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Library board shouldn’t threaten public with closures

To the Editor:

I am alarmed at the inflammatory tone of the article regarding necessary budget reductions at the Moffat County Library.

Closing the Craig branch for three months? Closing the library on Saturdays? Both are absurd. And I believe these re mentioned in the article only to encourage a public response. The majority of Craig residents work in Steamboat, most have two jobs. Evenings and Saturdays are their only chance to enjoy the library at all.

If changes to operating hours must occur, consider closing during the day. Opening only 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Working residents of Craig (taxpayers) cannot get to the library during the day now from Steamboat (where the jobs are). Serve the taxpayers. Stop being unnecessarily inflammatory. If the library were a retail business (not supported by taxpayers), it would be crystal clear to the library board what hours they need to operate to better serve the majority of customers. It is not enough to use current hourly customer counts to base budget decisions on. Your customers aren’t coming now because of your operating hours. If you want to know how we feel — ask us. Don’t count on the people who currently have time to work with your schedule. Ask those of us who would like to come, but the hours you have right now are not serving us. Let alone the absurdities they are proposing.

Tracy A. Elliott,


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