Public funding for the arts is a luxury

Contributed by Shell Suber

The arts are an essential part of a healthy society. Those who believe this should always support them.

For many years we have even set aside public money to sustain and promote the arts and should be happy and thankful that we have the means to do so. But, funding the arts, as important as they are, is not a critical function of government – society, to be sure – but not government necessarily.

We all long for the salad days of low unemployment, plentiful, high paying jobs, a growing economy, and surpluses in our public coffers. But these are hard economic times and government must focus on critical needs and leave direct funding of the arts to citizens who can afford it. If you are such a person, I urge you to give to the arts.

Governor Haley is honoring her responsibility, we must honor ours.

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