I'm still haunted by a cartoon I saw some 30 years ago. A clean- cut man in a business suit stands next to his wife. She's pushing a baby carriage and holding the hand of a little boy. They're all peering into a jail cell.
The man says, "It's looks so nice and safe in there."
I'm also haunted by something else. According to the most current report of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (based on 1996 data):
A couple of weeks ago I remarked that I didn't know much about gun control. Well, since then, I've been doing some reading. In the process I've learned some things that the NRA doesn't want you to know. Here they are.
Every one talks about "the right to bear arms." There's much speculation about just what the Founders of this great nation had in mind.
Well, there are two theories, and neither one of them is what you'd expect.
As I've written before, the library recently had to go through two intense computer upgrades. The first was hardware. Based on the experiences of other libraries, we figured that would take about three to five days.
The next upgrade was software. This one was a little trickier. It involved not only an operating system upgrade (to take care of the pesky Year 2000 problem), but THREE library software upgrades. (The first two didn't have much that was significant to us. The last one did.)
We've done all of our big computer upgrades. So what's in it for you?
How about -- speed? Our machine is much faster than it used to be. That means faster searching, faster connections to other library computers.
Or how about -- dial-in renewals?
If you've got a computer and a modem, you can connect to our library computer either directly (688-1428) or through ACLIN (440-9969, 294-7260, 291-0986). Once you get to our main search screen, choose "Review patron record."