The remarks about Bette Dillehay, director of the Mathews Memorial Library, that Mr. James Sherrill made during a recent county board of supervisors’ meeting (May 26 Gazette-Journal), coupled with a threat of legal action, were beside the point and strikingly mean-spirited. The use of computers in the library is a privilege, not a right. Use is granted subject to procedures designed to ensure equitable and appropriate computer utilization. If Mr. Sherrill thinks these procedures compromise the privacy of his online activity (one has to wonder what was being downloaded), he is free to go elsewhere.
To be sure, Ms. Dillehay runs a tight ship. A firm hand is exactly what a library bursting with children, teenagers and an occasional grumpy adult requires. The library is one of the most valuable resources Mathews has. It is a prize-winning success. The director and her dedicated staff deserve compliments, not complaints.
Paul Vanden Bout
Susan, Va. ...
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