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  • Letter to the editor: Leawood boy's little outside library shows creativity, government intrusion

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  • 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.
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