Burning Books - 04/24/14

     Doesn't that title just inflame you?  Who would destroy books?  Well, your post office has been for months. Yep, that's right.  You know those Dolly Parton Imagination Library books the State of Tennessee sends your kids free?  Well, the U.S. Postal Service has been shredding the ones it can't deliver to the tune of about 2 thousand every month.       That's right, ripping them into bits.
       Fox 17 aired a Waste Watch report on this a while back since your tax dollars and donations fund the 'free book program.'    Well, now comes news that the Governor of Tennessee has just signed into law a bill banning the post office from shredding the preschool books.  I'm not kidding you.  We now have a law to SAVE BOOKS!  Our state lawmakers really had to spend time crafting legislation to make the U.S. Postal Service use common sense. The new law requires the Post Office to now donate the books  to Pre-K and early childhood programs.
   This program provides a book by mail every month to kids from birth to age 5 and there's no charge whatsoever.  About 217 thousand Tennessee children get the books.  My kids did too until they aged out.
      The Post Office says it did return the undeliverable books to the state's Imagination Library for 9 years, but then decided it can't offer the free return service anymore when other organizations are paying for the same service.  So, its solution?  Shred, shred, shred.  Makes perfect sense.
      Has the Post Office seen the literacy stats?  50% of U.S. adults are not able to read an 8th grade level book.  80% of U.S. families do not buy a book in a given year.  Only 15% of inmates are literate.  There you have it.  It shouldn't take a state law to make us save the books.  We all need the mental floss that reading delivers whether we're:
 9 months and someone's reading to us-----
9 years and we're reading on our own or -----
90 and our eyesight is failing so we listen to books on tape.
    Thank you Dolly Parton for starting this program in Tennessee in 1996.   
  

 

Get This

Last Update on July 06, 2015 09:05 GMT

POOP-SNIFFING DOGS

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Dope sniffing dogs? No way! These are poop sniffing pooches. Researchers are using shelter dogs to sniff-out the droppings of other animals. The dogs are doing what comes naturally. But Jennifer Hartman of Conservation Canines says "they don't get to roll in it." The program is based in the University of Washington's Department of Biology. The dogs have been used from Mozambique to the French Pyrenees, as researchers track endangered animals. The Spokesman Review reports the dogs have even been trained to ride in boats and sniff for the poop of killer whales.

STUCK IN CHIMNEY

PHOENIX (AP) -- He's no Santa Claus. Phoenix firefighters had to rescue a guy who got stuck in a chimney. Fire Capt. Aaron Ernsberger says the man's friends had locked him out of the house as a prank. The 23-year-old thought he could get back in Ol' Saint Nick style. Ernsberger says it took about a-half hour to free the stuck guy. He was covered with soot but was able to walk, though appeared to be limping. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

DUI SENTENCES-WARNING SIGNS

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) -- Two men in northeast Ohio spent part of their holiday weekend warning about the dangers of drinking and driving. Jeffrey Yenyo and Marcus Perry were sentenced to street-corner duty for their repeated drunken driving offenses. They held handmade signs, as ordered by Judge Laura DiGiacomo. The men tell WJW-TV the punishment was fair. They add they hope can help stop others from making the mistakes they did.

TREETOP MUSEUM

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- It's one way to get to the top -- the tree tops. Visitors can get a bird's-eye view of the Adirondacks in upstate New York from the Wild Walk. It's set on 80 wooded acres at the Wild Center, where the elevated nature trail is suspended 40 feet above the ground. There's even a 30-foot-wide bouncy spider web for people to explore. Four-year-old Beckett Lasher, of Warrentown, Virginia, says the spider web was his favorite.

 
Advertise with us!