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Only back institutions people want

I have one question for TimesLedger Newspapers columnist Ronald B. Hellman. Hellman claims in his July 8-14 column that “Queens needs a year-round theater dedicated to plays.”

The question is: Would this endeavor be self-supporting? If yes, he can count on me to buy stock in it. If not, he can count on me to not want any of my tax money to support it.

My theory is that if something cannot support itself, then not enough people want it. If not enough people want it, then why have it?

There are a number of groups that want things. I remember groups wanting to save nondescript edifices with public money. I do not think any public money should have been used to build baseball stadiums. The teams make enough money to pay their own freight.

This is the opposite of the arts people.

Jerry Schreibersdorf


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