I was pleased to see from your editorial that the Pinehurst community believes we need a viable public library. I agree. I was also pleased to see that the “vast majority” of participants in the needs assessment want “a library located in the heart of the village.” Again, I concur.
However, I do not agree with your editorial that describes an area near the Village Hall, fire station etc. as the heart of the village. Most people who have expressed a desire for a library in downtown Pinehurst mean just that: in the village, in the general area where the library is now. Magnolia Road does not meet that criteria.
Now, I know there are many issues to be resolved before the library location will be determined. I do not believe, however, that those issues are reason enough to dismiss the idea of a library in the heart of the village without at least some consideration, especially since it appears to be a popular idea.
Anytime we talk about doing something in the village, we come right up against the historical designation for the village as the primary reason why little, if anything can be done. I understand that the designation is very important to many in the community. However there are many others who would prefer that the village strive to meet the demands of current citizens rather than those of many years ago.
I would like to see whoever makes any decision regarding the location of a library — a topic not specifically brought up but often discussed as critical during the assessment process — not reject the heart of the village as a possibility without at least due consideration. It appears others interested in a new library would agree.
Jean Funderburg, Pinehurst
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