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By From page A7 | February 15, 2013

EDITOR:

I was told today that because of my opinion of how donations were spent up in Pollock Pines on library carpet (which the corporate Friends has now said they did give their “OK” , back in February) that I have made many enemies. I am not running for any office, do not want my name on any public building, and have many really good friends all over the country — so I don’t care.

However, it does bother me that my disabilities, my name, and my educational background were attacked — but not for the reasons one may think. If people do not care how donations are spent, the quality of public art, or the history behind an important public institution (no matter how small), I am not here to change their minds. I wrote from the truths as I saw them (as a treasurer for three years on the FOL). What a great county to be able to voice my opinion — to be able to debate. I stand by my words.

If the library has not been updated or taken care of, then one should ask the community if they want their donations spent on the upkeep of this building. My letter gave my opinion of what I thought about the money being spent on the carpet. One letter — the other remarks were responses to that letter.  I was also told that I should think about not responding to e-mails or posts in this newspaper.  My response is this… I will not back down from my original thoughts. Our library was the dream of a remarkable woman who in 1970, retired with many awards here in Pollock. Her dream became a reality because of a well-known man, honoring his son, and giving back to his community. Doris Cloherty and Harvey West senior gave us a gift — a library.

It is not so much about a building as it is about the “idea” — our library started in a coffee shop, and many people helped it grow. I hope my new “enemies” realize what an extraordinary gift this is, because I do. I feel it’s worth fighting for. County building, county maintenance. People keep telling me that the county has no money to spend on this tiny 1,242 square foot building; well the people up here have even less to spend.

FRANCESCA DUCHAMP
Pollock Pines

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