Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Vanishing Act

Someone has come up with the perfect solution to making sure unwanted ideas and viewpoints are supressed. If one doesn't agree with a book, there is always the option of stealing it, so that others are not exposed to whatever it is one disagrees with. At least that seems to be the sentiment of JoAn Karkos of Lewiston, Maine among others, according to a recent story in the Morning Sentinel.

Three books which deal with human sexuality are missing in action. The Kama Sutra has disappeared from the public library in Mt. Vernon. Missing from the Lincoln Middle School library in Portland is a copy of It's Perfectly Normal, a children's book on the body's development and What's Happening to my Body?, a similar book, has vanished from Penquis Valley Middle and High School library in Milo. JoAn Karkos, Lewiston, Maine checked out copies of It's Perfectly Normal, from the Lewiston and Auburn public libraries. While she has refused to return the book, which she considers pornographic, she has sent a $20 check to cover the loss to each library. In Lewiston, she is looking at a court fine while she has lost her library privileges in Auburn.

But don't worry, the rest of the readers are now "safe" due to this woman's actions.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I'm thinking of a word to describe this woman, and it's not a very polite one.