Closing half-of-our-libraries is one of the most egregious insults Miami has ever faced. Many are in low-income areas which will really affect poor adults who rely on the library system for online access.
No, Libramnesia is not the name of a woman or the latest mixed drink. Libramnesia is a highly common, but under-treated social condition that causes its sufferers to completely forget about libraries or even worse, believe libraries are irrelevant.
We agonized over the decision, with the administration saying it could not yield one inch and the union saying that the administration had failed to look for savings and efficiencies in all kinds of other areas.
Mayor Gimenez allowed the county commissioners to make some small decisions, but he has not yielded an inch on the major features of his budget. The resounding mandate given by the voters that we streamline a bloated bureaucracy was ignored.