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posted: 6/16/2012 4:40 AM

Charging to see Venus shameful

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We were excited to go to see the Venus Transit viewing, which was organized at the Elgin National Watch Observatory in Elgin. The handmade sign invited people to view the transit. When we arrived, we were shocked to see that they were charging for the opportunity to do so.

They were selling the special glasses needed to look through the telescope for $3 a pair. I think they should be ashamed of themselves for trying to profit from this natural, historical event. Even the Adler Planetarium in downtown Chicago was not charging.

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What could have been an opportunity for community bonding was sacrificed due to greed. Why is someone always out to make a buck? Their sign might as well have been a shingle advertising snake oil. Such a disappointment.

Diane Keys


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