Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Letters to the Editor
(From the Jan. 13, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)
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During this Christmas Season, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the gifts of the Magi, we also can celebrate (Spokane’s) East Side Library on Stone Street remaining open. This was in a large part due the response of many Catholics who practiced their preferential option for the poor.
When the Library Board of Trustees slated the East Side Library for closure, Catholics mobilized. St. Aloysius Parish’s Just Faith group wrote letters at their retreat, members of St. Joseph Parish on Dean signed letters, and Tom Westbrook gave an impassioned plea at St. Ann Church which brought many individuals to testify at the Library Board of Directors meeting in November.
I would like to thank all who participated and the Library Board of Trustees for voting to keep the library open. And we must also thank the librarians for foregoing a raise once again to assure that our children and families in the East Central neighborhood will have access to books and the internet.
This was a true example of faith in action. We will need to continue this type of support as our state faces its current budget crisis and the possibility of ending services to those most in need. We as a faith community can make the changes necessary for a just society.
Louise Chadez, Spokane
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