YOUR LOCAL NEWS
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.