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Opinion

Arts support

June 4, 2011

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To the editor:

The really bad part about Brownback cutting the $600K Kansas Arts Commission budget, is not the loss of “art” but where that money will be spent. Will it go to help seniors or special needs kids or provide health care for women? No. Will it go to promote space tourism, one of the gov’s favorites? Yes. Will it go as subsidies (welfare) to ethanol farmers? Yes.

Will the arts survive? Yes and yes again.

There always will and always has been art, ever since Adam made that cheesy snakeskin belt for Eve back in the day. And if you don’t think the “arts” can survive without government help, you need to get out more. On any given night, you can find artists of all sorts making art in our communities and without help from the government.

What they do get is help from local businesses who make huge commitments to support “art.” And I might add that many or most of these performing artists do not ask for and probably would not accept a dime from Brownback.

So, if energy is to be spent on this issue, I would suggest that it go to support the artists that exist in our communities and the businesses which support them rather than fighting to re-fund the arts commission.

The legacy the present state government is going to leave on this state is going to be ugly and smell for a long time. And time will pass and the Arts Commission will return — unless the Koch brothers figure out a way to keep Brownback in power forever.

Comments

Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

All of the cuts Brownback has made where is the money?

What is Brownback doing with the money?

It seems the money should be returned to the taxpayers.

Where is my "Special Refund Check" from Sam Brownback?

Keith 3 years, 7 months ago

Not true. How many times can you be wrong in one day?

Keith 3 years, 7 months ago

Just goes to show how information free your postings are.

BigDog 3 years, 7 months ago

The problem is the money isn't there ..... they aren't giving it back to anyone. The funding was not there to carry this year's budget into next fiscal year. Money that the feds had given states form the "recovery act" ..... ran out. The state had to cut the budget to cover the loss of several hundred million dollars in federal.

Kookamooka 3 years, 7 months ago

Artists are resilient people. They've had to be. Often the most talented artists aren't the ones that write compelling grant applications, anyway. So the best of them were not always funded. The artists I know (including my own mother) compulsively create. Shutting down the Arts Commission will not stop artists from making art. What it does do is prevent them from getting National exposure and turning the worlds eyes toward the Midwest. It will prevent people from hearing about the wonderful things we do here in Kansas and prevent curious tourists from coming here to see it for themselves. It will mean our most creative people, the ones with the most ingenious ideas, will move to Missouri. We've lost this border war.

Kookamooka 3 years, 7 months ago

P.S. Kansas is small beans to Brownback and the Koch brothers. They're getting ready for the presidency. Then we will all suffer. Canada is starting to look pretty good.

Dan Eyler 3 years, 7 months ago

Can you all get off the Koch brothers. Please it is clear simply in the way you reference them in your comments that most of you don' t even know who these guys are, what businesses they are in, or how many jobs they have created in Kansas and around the country. But because they are invested in coal and oil to name a few you make them out to be the worst of villains. I want to say thank you for these "Koch Brothers" who in one of the worst economic times in Kansas in a very long time, continues to keep Kansans working. Kansas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation right now. The Koch brothers have shared their wealth created in Kansas on the backs of Kansans and they have returned those efforts in spades. Keep the jobs coming Koch brothers. I'm sure the rant will continue but please your looking stupid.

dontcallmedan 3 years, 7 months ago

I would, if you could get the Koch Brothers off of me.

Scott Morgan 3 years, 7 months ago

This is a link to those horrible Kochs. Perhaps we should all say thanks instead of inventing wild stories.

http://www.kochfamilyfoundations.org/FoundationsDHK.asp

monkeyhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

Kochs are merely the target du jour. Remember when it was WalMart (wonder why they cooled off on that?), Sarah Palin, Chris Christie, the SLT, builders, "Big" anything, etc. Some Wizard of Oz gives them the marching orders and they are off on their diabolical mission.

Slurring the Kochs is boring, tired and so yesterday - just like the "teabagger" word that seemed to empower some. Even BO doesn't mention them anymore (imagine that, a president who attacks private citizens. How undignified). If these anti-Kochers had an iota of wealth I wonder if they would be knocking those of their own class, or is that somehow different?

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