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Published: Thursday, Aug. 22 2013 7:00 p.m. MDT

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VIDAR
Murray, UT

And WVC is letting this gem leave their city. Should have let them expand. I guess WVC loss is Sandy's gain.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

My family enjoyed several plays given at the Hale theatre. It was an enjoyable experience.

However, because of the turmoil in the world caused mainly by the economic oppression of government under control of the commercial interests, I object to government subsidies to private business no matter how well they plead their case of being “good” for the society.

At a time when our government is starving education and the people who teach our children, I cannot believe that our citizens would deny public education to fund private enterprise for entertainment.

I even believe that the financial failure of cities like Detroit is due to the misappropriation of public money to unneeded items rather than the salaries and pensions of civil employees.

Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

“We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for.”
― N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society

I would say to Ultra Bob that theater is a form of poetry and well worth the investment.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

If poetry is well worth the investment, why won’t private investors pony up the money rather than rob the taxpayer?

All business subsidies to private entities are government welfare. Cable news only recognizes welfare to people as something bad. Why is welfare to people bad and welfare to entertainment good? Is poetry more important than education?

aceroinox
Farmington, UT

@Ultra Bob--I think you may be missing the point of government subsidies for entertainment entities such as Hale Centre Theatre. Hale Centre Theatre drives a considerable amount of ancillary business into West Valley City from patrons who are not WVC citizens. This is a key economic development strategy for many cities: to create destination attractions that entice non-residents to spend money in their city, which benefits the businesses patronized as well as adds to sales tax revenues.

All of this, of course, makes West Valley City's reticence to work with Hale on their next expansion phase very puzzling. I imagine the restaurants surrounding the theater will suffer a significant hit when it departs for Sandy. Sandy City and its merchants seem to understand the dynamics involved.

Eyes_Wide_Open
OREM, UT

Sally was my high school English teacher and was dating Mark. They were so fun to watch and amazingly talented. It's been so fun to see them succeed at something they both love.

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