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OK, quick game as I prepare the next post on the promise of the main library to provide so many with so much internet access.

The city of San Diego has been cutting back library hours for years now. Last year, the mayor actually proposed that it close several branch libraries. Yet, despite this, he is bizarrely still supporting construction of a new, beautiful, main library downtown.

On Twitter last night, I had an analogy for this;

Them building a library and yet cutting back hours and closing others would be like me laying off reporters and yet buying a dozen computers.

My point: What manager in his or her right mind would think it’s at all acceptable to reduce or discontinue service at some facilities and yet at the same time break ground on a massive new one? What good are new capital fixtures if you can’t even staff the ones you have built?

It’d be like the Union-Tribune deciding, while it lays off staff and cuts offerings, to build a vast new corporate headquarters.

Who in the world thinks this kind of leadership is acceptable?

So, come with your own analogies by finishing this sentence: “The city building a massive new downtown library and yet cutting library hours and closing other branches would be like …”

I’ll send a voiceofsandiego.org T-shirt to the author of the best one.

SCOTT LEWIS

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