A Letter To The Sentinel

Considering the funding for any new gallery project will ultimately come from the public trough,(no matter what level of government you are courting for money it will be coming from all of us)wouldn’t it seem prudent to reconsider such a massive investment in such drastic economic times?
Make no mistake that as budgets continue to move into the red and beyond, there will be greater pressure on urban residents to carry the load of those deficits that are now in front of us, and for that reason, funding a new gallery to replace the existing working gallery would be imprudent.
Although a gallery may be pretty a gallery will do little to increase the tax base in downtown Woodstock and if anything will be subject to a diminshed value as we the taxpayers already own the property and therefore will not be injecting any new tax revenues(as a retailer or landlord might do) into the system, but will be moving tax dollars from one hand into the other.
Obviously there is little in the way of financial merit or gain to the issue. Like one letter writer put it yesterday,why not put the question to a referendum and let the community vote on it?
Does the gallery board or the mayor of Woodstock feel the citizens lack the knowledge or foresight to make an informed decision on this issue? Instead what we are being subjected to is a gross expenditure that is being recommended by some members(not all of them agreee with this) of an appointed committee or board of directors in lieu of due process and accountable actions.
Considering that half of the council voted against the plan and the other for it with the mayor acting as tie breaker clearly it must be observed that a good portion of persons are not in agreement. For that reason as well, a referendum is a well deserved thought and hopefully a few others in our community are as concerned about this councils’ actions on this matter. It’s not really a matter of do we need another gallery as much as its’ a matter of can we afford it when we are facing economic disaster?
jim bender

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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted October 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    “It’s not really a matter of do we need another gallery “

    Yes it is a matter of whether we need a new gallery. We don’t. Even if economic times weren’t tough there is no demonstrated need for a new gallery.

    The taxpayer funded surveys posted elsewhere on this blog make it clear that there is virtually zero interest in a a new gallery. Paying a new consulting group to try to discredit the city’s own survey won’t demonstrate anything other than Harding’s desperation to build this monument to his own bloated ego.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    you have really lost your mind on this

  3. Anonymous
    Posted October 24, 2008 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    “you have really lost your mind on this”

    That’s what passes for an intelligent comment? How about a counter argument? How about supplying some facts and figures to back up any real community need or justification for new gallery?

    You fling poo because poo is all you’ve got.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted October 25, 2008 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    anonymous 10:25 AM
    You are correct with your statement “Even if economic times weren’t tough there is no demonstrated need for a new gallery” as it is your opinion only.

    The need has been justified after repeat studies identifying problematic conditions on the Hunter street property that cannot be rectified with a simple retrofit.

    And jim,you were a much nicer person when you were just high.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted October 25, 2008 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    “The need has been justified after repeat studies identifying problematic conditions on the Hunter street property that cannot be rectified with a simple retrofit.”

    Since you offer nothing to back up this statement it is only YOUR opinion. What studies? Where are they? Who carried them out?
    Jim’s statement is still correct as you have supplied nothing that demonstrates any need.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    Still waiting for the studies. Where are they?

  7. Anonymous
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Once more we have himself blustering about studies or some such and being unable to produce them. There are no studies relevant to a new gallery. The package supplied to council demonstrated that conclusively. If there had been any study that recommended a new gallery it would have been in that package. It wasn’t.

    When do the lies stop?

  8. Anonymous
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    “When do the lies stop?”

    When we get rid of the liars.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Who are you referring to as a liar anonymous 8:17 AM?

  10. Anonymous
    Posted October 27, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    The person who lied.

  11. Anonymous
    Posted October 31, 2008 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Still no studies. They don’t exist. The guy that said they do exist is lying. If this gallery supporter is lying about the studies I have to wonder what else they are lying about.

  12. Anonymous
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Just think…a couple of more years, Harding will be toast, and we’ll have someone in charge who listens to the people. Just 2 more fucking years.

  13. Anonymous
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Just think…a couple of more years, Harding will be toast, and the same people that voted for our current council will get to vote again. Oh goody.

    Do you really think the voters have gotten any smarter?

    Harding and the others aren’t the problem. They are just the primary symptom. The problem is the electorate.

    A majority of the voters voted for a group that have no interest in serving the needs of the community at large. What makes you think that will change?


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