Library system must follow Internet act

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The Sno-Isle Regional Library System is required to conform to the guidelines of this act by summer of 2004 or it will lose federal funding – approximately $120,000 annually.

As it stands, our library computers can be used to privately access obscenity and child porn. Both of these materials are illegally transmitted according to Title 18 of the U.S. criminal code. Based on past experience, it’s very likely that Sno-Isle will not comply with CIPA if the upcoming $800,000 levy passes. If you’d like to help keep patrons from viewing illegally transmitted obscenity and child porn in our local libraries and you’re interested in insuring that pedophiles aren’t using our libraries as a base of operation, let your money talk.

For the protection of our children and the safety of our communities, vote no on the Sno-Isle levy.

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