Redcardlibrarian writes "To Elena Smith, libraries are bastions of free thought. And to her, unfiltered access to the Internet is a crucial part of that.
"I think the Internet is the most exciting new information tool we have," she said. "I think adults should have access to the full range of information on the Internet."
Yet during her six years as a member of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Board of Trustees, Smith says, she has seen increasing limits placed on Internet access at the behest of critics who equate allowing unfiltered access with handing out pornography.
Dan Duringer is one of those critics.
"We think pornography and obscenity breaks down families," he said. He has voiced his criticism of the library system's policy in letters to the editor and public meetings. He said he resents "the whole attitude that they are going to make library facilities available for all legal material."
The Columbian (Vancouver, WA) "