Mohamed Ibrahim: Voting ‘No’ on the library project

Thursday, October 21, 2021

I’m an educator who loves books, and really loves to read at home, at work and even when on the treadmill in the gym. Did I mention I always carry a book when traveling? However, I decided to vote “No” on the Jones Library project. It’s too expensive, almost not needed at all, and I believe it would benefit mostly the developers and contractors.

We already have three libraries including the main one and in addition, we have giant libraries of the two colleges and UMass.

Have we explored alternative projects? I would love to see Amherst focus more on the brilliant idea of sidewalk mini-libraries that will cost taxpayers nothing. There are less than five mini-libraries in Amherst on the list of the 75,000 ones nationwide. Poor record, right?

Enough with adding more taxes every year. We do not need this project, period.

Mohamed Ibrahim