Shame on Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and the Hammond City Council for denying the Hammond Public Library's request for funds from the library's own saving account for emergency building and property repairs, and desperately needed programs to efficiently run a state-certified library.
The library is on the verge of closing entirely, probably by year's end. What message does this send to potential homeowners and businesses, when the largest city in Lake County does not have a library, but another empty building?
Residents and voters need to get mad about this. Contact your council person. They voted no. This newspaper needs to investigate and publish editorials and stories concerning the library's situation. A thorough story, and not just the mayor's sound bite. Unless you are intimidated by him and his office.
- Diane Boswinkle, Hammond