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Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lor Garry Mal­lett’s col­umn on spend­ing tagged for the cen­tral city li­brary gen­er­ated a lot of feed­back on­line and prompted the Friends of Hamil­ton Pub­lic Li­braries to re­spond. Their col­umn is on our Con­ver­sa­tions page 6 this week. They ar­gue against the digi­ti­sa­tion of Hamil­ton’s read­ing re­sources and be­lieve li­braries are an in­vest­ment into the fu­ture of the city. They say not ev­ery­one has ac­cess to the in­ter­net to read on­line books but at the li­brary, there is in­ter­net ac­cess where peo­ple can en­joy the best of both worlds. On the fol­low­ing Con­ver­sa­tions page 7, peo­ple are fight­ing the coun­cil on a dif­fer­ent bat­tle­front. This time it’s play­grounds. The last-term coun­cil bud­geted for des­ti­na­tion play­grounds but like li­braries, the cur­rent-term coun­cil is look­ing for av­enues to make sav­ings, to deal with un­fore­seen ex­penses and an un­ex­pected deficit. Is this too a back­flip on pre­vi­ous prom­ises, should the coun­cil hon­our its ear­lier de­ci­sion? Com­ments on the mat­ter vary as you will read in this week’s pa­per.

Lawrence Gullery

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