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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mark Belling writes column on West Bend Library Board

Well said.


"I’ve dealt with a lot of arrogant government officials in my career (former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson and former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist top the list) and a lot of sanctimonious ones (Russ Feingold and former Milwaukee County Supervisor Dan Diliberti). I’ve certainly met some hypocritical ones (Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard) and some abusive spenders and money wasters (almost any school board comes to mind). I’ve had my run-ins with officials who behave like tinhorn dictators (former Menomonee Falls Village President Joe Greco). But until the last couple of months, I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a pack of public officials as bad as the West Bend Library Board. With the state Legislature passing the worst public policy document in Wisconsin history, the Iranian mullahs slaughtering pro-democracy demonstrators and the president trying to socialize government health care and even with Brett Favre unretiring for the 84th time, there are other things I should be writing about. But this board in West Bend is so amazingly over the top that it is screaming for exposure.


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They won’t move the porn and won’t let anybody tell them they have to. But that didn’t stop a bunch of concerned West Bend citizens. Doing exactly what those in a free society have every right to do, they pressured the board and city council to reverse the decision. This is what America is supposed to be all about – citizens petitioning their government to respect the public will.

For this they have been abused by the library board and its supporters. But last week, the board, led by local leftie Barbara Deters, went to an extreme that is beyond belief. Appalled they were told by the city attorney they had to comply with state law and share e-mails about the library issue, the board voted to hire an outside attorney in attempt to keep their e-mails secret! It is basic Wisconsin law that all correspondence and documents of any public employee, including e-mails, are public records. The astonishingly arrogant library board in West Bend doesn’t think that law includes them. So, it’s ignoring the city attorney and hiring a lawyer using ENDOWMENT funds! Money that has been donated over the years to purchase quality materials for the West Bend Library is being looted by board members who want to keep breaking the law. They’ll be paying $250 an hour.

Ponder this: The West Bend Library Board believes children have a right to see gay pornography but the public doesn’t have a right to see public records.

I’ll repeat that: The West Bend Library Board believes children have a right to see gay pornography but the public doesn’t have a right to see public records."

11 comments:

Mike said...

Who cares what that jackass thinks? Half of what he says is wrong and the rest is presented out of context to increase ratings. Plus he just outed you and your anti gay agenda. This is now and always has been about your morbid fear or hatred of gays.

Katie said...

What is the statute number of the law that says that all state employees emails are public record? This would really help me right now. Thanks

amelia said...

I was under the impression that Library Board members were volunteers, not employees.

Kristina said...

Wait a minute, Ginny has said that this never has been a homosexual issue. It has always been about the blatant graphic - ness of explicity. The obscenity of these books in the YA Zone. HOLD THE PRESS. It's never been about homosexuality.
REALLY? NOT! Go back to her first statements when this all started, it was about homosexuality. Lest we forget her statements to the press both in print and interviews on TV.
She has yet to comment on her own statement because she can't and still save face with her ever changing argument.
I do take into account that she is a citizen and has made mistakes, however, when she says it has NEVER been about homosexuality is just not true. If she would just say that sure the complaint has evolved and acknowledge her statements maybe that would make a difference.
Do I expect it, nope. She is not big on acknowledging mistakes even though she has at times. Usually on other blogs when called out.
Ah well...
Respectfuly,
Kristina

Anonymous said...

This is about ALL sexually explicit books located in the childrens section.

Currently there are no books being challenge.

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Anonymous said...

Half of what Mark Belling says is wrong? What proof do you have of that?

You can be gay and still against sexually explicit books from children.

Anonymous said...

Correction:

You can be gay and still against sexually explicit books for children.

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Exactly, and I have received numerous emails/phone calls from homosexuals who are irate that these books are indoctrinating their children with sexually explicit language and pictures, and are supportive of our efforts. It is a common sense issue.