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Gay Pride display at library was not appropriate
Editor:
Recently, I noticed that a large portion of the main display case at the Evergreen Public Library was devoted to advertising and supporting the Gay Pride event held in Denver in mid-June. Prominent signs in favor of “gay sons” and “dyke daughters” were displayed, along with dates for the Gay Pride events downtown.
I’m curious as to why my public library chose to step so brashly into this divisive and polarizing social issue. Where does the Jeffco Public Library charter allow individual libraries and librarians to take sides on social issues? Was there a countywide library system mandate that each library promote homosexuality to children young and old? When voters/residents/taxpayers come to believe that their local libraries are being overtly used to promote agendas that they themselves may be opposed to, funding support for the library system is at risk.
As a father of a young daughter, I was both disappointed and shocked by this blatant effort to mold the thinking of children. If my community’s library chooses to step into advocating for or against polarizing social issues, then in the interests of freedom of speech and basic fairness, the opposing side should be offered an opportunity to present their viewpoint. Better yet, stick to the library charter and provide unbiased information and promotional displays. Don’t promote your political correctness on
my dime.
Dave Bagenski
Evergreen

Gerou’s opposition to lower tuition for illegal immigrants is misguided
Editor:
How fortunate are we as a community that our esteemed state Rep. Cheri Gerou, a Republican, has taken it on herself to bring Metropolitan State University in front of the Joint Budget Committee board because it decided to compromise on tuition for students who are illegal immigrants.
As we strive to recover from a long recession that has affected infrastructure expenditures, social services, education, etc., Gerou in her infinite wisdom has decided to make this issue a top priority. Cheri states that she has “no agenda” in this discussion, although her party has gone on record as being opposed to any bill that would aid illegal immigrants, regardless of the situation. She also states on her website, “I support high quality in our educational system.” I guess allowing random illegal immigrants to educate themselves will put that high quality at risk.
Cheri, how proud you must be to stand in the way of young people trying to better themselves and contribute positively to the community while paying taxes and striving for legitimate citizenship. I for one want to thank you for your service, Cheri, as I’ve had trouble sleeping with this critical issue pending. But now that I’m well rested, I can assure you that my friends and I will make every effort to ensure you are defeated in the next election. Thanks for making the Evergreen community proud, but your services will no longer be needed.
Brad Eno
Evergreen