Letters to the Editor

Erroneous info in letter about Islander, library user

I am writing to correct erroneous information that was written about me in a Letter to the Editor last week. In a letter written by Lori Robertson about the Mercer Island Library remodel, she writes “Ms. Lindstrom uses the library as a place of business for tutoring so her opinions are primarily based upon her needs to work with her clients.” I am retired and tutor because I enjoy it and there is a shortage of tutors for upper-level math, but I tutor the majority of my students in my home. I tutor at the library only at the request of some students who come straight from school and prefer it to coming to the South-end of the Island. Mercer Island is my community and has been for most of my life. I first moved onto Mercer island as a small child in 1951, grew up here, graduated from Mercer Island High School, went away to college and later returned with my husband to teach at the high school and to raise my children. I am also in charge of one of the Mercer Island Women’s Club’s book groups so certainly have many personal experiences with the library unrelated to my tutoring. To say that my opinions are primarily based upon my needs with clients is ridiculous.

I was on the City Council Library remodel committee, and I have written a four-page document (originally intended just for myself) to organize information about the issues and the process the City Council Library Committee went through to get to where we are now. In it I also express my own personal opinions about each of the different topics (meeting room, children’s area, costs, etc.). Many of my opinions and perceptions of what has been accomplished are different from Lori Robertson’s. I am happy to share that document with whomever wishes to contact me.

Sandra Lindstrom

 

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