West Bend resident Kristina Smithers
expresses her views during the meeting to hear opinions
about the West Bend Memorial Library offering sexually
explicit content through books in their YA (Young Adult)
Zone Thursday evening at the Silverbrook Middle School
gymnasium in West Bend.
best to start describing Thursday’s citizen meeting organized by
Ginny and Jim Maziarka to air their complaints about
sexually-explicit books listed for middle and high school students
in the city library by first stating what it was not.
It was not a
shouting match between cliches for family values and intellectual
freedom, although such a divide was apparent in the fifty or so
people who were in the Silverbrook Middle School gym last night.
No one was
shouted down, censored, booed, hissed or made to feel unwelcomed,
although emotions were raw at times for some speakers.
There was no
name-calling, foul language or disparaging comments about others.
Maziarkas asked for civility and they got it Thursday night, in
front of cameras from Milwaukee TV stations - two from
Christian-based WVCY-TV 30, print and radio media.
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