I have just finished reading the column article about the (new) library in Scotts Valley (Cheri Matthews’ Year of Firsts, Page 10, Nov. 13). Let me list the reasons that it won’t work.
It makes too much sense.
Your problem is that you think like a business person and not a government worker or, worse yet, a politician.
I could visualize a snack bar with comfortable chairs, Wi-Fi, great coffee and great healthy sandwiches.
I could also visualize a room or two set aside for community gatherings, computer classes, nonprofit fundraisers, knitting classes, book clubs, journalism classes, etc.
I can see so many ways that the government of Scotts Valley could help pay for the library and at the same time offer valuable services to the community that no one else could offer.
Since no one in the government system thinks like a business person, they could sublease the food section off to one or two separate businesses. This could offer a good small business a new location at a reduced overhead cost and at the same time get in some good business skills that are so necessary to make money, as well as give the customers good-quality food and drink.
I could see the government making enough from this to be able to afford to hire several extra people, so that the library could be open every day in order to really satisfy the needs of the community without additional costs to the county.
Thank you for the great article, and I hope that I am wrong and that someone from the city of Scotts Valley and the county of Santa Cruz has more sense than I give them credit for.