Reader writes on behalf of the Meramec College Library’s 60 years

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To the editor:

It may not be known by the St. Louis area public but the Meramec College Library at the Meramec campus of St. Louis Community College is on a planned list for destruction. 

Why would someone want to destroy a college library that is the heart and soul of the college and has filled the needs of the students for over 60 years?

The argument is that the ceiling has asbestos in it, it would cost more to rebuild it than to just tear it down, and it is just old and outdated. 

If that is so, why not tear down the Gateway Arch because it is old and outdated? Why not tear down the Wainwright Building because it is just old and outdated? Why not tear down the White House and the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. because they are just old and outdated? Why not tear down the Eiffel Tower in Paris because it is just old and outdated? Why not tear down St. Peter’s in the Vatican because it just old and outdated? Why not tear down the Pyramids in Egypt because they are just old and outdated? 

Do you get the idea? If something is valuable and needed, why tear it down?

I call on the St. Louis area public to stop the plans for destruction of the Meramec College Library because it is the heart and soul of the college and it does not need to be wiped off the face of the Earth just because it is old and outdated. 

After all, your tax dollars pay for anything the community college decides to do so you should have input into how those dollars are spent. 

William E. Mason

Concord

Editor’s note: Mason is a library assistant at the Meramec College Library.