Dori: City wants to add to $213M library levy for irresponsible people

Apr 10, 2019, 5:12 AM

Remember when Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember Debora Juarez announced that they want a $213 million library levy?

As much as I love the library, I think we should be heading in a different direction with our libraries.

Why do we need a $213 million library levy in the first place? Because Jenny Durkan wants to eliminate late fees. This is Seattle, come on. We don’t hold people accountable. If people borrow the city’s property and they don’t want to return it, why should they? We don’t want to make irresponsible people have to return borrowed books.

We don’t we make people pay for anything? Everything from ORCA cards to college to library books is free.

RELATED: Will Seattle spend $213 M so Councilmember Juarez won’t have to return her library books on time?

Libraries should be open to everyone. It’s just that, if the residents borrow books and don’t return them, they should pay a fine. And if they don’t pay that fine, they shouldn’t be allowed to borrow more books.

Jenny Durkan says that eliminating fines is an equity issue that will help marginalized communities. Really? You think that it’s an equity issue? Are you telling me that some groups are more irresponsible than others? Isn’t that racial stereotyping?

So why am I bringing this up again? The city council has just announced that they want to add substantially to the library levy proposal that Durkan made just two weeks ago. Mike O’Brien wants to keep libraries open an additional hour, which would cost another $5.6 million. Lorena Gonzalez wants to add new programs for kids under four years old.

We should go the other direction. I know this is not a popular opinion. I grew up loving books as a kid. My wife and I opened a bookstore with a couple of our friends in 1990. I have a library in my home that is well-stocked.

But, libraries are a bit anachronistic. With internet access, you have the world on your phone. You could read books on mobile devices now at a fraction of the cost.

Dori Monson on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dori monsonTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 12 noon for The Dori Monson Show.

Dori Monson Show

Dori Monson

Dori Monson stage show...
MyNorthwest Staff

Watch: Dori Monson’s ‘What are the Odds?’ stage show

In 2019, Dori Monson hosted a stage show - 'What are the Odds?' - which introduced you to the people who helped shape his improbable career.
1 month ago
Dori Monson welcomes the Moose back to KIRO. Follow @
MyNorthwest Staff

A collection of the all-time best Dori Monson stories

With the passing of Dori Monson, a collection of some of his top stories to remember all the hard work Dori brought to Seattle.
1 month ago
Alaska, fishing...
KIRO Newsradio staff

Listen: Friends, colleagues offer tribute to KIRO Newsradio’s Dori Monson

All day Monday, KIRO Newsradio's John Curley talked to friends, news makers, and more in tribute to Dori Monson.
1 month ago
Dori Monson Shorecrest...
Dori Monson Show

How to support charities reflecting Dori Monson’s values, passions

In tribute to Dori Monson, learn more about how you can support these three charities which best reflect his values, passions, and advocacy.
1 month ago
Dori Monson Nicole Thompson...
MyNorthwest Staff

Broadcasters, politicians, coworkers and friends remember Dori Monson

Dori Monson, a longtime KIRO Newsradio host, passed away Saturday. He is remembered by public figures, broadcasters, coworkers, and listeners.
1 month ago
Dori Monson...
MyNorthwest Staff

Longtime KIRO Newsradio host Dori Monson dies at age 61

We are deeply saddened to announce Dori Monson's sudden passing on Saturday, December 31, 2022, at a Seattle hospital.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Dori: City wants to add to $213M library levy for irresponsible people