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Library board ready to move ahead

I write in response to Jim Frohman’s letter to the editor (“Time to decide on Pershing,” Feb. 7) regarding the Pershing site and the potential new downtown library.

Based on multiple studies that included significant public input, the Library Board is on record as interested in a new building in downtown Lincoln. We anticipate this would require at least half of a city block. We agree with Mr. Frohman that a public-private partnership holds a lot of promise for an effective new library.

The Library Board is also on record as interested in the Pershing site, largely because of its location and current city ownership. Even so, the Library Board is certainly willing to consider and discuss other sites and promising partnerships. Those community conversations often result in successful ventures.

The Library Board envisions a new downtown library that will be a Lincoln landmark. Reflecting decades of Lincoln City Libraries practice, it will be well-built and within budget. Reflecting our Great Plains values, it will be efficient and effective. Reflecting our city, it will be attractive, adaptable into the 21st century, and an engine of lifelong education.

We agree that it is time to move this forward, and we look forward to the day when the doors of a new downtown library open to welcome and serve our entire city.

Lowell Berg, Lincoln,

President, Lincoln City Libraries Board of Trustees

Bring solutions, not just complaints

It is getting rather tiresome to hear school officials constantly bemoan any property tax relief proposal. If they do not like plan A or B, fine, help craft an answer.

Just saying “This is not a good plan,” is not enough. I want good schools and, in fact, have voted for every school bond. But this current tax burden to fund schools is not sustainable.

People are fleeing the state because of this burden. And schools will get fewer bond issues passed in the future. School officials, we need your help in crafting an answer. You have a vested interest in solving this problem, not just the taxpayers.

Mike Dohmen, Hickman

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