Distinguish street performers from illicit businesses

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 - 10:08 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 - 10:41 am

Re "Are they a nuisance or a dash of color? City tells street performers to skedaddle" (Page A1, Aug. 19): Although many places in America are gutting their arts programs because of budget cuts, Sacramento's administrators seems to actively pursue every opportunity to deny its population fine arts and culture.

Every first-class city in the world has street performers! They are an asset to business and a cultural attraction that brings joy to many (including the already-struggling musicians of Sacramento). They shouldn't be lumped together with illicit businesses that set up their tables in old Sacramento. Music is free, and gladly given, without regard to how much money is made.

By denying musicians the right to give their music to shoppers, tourists and children, Old Sacramento overseer Liz Brenner and the Sacramento government are sending a clear message: in their eyes, Sacramento is not a first-class city.

-- Isaac Smith, Sacramento

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