Friday, August 17, 2012

Digital Nerd!

If anyone had ever told me that I'd be all over technology I'd have harumphed in their face. I have to say though, I LOVE my nook. Now that I have access to pre-publication titles from NetGalley and Edelweiss my world has opened up. Of course, I still don't have time but that's coming.

I wrote last time about reviewing my first digital title, The Water Theatre by Lindsay Clarke. I no sooner sent in the review than it was published. BAM! What a kick. You can read it here:
I'm now working on a book that's had me wanting to throw it against the wall and then minutes later disolved in tears. om love (lack of capitalization is the author's preference) by George Minot, sibling of writers Susan and Eliza Minot, is an English major's nightmare. More on that when I write the review.

Meanwhile, can I talk politics for just a minute? On Tuesday, Southwest Florida held their primary elections and, per usual, a whopping 22% of the denizens of this place I used to love, weighed in on who will be making our decisions for the next two to four years. This, in the "greatest democracy in the world." We don't want to renew voting rights for felons who have served their time, we don't want those without a photo ID to have a say, but we officially registered voters simply blow off our privilege as if it will always be there. I have my doubts.

I think what makes me the most depressed is that one of our commissioners here in Lee County, in fact the only one who has consistently over the years - at least the 20 years that I've worked here - fully supported the public library and all that it stands for. He "gets" it.
But a super PAC, funded indirectly by big sugar, you know, that nemesis of Carl Hiaasen's, put all their bucks on the new guy by airing misleading or flat out false advertising that pummeled our man for his consistent rants against the agricultural companies' pollution of our Caloosahatchee, the gorgeous river that flows through downtown Fort Myers and halfway through the state to Lake Okeechobee.

I don't know what else to say. I guess we deserve what we get but in a couple of months we'll be going to the polls again and if big bucks and low voter turnout decide our next four years for us then I fear that our basic freedoms will have already been considerably weakened. Unless, that is, you want the freedom to tote a gun to the libary. Then you're home free!


Linda said...

About our commissioner: I no longer bleed for Ray Judah's situation. If he wants my vote in the primaries, he needs to be a man and admit that he shares Democratic Party values. Can we blame GOP voters for realizing he is not truly one of them? Had he run as a Democrat, he would be facing his GOP rival in November with at least some chance of remaining on the BoCC. -- LKh

Sallyb said...

Well Linda, you have a point there, and I refuse to become a Republican to support people running for office in Lee County simply because they don't have the courage of their convictions.