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Starter gift?

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:25 p.m. CDT

From Larry Mark

Creston

In the CNA dated 7-17-14, Mandy Kolesik, the so-called marketing consultant for the Creston Library Board, states that the Gibson family made a “starter gift” of $25,000 to help build the Matilda J. Gibson Library in 1931.

According to Dollartimes.com, $1 in 1931 had the same buying power as $14.48 today.

Using that multiplier, the Gibson gift would equate to $362,000 in buying power in 2014. Although the original cost of the library is not mentioned, I would not be surprised if that gift did not cover most if not all of the construction cost for the library. So to call it a “starter gift” seems to discredit the Gibson donation.

Ms. Kolesik’s comments were apparently an effort to demonstrate the “Matilda J. Gibson Library” name is no longer relevant.

The larger question seems to be, how logical would it be to sink $1.8 million into an old and abandoned building no matter what it is named? If this proposal were overwhelmingly thought to be a good idea by the community, the library board would not need a marketing consultant, and four years into their efforts, adequate funds would have been raised.

Unfortunately, this seems to have become a very divisive issue in the community. We should be working together to support a coherent solution to agreed upon future needs of the library and the community.

As was proposed by a letter writer recently, this should be a ballot issue, voted on by the community. Then we can all get together and support the results.

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