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Don’t cut library hours

I was disturbed to learn that the Board of Supervisors is considering closing the Doris Foley Historical Research Library one more day a week, reducing the number of hours this vital library is open from an already scant 30 hours to a mere 24.

While I understand the county’s continuing fiscal difficulties require that hard choices be made, limiting access to the Foley would be both shortsighted and a serious breach of public trust. Did we not twice pass local measures raising our sales tax with the explicit promise that, by doing so, we would be able to keep our libraries open during hours sufficient to serve the needs of all our citizens?

The Foley is the jewel in the crown of Nevada County’s library system, offering original historical and genealogical source materials unavailable at any other library, anywhere else in the world, serving not only local history and genealogy buffs but drawing visitors from across the country who journey to Nevada County to pursue research that can be accomplished nowhere else, while at the same time supporting local inns, restaurants and merchants.



If the supervisors need to cut costs, perhaps they should consider reducing their own generous salaries!

Mark Lyon




Nevada City


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