Camden, NJ, preparing to close all its libraries

Associated Press – “The library board in Camden, one of the nation’s poorest cities, is preparing to close all three of its libraries by the end of the year, saying its funding has been slashed so drastically that it cannot afford to keep operating. Library officials are hoping enough money surfaces to save the system, but they’re preparing for a shutdown and say they’re not just threatening it as a ploy.”

2 Responses to “Camden, NJ, preparing to close all its libraries”

  1. Dan Kleinman
    August 8, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    Camden has been in poor shape ever since a NJ Governor raised tax rates on businesses. You see, Camden used to be the corporation capital of the USA. The taxes got raised, the companies all ran to Delaware, and there they are to this day. The NJ Governor lowered the taxes again, but it was too late. That, ultimately, is the cause of Camden’s problems, including the library situation. Any blame place at the feet of the current Governor is misplaced–he would not have raised taxes and chased away the businesses.

  2. Courtney
    August 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Really Dan?
    We could also put the blame on the corporations who are always chasing the immediate dollar and could care less about the long-term.
    They were not all that invested in Camden if a tax hike causes them to leave.
    I wish more corporations thought about social responsibility and their workers instead of short-term profits.

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