Letters to the Editor

Arts center raises debate

The Mondavi Center has become a regional draw for touring acts. Letter writers debate the value of building a new arts center in Sacramento.
The Mondavi Center has become a regional draw for touring acts. Letter writers debate the value of building a new arts center in Sacramento. carl@carlcostas.com

An idea for the arts center

Re “City arts center boosters must show the money” (Editorials, May 7): I would like to suggest that the arts center task force add two basketball hoops to the stage and then the funding would appear suddenly out of the extra parking funds that remained untapped for so many years until the mayor discovered the long lost funds.

Perhaps by adding a dollar to daily parking we can move from a cow town arts center to a top-of-the-line high-tech building that will accommodate the national performances of top shows.

A new arts center will attract more people to Sacramento and be a bonus for our local businesses, and it could help the city make its annual payments to the Kings arena. The arts center task force could find some outstanding help in the mayor for fundraising and news attention for this much-needed improvement in the arts for Sacramento … and just for the cost of two basketball hoops. Go arts!

Alan Mills, Sacramento

Cool equals new world class?

It’s true that “there’s no point in constructing a sparkling new arts palace without a plausible way to keep the doors open over the long haul.”

However, The Sacramento Bee endorses proposed streetcars (with the same unanswered funding question), apparently because they’re “cool.” That’s pathetic.

Leilani Fay, Sacramento

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