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Concerns of censorship

Posted: August 4, 2010 4:22 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Regarding The Signal’s editorial supporting the city of Santa Clarita taking over our local libraries (“The city should take over the SCV’s libraries,” Aug. 1), my very real concern is the potential for censorship to rear its ugly head here.

With Los Angeles County running our libraries, I feel comfortable that its decisions regarding which books and films to carry reflect the needs and values of a broad and diverse population (i.e., the citizens of the entire county).

Should Santa Clarita (or its contractor) take over the task of selecting which items to offer patrons, will the conservative biases so evident in so many of our SCV residents and elected officials — especially fundamentalist Christians who are so numerous here — begin to be reflected in certain materials being banned from the library shelves?

I’m afraid with the stated agenda of some, censorship of our local readings (and viewings) will become inevitable and eventually destroy the very purpose of the library in society.

If Santa Clarita takes over our libraries, what assurance do we have that our right to see and read what some may consider “controversial materials” will be protected?


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