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  •  While I love lighthouses, there really are many (3+ / 0-)
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    Kobuk Sands, Cartoon Peril, Puddytat

    more things  the Feds need to attend to.

    I've seen programs on TV about communities raising private funds to repair and preserve these beauties.

    We really do need to set priorities...food stamps, housing, prison reform (investigating private prisons,etc).

    It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

    by auapplemac on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 05:32:26 PM PDT

    •  Historic Preservation (12+ / 0-)

      Auaaplemac - I agree that there are a great many priorities that are more important than historic preservation. Even I, as an archaeologist, would not want funding for historic preservation to take dollars from food stamps or climate research or cancer studies. I just don't think that it is an "either or" option - either we feed the starving or we save a lighthouse. The money we received for our fieldwork on Plum Island came from the 'visitors services' part of the Fish and Wildlife Service. Specifically our project is part of the preparation for a walking trail that will cross in front of the lighthouse ruins. It's a good example of what Cartoon Peril is advocating in this diary - that we can use historic preservation to improve tourism and local economies. If you agree that Americans deserve to have parks, bike trails, museums, historic sites, and other recreational, educational, and tourism related opportunities, then the priorities we are asking you to rank are between a swimming pool for one community and preserving a lighthouse for another community.  I realize that the poll didn't frame the choices the way I'm framing them, so I hope you can see that I'm just trying to move the discussion towards a more realistic debate of priorities. Unless we are talking about privatizing all our parks, all our museums, and all of our historic sites, then it really is not about food stamps versus lighthouses. I think a realistic choice would be between preserving a particular lighthouse or improving the water quality of particular trout stream. Now what's your choice?

    •  They can create economic development (2+ / 0-)
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      dotdash2u, churchylafemme

      as places for people to go and visit.

      Our local lighthouses are set up with their own nonprofits that are able to rent the buildings as lodgings, for weddings, etc, and this in turn generates funds to pay for the upkeep of those buildings and for things like keeping public restrooms open and a gift shop and maintain educational displays. The effort put in pays off for that whole section of coast.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 06:38:02 PM PDT

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