What’s More Important for This Town: Library or Police Station?

From a New York Times story by Tim Arango headlined “What’s More Important for This Town: A Library or a Police Station?”:

MCFARLAND, Calif. — On one side of Kern Avenue in the small city of McFarland is the library. Bright and spacious, it fills with schoolchildren on weekday afternoons, providing safety until their parents return from harvesting grapes and almonds in the heart of California’s richest agricultural region. The children build with blocks and Legos, read books, play on the computers. And they are fed: on a recent afternoon, a grilled cheese sandwich, carrots and chocolate graham crackers.