In “Belated opposition,” Letters-to-the-Editor Jan. 1, I was personally attacked. Let me set the record straight.
First, my opposition to moving the historic Allegheny Regional Library dates to 2006 Sept. 14 when I testified against this at the URA Board meeting. I was quoted
in Mark Belko’s article the next day. I expressed similar sentiments at the neighborhood meeting later held in Bowdish Gallery of the original Buhl Planetarium
(part of the Children’s Museum).
Second, RAD funds the overwhelming majority of Carnegie Library’s operating budget. I pay the RAD tax like everyone else, so I help pay for all Carnegie Libraries!
According to Mt. Lebanon Library Director Cynthia Richey, only 28 percent of the
Mt.Lebanon Library’s operating budget comes from RAD funds; and, she confirms
that anyone, from any community, can speak before a Mt.
LebanonLibrary Board of Trustees meeting. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees meetings are
not open to the public, a violation of Title 22, Section 141.21 of the Pennsylvania Code!
Third, not only do I carry a library card, I was a Life Trustee for the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie from 1995 to 2000! As a frequent visitor to the North Side,
I used the Allegheny Regional Library at least once a month.
Finally, I did not oppose the Children’s Museum’s use of Buhl Planetarium; I opposed their removal of several historic artifacts including the Zeiss II Planetarium Projector,
now dismantled in The Carnegie Science Center warehouse. The
has missed two deadlines to reassemble the Zeiss Projector, so it may remain in warehouse Science Center
storage, indefinitely, educating no one!
Glenn A. Walsh
* Walsh, Glenn A.
"About my views." (Last letter of six letters on web page)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 March 29.
Response to letter-to-the-editor personal attack,
regarding both Carnegie Library and Buhl Planetarium,
published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 2008 January 1.
Original, more detailed response was e-mailed to the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 2008 January 5.