Re "Spare-change silliness targets Capitol statue" (The Buzz, Sept. 16): Silliness? How about vandalism.
It is a shame that some folks at the Capitol do not appreciate the value and delicate nature of the Statue of Queen Isabella.
The statue is made of one piece of Carrara marble which was mined from the same quarry where Michelangelo got his stone for David.
The statue was carved by an American living in Italy and eventually purchased by D.O. Mills and gifted to California in 1883. A coin hitting the statue from the second floor could easily chip the marble or even break off a piece of the crown.
I guess it could be worse. In the 1960s, legislators used to toss firecrackers onto the rotunda floor at the end of a session. One year a firecracker landed in the Queens hand and blew off a finger. You can still see the repair today.
-- Bill White, Florin