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Letter: Koch, arts

July 18, 2013

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To the editor:

David Koch pledged $100 million in 2008 to renovate the New York State Theatre in Lincoln Center, a theater that is now named for him. He also has been a donor and trustee of the American Ballet Theater in Lincoln Center for 25 years.

Thank you for your support of the arts, Mr. Koch. However it is difficult to reconcile these facts with your support of Gov. Sam Brownback, who has gutted arts funding in the state of Kansas. Could you possibly exert a little of your considerable influence with the governor on behalf of the arts?

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915_Stroker 8 months, 4 weeks ago

and when all said and done, we, the kansas taxpayers have paid for this, in the form of higher sales tax, when you have the states check book, its almost like YOU! mr. Koch is really running things in Kansas. must say your PUPPETMASTERY is GENIOUS. ethel murphy

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mikekt 9 months ago

Well, I suppose that if you are worth "25,000-Million Dollars", which is "What 25 Billion Means", then I suppose that you can spend 100 Million, to better your name before a public, that you pillage daily .

If he make a couple of billion this year in his corporate ownerships (that's only 2,000 Million!) that the state of Kansas refuses to tax, thanks to brownie & co doing his bidding, then you might be able to make the argument that, indeed, Kansan's truly are supporting fine arts big time .......in New York City ....& on their hated Government Supported PBS, where he sponsors NOVA (?), with his money, that we don't tax in Kansas ! ?

100 out of 2,000 = 5%.

Ah.....yes, ......the high price of public redemption, for the $ fathers of brownie and their whole fascist national joke on the American Public......IN KOCH We TRUST ?

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Richard Heckler 9 months ago

They run a shrewd and powerful smoke and screen. Obviously.... they love those tax deductions.

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bearded_gnome 9 months ago

Thank you for your support of the arts, Mr. Koch. However it is difficult to reconcile these facts with your support of Gov. Sam Brownback, who has gutted arts funding in the state of Kansas. Could you possibly exert a little of your considerable influence with the governor on behalf of the arts?

---uh, error in logic. if the Koches oppose public/government funding for the arts,then this is an actual example of one of them literally putting his money where his mouth is! good for him.

*to take money out of the economy (see above posts re government creation of arts jobs) to then create jobs with that money makes no sense, just like Obama stimulus money made no sense. that money is taken out of the economy in one way or another first, then put back withsome loss on the way for government. in terms of job effectiveness, would be far better to have those dollars remain untouched in the economy.

private funding of the arts means greater freedom of expression, and freedom from the loss inherent in government.

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hedshrinker 9 months ago

I am so bewildered by those who think many causes/functions should earn their own way: many countries provide public funding for early childhood education, many baseline healthcare svcs for many if not all, but esp kids, families, elderly and disabled, public education for all so there is an educated citizenry, as well as many arts, transportation and other entities for the public good. There are many things in life that an individual needs to live a decent life that they cannot provide for themselves individually; altho in KS it seems that is the wave of the future: only people with independent wealth or corporations who can drink from the public trough will prosper. The rest of us will languish in Mississippi-style public schools and universities and the lack of any decent public investment will drive people away in hordes, except for those businesses trying to exploit the consumer....hasn't it ever dawned on anybody that when 2/3 of the economy is driven by consumer spending, we need consumers to have EXPENDABLE money in their pockets...increasing numbers of students can in no way afford higher education of even community college/vocational school...the service sector is the primary area of increasing jobs....very low pay, no benefits, seasonal/part-time, work means people can't support themselves , much less a family. The arts whether a library or art center or public art displays or grants to support individual artist's endeavors are essential to what makes us human.

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jayhawklawrence 9 months ago

When I was in K-12 school they had a required class called "Art Appreciation".

Was that taken out of the Kansas curriculum?

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boiled 9 months ago

I too hope Koch continues to support Brownback's fiscal responsibility.

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skinny 9 months ago

Arts should be privately, end of story!

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Matthew Herbert 9 months ago

The mistake you make is assuming a man who has given so much to the arts would be angry at a man who has taken from it. Koch, like Brownback, believes that the arts should be privately funded and as such has given tremendous amounts of his private money to it.

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