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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 15 2012 7:24 p.m. MDT

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Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

Everyone talks about the big Federal deficit, but the local government debt, and increased cost of operation is every bit as much of problem. If this is a good idea, how about the city getting some local investors to foot the bill. Otherwise, sweep and clean the streets and side walks, and protect public safety.

S.Andrew Zaelit
Deseret, UT

In today’s tough economic climate elected leaders should take their duty to safeguard public funds seriously. This move by political leaders in Salt Lake City appears to be a separation from that trust. Salt Lake City has a number of beautiful venues designed to facilitate events classified as arts. The investment of these funds could be better spent on police and fire departments, schools, shelters or a whole host of other more critical areas in and around the city. While Mayor Becker has worked diligently to have this dream come to fruition, one does have to ask if now, today is the appropriate time. Does this project benefit only a handful of residents or all residents? If these funds are earmarked for the arts, and only the arts then I am certain the other venues (Pioneer Theater, Capitol Theater, etc…) could use one hundred million dollars. The public trust is more than symbolism over substance and too often, our elected leaders skirt the line between the two. This appears to be the case with this issue.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@ S Andrew
the pubic has put and continues to put our trust in our mayor to move forward with this project and other city business that will strengthen our city. Helooo is in the minority in our city and county, we voted these people into office because of the things they are doing not in spite of it. If all you want from your city officials is for them to sweep the streets and clean the side walks then those are the people you should elect to you city and county offices.

Danish American
Payson, UT

Another example of government being involved in areas that they have no business in. If it was so wonderful why hasn't any private businesses stepped up to the plate to build it.

Plus how many more cars will have to come to downtown and idle? That will increase pollution.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@danish American

How many additional cars will go to downtown Payson because of this project? probably none. Here is the thing the people of SLC and county voted our current representatives into office and support their actions so they are involved in what they should be. If you do not want a theater in Payson then make sure you do not vote for a mayor or other elected officials that support building one.

Ed Meyer
Kanab, UT

I'm sure Mr. Becker's project will be a great benefit for Salt Lake City. Let me share how we addressed a similar issue in Kanab earlier this year. We built an outdoor performing arts amphitheater entirely with volunteers and donated funds. Individuals with very different perspectives on the world worked side by side and you could see our sense of community grow with every shovel full of dirt and each nail pounded. This project replaced a small gazebo that was torn down to make way for a new civic building. Our attendance at summer performing arts events has increased 350% with our largest attendance being 320... in a community of 4,000. I hope Salt Lake City's project realizes comparable success.

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