The fight for a right
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.