Mayor's decision raises issues of priorities at City Hall

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 01/30/2005 - 16:37

Houston Chronicle looks at Mayor Bill White's decision to restrict public library access to a sexually charged tome. The editorial says It would have been more appropriate for the mayor to have applied the same sense of urgency to appointing a special investigator to sort out the Houston Police Department crime lab mess and leave the selection or rejection of books to professional librarians. After all, the citizens who elected Bill White undoubtedly voted for his financial expertise and ability to make the city run smoothly, not his personal opinions about which public library books should be kept under lock and key.
"Now we know what it takes to get the administration of Mayor Bill White to bypass committees, task forces and established procedures in favor of taking immediate action. Judging by the hubbub surrounding porn queen Jenna Jameson's autobiography, How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: a Cautionary Tale, to jump-start the mayor, just have a city councilmember complain about a sexually provocative book in the city library."