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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 16, April 16, 2006, Article 29

ON CHARGING ADMISSION TO MUSEUMS

Joyce Weiss writes: "When my husband and I and our children were
younger, we spent many hours at the Smithsonian Museums.  We lived
in Maryland at the time so access to the city was easy for us.  We
did not have a lot of extra money to spend on fun activities for
us and the children so going to the museum really was a wonderful
experience both for us and them.  We could not have taken advantage
of this great opportunity as often as we did  if we had to pay a fee.

The Smithsonian is one of the very few things left in this country
where young families, like we were once, can go and be educated and
have fun at the same time and not have to worry about paying a fee.
I agree with the writer of the other letter that you printed that
Congress should take the money away from pork barrel projects and
spend it on something worthwhile like keeping the museum free for
the public.

Perhaps the next thing will be to charge admission to libraries
so that only people of means will be able to enjoy these
facilities.  I hate to think that our country is already turning
into a place of the "haves and the have-nots"  where only the
"haves" are  able to take advantage of the educational opportunities
that the country offers."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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