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November 21, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Patron of the arts

Hardly seems fair

As someone that has a degree in photography and is a lover of all of the arts, I want to congratulate the arts community for the $7.7 million windfall they recently received [“A windfall for the arts,” News, Nov. 19].

With the “1 percent for the arts” money that my tax dollars already support, I don’t think you need any more money from me. After all, I wonder how many artists were among the 75 percent of Seattle voters who a couple of years ago defeated an initiative to forbid public money for stadiums, which was one of the first steps to running the Sonics, a 40-year institution, out of town.

The city and the Sonics were asking for only an extension of a tax that was already being collected and then only to those who ate in restaurants, that amounted to a paltry 50 cents on a $100 tab. The “1 percent for the arts” collects from everybody, forever. Hardly seems fair, doesn’t it?

— Michael Manderville, Kent

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