Orem theaters, program managers, candidates want to keep CARE tax

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  • Pilot70 Orem, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    I used to be opposed to public funding of the arts. I have changed my tune entirely.

    There are many things a city provides ... street landscaping, for example ... that are not MUST haves, but make a community a better place. I hear no complaints about taxes spent for those things.

    Never have we needed more opportunities in the arts than now. The arts have been reduced or dropped from school programs. Young people have become voracious consumers of electronic media, while their communication and creative skills have withered away.

    One penny out of ten dollars, on purchases (NOT income) is a fair, reasonable and smart investment that brings people to our city and makes it more livable. When most of our entertainment now takes place in front of screens big and small, and we are more isolated from each other than ever, there are few things that build community more than people creating, recreating and being entertained together. It's vital to the health of any city.

    As long as public arts funding is not burdensome, and supports values of the community, it's a great thing ... especially if we want young people busy with character-building pursuits.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    Why not just raise the ticket prices by "just" $1. After all it's "just" $1....

    I'm tired of the argument on how cheap it is for programs to take money from us.

    Evrey corner there is a panhandler with a sign "Anything helps, god bless" or they ask "spare a $1, a quarter just 1 cent". Then I get home and the mail, for just $1 tax increase and then another envelope for just 1 cent a day, then a kid knocks on the door I'm selling candy bars for school....just another dollar.

    By the end of the day it adds up to just $30-40. For a week it's just $210-280. By the end of the month its just $840-1120.

    Then you need to sign up for food stamps, just to make it to the next month. Sign up for heating/power assistance to just get by. Pick up a second job, to just get you into the next tax bracket so you don't qualify for anything.

    Just just just just just