much it cost to hold these con­sul­ta­tions? How much it costs to send these politi­cians all over the prov­ince?

Do you think it’s com­ing out of their own pock­ets – their own ex­penses?

This is one topic that in my opin­ion should never have been dis­cussed in the first place – ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and any re­source that pro­vides an ed­u­ca­tion is a right – and shouldn’t be up for ter­mi­na­tion.

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