Official wants to de-fund library, users should 'go back to Mexico'
Library funding in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, may be diverted to a new jail thanks to a legislator who doesn't approve of the library's programs. Jail proponent and chair of the Lafourche Parish Council Lindel Toups supports a ballot measure that would take funding away from libraries.
“They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,” Toups told the local Tri-Parish Times, referencing Biblioteca Hispana, a Spanish-language section of one of the nine branch libraries. “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 stamps [recipients] and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps [on the Internet]. I see them do it.”
"They use the libraries to look at drugs and food stamps on the Internet"! MEMO TO LINDEL TOUPS: LOOKING AT DRUGS ON THE INTERNET DOES NOT GET YOU DRUGS. If only.
BUT WAIT! What does Library System Director Laura Sanders have to say about all this?
"The library is not saying we don't need a jail," Sanders says. Originally constructed in 1968 and expanded in 1977, the jail is in poor condition and suffers overcrowding.
She noted that for Toups, the issue of the jail's condition is a personal one. "He does have family members that are incarcerated," she says.
According to Houma Today, Toups' son and grandson were arrested in 2009 and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.BOOM ROASTED. Hahahaha, TAKE THAT, LINDEL. "He does have family members that are incarcerated." Laura Sanders, you are my new hero.
Anyway, the election is Saturday, for some reason. Aren't elections always on Tuesday? Not that having an election on Saturday is a terrible idea, it's just weird. Remind me to check back and see if Lafourche Parish defunded its library system. Fucking hell.