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Monday, June 17, 2013
Re: Roanoke County supervisors candidate Al Bedrosian’s comment in Dan Casey’s metro column (“Candidate explains his stance on religion”) on June 9:
Bedrosian, the Republican candidate for the Hollins District seat on the board of supervisors, stated, “A new library in Vinton is not necessary.” Bedrosian is misinformed. Pay a visit to the current Vinton Library. There is no space for the teens; the children’s area is too small; it is ill-lit; it is overcrowded and outdated.
The few tables and chairs are always filled with home-schooled children or literacy volunteers assisting people to learn to read or people studying for GEDs.
The Vinton library is a relic of the 1950s concept of a library. Vinton needs a library to accommodate the future. Vinton has one of the largest populations of seniors and teens, and the new library will take their needs into consideration. The new Vinton Library will be the only library in Roanoke County on a bus route, bringing access to more citizens.
The U.S. is lagging behind other countries in education. The library is a source for bringing the U.S. back to No. 1 in the world in educating its citizens — both young and old. It is available to all — rich, poor and in between.
The people of Vinton supported building the Green Ridge Recreation Center, the new South County Library and the new Glenvar Library. Is it not Vinton’s turn to receive a little bit of attention?
May I suggest to the candidate that he attend the next citizens’ meeting on the Vinton Library to learn of the support and excitement the people of Vinton have for their new library?
Please stand up and tell them they don’t need a new library.
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