(Re: “Ripon library not essential, but vital,” Oct. 18, 2018) Your editorial in today’s paper was very important and I hope it was read by a good share of your readers.

     As you may well know that Green Lake Library is having the same debate over funding by short sighted county, township, and city officials.

     My opinion is that anyone that wants a free and informed society is extremely short sighted if they do not support the funding of the local libraries.

     Libraries throughout history have kept us civilized. Just look at the Dark Ages. The populations of the world were suppressed until the invention of the printing press. Then there were books. We had an educated population and growth. People were able to pass on ideas through the written word. What would have happened if we didn’t have the ancient libraries? We would know nothing of ancient history.

     Let’s go forward to the present. Our country would not be what it is today without libraries. Our first presidents and founding fathers received their education through books. They did not graduate from college. Ben Franklin, I believe, set up a book-lending system in Philadelphia. Step forward again to Andrew Carnegie, who educated millions of people by donating libraries to a multitude of cities and towns.

     There are many more examples of the importance of libraries and their role in providing an informed and educated society that is needed to keep us a free and progressive society. ...

     Here in Green Lake County we can pass a resolution of $30,000 for a feasibility study, but also can discuss cutting funding for the local library. If they went to the library and studied the situation, we would have enough money to support the library. Where are the priorities? ...
— Bill Boutwell
Green Lake

     To read the entire letter, see the Oct. 25, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.