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Daily News Editorial – Supporting reading and education: our civic duty

By Staff | Feb 9, 2008

Times have changed since the beginning of the 20th century.

Some for the better.

Others were not so good.

For a moment, let’s focus on times that improve and educate humankind. Whether it was the early 1900s or the 21st century, literacy and education continue to be embraced by Americans as important threads in the societal fabric. Let’s face it–the two go hand-in-hand like newsprint and ink.

Estherville’s Carnegie Library, focus of Friday’s editorial, is the prime of example of how unselfish Andrew Carnegie was with the rest of his fellow citizens. The leading force in the U.S. steel industry, the millionaire made it his mission to use his wealth to spread the joy of reading by establishing libraries everywhere for about $10,000 per building in the early 20th century.

Today, voters in the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District look forward to the time when students will be learning in new facilities. That day is sooner than later as construction crews complete the 10-room Demoney addition which has an estimated value of nearly $11 million. Before long, the new middle school building will be rising from the ground too.

We heartily applaud area voters who approved the bond issue as we gratefully remember Carnegie for his extraordinary vision.

Whether it is mainstream America or the rich and powerful, we have a civic duty to give back to society for the betterment of literacy and education. Looking at the big picture, living up to this obligation may just be the first step toward world peace … in any century.