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Published: Friday, Oct. 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

People of the Arts seem to feel that they have a right to force other people to pay for their entertainment. To this end they fabricate dubious benefits and associate their cause with other legitimate government functions. They seem to feel that they legitimize their claim by balancing the tax money for their privately owned enterprise with public parks. Some might call that blackmail.

The notion that Arts bring money to the community is probably true. But the rest-of-the-story is that the money in most every case goes to a business operation many of which have out-of-area owners.

In all my 78 years, I don’t have any recollection of the Arts benefitting anybody except the people of the Arts and other businesses.

My opinion is still that art is good for children because it is the main avenue of communication. Art for adults is entertainment and the individual should pay his own way.

rogerdpack2
Orem, UT

Yeah, we should spend sales tax on something that benefits basically only the attendees of the theaters...yeah...right...

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

I was for the CARE tax until I saw who was getting the money.

Many PRIVATE businesses are collecting my tax money to run their dance studio, etc.

Just the fact that one penny will go to this ridiculous "Center for the Story" makes me vote NO!

Time for this TAX to die a quick death.

Pilot70
Orem, UT

I don't understand the idea that only those involved in the arts benefit. That's like saying only drivers benefit from roads.

Yes, CARE benefits kids. I know them. They are GREAT kids in training programs, building talents and skills. We ALL benefit from that. With no training, the quality of the arts declines. Verifiable fact: Arts training improves academics. I want Orem's kids to graduate, compete, and provide for themselves as adults. You?

Live performance is too costly. For a very few, $80 for a ticket to professional performance in Salt Lake or $120 for a show in New York is not unreasonable. For most families in Orem ... it's ludicrous. CARE builds an affordable arts program HERE for participants and patrons. Without local arts, "culture" is only attainable by many through electronic media. **shudder**

We CANNOT legitimately complain about the problems of young people entertaining themselves with crime, alcohol, drugs or pornography while griping about a one penny tax on a $10 purchase that funds character-building opportunities. CARE is WAY cheaper than tax-funded rehab and cleanup.

Entertainment and art are not synonymous. Entertainment is a diversion. The arts get at the core of who we are.

Pilot70
Orem, UT

By the way, I notice most objection to CARE regards the ARTS funding, but people don't seem bothered by taxes for football programs. Is is that they don't object to RECREATION funding, or they don't realize that CARE also supports sports and recreation programs for young people? It's interesting how public funding for thriving ball teams, golf courses, fields and stadiums is so widely accepted, but arts programs have to plead and beg regularly just to exist.

CARE won't and can't fund everything that's going on in Orem for arts and rec. The bulk of that support come from businesses and individuals who quietly sponsor and donate generously. CARE just lets more people enjoy opportunities.

Buffal lo
Orem, UT

Orem Parent, I'm so sad to see that you're one of the one's who's bought into all the false information that's circulating about the CARE tax. These are circulated by "anti-tax" groups that will try to get rid of ANY tax they can. NO money is going to private businesses. That would be against the law. Only non-profit public charities are eligible. The Center for Story is only an addition to the library and has mostly been funded by generous private donations. It's almost completely paid for and NO more money (with the exception of this Spring's grant) will be given to the Center for Story. And if you're a parent in Orem, it will be there for you and your children and offer wonderful programming for FREE. The opponents to this tax have said that it costs the average Orem household $63 a year. At 1/10th of one percent that means that each household would have to spend $63,000.00 a year in Orem alone. Since the average income in Orem is $53,000.00 their numbers are impossible. FALSE information.

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