We introduce "The Wendy Rant," which will be an occasional feature when Wendy reads something so absurd that she simply must vent her frustration at the state of the world.
Many years ago, I was given a button that said,
"Ignore your rights and they'll go away." The button was
distributed by Planned Parenthood, and boy oh boy did they get that
right. The words on the button apply to so much that's happening now that
we may not have enough fingers to plug the holes in the dike. In their infinite wisdom, today the trustees of the The
Llano County Library system, about 75 miles outside of Austin, Texas, will vote
on whether or not to close the doors of its three libraries. If this motion
passes, former library patrons in this rural community will no longer have ANY
access to digital materials, meeting spaces and BOOKS in their public
libraries! This decision followed a judge's ruling that the library had
to return to the shelves books it had previously censored. Titles
included Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Maurice
Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, and It's Perfectly Normal:
Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health.
Rather than make these books accessible to readers, the trustees are considering closing the libraries. Closing them. Not in China. Or Russia. Or North Korea. In the United States of America. Maybe they'll backpedal and the libraries will remain open. But just the fact that this is up for discussion should be a noisy reminder not to ignore your rights.