Would those who wrote the advertisement have preferred to see the town spend tax dollars to satisfy the objections in the ad before a vote by the taxpayers on April 23?
Richard Barone has filled his advertisements and letters regarding the proposed library with half-truths and wild, outlandish falsehoods attacking the proposal and those who support construction of a long-awaited new, central library. I have a question or two for Mr. Barone and anyone who supports his style of attack:
Would those who wrote the advertisement (Irondequoit Post, March 28 issue, page A7) have preferred to see the town spend tax dollars to satisfy the objections in the ad before a vote by the taxpayers on April 23? Or would Mr. Barone then have attacked that expenditure as wasteful if the proposal was defeated?
Should the town have spent tax dollars on an Environmental Impact Study? Should they have spent even more tax dollars on the professional fees of architects and engineers for “tight” plans that eliminate what the ad characterizes as “extra” space in the renderings (which were done pro bono) by professionals?
Which high schools in the town will be closing their own libraries? None, I suspect. High school students who need more information than is available in the libraries of their schools can still use the town's library.
The ad asserts that there would be “3,000 more car trips”. Please provide town voters with the source of your various “statistics." Or is this number of car trips just a figment of Mr. Barone's imagination?
The ad further asserts that the cost to operate the new library could be two or three times the costs to operate the current branches. Well, which is it: Two or three times the cost? That's a wide swing. Does that estimate deduct the recent and projected costs to maintain the two existing branch buildings, which are old, outmoded, not up to code, and stretched to the limit?
I see the proposal as a good first step toward giving the town a safe, accessible, modern library with one consolidated, comprehensive collection, as well as the attributes to serve the needs of town residents well into the future.
Mr. Barone, please leave your rock tablet, hammer, and chisel at the door when (if?) you enter the new library.
Peter O. Allen, Sr. is an Irondequoit resident.