Disheartened by the selection in the local libraries

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 By Rick Miranda


Back in the early 90s, before the Los Alamos Mesa Public Library moved over from Central Avenue, next to the Post Office, into its current location one of the big noises being made by people in favor of the move was the lack of space for books in the old spot. 

The move was made, and two or three years ago thousands of non-fiction books were chucked off of the library’s shelves .... many, many rows worth, about six feet high.

A lot of these were fantastic books. So much for more space!

The White Rock branch was similarly diminished. 

An avid reader, I can’t go into the Mesa Public Library or the White Rock Branch now without being disheartened by just how dumbed-down the selection has become. 

The purging of these books is, lamentably, only one of the many examples of things once great in our town that have been likewise dulled.

I recall with somewhat comic bitterness the day somewhere around the year 2003 when, while taking a walk about 10:00 a.m. past Chamisa School, I happened upon a ribbon-cutting ceremony where county officials were gathered to slap themselves on the back for their participation in the finishing (off) of the Mountain Meadows Playlot (once-upon a time alias: Cinderella Park). 

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