I was appalled at the projected 2009-2010 state budget. Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is a living memorial to all Pennsylvanians who have honorably served our commonwealth and nation. We provide educational programs and veterans memorial programs and co-sponsor veterans health, job and self-help programs. The plan for the future cuts in financing to museums/memorials and veterans benefits is deplorable.
I am well aware that our state and nation are in a financial crisis. I have no objection to making sacrifices at a time when we should all stand together. However, I do object to all funds for not a few, as the PG continues to report, but 168 museums and historical centers being deleted from the state museum budget while the "non-preferred" museums -- the Carnegie and Franklin -- enjoy a mere 10 percent cut.
I object to being classified as "Joe Six-Pack" and then having our children further slotted in that category by removing independent education, history, the arts and music from their lives.
I can understand the quandary facing the governor, the Senate and the House. However, as they make these tough decisions, make them equally across the board. Let us all share and sacrifice equally. Do not make Pennsylvania a cultural desert that shows no interest in enriching our children or honoring those who have sacrificed for us!
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum Trust Inc.