Letter: Public library provides a modern town square for Rochester
The League of Women Voters of Rochester is preparing for another busy election year hosting candidate forums for local races. We routinely sponsor debates, which include those running for city council, county commissioner, school board and state legislature. We do this for both the primary and general elections.
For many years, the Rochester Public Library has hosted these events for us. The public is invited to attend these events in the library itself or to view the video of the debates on the library website. We also have held meetings at the library that inform voters on issues, such as the recent school bond ballot question.
We are greatly indebted to the library and its staff for the way they help us fulfill our mission of providing objective, nonpartisan information to voters.
We support the plans the library has to remain in a central downtown location and to add to its building to better provide services to all visitors. In addition to the many other ways the library serves our community, it is also a modern "town square" providing meeting space for groups like ours.
The open discussion of the public issues of the day is critical to maintaining a vibrant democracy.