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Better to subsidize the arts than tax them

Lawrence Harmon resorts to calling cultural institutions that don’t make voluntary payments in lieu of taxes arrogant and parasitic (“Cultural institutions need to pay up,” Op-ed, Jan. 12). If he wants to resort to name calling, I’ve got a word for him: philistinism.

Refined societies subsidize the arts rather than tax them. Our society is better known for its gun culture than its arts culture. What does Harmon propose — to add to the perception that the finer things in life are not welcome here?

Berge Tatian


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