RE: Move the museum, enlarge
by Robert D. Warner
April 03, 2004
I must respectively disagree with Museum Director Michael Naab
and his recent comments critical of citizen recommendations on
moving the museum and preserving the library at its present location.
In response to a Sitnews Viewpoint by P. J. Travis, Mr. Naab
is quick to state that local residents do not have to purchase
a admission ticket to visit the museum. What he isn't saying
is that our local taxes pay for most museum operations and its
large paid staff.
When I arrived in Ketchikan 30 years ago, the museum had a wonderful
local focus with a paid staff of two and a enthusiastic group
of volunteers. In recent years the volunteers have been replaced
for the most part by paid staff that is clearly focused on the
summer tourist season. How many of our local tax dollars support
this expensive overhead? Why does the museum need a director
and two senior curators?
Does Mr. Naab realize that a study several years ago indicated
it would be less costly to move the museum and keep the library
in the Centennial Building? Who made this decision to move the
library rather than the museum? It is clear to me that citizens
should decide this issue rather than a small group of city officials
or the city council.
Who is expected to pay for these lavish new facilities being
pushed by the museum and library directors? In my opinion, if
the Ketchikan City Council ever gains courage to make significant
cuts in the budget rather than raise taxes, the library and museum
would be excellent places to start.
In regard to the Viewpoint by P. J. Travis......YES, YES, YES!
Robert D. Warner
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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RE: "Move the museum, enlarge
the library" by
Michael Naab - Ketchikan, AK - USA
Move the museum, enlarge the library by P. J. Travis - Ketchikan, AK -
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