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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Maybe O'Malley can find a Million for Libraries

                It is with interest that I note the  Governor of Maryland's successful fund raising effort that reportedly brought in over $20 million on behalf of the national Democratic Governors' Association.[1]  This is rather close to the budget of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. The Maryland Politics blog points out that the Governor's  "position will also continue to provide O’Malley a platform with which to continue building a national reputation." Prince George's might hope that he might also consider helping the county build a better library system able to address the growing needs of information access in the age of the internet.  

               Because of budget challenges the library has had to reduce operational hours inconveniencing its customers, the people of Prince George's County. There is reason to believe further budget problems will be coming as the county tries to deal with its looming shortfall.[2]  More reductions in the libraries funding  most likely will result in branch closings. Maybe the Governor could raise a few million for libraries in Prince George's County as well as the rest of state while he is on a roll.   

               In the interest of full disclosure I am one of the trustees (unpaid, no compensation, no allowance; we serve because it is the right thing to do) of the county public library system and thus have a fiduciary responsibility to maintain and protect county this special county resource that helps anyone regardless of economic status.

[1] Aaron C. Davis. Under O’Malley, DGA fundraising up in 2011. Maryland Politics, The Washington Post. January 3, 2011. [accessed January 3, 2012]
[2] Miranda S. Spivack. Pr. George’s looks for new revenue. PostLocal, The Washington Post. December 25, 2011. [accessed January 3, 2012]

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