A Brooklyn Librarian's Fine

Posted: October 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

From NYTimes (letter-full text)”

Re “A Brooklyn Librarian Is Fined for Promoting His Daughter’s Book” (news article, Oct. 22):

In the seemingly small action of the Conflicts of Interest Board is revealed the truly monstrous in the exercise of government authority.

A man who spends his life working in a school library has the temerity to indulge his parental pride by placing his daughter’s wholly appropriate book on a display table (an act that netted neither him nor his daughter any financial gain in that he gave the books away). For this he’s humiliated, disciplined and penalized, all so a flying wedge of petty bureaucrats can congratulate themselves on their swift application of justice.

Is it too much to ask that our government apply rules and regulations with something approaching a sense of proportion? One would hope not. The failure to do so has the certain effect of alienating its citizens and undermining its legitimacy.

Bill Finkelstein
New York, Oct.


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