Appropriate Internet access is a priority

Education has always been extremely important to our family. An important component of education is the ability to access accurate information vs. assuming and/or accepting false facts.

Andrew Carnegie recognized the paramount value of education and information when he started our American public library system. It was his goal to make available to every strata of our society the easiest access to the written word possible. Perhaps if those concerned about illicit Internet information in our libraries had had better access to correct information, they would be promoting a yes vote for our libraries.

Just a little research would show our library system is doing everything it can to provide appropriate Internet access to people of all ages, while adhering to our U.S. Constitution allowing freedom of speech and the ramifications to all.

The Sno-Isle libraries have child (under age 18) sections with computers containing software that limits the Web sites available to our youth. Anyone can obtain a brochure with this information from their local library or read it on the Sno-Isle Web site. The adult section computers have screen filters that provide privacy for the user of that computer and keeps anyone passing by from seeing what is on that computer screen.

A few moments of getting to the truth would stop anyone from suggesting anything but complete support for the Sno-Isle Regional Library System based on protection of our children.

Furthermore, our local schools depend upon and use the Sno-Isle library system. Teachers bring classes directly to the library and use the facilities and the students use the school computers to access the Sno-Isle library because of the research tools available through that system.

Indeed, eliminating library access and the education and information that it provides would have a most serious and damaging effect on our children.


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Flowers bloom on the end of a dead tree on Spencer Island on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Editorial: Restore salmon habitat but provide view of its work

Comments are sought on a plan to restore fish habitat to the island east of Everett with popular trails.

Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Sept. 21

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Sheriff Fortney over-reacted to Herald’s coverage

Sheriff Adam Fortney posted an 11-minute video rant in response to an… Continue reading

Arlington Mayor Tolbert cares for youths in community

In order to have youth develop into well-adjusted adults it takes a… Continue reading

Congratulations to AquaSox on a successful season

Congratulations to the Everett AquaSox baseball team for their successful and enjoyable… Continue reading

Comment: Terms like ‘abortion tourism’ meant to fabricate outrage

Are women crossing state lines to see a Broadway show, eat at Momofuku and grab a relaxing abortion? Please.

Comment: Consumer sentiment may be suffering from ‘long covid’

Even as the economy has improved, public sentiment hasn’t. Is it a lagging reaction to the pandemic?

FILE - Six-year-old Eric Aviles receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Sylvia Uong at a pediatric vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 set up at Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. In a statement Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, California's public health officer, Dr. Tomas J. Aragon, said that officials are monitoring the Omicron variant. There are no reports to date of the variant in California, the statement said. Aragon said the state was focusing on ensuring its residents have access to vaccines and booster shots. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Editorial: A plea for watchful calm this time regarding covid

We don’t need a repeat of uncontrolled infections or of the divisions over vaccines and masks.

A construction worker caulks the siding on a townhouse at The Towns at Riverfront housing development in Everett on October 25, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Editorial: How do we put housing within reach of everyone?

A Herald Forum panel discussion considered the challenges and solutions for affordable housing.

Most Read