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.
@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.
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?
“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 SocietyI would say to Ultra Bob that theater is a form of
poetry and well worth the investment.
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.
And WVC is letting this gem leave their city. Should have let them expand. I
guess WVC loss is Sandy's gain.