May 6, 2014

Letter: Solving our own problems

— Your editorial regarding the Murray County library problem failed to address what I believe is the core issue here. Georgia is the only state in which the day-to-day operation of public libraries is a shared responsibility of state and local government.

It was started in the 1940s because the Legislature felt that the smaller cities and counties weren’t funding their libraries at an adequate level. But, as the saying goes, politicians have their own agenda and immediately capitalized on this as a way to lowball their allocation of fiscal resources and then blame the resulting deficiency on the state.

Dalton’s politicians played this game for years and only recently have begun to show signs of assuming a greater share of the library’s budget.

A library is a vital part of a community’s infrastructure and is just as important as roads, schools, hospitals and police departments. But this community, historically, has had a problem seeing this. And having had a fragmented administrative structure caused by having multiple counties reporting to Dalton hasn’t helped the situation at all.

If Murray County isn’t happy under the current arrangement, then let them pull out and go independent. If Catoosa did it, why can’t they? And Dalton can concentrate on working to solve our own problems and not spending time on somebody else’s.

Charles Hyder


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