One of my favorite and legendary comics writers/graphic novelists Alan Moore (you know, of Swamp Thing, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell fame) has started a campaign in his native Northamptonshire in the U.K. to prevent the closing of possibly up to eight (8) public libraries as part of spending cuts imposed by a reduction in government funding.
Mr. Moore said: “I am absolutely against the closure of any library – particularly in the St James area which has had enough taken away from it already. I joined the library in Abington when I was five and all the books available gave me a broad reading experience – without Northampton’s libraries I would not be the writer I am today.
“I am very concerned about the kids today which might grow up without this access. I am very against taking literacy away from people. Education must not be a privilege for the well-off.”
My question is: what is wrong with our world that we can so easily toss literacy, arts and culture to the wayside? We hear about these kinds of things all the time in the United States. I’m surprised to hear about it happening overseas, but I shouldn’t be. It’s just the way things are now.