14 September 2008
Town hall, police station, fire station, schools, and a library
A town in America in its most basic form will have a town hall for housing administrative services, another building or buildings for the police and fire services, and a school system to educate the youngest generation. And then there is the public library filling out the suite of town services. You can then imagine my surprise when I learned that this most basic city-service, the library, though available in Paris, charges a user fee not only for a library card but even merely to enter (for visitors and citizens alike). It is strange that the country with the best health care in the world (World Health Organization) lacks this free basic service. It's a bit comforting to be reminded that the United States is progressive on this one issue.