Published On: Thu, Jul 26th, 2012

The point completely missed

It is very evident that the Star buys ink by the barrel but delivers objectivity in thimbles. If you disagree with the views of the publisher, then you are called names, such as Debbie Downer or naysayers. I’m surprised Skip didn’t also refer to those of us who disagree with him, as haters. Don’t rock his boat or he’ll call you out in his paper. For some strange reason, he gets very defensive in regards to anything pertaining to DCC or Earl Scruggs. Maybe he owns some stock or something in The Scruggs Center. Or maybe The Star’s name will be on the building somewhere, kind of like Bank of America Stadium. Or, as they say, maybe that’s just the way he rolls.

I would think the best way to sell more papers is not to talk smack to your readership, even when you disagree. I understand you have to cover your butt with those that advertise, but it’s never a good idea to step on the toes that could be connected to the keister you have to kiss tomorrow. Has it ever occurred to you that there is a possibility that you could be wrong at times?

You continue to avoid the point that Destination Cleveland County is still on the government dole after 6 plus years. You claimed that even a fraction of what they had projected would be considered a success of sorts. No, it wouldn’t. When the people have to subsidize these things, and the taxpayers are picking up the tab, then, no, the entity is not doing anything for the good of the area.

They try to convince us, in regards to their justification of losses, by claiming how much money will be brought into the economy every year. The next question being, if it’s not going to make money, then who is going to pay for it? Every free concert ticket, every trade off of tickets for services rendered, or use of the building, is subsidized by the taxpayers, as long as they are receiving tax payer money. And that’s just the Don Gibson Theatre. The Earl Scruggs Center will not make money, as it has been said from early on that museums generally don’t make money. But is this 501(c)3 going to be propped up by the local governments for a long period of time? If so, what good are they? Oh yea, they’re bringing in butt loads of money for the local economy. I remember, now.

I’ll say this. When all is said and done, we won’t be drinking free bubble-up, and eatin’ that rainbow stew.

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