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READER OPPOSES PLAN TO ELIMINATE ARTS FUNDING

City Councilman Robert Beers plans to introduce a law/ordinance that will repeal our Las Vegas “1 percent for the arts” program. This valuable, community-oriented program funds the creation and installation of public art.

Contrary to Beers, Mayor Carolyn Goodman supports the program, saying, “I am 100 percent supportive of funding for the arts …You can’t have a city of any value if you don’t have arts and culture.” I agree.

As proof of the tremendous accomplishments and good our city’s Municipal Arts Fund does, the following have benefited: 1) Doolittle Senior Center; 2) Centennial Hills Leisure Center; 3) Southern Nevada Police; 4) Las Vegas Arts District Gateways; 5) Casino Center Streetscape: 6) Urban Pathways; 7) Our Memorial Sculpture. And the list goes on.

Further, it was our former mayor, Oscar Goodman, who strongly supported this funding along with his wife Carolyn, now our mayor. It’s the Goodmans who get the credit for getting this ordinance passed during Oscar’s term. Mayor Oscar saw that it became the law for the good and benefit of we the people, our community and great city of Las Vegas.

Therefore, respectfully, what Beers now proposes is not only wrong but a slap in the face to former Mayor Oscar and his wife. In seeking to eliminate this valuable community program, Beers shows he’s out of touch with the people. Such Luddite, Cro-Magnon thinking has no place in our Las Vegas economic recovery and revitalization of our downtown.

— Clyde Dinkins

Las Vegas

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