Short Takes

Is going back to PCLS really that bad?


The Marshall-Lyon County Library continues to be in an unfortunate state of limbo, and the more we think about it, the more we agree with those who want the library to go back into the Plum Creek Library System. Is this the best, perfect-world solution? Maybe not, but it seems the consensus is that the prospects of returning the library to its previous state with all its offerings are slim without the proper funding. Money and funding – so often, that is what it comes down to, and this situation is no different. We know the MLCL board wants local control, but there is nothing wrong with sacrificing autonomy and independence if the tradeoff means you’re fulfilling your mission and taking care of your patrons. We don’t need any more animosity toward the library board, or fingerpointing at the PCLS director, what we need is a library running on all cylinders – for all services to be restored – and we’ve been told it’s not too late to go back to Plum Creek. So the question that needs to be asked is: What really is best for library users? Answer that, and we can solve this problem.

Jesse overload


With the trial over, we’re glad former Gov. Jesse Ventura thinks his $1.8 million victory clears his name. He’s been all over the state news for the past few weeks, and hit the national TV morning talk shows Wednesday. Now, with this ridiculous trial over – it is over, right? – we beg Ventura: Please go away. With all due respect, we don’t want to hear from you anymore. We don’t want to hear about your conspiracy theories, or if you were or weren’t punched in some bar. We don’t want to hear about what you would do if you were governor again or even president, and we know what you think about Republicans, Democrats and politicians in general – on some level, we even agree with you. Just stay out of the spotlight, huh? You’re not nearly as relevant as you once were, so like so many other former politicians before you, please quietly fade away. You’re great for a sound bite, but we can do without the drama. We’ll split the difference here: We’re happy the trial is over, but knowing how much money is going to be paid to lawyers, and given our skepticism over whether Ventura’s name really has been cleared, this all leaves a bad taste in our mouth.