Whale sculpture is wrong use of funds

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I'm sure there will be many letters on this topic. I have expressed my opinion to the Juneau Assembly and urge all readers to do the same by e-mailing borough_assembly@ci.juneau.ak.us.

The article in the Aug. 26 Empire included a quote from City Manager Rod Swope that the sales tax reserve fund was established "for the city to continue basic public services in the event of unseen economic circumstances."

I don't see how expenditure of this fund for a work of art could possibly meet the criteria for which the fund was established. If it's not illegal, it's at least immoral.

Kudos to Assembly members Randy Wanamaker, Sara Chambers and Jonathan Anderson, who voted against it.

Pete Rogers


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