Driving into work, wondering what will be the official word from the Branch Manager’s meeting, a certain phrase popped into my head, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.” Those who know this famous phrase will remember watching Spock saving the Enterprise from certain doom from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. And to boot, another phrase from the same movie, “How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn’t you say?” This was the line delivered by then Admiral Kirk to a young hottie Lt. Saavik played Kirstie Alley earlier in the same movie. Just as those who follow the bible or some other religious text, they use these principles to help guide themselves through life’s more challenging times. I use scifi references which has no less merit.
As you may or may not know, Miami is facing a $400 million budget gap. For the past several years, this gap has existed and somehow, the library has managed to stay pretty much intact. However, the ex-mayor Carlos Alvarez was voted out of office for his raising of property taxes earlier this fiscal year. The new mayor would not only have to repeal those increases but issue further saving measures; this is exactly what is taking places. Of course, this will have to go the commissioners to be voted as well as several public hearings before the final vote.