During the week before Easter Sunday, the following sign was on the door of the Sunnyside Regional Branch of the Fresno County Free Library: "The Library will be closed Sunday, April 8, 2007. Administrative Closure."
"Administrative Closure"? What happened to "The Library will be closed Easter Sunday"? Since when has "Easter" been a dirty word with the county library hierarchy?
The library administrators huddle in their offices covertly scratching out "politically correct" public notes in an ineffectual and misguided catering to a few fractious whiners. In doing this, they offend hundreds -- nay, thousands -- of library patrons who respond favorably to the time-honored use of "Easter" in the American vocabulary.
Is the outlawing of the words "Easter Sunday" a reason to close libraries for that day a capricious decision at the library? Is it an official policy of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. Is it the law of the land?
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The timidity to use the words "Easter Sunday" by the county library staff would be viewed as ludicrous if it wasn't so very, very tragic.
Walter J. Gilgert