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Mrs. Bush, who is a librarian, has quietly supported greater federal spending on libraries and started a small foundation for libraries. But she would be doing a real service if she spoke out more forcefully to encourage states, local governments and private donors to give libraries the resources they need. Second terms are a time when occupants of the White House usually think about their legacies. Being the nation's foremost champion of libraries would be a laudable one for Mrs. Bush."
Daniel points out that this editorial is also a good summary of recent library service reductions and closings around the country.