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Mitch Albom mourns the untimely passing of Borders, silent on libraries

MLive – “But what’s so interesting about what Mitch writes about Borders is what he isn’t writing about, an actual threat to access to the written word—cuts to library funding. From Thomas Jefferson selling his personal collection to the Library of Congress to that most quintessential of American capitalists, Andrew Carnegie, donating his fortune to build public libraries to H.L. Mencken and Ernie Harwell donating their papers to local libraries, the importance of this institution has never been in doubt, until now. Mitch says not a word about the fight over Troy’s library or budget cuts that could threaten other libraries. No pining for the halcyon days of searching musty card catalogs or the magic of Dewey Decimal System. “

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