GOP may talk the talk, doesn’t walk the walk, on subject of minorities
[Sen.] Rand Paul recently spoke at Howard University, a prominent historically black college.
His libertarian message is attractive to me since I wish government to respect and be tolerant of people’s lifestyle choices, be careful with the taxpayer’s dollar, downsize the bloated military (as Eisenhower wished) and be very reluctant to use the military.
Rand Paul asks, rhetorically, why the African-American voter has turned against the GOP, the so-called party of opportunity, giving President Obama 95 percent of its vote in 2012.
Rand Paul, and his father Ron, would have us turn back all civil rights laws and permit segregation to re-emerge in this country.
He is opposed to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and any other anti-discrimination legislation enacted to protect the rights of our fellow citizens.
The GOP, with its “Southern Strategy,” has been in lockstep with these “Paulist” policies for many years and has upped the ante with its harsh, anti-immigrant positions, such as Romney’s policy of self deportation.
These are just a few of the reasons that President Obama received 95 percent of the African-American vote, 74 percent of the Asian-American vote and 71 percent of the Hispanic-American vote in the 2012 election.
Rand Paul needs to wake up and confront the reality that the GOP will continue to be outvoted by these fast-growing voting blocs until those in the party change their attitude and not just their rhetoric.
Speaking at Howard University is a fine gesture, but Rand Paul needs to think carefully about what he is saying and remember that actions speak louder than words.
Tuesday’s the day: honor your local library worker
Americans love our libraries, and we show our appreciation by visiting libraries almost 1.2 billion times each year. Libraries are unique in providing educational, recreational and useful materials to everyone, free. In these challenging economic times, libraries are being used more than ever for job searches, computer classes and other resources.
At the same time, however, libraries across the country are faced with funding cuts that threaten service hours, book budgets and staffing levels. Consequently, library workers for years have been doing more with less while trying to meet the diverse needs of the communities and children they serve.
On April 16, during National Library Week, schools, campuses and communities across the country will celebrate the valuable contribution of our librarians and library support staff on the second annual National Library Workers Day. Libraries are part of the American dream — places for opportunity, education and lifelong learning — but that dream would not exist if not for the people staffing our libraries and for the wonderful volunteers who assist us daily at the Schenectady County Public Library system. They include the Friends of the Library organization, which provides much of the funding for the library programs that our community enjoys so much.
Library workers select or create, and then organize and maintain everything available in our library. Library workers develop programs that provide computer classes that encourage a lifelong love of technology learning, enhance employment opportunities, promote work-life balance, and provide opportunities that help participants learn new skills and enhance existing skills, positioning the library as “the place” in the community where people can come to learn, share and network.
Library workers — catalogers, circulation clerks, pages, librarians, school library media specialists, security guards, student assistants, Web designers and youth librarians — provide access to the past, preserve the present and help prepare communities for the future.
I encourage everyone to take a moment this Tuesday to thank library workers for the vital services and programs they provide in our community and schools. Libraries work because library workers do!
The writer is Schenectady County Library director.
Good news belongs on the front page, too!
Re April 8 article, “Still kicking decades later”: How refreshing to read about something besides murders, guns, robberies, abuse, etc. And to read it on the front page — wow!
Every facet of the media should have a “good news” segment. Thank you!
Beverly J. Oudt