I just deleted a thread I had written that had a list of books Palin allegedly tried to ban in Wasilla, as Mayor. I was watching CNN and nearly spit out my dinner when I saw that they reported the list appeared to be false – so I ran upstairs to take down the thread.
That said, I’d be remiss not to point out this to readers. It’s an opinion piece written by a writer who grew up in Wasilla and who lived there while Palin was Mayor. In it, he had this to say:
She did try to use her power to ban books. Wasilla’s popular public librarian rightly objected, and the community rightly backed the librarian. The books were never banned, though Mrs. Palin did fire the librarian for not agreeing with her political views, then rescinded the firing after it was clear she’d made an unpopular decision. Sarah Palin’s behavior is revealing: in a state as isolated as Alaska, in a town as small as Wasilla, books are vital to the culture and to the education of its residents. The small town values I learned growing up included attending story hour at the public library. Those values most certainly did not include trying to ban books that the mayor’s church friends didn’t think other people should read.
Emphasis mine. So, we have it on good authority that she did try to ban certain books from the Wasilla public library. The list that went around – which, when I posted it, was with the understanding that 3 (!!) people confirmed it – is likely to be false, given that at least one or two of the Harry Potters weren’t written at the time. That said, there was some kind of list and she did try to remove the librarian, before she didn’t, unless the writer I linked to was completely making it up. I tend not to be that cynical.
I hope this information is helpful and something comes of this, but if not, I’ve heard this advice repeated before and I think it sound: people don’t vote for a VP, they vote for a President. It’s fine to post on Palin as issues come up, but we’ve got to keep our eye on the ball. I include myself in that criticism.