Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Battle of the Books in OKC's Metropolitan Library Commission's New Appoinment

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Battle of the Books in OKC's Metropolitan Library Commission's New Appoinment

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The appointment of a new member to the nonpartisan Metropolitan Library Commission was driven by personal politics, Jim Roth said of his county commissioners Wednesday.

By a 2-1 vote, Edmond resident Ralph Bullard was named to the commission for a three-year term, succeeding Alyne Strube, whose term recently expired.

Commissioner Brent Rinehart said he supported Bullard because the appointee was a strict constitutionalist, which would help in the selection of books in the library system. He voted with Commissioner Stan Inman, who had nominated Bullard as a man of character and community involvement and high integrity.

Strube, who served since 1993, was one of a few members who did not support the library commission's creation last year of a special library section for children's books that included references to same-sex parents. Roth said that even before that, she had served with distinction and there's no good reason they didn't reappoint her.

Bullard recently retired as headmaster of Christian Heritage Academy, a position he held since 1973. He helped establish the American Christian Philosophy of Education - the Principle Approach, and continues to teach seventh-grade American Christian Government. Bullard received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1986 from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Roth questioned Bullard's ability to serve the library system when Bullard didn't even have a library card on record - an issue that I find to be very important for someone we're putting in position of decision-making authority, Roth said. Also, Strube lives in Choctaw, on the far eastern edge of the library network; Bullard lives in Edmond, which already has a resident on the library commission, he said.

I think Rinehart and Inman's actions today are further proof of their desire to push politics into levels of government where it doesn't belong, he said. Their partnership has proved destructive at the county level, but I hope it doesn't prove equally destructive for the library commission. …

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