On Sunday my 2-year-old granddaughter and I went to the library. We were in Colorado, and walked by a library.

I was surprised that a town of 2,500 had a library, and more surprised that it was open on Sunday, but it turns out it's open every day. Since I hadn't been in a library for quite some time, Ali and I went inside.

We made our way to the children's section, and she picked out a couple of books, which we read. Then an 11-year-old girl who was reading a book to a toddler read a book in a very animated manner to my granddaughter as well.

After that, Ali made her way over to a shelf of toys, made the acquaintance of another girl her age, and played with a plastic egg that had successively smaller eggs inside. Then she spent a good bit of time trying to figure out how to make the drinking fountain work, eventually finding success and announcing: "I did it!"

We watched kids checking out their own books on the scanner. The hard part was getting her to leave.

Yes, libraries. It's all coming back to me. — Peter Silverman, Ashland

It's touching that nearly a century and a half after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, Alabama has apologized for slavery. Maybe now the good ol' boys will surrender once and for all the hollow vanity of the Stars and Bars and elect a black governor.

It's equally moving that nearly a century and a half after Chivington's volunteers charged into a defenseless Cheyenne village and butchered 130 old men, women and children, Colorado has placed a monument at Sand Creek. No doubt drums will soon beat from the Badlands to the Washita celebrating the return of the buffalo.

So what's next? Massachusetts apologizes for the witch trials and Wiccans lead us out of the fog of our own history into the light of a new day where Mother Nature sits on the throne of heaven? Maybe Texas will admit that George W. Bush is an utter embarrassment and put up a statue of the Dixie Chicks. — S. Davis, Talent

Since so many of our products come from China, an overpopulated country not known for human rights or sanitation, I think our government should test imports regularly for unwholesome ingredients including human DNA. The dishes make an ungodly racket — are they some kind of "bone" china? What kind of bones are the buttons made of? The ink clots up in the pens; you never know, maybe we really are signing our names in blood. And what kind of glycerine's in that gloopy antibacterial liquid hand soap we're using?

We should be very concerned about glues and adhesives — especially those that contact skin, such as on stamps, labels, Band-Aids, envelopes, paper towels and toilet paper rolls. We should consider the most common household products from rival nations as potential vectors. — Patti Morey, Ashland

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