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posted: 3/5/2014 1:01 AM

Don't cripple town to save building

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I received a third glossy mailing from the Brainerd committee today. Not sure how they have paid for all three and who is paying the postage, but that's another matter.

This one pulls at our heart strings stating how three theater groups are looking for a proper home. Unfortunately, it once again doesn't say that they will pay for the privilege (not the right) to use the $14.89 million facility that the taxpayers will fund. It also doesn't spell out how often they will pay for this privilege.

By the way, if they don't pay, all of us will. If we truly need a performing arts venue, then build a better one new. It will serve the purpose better, and cost much less than rehabbing a dead structure.

Let's get real here for once. The community can properly memorialize the Brainerd without crippling the village for the next 10 years.

Tom Butkovich


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