Letters to the Editor

Letter: A place with purpose, a place of learning

To the Editor:

In a world filled with divisiveness, I have chosen to write about something good for our community. It has become increasingly difficult to avoid the good and the bad aspects of life, depending on which way you feel about our politics. Personally, I have a place where I can go to be free from all the politically correct politicians. My library.

The McHenry Public Library. I go there to educate myself.

Why, you might ask? Here’s the kicker, and I’m foaming at the mouth to blurt out the answer: It’s free.

Moms and dads, quite honestly, it hurts me dearly to hear you harp on that an education is so costly.

If you could get your children away from the smartphones you bought them long enough, they could go to this fine institution and learn how to educate themselves even more so.

Maybe, just maybe, with the extra work, they could get accepted to a great university on a scholarship and, wa-la, mom and dad won’t have to spend a dime on them for a good school.

Let a hardworking teacher know you hang out at the library and watch the respect you’ll get.

I started off at this library four years ago, going almost every day. The plan, learn research work. I wanted to do volunteer work out at the Naval hospital since, at the time, I was having many medical issues concerning neuropathy.

All of the sudden I had to learn how to use a computer.

Oh God, first I figured out all on my own how to turn it on. The accolades started coming fast. (Of course, with the help of the incredibly patient librarians.)

Microsoft Word 365, bam, free. Grammarly, bam, free. I’m looking really smart now. Another thing, these librarians are so over-the-top smart.

If you have a question, you are going to get an answer, whether you like it or not.

Seriously, though, I am learning to become a good writer. I do have a few things under my belt. Becoming a published author and getting into the Library of Congress is pretty cool.

Jim Mackey


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