Librarians tend to be reluctant to filter, but believe it or not they don't want creepy people looking at porn in the library (they didn't like creeps whacking off in the stacks in the days before the net, either -- this is not a new or unique problem).
Filtering technology has improved, even as the centrality of the internet to the library's mission continues to grow. The bandwidth-throttling pilot project started last year is now in full effect, and incident reports about misuse of computers at the central branch are down sharply.
Which reminds me, I really would like to see those incident reports brandished by Danny Thompson.
The City Council has a legitimate role in this discussion, but it should not involve grandstanding about a complex issue, or micromanaging the work that we employ professionals to do.
A counterpoint to that last thought, from an earlier post at Joe's blog: "[C]ouncil members cannot trust, even for one minute, anything that the city staff says, or anything that the city staff produces. Council members simply cannot rely upon staff. As they do their work, council members need to presume that everything the city staff does is wrong, or agenda-driven; or that their work is intended to satisfy the demands of our local machine politics."
That's nuts, but if Danny Thompson believes it then he should move to fire the City Manager at once, and bring in someone new to clean house.