To the editor:
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to 9-year-old Spencer Collins, of Leawood,
who had his mini-outside library shut down. The whole mentality of
this is an affront to the First Amendment and reminds me of "Fahrenheit 451,"
which was a classic novel and movie by Ray Bradbury published in 1953.
Spencer's library should be protected much like newspaper stands are, and
I would hope the ACLU of Lawrence, reachable at (785) 856-1509, might
intercede in this outrageous matter.
In the meantime, Spencer should put it on wheels so it would qualify as a wagon and not a structure.
Spencer's parents must be very proud of their son. But, as we can see, the
government does not like inventive, creative  children. Any child that shows initiative or individualism is a candidate for Ritalin or other "calming" drugs.
I feel sorry for those two small-minded people who complained and the Salem witch hunt mentality behind the official pressure to shut down the library.
The same mentality which would shut down a lemonade stand. Oh, the horror.

Joseph DuPont
Towanda, Pa.