Utahns are finally doing something about placing the second of two statues allotted to the state in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. And they're raising money for the sculpture in the best possible way - through voluntary donations.
A statue clearly is not a necessity for which people should be taxed. But it's a chance to honor the state's heritage and, in this case, someone who has affected far more than just Utah, television inventor Philo T. Farnsworth.The people of the world owe Farnsworth a debt of gratitude for countless hours of entertainment, information, and education.
If Utahns were to give just 2 or 3 cents for each TV program they watch or a nickel for every Joe Walker television column they read in a single week, the $250,000 for the statue could be raised in no time.
This appeal is being directed especially at Utah's schoolchildren. It was a group of schoolchildren who first presented the Farnsworth statue idea to the Legislature and convinced the lawmakers to approve it.
The experience is a valuable one for them and the other young people who will donate their pennies and nickels and dimes. It shows that individuals with a good idea can make a difference, and that the best way to help a good cause is to give voluntarily.
Donations can be sent to the Philo T. Farnsworth Statuary Hall Commission, 617 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, 84102.