Politics

CO: Librarian to challenge Mitchell for state Senate

Gary D. Price wrote to let us know that there is a librarian running for state Senate in Colorado.
"The two men vying for the state Senate seat representing Broomfield, Adams and Weld counties champion much the same issues. Though ideologically, they fall on separate ends of the political spectrum, both cite education and business as high concerns for the state and the district.

Curt Darius Williams, a 35-year-old academic librarian from Westminster, is scheduled to announce his candidacy for state Senate District 23 on Saturday. He filed a letter of intent for the seat last month. He'll challenge Broomfield Republican Shawn Mitchell, who served three terms in state House District 33 before announcing his run for the senate seat. Williams has never held political office."

Study Finds a Nation of Polarized Readers

The NY Times has a story on Valdis Krebs, a social-network analyst in Cleveland.
Curious to learn something about consumers of political titles in a tense election year, in January he analyzed purchase patterns for political titles, using the Times's list and the Internet. First, he plugged titles from the list of The Times into Amazon.com and Barnes &Noble.com. Then, thanks to a "customers who bought this book also bought" feature on the Web sites, he was able to determine what other titles buyers had purchased at the same time. Following the links between titles, Mr. Krebs ended up with a list of 66 books.

Foreign Students Not Scared

tomeboy writes "It was about one year ago that I received an email from a past ALA president about the Patriot Act’s threat to foreign students enrolling in US colleges and universities. (I would have posted it here but I trashed it as I do all these “action alerts� I receive from this person.) Anyway the email predicted that tighter scrutiny with visas would have a negative impact on enrollments and the bottom lines of many schools. I replied back, anonymously of course, that tighter security might not be a bad idea as two of the nineteen hijackers on 9/11 had visa violations. I received a five word response, "Thank you for the information".

The following article from the Daily Illini states that the Patriot Act has not negatively affected enrollment of foreign students at the University of Illinois.

This article, as most PA articles, includes the obligatory bit about how the government could walk in a library .."and identify what books are being checked out and by what people." I am pleased to see that the reporter accurately said are being rather than have been checked out as this is an important distinction.
FWIW our college has not seen a decrease in foreign student enrollment as well."

t r u t h o u t - Bush Avoided Attacking Suspected Terrorist Mastermind

Fang-Face writes "Here's
a disturbing story about Bush administration anti-terrorism efforts. It has nothing to do with books or libraries, but given the high level of interest in the USA PATRIOT Act and homeland security here at LISNews, I believe it is pertinent to most of us. Homeland security is supposedly all about protecting The People. To that end, numerous law enforcement agencies have been amalgamated under umbrella organizations and civil liberties have come to be regarded as inconvenient commodities and unAmerican. The end to all this, is to ensure that terrorists don't get another shot at the U.S., it's territories, colonies, and possessions. I have questioned the validity of these arguments under the viewpoint that anti-terrorism measures can only be as effective as the agents who pursue them. This article makes a very strong point in my favour. The story is by Jim Miklaszewski of NBC News, and reprinted at Truthout.org."

Ohio Budget Bill Remains Pending

AshtabulaGuy writes "Ohio House Bill 66 currently weighs in at twenty megabytes which is a tall order to be viewed over dial-up. The bill remains in the Ohio Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee for now. A four megabyte doc
ument is available in Adobe Acrobat format that highlights differences between the Senate's present version and what the House passed
. These are primary documents that cannot be just ignored as we get closer to the Ohio state budget deadline of July 1."

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