Friday, August 19, 2011

"More benefit by selling painting"

The editorial board of the Erie Times-News repulsively argues in favor of selling the town library's Childe Hassam:

"If we are so fortunate to have a painting worth at least $2.5 million or maybe more than $5 million -- and the money is indeed invested in the library's future and not 'squandered' by short-term budget solutions -- we think selling it is the wiser decision. We think it would help more people to put the library on solid financial footing than to keep the status quo and not sell the painting. We can then debate the many ways we can give proper tribute to Hassam, the painting and its enduring role in our history and the library's long-term future."