Opinion: Note to council: Cut the check

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The SullivanMunce Cultural Center needs Zionsville Town Council’s help, and we believe it would be wise to extend it. The center – which features a wide range of exhibits, events and programs “to celebrate the culture of a historic town, where the past is preserved and the future is embraced” – recently requested $10,000 of the council. Keep in mind in most years the center has received $90,000 from its Virginia-based trust, but that trust has dwindled to the point where it delivered only $1 for this year. SullivanMunce briefed the council during the March agenda-setting meeting, but councilors decided against discussing the matter at the council meeting last week. It seems to us that the council has pushed back and is making SullivanMunce unnecessarily jump through hoops to justify its request. Due diligence is one thing, but the matter of the immediate viability is in question. It seems to us a paltry number to keep a rich community resource running. We urge the center to comply with council’s requests to the letter and the council to speedily approve the disbursement. It seems to us to be a small price to pay to keep the community from losing a valuable resource.

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With election season at hand, we need to ask: Do you believe Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks has served her constituents with distinction? Frankly and truthfully, we’re unsure. She got into office with just 30 percent of the vote (granted, the field was crowded), seems to us to be a liberal in many ways, supported legislation to increase spending and declined other opportunities to cut spending. It could be that Brooks has done, in part, what party leadership directed her to do. We’re going to continue to watch. You should, too.

 


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