Libraries are crucial to the functioning of the city of Seattle. They provide youth with a place to go after school, internet access for those who do not have internet in their homes, and books and other resources for communities around the city. For these reasons, I don't think any libraries should be permanently closed in the Seattle area. Instead, we could take another furlough week. Two furlough weeks would save the city about $1.3 million dollars, or roughly half the proposed cut. I think taking away libraries is unfair and unjust, and extending the furlough days would allow the libraries to remain open to the public for the rest of the year.
Idea No. 440