Libraries, public transportation and police forces are not equally
important although they are all necessary parts of society. Facing economic
crisis, in my opinion, local government should probably reduce the money they
spend in libraries.
It would be disastrous for local government to cut corners in law
enforcement since it is extremely important for the authorities to keep society
functioning steadily. Without the resources the police forces need to maintain
peace and stability of the society, no one would be able to use public facilities
as libraries or public transportation without a sense of fear. They might be
attacked on the way to the library or robbed while taking bus late at night.
Actually, all these things have already happened. Imagine how much worse it
would be with fewer policemen or more poorly-equipped police.
Public transportation is also crucial to the operation of modern society, so
cutting the funding in this area would be unacceptable. Because with the rapid
urbanization, millions of people moved from rural to urban areas in search of
better jobs and living conditions, modern cities must accommodate enormous
populations. Thus, an excellent transportation network is a must. In order to
keep the public transportation network working, the funding such as the
maintenance costs cannot be reduced. If we cut funding for public
transportation, or weaken it in any way, we can expect the commute to be a
disaster. It may be just an inconvenience for some, but for others it can cause
catastrophic problems. It’s not as if everybody could just drive or bike to
work. The roads in our cities were not designed to handle the entire present
-day populations of people all travelling by car or by bicycle at the same time.
Different from law enforcement and public transportation, libraries are
less relevant in maintaining the function of the society. Simply because that
people can get any materials on the Internet and all text materials can be
stored in digital form. Although some favorable things may be said about
libraries, their primary purpose as repositories of books can be largely
replaced by computers and the Internet, which makes it less influential than
police forces or public transit. Besides, how many of us go to libraries
What has been discussed above points to the fact that libraries are less
essential to the functioning of modern society than both police forces and
public transportation. Therefore, if one area had to have its funding reduced,
it would be libraries.