|Lindel Toups suggests libraries encourage|
Congratulations Lindel Toups, Chairman of the Lafourche Parish Council in Louisiana, (A Louisiana Parish is basically what most states call a county) who said this as he explained his support for a ballot measure to divert money from local libraries to build a new jail, as reported by the Tri-Parish Times newspaper:
"They're teaching Mexicans how to speak English, the council chairman said in a reference to Bibioteca Hispana, a Hispanic language segmennt o the Golden Meadow library branch. "Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There's just so many things they're doing that I don't agree with. Them junkies and hippies and food stamp (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it."
Well, Chairman Toups, I never knew libraries were such a hotbed of criminality until you told us. Thanks for the enlightment!
But then again, wouldn't we see a reduction in drug crimes, and a reduced need for jails if criminals went to the library to look at pictures of drugs rather than actually take drugs? And wouldn't taxpayers save money on food stamps if recipients just looked at pictures of food stamps at libraries instead of actually using the public assistance?
I'm not quite sure why people would want to go to libraries to just look at pictures of drugs and food stamps, but I'm sure Toups can enlighten us on that point, too.
And what about those terrible Mexicans learning to speak English at those awful libraries? Wouldn't an ability to speak English help them find job and keep them out of trouble?
But then, those English-speaking Mexicans would take away jobs from people like Toups, who doesn't really sound smart enough to hold down any job. How the heck did he become Parish Council Chairman anyway?
Of course, part of Toups' concern about the state of Lafourche County jails might have something to do with the fact his son and grandson are in local jails, having been convicted of drug offenses.
In any event Toups suffered a stinging defeat over the weekend. Local voters rejected the proposal that would have taken money away from libraries and built the jails.
Library funding will continue. Presumably, Mexicans will continue to go area libraries and learn English. And maybe we could all donate pictures of drugs and food stamps to the library down there in Lafourche Parish so they won't have to spend money buying the pictures to satisfy the local demand Toups said he found.
And maybe Toups can go to the library and look up alternative ways to fund jails, now that he can't take the money from the local libraries.